Atlanta High School Sports news from the AJC

A slightly incomplete season review

3:04 am Dec. 12, 2017

Well, this is … different. The 2017 season isn’t quite finished yet, thanks to Mother Nature. Still, we’ll take a look back while we wait to see who survives Clinch County vs. Irwin County, Friday night in Ocilla.

What’s Good?
Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy. Actually, good does the Chargers a severe disservice. For arguably the best program in all of Class A, and one of the best in Georgia regardless of classification,

Early to rise for Langston Hughes boys

11:01 am Dec. 11, 2017

High school coaches put in long days in season, and it doesn’t leave much time for anything else.

For Langston Hughes boys coach Rory Welsh, who didn’t want to miss the growth of his infant daughter Lucia, this posed a challenge. Welsh, who led the Panthers to the Class AAAAAA state championship last spring, wanted to make sure he met his commitment to the basketball program while finding a way

Finals previews (Prince Avenue’s Greg Vandagriff gives his thoughts on ELCA)

8:55 am Dec. 8, 2017

Here is a look at the finals (courtesy Georgia High School Football Daily), including a comment from Prince Avenue Christian head coach Greg Vandagriff.


Eagle’s Landing Christian vs. Athens Academy

When, where: 10 a.m. Friday, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Records, rankings: Eagle’s Landing Christian is 13-0, the No. 1 seed and No. 1; Athens Academy is 13-0, the No. 2 seed and No. 2.

Last meeting: Eagle’s Landing Christian won 23-18 in the first round of the 2009

Battle for Southern bragging rights at Buford Showcase

10:00 am Dec. 7, 2017

The field of the Buford Showcase Saturday at Buford High School features several ranked teams, major-college signees and a small bit of intrigue.

The six-game event, which tips off at noon, features two nationaly ranked clubs in the 3 p.m. slot, when McEachern, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAAA, and No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps, takes on Porter Gaud (7-0) from Charleston, S.C. Porter Gaud is MaxPreps’ No. 1-ranked team

AA in brief: the calm before the storm

10:38 am Dec. 5, 2017

We’re just days away from the conclusion of the Class AA football season, which will end on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium when the Rabun County Wildcats and Hapeville Charter Hornets take the field in the

Harrison girls haven’t missed a beat

10:00 am Dec. 4, 2017

The Harrison girls have picked up right where they left off last spring, when the Hoyas fell one point short in the state championship against Mays.

Their lone loss this fall was to AAAAAA Norcross in the season opener, a game Harrison coach Steve Lenahan said his club could have won.

Since then, the Hoyas have reeled off four straight wins behind a quartet of seniors. Point guard Harper Vick

ELCA cruises while Athens Academy, Clinch and Irwin get narrow wins in semis

1:43 am Dec. 4, 2017

The finals are set. On the private side, it’s No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian (13-0) vs. No. 2 Athens Academy (13-0), while the public championship game will feature No. 2 Irwin County (12-1) vs. No. 5 Clinch County (11-2).

Here’s how the four teams advanced:

— ELCA easily dispatched of No. 5 Prince Avenue Christian of Bogart, 55-0. Josh Mays scored three touchdowns in the first half, helping to propel the Chargers

Blessed Trinity 28, Mary Persons 7

11:05 pm Dec. 1, 2017

Forsyth, Ga. – Blessed Trinity completed one of the year’s best stretches of playoff road wins and got a measure of revenge to boot.

No. 5 Blessed Trinity got a big second half from sophomore running back Elijah Green and pulled away for a 28-7 win at Mary Persons Friday night in a Class AAAA semifinal.

The win avenged a 28-27 loss at the Forsyth school in the 2016 quarterfinals.


ELCA 55, Prince Avenue Christian 0

10:53 pm Dec. 1, 2017

During the regular season, Eagle’s Landing Christian looked like one of the state’s most dominant teams, beating up opponents by an average score of 52-7.

Then the playoffs began. And the Chargers got even better.

The top-seeded team in the Class A private school playoffs continued its historic run to toward a third consecutive state title with a 55-0 shellacking of No. 5 Prince Avenue Christian. In three playoff games the Chargers