Big weekend in Savannah … Dawson girls back in action … S. Atlanta closes in

9:30 am Jan. 22, 2015

This is a busy weekend for Johnson High in Savannah. The Atom Smashers could find themselves back in the mix for the Region 1-AAA Division B championship or relegated to a No. 3 seed, depending on how things play out.

No. 5 Johnson (16-3) tonight hosts No. 2 Jenkins (15-3), which leads the subregion with a perfect 8-0 record and has won six straight games. On Saturday the Atom Smashers play

Weekend preview: Swainsboro, Vidalia set for non-region clash; more challenges ahead for top girls teams

8:35 am Jan. 22, 2015

A look at some of the marquee games this weekend, as well as how the top 10 fared on Tuesday. …

BOYS

No. 8 Vidalia travels to face No. 9 Swainsboro in an intriguing non-region matchup Saturday night. Vidalia has won three straight since a surprisingly lopsided 80-51 loss to Bryan County earlier this month in Region 1-AA play. Dating back to last season’s run to the state semifinals, the Indians’ strength

Mays girls, Miller Grove boys closing in on perfect seasons in 6-AAAAA

8:00 am Jan. 22, 2015

Here are some of the top stories to watch this weekend involving Class AAAAA basketball teams:

*Road to perfection: The Mays girls team and the Miller Grove boys dispatched what is likely their toughest region competition on Tuesday and now turn their attention to finishing the regular season with undefeated records in rugged 6-AAAAA. The No. 9 Mays girls (16-2, 6-0) cruised past No. 2 Stephenson 64-46 Tuesday, and they return

St. Francis boys, Claxton girls jump into No. 1 spots in the power ratings

4:41 pm Jan. 21, 2015

The St. Francis boys have overtaken Athens Christian for the top spot in latest Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps private school power ratings. The Knights were bolstered by a 68-63 win over Region 6 rival Whitefield Academy last Friday.  Calhoun County held on to the No. 1 spot in the public school power ratings.

On the girls side, St. Francis held on to the top spot in the private school power ratings,

10 metro private schools propose multiplier for private, open-enrollment schools

11:26 am Jan. 21, 2015

Ten private metro Atlanta high schools are proposing an enrollment multiplier for reclassification in 2016 in hopes that it will keep public and private schools competing against each other in Class AA and above.

The 10 private schools, plus three outside of Atlanta, were dominant in the calendar year 2014, winning 33 of a possible 54 state championships in all sports in classes AAAA, AAA and AA. In football, six of

Top-ranked Miller Grove topples No. 3 MLK 61-55

10:21 am Jan. 21, 2015

By Score Atlanta

The first half saw eight lead changes before Class AAAAA No. 1-ranked Miller Grove boys  took control of the game and handed No. 3 M.L. King a 61-55 defeat. The visiting Lions led Miller Grove (19-3, 11-0 in Region 6) 12-10 at the end of the first quarter and held starting point guard Alterique Gilbert scoreless but the four-star junior would erupt in the second quarter and lead

Upcoming: DeMatha will be Pebblebrook’s third top-10 opponent nationally

8:47 am Jan. 21, 2015

If a boys basketball team in Georgia has played a tougher schedule this season, Pebblebrook would like to compare resumes.

The Falcons (15-4 overall, 9-0 in 3-AAAAAA) will play DeMatha of Maryland on Saturday in the Hilton Invitational at Norcross That will be Pebblebrook’s third game this season against a team ranked in MaxPreps’ national top-10 poll.

DeMatha is ranked No. 8. Pebblebrook lost to No. 1 Montverde Academy 69-61 last

Dual state champs face challenge of sweeping titles

3:36 pm Jan. 20, 2015

Since the inception of crowning dual state champions in 2002, we have seen 48 of the 67 dual state champions go on to complete the season sweep and take home the traditional state title the following month. Last year, Archer, Gilmer, Buford, Jefferson and Commerce completed the sweep while Cambridge upset dual state champion Pope in Class AAAAA and grabbed the Bears’ first-ever state title in any sport. Jefferson has

No. 4 St. Pius, No. 6 Columbia clash in key region battle

12:06 pm Jan. 20, 2015

No. 4 St. Pius hosts No. 6 Columbia tonight in a key Region 6-AAA boys battle.

The Eagles beat the Golden Lions 46-37 at home in December.

St. Pius coach Aaron Parr says the key to avenging that loss tonight is slowing down Columbia big man Micaiah Henry. The 6-8 senior forward has been a dominant force for the Eagles on both ends of the court.

“We’ve got to keep him from controlling

Holy Innocents’, Pelham prove to be among state’s elite

11:41 am Jan. 20, 2015

Class AA is loaded with strong girls teams, but the top two – Holy Innocents’ and Pelham – made strong arguments to separate themselves from the pack last week.

In a pair of marquee matchups on back-to-back nights, the top-ranked Lady Bears and second-ranked Lady Hornets scored wins that made waves across the state. First, on Friday night, Pelham handed defending AA state champ Kendrick its first loss since the 2013