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AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

12 Georgia players invited to USA Basketball Women’s U17 trials

  • 9:27 am Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

A dozen Georgia girls have been invited to attend the USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team Trials this month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The group is led by St. Pius point guard Asia Durr, a member of the gold-medal winning USA U16 team from last year.

Other Georgia players are Camille Anderson (5-10 guard) of Buford, Tyler Collins (5-4 guard) of Woodward Academy, Te’a Coopoer (5-8 guard) of McEachern, Shekinah Howard (5-11 forward) of Chapel Hill Middle, Kasiyahna Kushkituah (6-3 center) of St. Francis, Tynice Martin (5-11 forward) of Southwest DeKalb, Victoria Oglesby (5-6 guard) of Creekland Middle, Caliya Robinson (6-3 [More]

State-winning Morgan County basketball coach takes college job

  • 5:55 pm Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Charlemagne Gibbons, the coach who led Morgan County to its first-ever boys basketball state championship this season, has taken a job as an assistant at Florida Atlantic.

‘’It was a hard decision because I love my guys and my school,’’ Gibbons said. “But it’s a great opportunity.’’

Gibbons was approached by Florida Atlantic’s new coach, Michael Curry, a former NBA player from Glenn Hills High in Augusta, shortly after Morgan County’s season, Gibbons told the Morgan County Citizen newspaper.

Morgan County is expected to be a strong contender again in 2015. Point guard Tookie Brown, who averaged 26.7 points, will be a senior. [More]

DeShields to transfer from North Carolina after one season

  • 8:17 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Former Norcross basketball star Diamond DeShields is transferring from North Carolina after a freshman season in which she averaged 18 points and 5.4 rebounds for a team that was 27-10, the Raleigh News & Observer reported late Thursday.

DeShields was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification girls player of the year in 2013 and led Norcross to three state championships. She was one of the most recruited players in the country and in Georgia history.

“I do not know or understand why Diamond DeShields has decided to leave the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell said [More]

Basketball: Bracket change appears to be a popular move

  • 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The GHSA’s decision this week to change the format of the state basketball tournament seems to have met with general approval among head coaches, although many are unaware of it.
Future playoff brackets will match those of football, soccer and baseball, meaning schools from regions 1-4 (mostly middle and south Georgia) will meet schools from region 5-8 (mostly north Georgia) beginning with the quarterfinals rather than the semifinals.
The perception is that the 5-8 half of the brackets is stronger than the 1-4 half, leading to many of the better teams getting knocked off before the semifinals. Teams from regions 5-8 have [More]

Former Milton coach Boyd hired at East Jackson

  • 9:26 am Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

David Boyd, who led Milton’s boys basketball teams to state championships in 2010 and 2012, will be named head coach at East Jackson on Thursday.

Boyd has won more than 600 games and six state championships. He is the only boys coach in state history to win state championships at four schools – Milton, Berkmar, Tucker and Campbell.

‘’I love coaching high school players,’’ Boyd said. “I love being in the gym. I love following all my former players in college. It is a lifetime commitment to them. I also love the small-town environment at East Jackson. Folks care about their teams, [More]

Baseball: Jefferson takes over at No. 1, Blessed Trinity up to No. 2

  • 2:59 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Jefferson is the new No. 1 in Class AA after Lovett lost three of four and Westminster dropped a game to GAC last week. Wesleyan leapt into the top five after taking two of three from Lovett. Bowdon debuted in the top 10 with an impressive 12-3 record.

The Class A combined rankings remained the same while, in Class AAA, Blessed Trinity shot up to No. 2 after winning 10 straight, including impressive victories over McEachern and St. Pius. White County dropped out of the rankings after losing four straight. St. Pius has won 10 of 11 and, after being unranked [More]

Girls basketball player of the year: Kendrick’s Kahlia Lawrence

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by Chip Saye
Kahlia Lawrence, AJC

Kendrick girls coach Sterling Hicks had never seen Kahlia Lawrence play basketball before she set foot on the Columbus school’s campus at the start of her sophomore season. He was in for a pleasant surprise.

Now fans across the state are familiar with the sweet jump shot and smooth ball-handling of the 5-foot-9 guard, who has been selected as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification girls player of the year.

Lawrence averaged a team-leading 26.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and six steals in guiding the Cherokees to an undefeated season and their first state championship since 2008 and second overall. She set school records for [More]

All-metro boys basketball teams

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by AJC Sports

ALL-METRO TEAMS

BOYS

CITY/SOUTH FULTON
Player of the year: Raymond Saunders, Westlake
Coach of the year: Chip McAllister, Landmark Christian
First team
F Shawntrez Davis, Tri-Cities, 6-8, Jr.
F/G Jamario Duggan, Douglass, 6-4, Sr.
G Raymond Saunders, Westlake, 6-0, Sr.
G Tyrius Walker, Grady, 5-10, Sr.
F/G Tyler Williams, Westlake, 6-4, Sr.
Second team
G Costa Anderson, South Atlanta, 6-1, Sr.
F Kejuan Johnson, Hapeville Charter, 6-6, Jr.
G Emmanuel Rainey, Tri-Cities, 5-11, Sr.
G Jackson Schultz, Landmark Christian, 5-11, Jr.
G Trey Williams, Woodward Academy, 6-4, Sr.
Honorable mention: Omar Bandeh, Douglass; Will Benson, Westminster; Derrick Byrd, South Atlanta; Marquise Clark, Washington; Avi Toomer, Grady.

COBB
Player of the year: Jaylen Brown, Wheeler
Coach of the year: George Washington, [More]

All-metro girls basketball teams

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by AJC Sports

ALL-METRO TEAMS

GIRLS

CITY/SOUTH FULTON
Player of the year: Amy Griffin, Southwest Atlanta Christian
Coach of the year: Jackie Cowan, Southwest Atlanta Christian
First team
G Marquita Daniels, SW Atlanta Christian, 5-7, Sr.
F Amy Griffin, SW Atlanta Christian, 6-1, Sr.
F Anriel Howard, Westlake, 6-0, Jr.
F Kierra Johnson-Graham, South Atlanta, 5-10, So.
F Alexandria Williams, Woodward Academy, 5-10, Sr.
Second team
G Tierra Boykin, Westlake, 5-5, Jr.
G Te’Erica Eason, Lovett, 5-8, Jr.
G Alicia Franklin, Douglass, 5-4, Jr.
G Kennya Simms, Hughes, 5-4, So.
F Harlyn Wyatt, Mays, 6-2, Jr.
Honorable mention: Kendricka Glover, Hughes; Erica Gibbons, Grady; Terrianna Kemp, Jackson-Atlanta; Liza Linginfelter, Westminster; Kamyiah Street, Mays

COBB
Player of the year: Te’a Cooper, McEachern
Coach of [More]

All-state boys basketball teams

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014 by AJC Sports

ALL-STATE TEAMS
All-classification player of the year: Tadric Jackson, Tift County

Class AAAAAA
Player of the year: Jaylen Brown, Wheeler
Coach of the year: Eric Holland, Tift County
First team
F TeMarcus Blanton, Luella, 6-4, Sr.
F Jaylen Brown, Wheeler, 6-7, Jr.
G Kyle Castlin, Hillgrove, 6-4, Sr.
G Tadric Jackson, Tift County, 6-2, Sr.
G Devin Mitchell, Collins Hill, 6-3, Sr.
Second team
G Tobias “T.J.” Howard, North Gwinnett, 6-0, Jr.
G Ty Hudson, Pebblebrook, 6-2, Jr.
G Raymond Saunders, Westlake, 6-0, Sr.
F Marcus Sheffield, Chattahoochee, 6-5, Jr.
G Elijah Weems, Walton, 6-4, Sr.
Honorable mention: Devontae Cacok, Alpharetta; Kiair Crouch, Berkmar; Shawntrez Davis, Tri-Cities; Shaun Jones, Central Gwinnett; Mo Lewis IV, Milton; Rashad Lewis, [More]