Jarrell, Crawford County running through Region 4-AA

9:05 am Jan. 24, 2015

There’s arguably no boys team in AA hotter than Crawford County, and few players putting up better numbers than its star junior William Jarrell. Through his first 15 games, the 6-foot-4 guard was averaging 25.8 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He’s only improved on those numbers lately, putting up 52 points, 19 rebounds, 13 assists, nine steals and seven blocks in a pair of Eagles wins

Weekend preview: Swainsboro, Vidalia set for non-region clash; more challenges ahead for top girls teams

8:35 am Jan. 22, 2015

A look at some of the marquee games this weekend, as well as how the top 10 fared on Tuesday. …

BOYS

No. 8 Vidalia travels to face No. 9 Swainsboro in an intriguing non-region matchup Saturday night. Vidalia has won three straight since a surprisingly lopsided 80-51 loss to Bryan County earlier this month in Region 1-AA play. Dating back to last season’s run to the state semifinals, the Indians’ strength

Holy Innocents’, Pelham prove to be among state’s elite

11:41 am Jan. 20, 2015

Class AA is loaded with strong girls teams, but the top two – Holy Innocents’ and Pelham – made strong arguments to separate themselves from the pack last week.

In a pair of marquee matchups on back-to-back nights, the top-ranked Lady Bears and second-ranked Lady Hornets scored wins that made waves across the state. First, on Friday night, Pelham handed defending AA state champ Kendrick its first loss since the 2013

Pelham girls make statement with win over Kendrick

8:56 am Jan. 17, 2015

Entering Saturday night’s showdown with McEachern, Holy Innocents’ is unbeaten and the top-ranked girls team in Class AA. But Pelham’s performance Friday night showed there isn’t much of gap between No. 1 and No. 2. The second-ranked Lady Hornets (16-1) defeated Kendrick, 70-61, ending a 43-game winning streak for the defending Class AA champ and the current top-ranked team in Class AAA. Briunna Freeman’s 25 points led Pelham, whose only

Top AA girls teams stepping up in class this weekend

8:24 am Jan. 15, 2015

A few big games on deck this weekend, including a pivotal Region 6-AA boys matchup featuring two top-five boys teams, and the top two girls teams in Class AA taking on highly ranked teams in larger classifications. More on that below, plus a look back at how the top 10 teams fared earlier this week. …

BOYS

Friday night’s No. 3 Greater Atlanta Christian/No. 5 Holy Innocents’ game is the only boys

Tests await top-ranked Seminole County, Holy Innocents’

10:04 am Jan. 13, 2015

A look at the week ahead and some of the top performances from the last seven days. …

BOYS

1. Seminole County (13-2)

Tuesday: vs. Bainbridge. Class AA’s new No. 1 gets a third crack at the team that’s been its nemesis this season. Both of the Indians’ losses have come against Bainbridge – the No. 5 team in Class AAAA – the last one a 65-64 defeat in the Thomasville Holiday Hoopfest.
Saturday:

AA blog: GAC coming into form; Bryan County makes a statement

8:50 am Jan. 10, 2015

Some notes from around the state following Friday’s action in Class AA. …

BOYS

Defending state champ Greater Atlanta Christian isn’t going away. Since falling to .500 after a loss to Class AAAAAA Parkview in late December, the Spartans (9-5) have won four straight, with the slimmest margin being a 17-point win over Wesleyan earlier this week. In Friday night’s 93-56 win over KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, Garrett Covington, Cam Boyd and Jacob

AA blog: Big weekend features Region 6 girls showdown

8:08 am Jan. 8, 2015

A look at the biggest games coming up this weekend in Class AA, including region tests for the top-ranked teams in the boys and girls rankings. …

GIRLS

Top-ranked Holy Innocents’ plays at No. 3 Wesleyan on Saturday in a key Region 6-AA matchup. Holy Innocents’ (15-0) has won by wide margins in most of its games thus far, including a 77-43 win over No. 8 Lovett in region play on Dec.

AA blog: Holy Innocents’, Pelham entrenched atop girls rankings

10:58 am Jan. 6, 2015

The first AJC rankings since the preseason were released Sunday and it’s little surprise that Holy Innocents’ and Pelham occupy the top two spots. Holy Innocents’ lost only one senior from last year’s Class A runner-up squad, and features high-level college prospects in Erika Cassell and Khayla Pointer. They’ve only reinforced the preseason expectations, winning their first 14 games.

Pelham dropped its first game of the year last week,