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Carver-Columbus, Henry County and Sandy Creek advance boys and girls to Elite 8

2:33 pm Feb. 24, 2017

Carver-Columbus, Henry County and Sandy Creek used double-digit victories to advance both their boys and girls teams into the Elite 8. These title hopefuls lead us into a slate of eight quarterfinals matchups to look forward to next week.

In the boys bracket, Region 4 champion Henry County and Region 5 champion LaGrange each come off comfortable victories in the second round. The Warhawks outscored Lafayette by 30 points to improve


Girls: Region champs play host to Elite 8 fate

12:07 pm Feb. 21, 2017

The second round of the GHSA basketball state playoffs return to the hardwood this Wednesday as the girls face off with Elite 8 berths on the line. The boys’ action will resume on Thursday as the 16 remaining teams play for their shot at the quarterfinals.

Each of the eight region champions and resultant No 1 seeds in the tournament survived the first round and will host a second round filled

Early exit sharpens focus for flawless Knights

3:04 pm Feb. 16, 2017

Class 4A’s boys bracket shapes up to be filled with top 10 showdowns and teams that will take the court on high upset alert. For undefeated Upson-Lee, however, there is no need to remind the Knights how important each playoff game is as it is still fresh on their minds. Upson-Lee enters the playoffs with a flawless 27-0 record, but still has the bitter taste of last year’s 73-56 home

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Wednesday night action to fill final two playoff spots

12:30 pm Feb. 8, 2017

The region tournaments opened this week and playoff spots have been secured in the majority of the regions, although the top seeds out of each region won’t be determined until Friday and Saturday for most of the state. In the boys Region 1, Westover and Shaw punched their tickets into the postseason with wins over Northside-Columbus and Hardaway. Carver-Columbus and Americus-Sumter will be fresh off the bye this Thursday as

Class AAAA Girls Region Tournament Results

10:02 am Feb. 6, 2017

Region 1


At Cairo

#6 Cairo 55, #7 Westover 37

At Hardaway

#5 Hardaway 65 vs. #8 Northside-Columbus 61


At Shaw

#4 Shaw 63 vs. #5 Hardaway 57

At Americus-Sumter

#3 Americus-Sumter 77, #6 Cairo 27


At Carver-Columbus

#2 Columbus 63,  #3 Americus-Sumter 44

#1 Carver-Columbus vs. #4 Shaw


At Carver-Columbus

3/4th place: Shaw 60, Americus-Sumter 54

Finals Carver-Columbus 54, Columbus 53

Region 2

Monday, Feb. 6

#6 Mary Persons 32 vs. #3 West Laurens 46

#4 Upson-Lee 52, #5 Howard 21

Wednesday, Feb. 8

#2 Perry 42, #3 West Laurens

Class AAAA Boys Region Tournament Results

9:56 am Feb. 6, 2017

lRegion 1


At Hardaway

#5 Northside-Columbus 56, #8 Cairo 40

#7 Hardaway 82, #6 Columbus 72


#4 Shaw 72, #5 Northside 49

#3 Westover 63, #7 Hardaway 44


At Carver-Columbus

#1 Americus-Sumter 58, #4 Shaw 55

#2 Carver-Columbus 68, #3 Westover 62


At Carver-Columbus

Consolation: #4 Shaw 85, #3 Westover 65

Finals: #2 Carver-Columbus 85, #1 Americus-Sumter 63

Region 2

At Mary Persons


#3 Perry 67, #6 West Laurens 53

#5 Howard 72, #4 Spalding 63


#2 Mary Persons 69, #3 Perry 60

#1 Upson-Lee 68, #5 Howard 47


Consolation: #3

Upson-Lee looks to close out perfect regular season

1:28 pm Feb. 3, 2017

This weekend will bookend the 2016-17 regular season and the start of Class AAAA’s region tournaments will be set for what will hopefully be a celebratory post-Super Bowl LI Monday. With all the regular season’s storylines coming to an end, the intensity and excitement of the postseason cranking up. Today’s blog features an in-depth conversation with hoops guru Kyle Sandy on some of Class AAAA’s top title contenders along with

Class 4A standouts shine on Signing Day 2017

2:12 pm Feb. 1, 2017

Class AAAA was well-represented on National Signing Day as some of the classification’s top playmakers headlined the star-studded Class of 2017 coming out of Georgia. Cairo outside linebacker Walter Grant added his four-star status to the University of Georgia’s Class of 2017 by inking with the Dawgs early Wednesday morning. Grant is considered the 11th ranked outside linebacker in the nation, according to 247sports, and made his decision after narrowing

Regular season hits home stretch with region slate

3:46 pm Jan. 24, 2017

With less than two weeks of the regular season left on the slate, seeding for the region tournaments underlies what should be a highly-competitive finish in Class AAAA.

Upson-Lee is the lone undefeated team left in Class AAAA, but the Knights had to survive a scare in a three-overtime battle with Griffin to improve to 20-0. Griffin, which is just 4-16 on the season and 2-6 in Region 3 action nearly

Jefferson’s wrestling dynasty continues with 16th straight dual title

11:01 am Jan. 18, 2017

The state’s longest-lasting dynasty continued over the weekend as Jefferson defeated Gilmer 35-28 to capture its 16th straight state title at the GHSA Dual State Wrestling tournament in Macon. Gilmer’s streak of seven straight state titles was snapped in the Dragons’ first year in Class 4A.

Jefferson head coach Doug Thurmond’s squad ran through the field of teams and dominated their four opponents en route to the crown. The Dragons’ included