Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

New football schedules released: Here are some of the best games

  • 10:17 am Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Football schedules for the 2014 season were released last week by the Georgia High School Association.

Here are some of the highlights at first glance, and in no particular order. They focus primarily on non-region games –

*Buford is playing Class AAAAAA semifinalist McEachern on Sept. 5 at home. Buford also plays Berkmar and Trinity Christian of Florida in the weeks before. Buford played Class AAAAA power Gainesville the past two seasons, but this will be the first games against teams from the highest class since 2004, when Buford’s state-record 47-game losing streak was ended by Central Gwinnett. Buford has won [More]

Sonoraville coach resigns to join Barden at Stephens County

  • 10:21 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Roger Gentry, who led Sonoraville of Calhoun to its first state-playoff berth in 2013, has resigned to become offensive coordinator at Stephens County under new coach Frank Barden, the Times Free Press of Chattanooga reports.

Gentry was 9-22 in three seasons, including 4-7 in 2013. Gentry had been offensive coordinator at Sonoraville before replacing his brother-in-law, Chuck King, as the head coach in 2011.

Barden became Stephens County’s head coach this off-season after 210 seasons as the head man at Cartersville.

Americus-Sumter hires football coach

  • 10:10 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dexter Dawson was approved as the head football coach at Americus-Sumter this week. Dawson is an assistant principal at the school who had been an Americus-Sumter assistant coach.

‘’He already knows our kids, and he has been on the coaching staff before transitioning into administration,’’ principal Kimothy Daniel told The Americus Times-Record, which first reported the story.

Dawson replaes Reggie Mitchell, who resigned earlier this month. Americus-Sumter was 4-6 last season. Dawson will be the school’s fourth head coach in four seasons.

Dawson is a former Mitchell-Baker and Georgia Southern standout player. He was head coach at Twiggs County in 2010. His [More]

Baseball: Milton climbs to No. 3; Dunwoody, Creekview make AAAAA top 10

  • 6:23 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Milton shot up to No. 3 in a topsy-turvy Class AAAAAA poll as several teams ahead of the previously-seventh-ranked Eagles

suffered defeats. Etowah lost three straight and dropped to No. 10 while Walton climbed back into the top five after beating Wheeler and Lassiter last week.

Class AAAAA also saw several ranked teams lose including No. 1 Whitewater, which lost to rival McIntosh. However, the Wildcats remained No. 1 as the rest of the top four also lost games. Dunwoody and Creekview made this week’s rankings as each team is riding an impressive winning streak.

In Class AAAA, Redan rode a six-game winning [More]

Gymnastics: Buford undefeated in program’s second year of existence

  • 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Score Atlanta

Buford’s gymnastics squad has been successful since its inaugural 2013 season. The Wolves qualified for state and went on to place

fourth. With a year of experience under their belts, the Wolves enter Saturday’s preliminary state qualifying meet at Dunwoody with a perfect regular season record and five gymnasts that will spend the remaining days leading up to the meet adding new skills to their routines according to head coach Amanda Allen.

“Overall, having the second year and knowing what to expect has helped this year’s team. Their peers are getting a little more involved and they are getting more support [More]

South Cobb football coach loses job after one month as school board rescinds offer

  • 8:28 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Geoff Pastrick, who was named South Cobb’s football coach last month, is out because Cobb County Schools would not approve his hiring.

Pastrick has been replaced by assistant coach Sherrod Rainge, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. Rainge had been the offensive line coach for the past two seasons.

Pastrick did not immediately return a call from an AJC reporter on Monday. He told the Marietta newspaper that the news surprised him.

“I will be looking for answers,” he said. “I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this. Cobb County is my home and where I wanted to be. This is [More]

McFerrin, Godfrey, Walker among six to be inducted into Georgia coaches hall of fame

  • 9:56 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Football coaches T. McFerrin, Buck Godfrey and Rodney Walker have been selected for induction into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Also to be inducted May 31 in Dalton are Johnny Farmer of Fannin County basketball, Jimmy Hires of Richmond Hill basketball and Lee Gower of Walton and McEachern track and field and cross country.

McFerrin, who retired after the 2012 season, had a record of 340-102-4. He won state championships at Jefferson (2012) and Elbert County (1995). He coached four different schools to the state finals, five to the semifinals and seven to the quarterfinals, all state records.

Godfrey, also [More]

Miller County hires Mary Persons offensive coordinator

  • 12:42 pm Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Miller County approved Mary Persons offensive coordinator Jeremy Rayburn as head football coach at a school board meeting Monday.

Rayburn has been on Mary Persons’ staff since 2007 and was part of seven straight winning seasons and the school’s first 10-win seasons (2012, 2013) since 1998. Rayburn is a Thomasville native who will be an hour from home at Miller County.

‘’Miller County has always had good tradition, and when I got down there, I really liked the people,’’ Rayburn said. ‘’They’ve made a commitment to get the program back on the map. My wife and I are from Thomasville. I played [More]

Lithia Springs hires Lovejoy offensive coordinator

  • 11:03 am Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Craig Chatman, Lovejoy’s offensive coordinator since 2002 and an alumnus of the school, is moving on to Lithia Springs, where he’ll be a head coach for the first time.

‘’It’s a beautiful school with beautiful facilities and it looks like it’s going to be a great support system,’’ Chatman said. “I’ve been going around the school, and the students have been unbelievable. I’m ready to get over there and get started and get this thing turned around.’’

But Chatman has unfinished business at Lovejoy. He’s been the team’s baseball coach since 2002. Chatman said he would start spring football practice on May [More]

10 best high school receivers: Lovejoy’s Williams heads deep group

  • 10:10 am Monday, April 21st, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

It’s not fair to high school kids to compare them to All-Pro NFL players, but Lovejoy wide receiver Preston Williams leaves little choice.

Williams is 6 feet, 5 inches, and he’s the No. 1 wide-receiver prospect in Georgia. The last time those credentials came together so impressively was 10 years ago, when Calvin Johnson was a senior at Sandy Creek.

Johnson became an All-American at Georgia Tech and an NFL record-holder. Williams has committed to Tennessee.

“The guy is 6-foot-5, and he runs like a track star,’’ said Craig Chatman, Lovejoy’s former offensive coordinator, now at Lithia Springs. ‘’He can jump out of [More]