All-region teams: Gray is 3-AAA’s player of year

8:41 pm Dec. 20, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 3-AAA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Region Player of the Year: A.J. Gray, Washington County

Offensive Player of the Year: Vicente’ Thompkins, Laney

Defensive Player of the Year: Will Conway, Washington County

Athlete of the Year: Carlos Smith, Butler

Special Teams Player of the Year: Andre James, Laney

Specialist of the Year: Wesley Rubiera, Washington County

Coach of the Year: Joel Ingram, Washington County

First-team offense

OL – Brennon Holden, Butler

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AA blog: Girls hoops update

11:34 am Dec. 16, 2014

As we round the corner toward Christmas, holiday tournaments and next semester, the hoops season is about to hit top gear. With just a handful of region games under our belt, it’s already shaping up to be an interesting one.

Let’s get caught up on the girls game today…

MaxPreps.com Top 10

Pelham (6-0, 2-0 Region 1-AA)
Holy Innocents’ (9-0, 3-0 Region 6-AA)
Model (9-1, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
Darlington (7-2, 4-0 Region 7-AA)
Wesleyan (5-3, 2-0, Region

Daily Trivia: 2013 champ that avenged a regular-season loss in the finals

6:00 am Dec. 15, 2014

Benedictine defeated Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class AA final in a rematch of a regular-season game that GAC won. Which 2013 state champion also avenged a regular-season loss in the state finals? (Answer Tuesday)
Answer to Friday’s question: Cobb teams that have played in the state finals since Marietta won in 1967 are 1973 Wheeler, 1998 McEachern, 2000 Harrison, 2011 Walton and 2014 Mount Paran Christian.
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Second-round preview: Class AAAA

7:00 am Nov. 19, 2014

Sandy Creek at Wayne County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jaycee Stadium, Jesup

Records, rankings: Sandy Creek is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAA and No. 5; Wayne County is 6-5, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Sandy Creek clinched its seventh consecutive 10-win season last week. A victory Friday would put the Patriots in the quarterfinals

All-region teams: Gartrell, Downs named top coaches in 6-AAAAA

6:48 am Nov. 19, 2014

Here are the all-region teams for 6-AAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

6-AAAAA Div. A

Offensive player of the year: RB Meco Jackson, Miller Grove

Offensive player of the year runner-up: RB Mario Alston, Southwest DeKalb

Defensive player of the year: DL Chauncey Rivers, Stephenson

Defensive player of the year runner-up: LB Terez Hall, M.L. King

Coach of the year: Ron Gartrell, Stephenson

First-team offense

QB – Sedric Jefferson, Miller Grove

RB – Robert Pritchett, M.L. King

RB

Top performances from first round: Unheralded Newton QB having big year

6:36 am Nov. 19, 2014

Romario Johnson had been the best quarterback in Georgia that no one was talking about, until last week.

The dual-threat junior from Newton has thrown for 2,358 yards this season, but in only nine games. That’s because two of Newton’s games in the regular season were canceled because of lightning storms.

Johnson had another big game last week, leading his team to victory over third-ranked Valdosta. It was Newton’s first postseason victory

Daily List: Teams since 2000 that were No. 1 from wire to wire

6:24 am Nov. 19, 2014

Four preseason No. 1 teams are unbeaten and still No. 1. They are Buford (AAAA), Washington County (AAA), Greater Atlanta Christian (AA) and Aquinas (A). It happens only about once a year that a team will remain No. 1 wire to wire. Those don’t include teams such as 2013 Norcross, which started and finished No. 1 but didn’t spend every week on top. Here are the 15 that have done

Daily Trivia: Coaches that won titles at Gwinnett schools

6:00 am Nov. 19, 2014

Mark Crews, who led Brookwood to a state title in 2010, recently retired. Crews is one of 10 coaches to win state titles at Gwinnett County-based schools. Who are the other seven? (Answer Thursday)

Answer to Tuesday’s question: Camden County holds the record for most consecutive 50-point games with eight in 2011. Washington County currently has a streak of seven.

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Prepared Eastside didn’t panic during 96-yard last-minute drive

5:56 pm Nov. 18, 2014

Eastside’s season was on the line. And it didn’t look pretty.

Trailing Thomson by seven in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs, the Eagles were at their own 3-yard line with a 1:40 to play. They had no timeouts. But there was no panic. That came earlier, when they came out sluggish, committed four turnovers and fell behind by 21.

Poised and calm, Eastside coach Rick Hurst didn’t give any

Second-round preview: Class AAAA

7:00 am Nov. 18, 2014

Sandy Creek at Wayne County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jaycee Stadium, Jesup

Records, rankings: Sandy Creek is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 5-AAAA and No. 5; Wayne County is 6-5, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Sandy Creek clinched its seventh consecutive 10-win season last week. A victory Friday would put the Patriots in the quarterfinals