AA hoops blog: How the top 10 fared this weekend

2:51 pm Dec. 21, 2014

Here’s a look at how the top teams in Class AA fared this weekend. …


1. Pace Academy (7-1, 3-0 Region 6-AA)

- Idle; next scheduled game is Dec. 27 vs. North Atlanta in the Westminster Holiday Tournament.

2. Vidalia (9-0, 2-0 Region 2-AA)

- def. McIntosh County Academy, 69-43 (Friday): Only one team has scored 60 points against the Indians this season.

3. Greater Atlanta Christian (5-4, 2-1 Region 6-AA)

- lost to

All-region teams: Mancuso, Woerner, Kemp lead 8-AA awards

8:03 pm Dec. 20, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 8-AA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Offensive player of the year: QB Joseph Mancuso, Union County

Defensive players of the year: DB Charlie Woerner, Rabun County; DL Demone Kemp, Greene County

Special teams player of the year: PK/P Andres Aparicio, Greene County

Coach of the year: Lee Shaw, Rabun County


QB – Collin Grant, Rabun County

RB – Devin Wynn, Greene County

RB – Eli Gipson, Rabun County

WR – Jacob Rogers, Union County


Seven boys teams off to fast starts (and one notable exception)

9:25 am Dec. 19, 2014

Here’s a look at seven boys teams in Class AA that are off to hot starts this season …

Pace Academy (7-1, 3-0 Region 6-AA)

The Knights’ only loss came to Wasatch Academy (Utah) in the Holiday Hoopsgiving tournament in Atlanta. Other than that, Pace Academy has won every game by 14 points or more, including a 16-point win at defending state champ Greater Atlanta Christian.

Pace Academy missed the playoffs last year in

AA blog: Girls hoops update

11:34 am Dec. 16, 2014

As we round the corner toward Christmas, holiday tournaments and next semester, the hoops season is about to hit top gear. With just a handful of region games under our belt, it’s already shaping up to be an interesting one.

Let’s get caught up on the girls game today…

MaxPreps.com Top 10

Pelham (6-0, 2-0 Region 1-AA)
Holy Innocents’ (9-0, 3-0 Region 6-AA)
Model (9-1, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
Darlington (7-2, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
Wesleyan (5-3, 2-0, Region

Benedictine 45, Greater Atlanta Christian 21

5:10 pm Dec. 13, 2014

When Benedictine’s seniors were incoming freshmen, the Cadets were coming off a 1-9 season and were just getting to know new coach Danny Britt. Four seasons later, Britt and those seniors have brought home Benedictine’s first state championship in more than a century of football history.

The Cadets defeated Greater Atlanta Christian, 45-21, Saturday at the Georgia Dome, avenging a Week 1 loss and capping a dominant string of games to

AA blog: State championship preview

9:24 am Dec. 11, 2014

Three months later, it’s striking how little has changed.

We opened the season with No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian and No. 3 Benedictine, and we’ll finish with the basically the same. GAC has gone wire to wire at No. 1 and Lovett has never left the top five, ending the regular season at No. 4.

The rematch is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Neither team has ever won a football state championship.


AA basketball: With Reid back in the fold, Harlem sets sights on postseason

11:40 am Dec. 9, 2014

Back in August, Harlem basketball got an unexpected boost when Reggie Reid returned to the Bulldogs.

The senior point guard averaged 19 points per game as a freshman and led Harlem to the state playoffs with an impressive stat line (27 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 5.7 apg, 3.7 spg) as a sophomore, but spent his junior year at ELEV8 Sports Institute in Del Ray Beach, Fla.

Without their star 6-footer, the Bulldogs struggled

AA blog: Four teams seeking a breakthrough

8:36 am Dec. 4, 2014

One way or another, somebody’s breaking a title drought this year in Class AA. Of the semifinalists, Brooks County is the most recent champ, with the only state title in program history coming 20 years ago. Fitzgerald’s only title came in 1948, which might be surprising considering how often the Purple Hurricanes play deep into the postseason.

Benedictine and GAC, the favorites Friday night, according to the Maxwell Ratings, have never

AA blog: 5 girls hoops teams to watch

11:00 pm Dec. 2, 2014

We’ve begun the 2014-15 basketball season without a consensus pick at the top of Class AA girls hoops.

Kendrick, which went 29-0 last season, winning regularly by 50-point margins, is now in Class AAA. That could leave the door open for Wesleyan, the previous champ and last year’s runner-up, to retake the throne. But Pelham flirted with perfection last year and returns key pieces from that squad.

Here’s a look at a