Basketball time: Five boys teams to watch

9:06 am Nov. 25, 2014

Let’s take a timeout from our regularly scheduled football programming to check out some of the top boys basketball teams in the state. Here are five to watch in Class AAAAAA. We’ll talk about the girls next week in this space.

What are the best teams that are not mentioned below?

Douglas County – The Tigers finished ranked No. 9 last season after winning Region 3 and going 22-6. The team’s most

Quarterfinals have a fresh new look

11:56 pm Nov. 21, 2014

Here’s what we’ve got for the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals…

Newton (7-3) at Etowah (10-2)

Hillgrove (9-3) at Archer (9-3)

McEachern (9-3) at Tucker (10-2)

Milton (11-1) at Colquitt County (12-0)

The quarters are populated with six teams that have never won state titles, five that entered the post-season unranked, four that have not been this far in the playoffs in over 25 years , if ever, and two that had never won state-playoff games until

Second-round preview: Class AAAAAA

6:45 am Nov. 17, 2014

Etowah at Westlake

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Stadium, College Park

Records, rankings: Etowah is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAAAA and unranked; Westlake is 9-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAAA and No. 10.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Both teams won their first playoff games since 2006 last week. Etowah, which opened in 1977, has never made the quarterfinals. Westlake, opened

Bracket busters: Newton, Central Gwinnett pull shockers

11:04 pm Nov. 14, 2014

So let me get this straight — Etowah, Westlake, Newton or Central Gwinnett is going to the semifinals in Class AAAAAA?

Whew, what a Friday night.

Newton won its first state-playoff game in history Friday with a 27-14 victory over third-ranked Valdosta. Put another way, a school with no state-playoff victories just beat the school with the most state-playoff victories.

Yes, Newton did win two region playoff games in 1987 and finished 10-3

Colquitt most formidible #1 team since 2008 Lowndes

8:23 am Nov. 13, 2014

Predictions for the Class AAAAAA playoffs below.

First, let’s talk about five pre-playoff hunches that I’ve got.

1. Colquitt County is the most formidable No. 1 team entering the state playoffs in the highest class since Lowndes in 2008. That is, Colquitt has separated itself from the field to the point that a failure to win the title would be viewed as a gigantic upset. Of course, that ’08 Lowndes team

Got your playoff draw here … Archer wins the coin toss in R8 … Norcross in; Lowndes out … Hillgrove pulls stunner … Mill Creek finishes strong

11:24 pm Nov. 7, 2014

Two Georgia state powers that were ranked in preseason went to overtime on Friday in must-win situations.

Norcross survived. Lowndes did not.

Norcross, the reigning Class AAAAAA champion, got the fourth and final playoff berth in Region 7 with a 20-17 victory over Collins Hill. Norcross blocked a field goal in overtime but also saved itself in regulation after Collins Hill had a first down at the Norcross 11-yard line in the

AAAAAA blog: Region-by-region look at playoff scenarios; six playoff berths at stake

2:30 pm Nov. 5, 2014

Twenty-six teams have clinched playoff berths in Class AAAAAA.

That leaves six open spots, and 10 teams contending to fill them.

Here is a breakdown of that:

- Lowndes, Tift County (1 spot open)

- Norcross, Collins Hill (1)

- Centennial, Northview, South Forsyth, West Forsyth (2)

- Douglas County, East Coweta, South Cobb (2)

Here is a region-by-region look at how the seeding might play out:

Region 1 – The Lee County-Valdosta winner will decide second and

AAAAAA blog: Milton, North Gwinnett get help from friends … Camden is out; is Lowndes next? … Colquitt, Tucker, Alpharetta clinch titles … Archer is back

10:48 pm Oct. 31, 2014

Milton and North Gwinnett became the presumptive champions of their regions after their arch-enemies were beaten by someone else on Friday.

In Region 5, Milton (8-1, 6-1) beat Pope 35-7, then thanked Etowah (7-2, 5-2), which knocked off Roswell (6-3, 5-2) 28-18 and put Milton back in control of its destiny. Milton will win its first region title since 1952 with a victory next week over Wheeler (4-5, 3-4).

In Region 7,

AAAAAA blog: Region by region look at top games, playoff possibilities

2:47 am Oct. 30, 2014

For those who haven’t do so, I recommend looking at Loren Maxwell’s computerized projections for the state-playoff brackets. Regardless of whether you agree with them, the predictions make it clear what’s at stake in terms of position on the draw.

Below is a region-by-region look at the top games in Class AAAAAA this week and some of the playoff possibilities. Colquitt County, Lovejoy, Tucker, Westlake, Alpharetta and Archer are hoping to

AAAAAA blog: Don’t be shocked; Dacula is 13-1 since about this time last year

10:30 pm Oct. 24, 2014

Dacula was 1-9 just two seasons ago, but it wouldn’t be right to say the team has come from nowhere with its 8-0 start to the 2014 season and 27-17 victory over second-ranked Grayson on Friday.

Dacula was 3-4 about this time a year ago, coming off a dreadful 1-9 finish, but got hot and made the state quarterfinals. Dacula is on a 13-1 run, its only loss to Colquitt County.