Corky Kell Classic returning to Georgia Dome in 2015

7:00 am Dec. 17, 2014

The Corky Kell Classic will return to the Georgia Dome in 2015 with the same teams as this past season, but different matchups.

Colquitt County will begin defense of its Class AAAAAA title against North Gwinnett in a 5:45 p.m. Saturday game. Tucker will play McEachern in a rematch of a AAAAAA quarterfinal that McEachern won.

Six of the teams made the quarterfinals this season. Three made the semifinals. Two made the

All-region teams: Kell’s Cook named 7-AAAAA coach of the year

6:50 am Dec. 17, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 7-AAAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Coaches of the year: Derek Cook, Kell

Offensive players of the year: Payton Veraldi, Dalton; Brian Moore, Cambridge

Defensive players of the year: Nate Mays, Dalton; Jabari Zuniga, Sprayberry

First-team offense

QB – Cameron Rosendahl, Kell

QB – Payton Veraldi, Dalton

RB – Kelvis Rhodes, Dalton

RB – Rakeem Myricks, Sprayberry

RB – Shaun Diebel, Forsyth Central

RB – Trey Mitchell, Sequoyah

TE – Chase Westfall, Dalton

TE –

All-region teams: Whitley, top players honored in 4-AAAAA Div. B

6:40 am Dec. 17, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 4-AAAAA Division B, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Co-offensive players of the year: Tyler Pippens, Ola; Justin Strozier, Woodland

Co-defensive players of the year: Charles Wiley, Stockbridge; A.J. Reeves, Luella

Coach of the year: Kevin Whitley, Stockbridge

First-team offense

QB – Malachi Brown, Stockbridge, Jr.

RB – Malik Barkley, Dutchtown, Sr.

RB – Tyler Pippens, Ola, Sr.

RB – Artemus Mitchell, Stockbridge, Sr.

OL – Loren Tademy, Woodland, Sr.

OL – Daniel Smalls,

All-region teams: Bryant wins player of the year award in 8-AAAA

6:30 am Dec. 17, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 8-AAAA, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Kawon Bryant North Oconee

Offensive player of the year: Isaac Nauta, Buford

Defensive player of the year: David Curry, Buford

Lineman of the year: Ben Cleveland, Stephens County

First-team offense

QB – Mason Long, Stephens County

QB – Tate Adcock, North Oconee

ATH – Zantravious Shields, North Oconee

ATH – Xavier Gantt, Buford

RB – Desmond Wheeler, Stephens County

RB – Joshua Thomas, Buford

RB

All-region teams: Schley’s Minter named top player in 4-A

6:20 am Dec. 17, 2014

Here is the all-region team for 4-A, as voted by the league’s coaches:

Coach of the year: David Daniell, Hawkinsville

Player of the year: Tra Minter, Schley County, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: Lorenzo Smothers, Marion County, Jr.

Defensive player of the year: Devin Adams, Hawkinsville, Sr.

Two-way player of the year: Dakota Sloan, Hawkinsville, Sr.

First-team offense

QB – Dustin Eckert, Marion County, Sr.

QB – Jamal McKee, Greenville, Sr.

RB – Channin Hamilton, Dooly County, Sr.

RB

Daily List: Teams that performed better than expected

6:10 am Dec. 17, 2014

Below are the teams that are the most “better than expected” this season, according to the Maxwell Ratings. Maxwell compared his preseason ratings to postseason ratings. For example, Lee County is 22.33 points better than expected this season. The preseason rankings were based on teams’ historical performance, with 2013 counting the most heavily.

Class AAAAAA

+22.33 – Lee County (8-3)

+15.20 – Westlake (9-2)

+13.73 – Colquitt County (15-0)

+13.58 – Dacula (10-2)

+12.99 – Newton

8:53 pm Dec. 16, 2014

High School Basketball

Boys

Butler 67, Josey 60

Chestatee 67, Gilmer 37

Gainesville 64, North Hall 56

Hillgrove 70, Kennesaw Mountain 52

LaFayette 59, Heritage-Catoosa 55

Model 63, Pepperell 58

New Hampstead 65, Calvary Day 56

Rabun County 72, Riverside Military 64

South Effingham 53, Windsor Forest 32

Westover 65, Albany 63

Girls

Armuchee 53, Rome 50

Bleckley County 52, Macon County 45

Calvary Day 64, New Hampstead 48

Callaway 38, LaGrange 35 (OT)

Chestatee 42, Gilmer 41

Darlington 61, Cedartown 44

Effingham County 56, Burke County 48

Fannin County

Class A Basketball Blog: Girls players to watch

4:44 pm Dec. 16, 2014

Here are some of the top players in Class A girls basketball.

Abby Grant, St. Francis.  One of the best long-distance shooters in the state, the 5-10 senior guard is averaging 12 points a game for the Knights and has led a talented trio of sophomores – G Taja Cummings, G Maya Dodson and C Kasiyahna Kushkituah – to an 8-0 start this season.

Abigail Lewis, Calvary Day.  Already averaging 25 points

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

Savannah Classic draws strong field

9:18 am Dec. 16, 2014

It’s only fitting that one of the state’s basketball hotbeds should have its own holiday tournament. So it’s good to see the Savannah Holiday Classic back on the schedule, giving fans an opportunity to see some of the top boys and girls players.

The tournament is broken up into four mini-tournaments that are named after some of the famous squares in the historic city. The first- and second-round games will be