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Tuesday softball, volleyball scores

  • 8:52 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Compiled by Score Atlanta


Apalachee 8, Gainesville 2
Arabia Mountain 15, Stone Mountain 0
Archer 4, Parkview 1
Armuchee 6, Model 1
Athens Christian 2, Commerce 0
Bleckley County 4, Monticello 2
Brookstone 27, St. Anne-Pacelli 0
Calvary Day 6, Savannah Christian 0
Cambridge 17, Riverwood 0
Cass 5, Sequoyah 0
Christian Heritage 1, Whitfield Academy 0
Collins Hill 9, North Gwinnett 0
Eagles Landing 8, Pike County 4
Evans 16, Richmond Academy 0
Excel Christian 16, King’s Ridge 3
Gordon Lee 10, Darlington 1
Grayson 8, Shiloh 0
Harlem 15, Jefferson County 0
Heritage, Catoosa 7, Cartersville 0
Johns Creek 6, Alpharetta 4
First Presbyterian 20, Wilkinson County 3
Lambert 2, Habersham Central 0
Mountain View 3, Mill Creek 2
Northview 7, North [More]

Controversial lightning delay fuels local rivalry

  • 7:37 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by David Purdum

Lightning definitely struck Friday night near Mary Persons High School, but when? That’s the question fueling a controversy between two Georgia high school football rivals.

Trailing Mary Persons 29-27 on a stormy Friday night, Lamar County was lining up for a potential tying two-point conversion late in the third quarter when officials detected lightning and halted play. The game never resumed and Mary Persons was declared the winner.

Lamar County coach Jamie Abrams sent a letter of protest Monday to the Georgia High School Association. The GHSA responded by citing Rule 1 Section 1 Article 11 of the National Federation of State [More]

Softball rankings: Ola overcomes defeat, remains No. 1

  • 3:17 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

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A battle between two top-ranked teams in the state lived up its billing last Wednesday. Buford, the No. 1 squad in Class AAAA, scored a run in the seventh inning on a homer by Jordan Deep to beat Lassiter, No. 1 in Class AAAAAA, 2-1. It was the Trojans’ first loss of the season. Buford, of course, maintains the top position in its classification while Lassiter is still hanging on ahead of Collins Hill and Brookwood.

Ola, the No. 1 team in Class AAAAA, lost to Woodland-Henry last week, but then won four games in a row to stay [More]

Softball notebook: Mill Creek, Wesleyan win ranked showdowns

  • 2:43 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

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Skylar Hayward threw a no-hitter while striking out seven batters through eight innings of work in Mill Creek’s 8-0 shutout of Region 7-AAAAAA rival Peachtree Ridge last Thursday night. Additionally, Hayward went 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in a run. The Hawks also got two hits from Mikayla Rood and Kaylyn Anthony, who had a double, an RBI and two runs scored. They improved to 9-5-1 overall and 4-2 in region play.

In another Thursday showdown between region foes, Wesleyan hammered Greater Atlanta Christian 11-1 to stay undefeated at 4-0 in Region 6-AA competition. The game was called after [More]

AA notebook: Region 2, 6 set to open league play … Lamar County to file protest

  • 12:41 pm Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Friday nights are about to get a little more meaningful in Class AA. With Regions 2 and 6 kicking off their league slates in earnest this week, I figured it was a good time to look around the state and see what we’ve learned so far. In some cases, as you’ll see, it’s not much. But in every region, I think we have at least a marginally better idea of what we’re dealing with than we did a couple of weeks ago.

Let’s take a look…

UPDATE: Before we get started, we should mention that Lamar County is planning to protest the [More]

3-AAAAA’s Ware, Coffee and 5-AAAAA’s Allatoona looking like playoff locks

  • 9:55 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Today we continue our look at the playoff chances for Class AAAAA teams by focusing on Regions 3 and 5, which are home to three of the top eight teams in this week’s rankings.

Which teams on the lists below are getting too much credit? Which ones are being underestimated?

Next week we’ll look at Regions 7 and 8.

Region 3-AAAAA

*Locks: Ware County, Coffee

Second-ranked Ware County took a big step toward the region title when it opened region play with a 24-21 victory last week against No. 5 Coffee, which played in Region 1-AAAAAA last season. Both teams are likely to be heavily [More]

High school football standings through Week 4

  • 9:30 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Chip Saye


Region 1-AAAAAA

Last week
This week

Camden County
d. Brunswick 49-21
at Wayne Co.

Colquitt County
d. Enterprise, Ala. 38-10
vs. Pelham

d. Rockdale Co. 45-15
vs. Newton

Tift County
d. Baldwin 28-12
vs. Alcovy

d. Thomasville 10-0
vs. Veterans

Lee County
Did not play
vs. Terrell Co.

Region 2-AAAAAA

d. Hillgrove 27-24
vs. McEachern (TO)

vs. Westlake, canceled
at Lowndes

Rockdale Co.
l. to Lowndes 45-15
at Stockbridge

Lakeside (Atlanta)
d. Campbell 42-38
vs. Dunwoody (ND)

d. M.L. King 51-0
Does not play

l. to Pebblebrook 7-6
at Tift Co.

Region 3-AAAAAA

East Coweta
d. Whitewater 17-14
Does not play

l. to Lakeside, Atl. 42-38
Does not play

Did not play
Does not play

d. Alcovy 7-6
Does not play

at Newton, canceled
Does not play

Douglas County
d. Kennesaw Mtn. 35-9
Does not play

l. to Sandy Creek 31-14
Does not play

South Cobb
l. to Marietta 44-28
Does not [More]

Unbeaten West Hall among season’s pleasant surprises. Others are ….?

  • 9:12 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The West Hall Spartans are one of the early surprise teams in Class AAA this season.

Coach Tony Lotti’s team is off to its first 3-0 start since 2008. Plus, the Spartans have yet to allow a point in its first three games, something which no other AAA team can claim.

West Hall has beaten Johnson 28-0, Chestatee 31-0 and North Hall 38-0 and is mindful of the days under Ken Marchman. The Spartans went 54-51-1 in his 10 season and opened the 2002 season with two shutouts en route to a 9-2 campaign, Marchman’s last.

West Hall hadn’t been to the playoffs [More]

Maxwell Week Four Summary: Many top teams shining in spite of tough opposition

  • 7:00 am Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

The Maxwell Ratings will rank Georgia’s 417 teams throughout the 2014 season. The ratings are based entirely on historical performance and on field results and do not consider personnel changes on the roster or coaching staffs.

Interesting results after Week Four:

- Grayson is 3-0 against the tenth toughest schedule in the state, Ware County is 3-0 against the fourth toughest schedule in Class AAAAA, Buford is 3-0 against the fourth toughest schedule in Class AAAA, and Greater Atlanta Christian is 3-0 against the seventh toughest schedule in Class AA. Blessed Trinity, Calhoun, Washington County, and Westminster (Atlanta) are all 3-0 against [More]

Four Questions with Lithia Springs coach Craig Chatman

  • 6:45 am Tuesday, September 16th, 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.

Craig Chatman, Lithia Springs

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? “I have been very fortunate in my short time in coaching to be able to work with some outstanding coaches that taught me something in each area of the game. C.W. Campbell was a stickler for the details and being very specific in the daily operation of a program. Al Hughes taught me so much about how to handle people and situations. He was the master [More]

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