Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Six Georgia baseball teams ranked in MaxPreps’ top 25 nationally

2:37 pm Mar. 21, 2017

There’s more proof that Georgia is as much a baseball state as anything else in sports.

Six Georgia baseball teams are ranked are ranked among the top 25 nationally of MaxPreps’ computer rankings.

Here is the list:

5. Allatoona
7. Blessed Trinity
11. North Gwinnett
16. Cartersville
23. Parkview
24. Walton

Here’s a brief look at each.

No. 5 Allatoona is 13-2 with wins over Parkview and the No. 1-ranked Class AAAAA team, Starr’s Mill. Senior center fielder/pitcher Kyle

High-class girls final four: Collins Hill vs. Norcross, McEachern vs. Archer

11:06 pm Feb. 28, 2017

The girls’ final four is set – Collins Hill vs. Norcross and Archer vs. McEachern – for the University of West Georgia on Saturday.

That’s as the Class AAAAAAA blog predicted it, which says more about the calibre of those top teams than anything else.

Take three-time defending champion McEachern. The Indians crushed fifth-ranked Mill Creek 77-29. It was 42-13 at halftime, and the fourth quarter was played with a running

Round 2 recap: Newton beats Westlake in 3 OT

12:10 am Feb. 24, 2017

The Westlake-Newton boys playoff game lived up to all expectations Thursday night in Covington as third-ranked Newton defeated the reigning state champions of the highest classification 89-83 in triple overtime.

Newton (28-1) moved on to face Tift County in next week’s Class AAAAAAA quarterfinals.

In avenging a close semifinal defeat in the state playoffs last year, Newton led by as much as 42-23 in the first half and 57-48 in the fourth

First-round wrap: Colquitt, Mountain View, Duluth make history

10:13 am Feb. 19, 2017

Colquitt County and Mountain View advanced in the boys state playoffs for the first time Saturday, and Duluth’s boys and girls won on the road, making for that school’s best post-season since 1970.

Here are more facts and observations from the first round of the basketball state playoffs in Class AAAAAAA.

BOYS BRACKET (click to view)

-Colquitt County won its first state-playoff game in history with a 64-51 victory over Kennesaw Mountain.

Predictions: Pebblebrook boys to win first title; McEachern girls to win 4th in row

10:32 am Feb. 14, 2017

Below are my round-by-round predictions of the Class AAAAAAA boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

Pebblebrook, despite its seven losses, will win the boys title. The Falcons are 6-2 vs. Top 10 teams. Those include Wheeler (3-0), Westlake (1-2), Norcross (1-0) and Berkmar (1-0).

Pebblebrook defeated Wheeler last week without Collin Sexton, the best player in this classification if not the state. Sexton, the McDonald’s All-American, returned in the Region 2 final

State playoff brackets: Tough draw for defending champ Westlake boys

10:22 pm Feb. 11, 2017

The region tournaments are done in Class AAAAAAA, and below are unofficial first-round matchups for the state tournament, which begins Friday.

In the boys’ bracket, defending champion Westlake is seeded to face third-ranked Newton in the second round. Playing in rugged Region 2, Westlake won the regular-seasons title, which included two impressive wins over Pebblebrook, but lost Saturday night in overtime to Pebblebrook, which got the No. 1 seed.


Region tournament previews: Wheeler is site of boys’ royal rumble

10:33 am Feb. 6, 2017

Metro Atlanta’s most exciting boys basketball region – 2-AAAAAAA – will be putting on a heck-of-a tournament this week at Wheeler’s new 3,000-seat Wheeler Arena in Marietta.

The three top boys teams – No. 2 Pebblebrook (17-7, 8-2), No. 5 Westlake (16-9) and No. 6 Wheeler (17-7, 7-3) – have played national schedules and have been nationally ranked.

Westlake is the defending state champion and No. 1 seed. The Lions swept Pebblebrook,

Updated: Region tournament schedules, seeds coming into focus

3:22 pm Feb. 3, 2017

The basketball regular season comes to a close with games Friday and Saturday, and region tournaments begin next week.

Below are the region tournament schedules for every region in Class AAAAAAA.

These schedules will run next week on for all seven classifications. In the meantime, the schedule for the AAAAAAA tournaments will reside here on the AAAAAAA blog as seeds become official.

The seeds below are unofficial, but teams are filled if