Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Maxwell’s mid-season playoff projections: Classes AAAAAA, AAAAA, AAAA

  • 7:10 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the Maxwell Ratings’ mid-season projections of the playoff draw for Class AAAAAA, Class AAAAA, and Class AAAA.

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

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 AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average Class AAAAAA team).

Although regions may [More]

Creekside 28, Stephenson 14

  • 11:04 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

As a journalist made his way to the press box before Creekside took the field against visiting Stephenson, a Seminole fan shouted, “Where’s the write up on Bricen Terry? He’s the best back in the state.”

The fan might be right.

The 5-9, 210-pound senior slashed and rumbled his way to 208 yards on 29 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run late, to lead the Seminoles (4-1, 1-0 in Region 6-AAAAA), ranked No. 4, to a 28-14 win over No. 3 Stephenson (2-2, 0-1).

Terry got a major assist from his offensive line, led by bookend tackles Deandre Ford and Marquel Harrell.  They, [More]

Langston Hughes 21, Creekside 20

  • 11:03 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

In the end, Creekside’s talent, smart coaching and heart of a champion could not overcome an uncharacteristically undisciplined performance.

Neighborhood rival Langston Hughes (2-0) – a squad with just as much talent, ranked No. 7 in Class AAAAAA – used a stingy defense and opportune offense to build a 21-0 lead and then withstood a furious rally by Creekside to claim a 21-20 win in the Panther Pit at Langston Hughes Stadium in Fairburn.

Trailing 21-0 late in the third quarter, Creekside (1-1), the defending Class AAAAA champions, ranked No. 1 this week, began its comeback.  With the offense clearly missing AJC/GHSFD [More]

Six Georgians named USA Today Track and Field All Americans

  • 5:43 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Six Georgia track athletes have been selected American Family Insurance/USA Today All Americans, with four receiving first team honors.

For the boys team, recent Our Lady of Mercy graduate Christian Coleman, St. Pius grad Daniel Haugh and Pace Academy alum Kenny Selmon were all selected to the first team.  For the girls team, Rockdale County rising sophomore Candace Hill made the first team, while Miller Grove graduate Tiffany Flynn and Forest Park rising senior Bria Matthews earned second team honors.

Coleman, a Tennessee signee, was among five first-team sprinters selected by USA Today.  His top times this season are 10.29 seconds in [More]

Houston County edges Whitewater for Class AAAAA championship

  • 7:39 pm Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

With his team down 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning in Game 3 of the Class AAAAA State Final Series, bases loaded, two out, three-two count and fans from both sides of the stadium going berserk, Houston County centerfielder Hunt Smith stepped out of the batter’s box and looked like the Bear that ate the canary.

He stepped back in a hammered the next pitch high and deep over the scoreboard in right field.  The grand slam, which he celebrated with a 10-foot-high bat flip, provided the margin of victory for Houston County, as the Bears held off an [More]

Whitewater, Houston County need Game 3 to decide Class AAAAA championship

  • 11:14 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Whitewater and Houston County split the first two games of the Class AAAAA Final series, with each team winning in its last at-bat, and will play a deciding Game 3, Tuesday afternoon (2 p.m.) in Fayetteville.

In Game 2, Houston County staved off elimination, rallying from a 6-0 deficit to claim an 8-7 win in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Whitewater jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of a five-run second inning. The Wildcats took advantage of a walk and an error in the inning, but also got five hits, including a two-run double by freshman Tyler Doanes [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

Team

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:

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

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

1,600 [More]

Loganville hires Parris as football coach

  • 8:47 am Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Mike Parris, who resigned earlier this year as head football coach at Heritage in Conyers, was approved Tuesday as coach of region rival Loganville, the Walton Tribune has reported.

Parris’s Heritage team defeated Loganville 21-7 last season in a game that essentially put Heritage in the playoffs from 8-AAAAA and kept Loganville out.

Parris was Heritage’s coach for only one season. He resigned in December, less than a month after Heritage lost to Tucker in the first round.

Parris had been a head coach at Forest Park (1992-95) and Jackson (1996-2012) and had led both schools to the semifinals and coached seven teams [More]