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GHSA volleyball semifinals/finals scores and schedules

  • 9:19 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

GHSA Volleyball Semifinals/Finals Scores and Schedules

Class AAAAAA
North Gwinnett 3, Johns Creek 0
25-17, 25-19, 25-19

North Cobb 3, East Coweta 1
25-27, 25-16, 25-16, 26-24

Class AAAAA
Columbus 3, Dunwoody 1
25-19, 20-25, 25-13, 25-22

Sequoyah 3, River Ridge 0
25-16, 25-21, 25-13

Class AAAA
Marist 3, Woodward Academy 0
25-15, 25-23, 25-23

Buford 3, Sandy Creek 1
25-20, 30-28, 23-25, 25-20

Class AAA
Westminster 3, Sonoraville 0
25-13, 25-13, 25-19

Blessed Trinity 3, Oconee County 0
25-15, 25-15, 25-12

Class AA
Holy Innocents’ 3, St. Vincent’s Academy 0
25-17, 25-12, 25-16

Lovett 3, Wesleyan 1
14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24

Class AA
Savannah Christian 3, Eagles Landing Christian 0
25-21, 25-20, 25-13

Hebron Christian 3, Fellowship Christian 1
(25-13, 14-25, 25-15, 26-24)

Finals on Saturday at Marietta High School:
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Maxwell Week 11 Projections

  • 7:05 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Each game is listed showing the game rate, favorite, the expected winning percentage of the favored team, the projected margin, and the opponent.
The game rating is the rating required to win 50% of all games in an infinite round robin competition against the expected rating of the loser of the game, which favors games with highly rated and closely matched opponents.

All data is courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

The Maxwell Ratings are a regular feature of Georgia High School Football Daily, a free e-mail newsletter. To join the mailing [More]

POY Watch: North Gwinnett’s Imatorbhebhe leaps into contention

  • 6:45 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Josh Imatorbhebhe was a basketball player through middle school, but North Gwinnett’s coaches were able to persuade him to play football as a ninth-grader. After a couple of seasons on the JV team, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has become one of the state’s top wide receivers.

Imatorbhebhe had five TD receptions in his last game, a 71-24 victory over Duluth.

“His speed is really good, and his vertical jump is off the charts,” North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire said. “His ball skills have improved steadily over time through hard work, and his route running and understanding of the little nuances of the position [More]

Composite state rankings through Week 10

  • 6:36 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Here’s a look at Georgia’s teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GSWA – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; MAX – Maxwell Ratings; and MP – MaxPreps):

Class AAAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Colquitt County (8-0)
1
1
1
1
1
1
60

2. Dacula (8-0)
2
2
2
2
2
3
53

3. Grayson (8-1)
3
4
4
5
5
5
40

4. Valdosta (7-1)
5
3
5
3
8
8
34

5. McEachern (6-2)
8
5
8
4
4
6
31

6. Milton (7-1)
6
6
3
6
9
7
29

7. Lee County (6-1)
4
8
6
7
3
10
28

8. North Gwinnett (6-2)
7
7
9
8
6
4
25

9. Lowndes (6-2)

7
2
13

10. Peachtree Ridge (6-2)
9
10
10
9
10

7

11T. Westlake (7-1)

9

10

9
5

11T. Tucker (6-2)
10

7

5

Class AAAAA
AJC
GSWA
GPB
SA
MAX
MP
TOT

1. Ware County (8-0)
1
1
1
1
2
1
59

2. Allatoona (9-0)
4
2
3.5
3
1
2
50.5

3. Coffee (7-1)
2
4
3.5
2
7
4
43.5

4. Kell (8-0)
3
3
2
4

32

5. Northside, Warner Robins (7-1)
9
5
6.5
5
6
3
31.5

6. Lanier (8-0)
5
6
5
6

22

7. Creekside (7-2)
7
7
8
9
9
5
21

8. Stephenson (6-2)
8

6.5

7
11.5

9. South Paulding (7-1)

3
9
10

10. Mays (6-2)

10.5

10
8
6
9.5

11T. Dalton (8-1)

9

4

9

11T. Harris County (6-2)
10
8
9
8

9

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Daily List: Teams that have won at least five consecutive region titles

  • 6:24 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Three of the longest streaks of winning region championships are likely to come to an end this season. Camden County, a region champion each season from 2001 to 2013, is already out of contention this year in Region 1-AAAAAA. Losses last week by Carver of Columbus (2007-13) and Sandy Creek (2008-13) put those teams in dire straits, as well. Here are schools that have won five consecutive GHSA region titles. Note that Calhoun can move into second place all alone this season.

17 – Lincoln Co. (1982-1998)

13 – Calhoun (2001-2013)

13 – Camden Co. (2001-2013)

10 – Carrollton (1959-1968)

10 – Palmetto (1980-1989)

10 – [More]

Four Questions with Hephzibah coach John Bowen

  • 6:12 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We’ll report from a different head coach each day.

John Bowen, Hephzibah

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “These are actually two basketball guys. The first is Duke Madsen at Riverside Military Academy. He taught me about organization and attention to detail. The other is the legendary Graham Woodell. He taught me about keeping things as simple as possible.” [Woodell won more than 700 games as a head coach, primarily at Cave Spring High in Floyd County, where he won a state title in 1967. [More]

Daily Trivia: Coach of Woodward Academy’s No. 1-ranked team in 1985

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Woodward Academy has its highest ranking in an AJC poll since 1985, when the team was No. 1 for several weeks in a 12-1 season. Who was Woodward Academy’s coach in 1985? (Answer Thursday)

Answer to Tuesday’s question: The teams from Cobb County that have finished 10-0 since 2000 are Allatoona (2011), Kell (2013, 2010), Harrison (2002), Hillgrove (2011), Lassiter (2009, 2012), McEachern (2009), Walton (2011,2003), Marietta (2004), North Cobb (2007), Pebblebrook (2000) and Walker (2012).

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Final Friday: Four AA teams with plenty to play for wrap up regular season this week

  • 7:48 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

It seems like we say this every year, but the season has flown by. In fact, for a handful of teams across the state, the regular season ends this Friday night.

Five AA teams will complete their regular seasons this week, with four of those having plenty at stake.

Brooks County

The Trojans need a win over visiting Thomasville to force a potential three-way tie in Region 1. Thomasville, on the other hand, can clinch the region championship with a win. A Brooks County loss would almost certainly banish the Trojans to third place — Fitzgerald holds the head-to-head tiebreaker — and a [More]

Class A Blog: Updated power ratings see ELCA jump into playoff contention, Calvary Day overtake Aquinas for the No. 1 private school spot, Lincoln County rise four spots

  • 2:54 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

Oct. 28

Time to take our weekly look at the updated Georgia High School Association/Max Preps power ratings, with a look at teams that rose, sank, dropped out or jumped into the Top 16 private and public schools.  With two games left on the regular season schedules for most teams, the post season picture is beginning to come into focus.

Private
1. Calvary Day (7-0) (No. 4 in the AJC Top 10)
2. Aquinas (8-0) (No. 1)
3. Mt. Paran Christian (8-0) (No. 3)
4. Tattnall Square Academy (8-0) (No. 7)
5. Pinecrest Academy (6-2)
6. Savannah Christian (7-1) (No. 9)
7. Pacelli (6-2)
8. Prince Avenue Christian (6-2)
9. Landmark [More]

GHSA softball championships schedules and scores

  • 1:42 pm Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball championships schedules and scores

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