Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

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]

Region 8-AAAAAA coaches make history with first-ever All-Region Track and Field team

  • 2:06 pm Monday, May 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

For the first time a region in the Georgia High School Association has selected an all-region track and field team.  The coaches in Region 8-AAAAAA put together boys and girls teams that feature the region champion in each event, plus two more athletes voted on by the coaches.

So here is the first ever all-region track and field team, a great idea by the coaches in Region 8-AAAAAA that may catch on in other regions.  Region 8-AAAAAA is made up of the following schools:  Archer, Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett.  Shiloh was the boys Class [More]

Harrison girls win AAAAAA soccer crown

  • 7:09 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Harrison coach Steve Riccard admitted the lockerroom wasn’t a pleasant place for his girls soccer team on Saturday. They took a few minutes to discuss how and why they were trailing for the first time all season. Then they went out and did something about it.

The Hoyas used a big second half to beat Grayson 2-1 and cap an undefeated season to win the Class AAAAAA championship on Saturday at Kennesaw State.

“They vented their frustration because they knew they hadn’t played their best,” Riccard said.

The Hoyas (22-0) scored two second-half goals within 11 minutes of each other and won their [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]

Alpharetta promotes offensive coordinator as head coach

  • 12:13 pm Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Alpharetta has promoted offensive coordinator Jacob Nichols as head football coach.

Nichols, who will be formally introduced as head coach on Monday in a meet and greet with boosters, players and parents, will replace Jason Dukes, who took a head coaching job at Smiths Station in Alabama.

Nichols was offensive coordinator for the past two seasons and coached the offensive lines in 2010 and 2011. He also is Alpharetta’s strength and conditioning coordinator.

Nichols played on Parkview’s1997 state championship team. He got into coaching in 2004 as a community assistant at an Alabama middle school while getting a degree at UAB.

Alpharetta, which opened [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]

AAAAAA girls: McEachern 64, South Forsyth 27

  • 8:29 pm Saturday, March 1st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Senior Te’a Cooper scored 21 points and No. 1-ranked McEachern overpowered South Forsyth 64-27 in the Class AAAAAA semifinals at Georgia Tech.
The Indians, who won the state championship in 2012, also got 16 points from Caliya Robinson and 12 from Taylor Gordon. It was the 24th straight win for McEachern, the Region 4 champion.
The Indians, who had scored 80 or more in five of their last six games, outscored South Forsyth 23-5 in the first quarter. The Indians led the third quarter 58-26, which shortened the final period to six minutes, and went long stretches running the clock. McEachern subbed [More]

Class AAAAAA boys: Wheeler 93, Shiloh 90 (3OT)

  • 1:54 am Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

After 56 minutes of basketball, a dozen lead changes and two players on his own team nearly coming to blows on the bench, Wheeler head coach Doug Lipscomb needed just one word to describe his team’s 93-90 win over Shiloh in the second round of the AAAAAA state playoffs, Tuesday night.

“Amazing,” he said. “I need a drink of water.”

The Wildcats (25-5), the No. 1 seed from Region 5-AAAAAA, will now face North Gwinnett (26-3), the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA, Thursday in the quarterfinals. North Gwinnett coasted to a 74-43 win over Lambert Tuesday night, in the Bulldogs’ second [More]

Campbell football coach ‘shocked’ at decision to fire him

  • 3:08 pm Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Harris Rainbow was fired Tuesday as head football coach at Campbell, calling it a big surprise while defending his three-year record.

Campbell was 4-6 in 2013, the Cobb County school’s best record since 2007. Campbell set a school scoring record with 290 points, or 29.0 per game

‘’I think everyone is shocked, the entire community, the kids and me most of all,’’ Rainbow said. “This is out of the blue. The only thing she gave me was she wanted to go in a different direction. It’s just a very suspicious decision.’’

Campbell’s principal, Dr. Denise Magee, told Rainbow of the decision Tuesday, Rainbow [More]