Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

Dallas leaves ELCA to take over at Trinity Christian; Top basketball games of the weekend

2:32 am Jan. 12, 2017

Before we get to some of the top basketball games this weekend, there’s some news on the football front.

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy defensive coordinator Kenny Dallas is now the head coach at Trinity Christian in Sharpsburg. The Lions currently compete in the highest classification (AAA) of the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), but will be moving to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in the fall of 2018, according to

Buford hires Roswell coach John Ford

2:38 pm Jan. 9, 2017

Buford has hired Roswell’s John Ford as head coach, the Gwinnett County city school announced Monday.

Ford led Roswell to consecutive state final games and 14-1 finishes the past two seasons. His four-year record is 40-12.

Weather permitting, a weekend of great games on tap

3:07 am Jan. 6, 2017

Here’s a look at some of the top games over the weekend (weather permitting).


Friday, Jan. 6

No. 1 (Private) Greenforest Christian vs. Roselle Catholic (NJ). The top-ranked Eagles (11-2) will participate in one of the most competitive national tournaments of the season, the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, WV. The other Georgia schools in the 16-team field are Westlake and Wheeler, No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in Class AAAAAAA. Greenforest’s

Some of the top girls and boys players to watch this season

6:55 am Dec. 31, 2016

Here are some of the top boys and girls players to watch this season. If our list is missing someone, shout them out in the comments section or shoot an email to

De’Andre Ballard, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (Sr.): The 6-4 guard is averaging 27 points per game for the Warriors, who are 7-4 thus far and ranked No. 3 in the private poll. Ballard is committed to Florida.


Familiar faces and a few upstarts are teams to watch in 2017

3:19 am Dec. 30, 2016

Here are some of the top boys and girls teams to watch this season.

Private Boys

Greenforest Christian and St. Francis are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and have won the state championship in all four years since the split between the public and private schools – Greenforest in 2013 and 2016, St. Francis in 2014 and 2015. The two teams are the odds on favorites to meet for

Top 10 teams stay active over the holiday break

7:09 pm Dec. 28, 2016

As we begin our transition into basketball, here’s a look at the what some of the teams in the Top 10 are doing during the holiday break.

Private Boys

1. Greenforest (7-2)

2. St. Francis (10-0)

3. Southwest Atlanta Christian (6-3)

4. North Cobb Christian (7-2)

5. Aquinas (6-1)

6. Lakeview Academy (6-3)

7. Holy Innocents’ (5-4)

8. Whitefield Academy (6-3)

9. Tallulah Falls (10-0)

10. King’s Ridge (7-4)

No. 1 Greenforest Christian, the defending state champion downed North Clayton 68-40 this

Congrats to the champs; Look for GHSA responses to coaches concerns

5:14 pm Dec. 19, 2016

Time to say goodbye to the 2016 football season. Be on the lookout for the AJC All-State teams in the next few days. Also, we here at Class A Football Central Command must give a huge shout out to the folks at the Georgia High School Football Historians Association website – If you haven’t visited the site, please do so soon.

Before we transition to basketball, a few thoughts:

Macon County 35, McIntosh County Academy 0

2:26 pm Dec. 10, 2016

Macon County quarterback K’hari Lane acknowledged that the state record for touchdown passes in a season was always in the back of his mind.

Even when he went into Saturday morning’s Class A public-school final against McIntosh County Academy with 52 scoring strikes, just two short of tying Hutson Mason’s (Lassiter/UGA) mark of 54, the thought stayed firmly in the back of his mind.

But with a state championship win all but