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Cross country notebook: Grady, North Atlanta win APS titles

  • 3:04 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

The Grady boys and North Atlanta girls each won at the Atlanta Public Schools championships on Oct. 15 at Grant Park. North Atlanta came in second in the boys meet with 35 points, just behind Grady’s 31. Mays (76), Washington (127) and Maynard Jackson (139) rounded out the top five. Sophomore Jackson Pearce of North Atlanta won the race in a time of 18:38.71 while Carter Guensler took second in 18:51.67. North Atlanta had three of the top five finishers as Nicholas Durham took third and Jack Tribou came in fifth. Grady’s Anders Russell took fourth.

In the girls race, [More]

Cross country rankings: Week 9

  • 2:37 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

1. Marietta
2. South Forsyth
3. Walton
4. Brookwood
5. Etowah
6. Mill Creek
7. West Forsyth
8. Peachtree Ridge
9. Lakeside-DeKalb
10. Milton

1. Starr’s Mill
2. Forsyth Central
3. Clarkston
4. Alexander
5. McIntosh
6. Lakeside-Evans
7. Flowery Branch
8. Creekview
9. Cambridge
10. Winder-Barrow

1. St. Pius X
2. North Oconee
3. Woodward Academy
4. North Hall
5. Whitewater
6. Marist
7. White County
8. Pickens County
9. Johnson-Gainesville
10. Buford

1. East Jackson
2. Blessed Trinity
3. Westminster
4. Oconee County
5. Coahulla Creek
6. Savannah Arts
7. Banks County
8. West Hall
9. Dawson County
10. Jordan

1. Pace Academy
2. Wesleyan
3. Bleckley County
4. Lovett
5. Holy Innocents’
6. Benedictine
7. Darlington
8. Union County
9. Lamar County
10. Berrien County

1. Trion
2. Baconton Charter
3. Providence Christian
4. Galloway
5. Jenkins County
6. Commerce
7. Whitefield Academy
8. Hebron Christian
9. Towns County
10. Landmark Christian

1. South Forsyth
2. Etowah
3. Northview
4. [More]

Class A Blog: ELCA at No. 7 Landmark, Claxton at No. 4 Calvary Day headline weekend of competitive games

  • 2:34 pm Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by S. Thomas Coleman

As the regular season winds down, teams are scrambling for their spots in the power ratings.  Here are a couple of big games:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1-6, 1-0 in Region 5) at No. 7 Landmark Christian  (6-1, 1-0).  The early schedule for ELCA, the 2012 private school champions, was nothing short of brutal.  The combined record of the Chargers’ first six opponents – which included one Class AAAAA team (Stockbridge), two Class AAAA teams (Whitewater and Woodward Academy) and Greater Atlanta Christian, the undefeated and top-ranked team in Class AA – is 34-8.  ELCA, in rebuilding mode this season, went [More]

Carver-Atlanta, Drew, Allatoona have chance to clinch

  • 9:45 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAA:

- Carver-Atlanta (6-1, 2-0) can clinch the 6-AAAAA Division B title with a victory against Mays (5-2, 1-1), which would put the Panthers in the region championship game, most likely against Stephenson or Southwest DeKalb. If Mays wins, then eighth-ranked Creekside (6-2, 2-1) – which beat Mays but lost to Carver – is the subregion front-runner because of having the tiebreaker advantage if there is a three-way tie for first. Seventh-ranked Carver likely would finish third in the subregion.

- Drew (6-1, 4-0) moved into first place in 4-AAAAA Division A last [More]

Volleyball quarterfinals schedule

  • 9:42 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Craig Sager II

Saturday, Oct. 25


#8 North Gwinnett at #1 Harrison

#5 South Forsyth at #4 Johns Creek

#6 Roswell at #3 East Coweta

#7 Brookwood at #2 North Cobb


#8 Harris County at #1 Sequoyah

#5 Northside-Columbus at #4 River Ridge

#6 Cambridge at #3 Columbus

#7 Camden County at #2 Dunwoody

Class AAAA

#8 Veterans at #1 Sandy Creek

#5 St. Pius at #4 Buford

#6 North Hall at #3 Woodward Academy

#7 North Oconee at #2 Marist

Class AAA

#8 Rockmart at #1 Westminster

#5 Savannah Arts at #4 Sonoraville

#6 East Hall at #3 Oconee County

#7 Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe at #2 Blessed Trinity

Class AA

Pace Academy at St. Vincent’s

Coosa at Holy Innocents’

Wesleyan at Gordon Lee

Darlington [More]

AAAAAA blog: Inconspicuous Dacula gets its shot vs. Grayson

  • 9:40 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Dacula is probably the state’s most inconspicuous No. 3 team in the state. That’s despite a run to the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals last season and an unbeaten record this season. The Falcons (7-0, 5-0) don’t have a major-college prospect. Their opponent Friday, second-ranked Grayson (8-0, 6-0), has five just on defense, including Georgia-committed defensive lineman Justin Young, who has 13 sacks.

Dacula has run (287.1 rushing yards per game) and stopped the run (74.9 rushing yards allowed per game) as well as any team in the state. Two-way starter C.J. Mays leads Dacula in rushing (633 yards on 60 carries) and [More]

Unbeatens Hart, Oconee meet … Region 1 to settle matters … Fannin’s offense tests West Hall

  • 9:05 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Two outstanding quarterbacks will be at the forefront when No. 9 Hart County and Oconee County, both 7-0, meet Friday in Watkinsville.

Hart County quarterback Cameron Fouch has completed 77 of 120 passes for 1,360 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s also run for three touchdowns and led a Hart offense that averages 39.4 points.

Oconee County quarterback Zeb Noland, who has completed 52 of 96 yards for 1,053 yards. The Warriors also county on sophomore running back Christian Casey, who has 792 yards and four touchdowns.

Hart also has a solid running game with Keenan Dillon (382 yards, five TDs) and Trey Clarke [More]

Class AA’s top games of the week

  • 9:00 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Brent Holloway

Here’s a look at some of the top games in Class AA this week …

No. 3 Lovett (6-2, 5-0) at Wesleyan (5-2, 3-1)

This is Lovett’s last game before a season-ending  showdown with No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian next week. Wesleyan has had two weeks to prepare for the Lions after shutting down B.E.S.T. Academy, 17-0, two weeks ago.

Defense has been the Wolves’ strength this season. They’re giving up just 7.3 points per game in Region 6-AA play, and have held each of their last two opponents to less than 50 rushing yards.

Lovett, which has won 13 straight region games dating [More]

Maxwell week nine playoff projections

  • 7:05 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Todd Holcomb

Below are the current Maxwell Ratings’ playoff projections for each class.

The Maxwell Ratings playoff projections are based on a Monte Carlo simulation of the 2014 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons and teams with 100 or more championship wins in the simulation are shown.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect each team’s strength, the simulation highlights the impact of the season’s structure as defined by the games, region alignments, and playoff brackets.

All out of state opponents were considered equal to the average of the GHSA team’s classification (i.e., out of state opponents of Class AAAAAA GHSA teams were treated as an average [More]

Softball playoff brackets

  • 6:31 am Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

Click HERE for the GHSA softball playoff brackets.

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