Week 7 volleyball rankings

11:42 am Sep. 27, 2016

With one final week left before area tournaments get set to seed the 2016 state playoffs, the rankings saw minor shuffling.

In Class AAAAAAA, No. 1 Walton scored a 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-14) win over No. 3 Lassiter. No. 2 Lambert, which defeated Lassiter 3-1 on Sept. 8. Mill Creek jumped North Gwinnett for No. 8 after topping the Bulldogs 2-1 on Sept. 20.

In Class AAAAAA, No. 1 Alpharetta sits

Better than expected: Lassiter heads the list

11:05 am Sep. 27, 2016

Lassiter is the most unexpectedly good team in the highest class, according to the Maxwell Ratings and probably most anybody watching it closely. The Trojans were 5-5 last season and 1-9 the year before. Currently, they are 5-0 and ranked No. 6.

Below are the 48 teams in Class 7A ranked based on how much better (if any) they are than projected by the Maxwell Ratings in preseason.

In parentheses are the

AA in brief: Rankings unchanged

9:57 am Sep. 27, 2016

With all top 10 teams winning by double digits last week, except for Vidalia which lost to No. 2 Benedictine, there wasn’t much of an expectation for the rankings to change much, if

Playoffs? Here’s an early peek

8:45 am Sep. 27, 2016

Hard to believe, but half the regular season is already in the books.

That means it’s OK to start thinking about the playoffs.

Playoffs?

So without further apology, here’s a look at how the different regions are stacking

Maxwell playoff projections after Week 5

7:35 am Sep. 27, 2016

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 2016 season. The simulation completed 1,000,000 seasons.

While the Maxwell Ratings reflect

Four Questions with retired head coach Conrad Nix

7:20 am Sep. 27, 2016

This week, our Four Questions feature is being answered by some of Georgia’s best-known retired coaches. We continue today with Conrad Nix, who won 300 games as a head coach, 260 at Northside in Warner Robins. His 2006 and 2007 teams won state championships, each finishing 15-0. He retired after the 2009 season, which was the 12th consecutive campaign of 10 victories or more for the Eagles. Nix continues to assist