Lyons, Lowery have McIntosh on brink of perfect regular season

10:00 am Jan. 29, 2015

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

*Seeking perfection: Jordan Lyons scored 31 points and Dishon Lowery had 19 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots on Tuesday as No. 2 McIntosh held off No. 10 Stockbridge 83-78 to remain the only undefeated boys team in Class AAAAA. The Chiefs (22-0, 15-0) can wrap up the top seed from 4-AAAAA Division A

Jenkins boys making defense “sexy”

7:39 am Jan. 29, 2015

Jenkins coach Bakari Bryant said he’s found a way to sell his boys basketball team the notion that “playing defense is sexy.” While others may be happy to play at a breakneck pace, the Warriors are happiest when they’re in a lockdown mode. It’s one reason the team is off to a 17-3 start and ranked No. 2 in Class AAA.

“Most of all we play defense,” Bryant said. “A lot

Swimming: Walton boys win fourth straight Cobb County title

5:46 pm Jan. 28, 2015

Walton boys racked up 601 points in the Cobb County meet to bring home its fourth straight county title. Lassiter finished runner-up with 454 points, followed by Wheeler (364.5), Pope (280) and Hillgrove (254).

The Walton relay team of David Dingess, Tyler Yuen, Nicholas Froemming and Thaddius Macon finished first in the 200-freestyle relay with a new county-record time of 1:26.25 seconds, breaking a 13 year old record of 26.85 set by

Athens Christian boys overtake St. Francis for No. 1 in private power ratings; St. Francis girls still No. 1 but SCD jumps SACA for No. 2

1:01 pm Jan. 28, 2015

With less than two weeks to go in the regular season, the Athens Christian boys have leapfrogged St. Francis and vaulted back into the No. 1 spot in the Georgia High Schools Association/MaxPreps power ratings for this week. Calhoun holds on to the No. 1 public school spot.

On the girls side, St. Francis continues to hold the No. 1 spot in the private school power ratings while Savannah Country Day

Montverde tournament gives Shiloh boys a chance to shine

12:31 pm Jan. 28, 2015

At 20-0, Shiloh is the only undefeated boys team in Class AAAAAA, but the Generals are ranked only No. 3 behind nationally ranked Wheeler and defending champion Tift County.

Shiloh’s chance to erase any strength-of-schedule concerns starts Thursday at the three-day, eight-team Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament (MAIT) outside of Orlando.

Shiloh’s first opponent is First Academy of Orlando, the No. 3 team in Florida’s Class 3A and No. 9 overall in Florida, according

High school notebook: 3 Gwinnett coordinators get head coaching jobs

9:57 am Jan. 28, 2015

Three coordinators from Gwinnett County football programs cashed those credentials into head-coaching positions in the past week.

Josh Alexander, the offensive coordinator at Class AAAAAA runner-up Archer, was hired to lead Athens Academy, a Class A school.

Alexander has been on Archer’s staff since the school opened in 2009. Alexander also has coached at Parkview, Washington-Wilkes and Clarke Central. He lives in Athens.

North Gwinnett defensive coordinator Robert Andrews is the new head

A pair of top-10 girls games highlight weekend slate in AA

9:21 am Jan. 28, 2015

We’re coming down to the wire on the regular season, and the urgency is picking up. Though region tournaments provide a lifeline to the postseason, the importance of seeding shouldn’t be underestimated. The deeper a team can get into the region tourney without having to face a top seed, the better the chances at landing at home game in the state playoffs.

Nailing down the No. 2 seed looks like it

Knockdown Class AA battle: Pace Academy boys beat Holy Innocents’ 68-66

8:48 pm Jan. 27, 2015

By Score Atlanta

The Class AA third-ranked Holy Innocents’ boys had top-ranked Pace Academy on the ropes Tuesday night with a 47-34 lead entering in the closing minute of the third quarter. But the Knights rallied to tie it at 66 and with 2.7 seconds left senior Elijah Holifield drilled a game-winning pull-up jumper to give Pace Academy a thrilling 68-66 road victory in a packed gym at Holy Innocents’.

“Elijah is

Coaching the free throw line

11:40 am Jan. 27, 2015

Lithonia, the second-ranked AAAA boys team, went 13-32 from the foul line against Redan in mid-January. It very nearly cost the Bulldogs their first and only region loss.

“Games are won and lost at the free throw line,” Lithonia coach Wallace Corker said.

A free throw is a 15-foot, uncontested routine shot. But, in certain situations, it might as well be a desperation half-court heave. It’s a shot that becomes harder and