Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Football season outlook: Newlook AAAA remains tough

  • 11:51 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by David Purdum

Happy football. Let’s begin.

Class AAAA has been considered by many to be the second toughest classification in the state, behind only AAAAAA.

And that was before juggernaut Buford joined the mix.

The Wolves arrive in AAAA this season as the favorites. They have won five state championships in the last six seasons in lower classifications and are 123-8 in coach Jess Simpson’s 10-year tenure. Don’t expect any type of significant drop off with the step up, not with nine Division I prospects, including six who start on defense.

Buford is one of four teams that reached the second round of the [More]

AAAA: Maxwell projects playoff draws, results

  • 10:45 pm Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons, approximately 51 each second.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class AAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAAA team).

Although regions may use different criteria, in the simulation all standings were determined by using recursive head-to-head [More]

Marist girls win AAAA soccer title

  • 2:24 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Marist gave retiring coach Sergio Stadler his ninth state championship as the defending champion War Eagles overpowered Veterans 3-0 in the Class AAAA girls championship at Kennesaw State.

Stadler stood on the field after the game, posing for photos with his players, waving to fans and even blowing a few kissed their way. Stadler has spent 39 years teaching math at Marist and started the soccer program in 1988. His teams won or share state championships in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003-04, 2008-09 and 2013.

“They worked hard all year,” Stadler said. “The players believed in our style and executed well and peaked [More]

Girls Track and Field: State Championship Final Results

  • 3:56 pm Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

High schools

Track and field

Girls state championships, Albany

Final Results


Class AAAAAA: 1. Westlake, 61; 2. McEachern, 52; 3. Marietta, 47

Class AAAAA: 1. Miller Grove, 60; 2. Pope, 59; 3. Northside-Warner Robins, 56

Class AAAA: 1. Marist, 96; 2. Monroe-Albany, 67; 3. Redan, 62

Class AAA: 1. Woodward Academy, 61; 2. St. Pius, 56; 3. Blessed Trinity, 53

Class AA: 1. Lovett, 92; 2. Thomasville, 48; 3. Wesleyan, 42

Class Private A:  1. Eagle’s Landing Christian, 75; 2. Landmark Christian, 56; 3. Athens Christian, 51

Class Public A:  1. Gordon [More]

Freshman Hill dominates; Westlake, Miller Grove, Woodward Academy, Marist, Lovett, ELCA, Gordon Lee win titles

  • 12:34 am Sunday, May 4th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

ALBANY – Rockdale County freshman Candace Hill brought the sizzle. But once again, Westlake went home with the steak.

The Lions used their superior depth, plus tons of guts and guile to win their second consecutive Class AAAAAA title at the 46th Georgia High School Association Girls State Track and Field Championships.

Westlake has won three state titles since 2009, and co-head coach Robert Wilson said this one might be the sweetest. Unlike last year, when the Lions blew away the rest of the field by 30 points, Westlake was not in the top 10 going into Saturday’s running finals after a [More]

Track and Field Blog: Georgia athletes rank nationally; Big meets this weekend

  • 1:11 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Nationally ranked athletes

As is the case with the “big three” sports – football, basketball and baseball — Georgia athletes are usually rated among the best in the United States. Such is the case in track and field as well.

As the season gets into full swing, now that basketball has ended and those athletes that participate in both sports move their focus to the track, here are the state’s athletes ranked in the Top 20 nationally in the 16 events scored in Georgia:

400 meters – No. 2 Quintaveon Poole, Washington County (47.88 seconds)

800 – No. 13 Jeramey Hampton, North Gwinnett (1:55.59)

1,600 [More]

Class AAAA boys: Schedule

  • 8:00 am Friday, February 21st, 2014 by AJC Sports



at Macon

Jonesboro 56, Columbia 51


March 1

Columbia vs. Westover, 4:45 p.m.

Alexander vs. Jonesboro, 8:15 p.m.


Feb. 26

(R4/T1) Jonesboro vs. (R2/T1) Rutland

(R5/T1) Alexander vs. (R5/T4) Carrollton

(R3/T1) Glenn Hills vs. (R1/R1) Westover

(R6/T1) Columbia vs. (R5/T2) Sandy Creek

Second Round

Feb. 24-25

(R4/T1) Jonesboro vs. (R1/T2) Worth Co.

(R2/T1) Rutland vs. (R1/T3) Crisp Co.

(R5/T1) Alexander vs. (R6/T3) Grady

(R5/T4) Carrollton vs. (R6/T2) Marist

(R3/T1) Glenn Hills vs. (R4/T3) Eagle’s Landing

(R1/R1) Westover vs. (R4/T2) Riverdale

(R6/T1) Columbia vs. (R5/T3) Fayette Co.

(R8/T1) Johnson-Gainesville vs. (R5/T2) Sandy Creek

Class AAAA girls: Scores

  • 8:00 am Friday, February 21st, 2014 by AJC Sports

Class AAAA

State Championship

Thursday, March 6

Redan 63, Columbus 53


Saturday, March 1

Columbus 63, Woodland-Henry 32

Redan 60, South Effingham 40


Wednesday, Feb. 26

Columbus 61, Columbia 52

Redan 52, Fayette County 45

South Effingham 46, Monroe 31

Woodland-Henry 68, Cross Creek 66

Round 2

Monday, Feb. 24

Columbia 41, River Ridge 33

Columbus 50, Marist 37

Cross Creek 74, Mary Persons 68

Fayette County 43, Grady 25

Monroe 50, Dutchtown 38

Redan 67, Northwest Whitfield 35

South Effingham 52, Rutland 49

Woodland-Henry 50, Westover 41

Round 1

Feb. 21-22

Columbia 63, Stephens County 47

Columbus 73, Gilmer 34

Cross Creek 62, Crisp County 53

Dutchtown 53, Veterans 48

Grady 55, Chestatee 51

Fayette County 68, Heritage-Catoosa 31

Marist 56, Eastside 51

Mary Persons 62, Griffin 53

Monroe 60, Richmond [More]

Class AAAA girls: Schedule

  • 8:00 am Friday, February 21st, 2014 by AJC Sports



at Macon

Redan 63, Columbus 53


March 1

Redan vs. South Effingham, 3 p.m.

Columbus vs. Woodland-Henry, 6:30 p.m.


Feb. 26

(R4/T1) Woodland-Henry vs. (R3/T2) Cross Creek

(R5/T1) Columbus vs. (R6/T2) Columbia

(R3/T1) South Effingham vs. (R1/R1) Monroe

(R6/T1) Redan vs. (R5/T2) Fayette Co.

Second Round

Feb. 24-25

(R4/T1) Woodland-Henry 50, (R1/T2) Westover 41

(R3/T2) Cross Creek 74, (R2/T1) Mary Persons 68

(R5/T1) Columbus 50, (R6/T3) Marist 37

(R6/T2) Columbia 41, (R7/T1) River Ridge 33

(R3/T1) South Effingham 52, (R2/T2) Rutland 49

(R4/T2) Dutchtown 50, (R1/R1) Monroe 38

(R6/T1) Redan 67, (R7/T2) Northwest Whitfield 35

(R5/T2) Fayette Co. 43, (R6/T4) Grady 25

Class AAAA boys: Scores

  • 8:00 am Friday, February 21st, 2014 by AJC Sports


Thursday, March 6

Jonesboro 56, Columbia 51


Saturday, March 1

Columbia 57, Westover 55

Jonesboro 78, Alexander 75 (OT)


Thursday, Feb. 27

Alexander 66, Carrollton 49

Columbia 63, Sandy Creek 44

Jonesboro 84, Rutland 81

Westover 68, Glenn Hills 51

Round 2

Tuesday, Feb. 25

Alexander 60, Grady

Carrollton 47, Marist 45

Columbia 67, Fayette County 58

Glenn Hills 71, Eagle’s Landing 51

Jonesboro 62, Worth County 45

Rutland 88, Crisp County 77

Sandy Creek 83, Johnson-Gainesville 80 (OT)

Westover 79, Riverdale 60

Round 1

Feb. 21-22

Alexander 82, Cass 28

Carrollton 44, River Ridge 38

Columbia 63, Lumpkin County 20

Crisp County 56, Liberty County 53

Eagle’s Landing 80, Veterans 64

Fayette County 76, Gilmer 55

Glenn Hills 74, Albany 45

Grady 62, Eastside 50 (OT)

Johnson-Gainesville 83, Stone [More]