Archive for January, 2010

Bobby Cremins’ nephew is “big shot” in high school

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Austin Cremins is a “big shot,” and it has nothing to do with family ties to one of the most famous names in Atlanta basketball history.

The Blessed Trinity point guard is the nephew of Bobby Cremins, the former Georgia Tech coach. The elder Cremins now guides the College of Charleston, which pulled off an upset over No. 9 North Carolina on Monday.

Meanwhile, the younger Cremins had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, in a 78-25 win over Cross Keys on Tuesday. The game was never close enough for the 5-foot-8, 140-pound senior to build on his legacy.

What is Cremins known for at the Roswell Catholic school? Making game-winning shots at the buzzer. Since cracking into the starting lineup last year, Cremins has had three dramatic buzzer beaters. He did it against Etowah and Buford last year, along with Pace Academy this season.

"Little Cremins" has three buzzer beaters (AJC)

"Little Cremins" has three buzzer beaters (AJC)

“I’m not sure really how to explain it,” Blessed Trinity coach …

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Westminster basketball is a really BIG deal this year

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Those walking skyscrapers you saw in downtown Atlanta make up the Westminster basketball team.

The small private school has some big boys. Westminster’s roster boasts six players that are 6-foot-5 or higher — the tallest team in the Class AA program’s history, according to coach Daniel Searl.

A few of Westminster's basketball players take a break in the shade behind Atlanta skyscrapers (AJC)

A few of Westminster's basketball players take a break in the shade behind Atlanta skyscrapers (AJC)

The best of the giants is 6-6 swingman Maalik Reynolds, who has signed with Penn for basketball and track. Reynolds, who won the state championship in the high jump, showed off his hops in the Westminster Holiday Classic, won by the home team. Reynolds had a spectacular dunk over a player in the 43-36 win over Baylor (Tenn.) in the finals.

How are the tall boys doing this season? Westminster has a 6-3 record, including four wins in a row. The Wildcats will really find out how good they are over the next week, playing No. 6-ranked Decatur and No. 5 …

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Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: All-Decade Team: Class A

Two Class A players were named the all-classification player of the year in the 2000-09 decade.

Those two – Washaun Ealey of Emanuel County Institute and Monte Williams of Commerce – are the prime candidates for Class A player of the decade. Williams, who rushed for a state-record 8,844 yards in his career, played only one season in the decade, so that made our choice easier. Ealey rushed for 8,106 yards in his career and holds state records for touchdowns in a season (58) and career (133). He leads GHSF Daily’s Class A Team of the Decade. (The year in parentheses is the last season played by each player.)

Here are the GHSF Daily’s picks for Class A all-decade team. Please submit your own selections below. Or tell us what you think of the GHSF Daily picks.

Player of the decade: Washaun Ealey, ECI
Coach of the decade: Larry Campbell, Lincoln County
Team of the decade: 2003 Hawkinsville
Program of the decade: Lincoln County

Offense

QB – Todd Coley, Hawkinsville (2004)
2004 Class …

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Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: All-Decade Team: Class AA

Here are the GHSF Daily’s picks for Class AA all-decade team. Please submit your own selections below. Or tell us what you think of the GHSF Daily picks. (The year in parentheses is the last season played by each player.)

Player of the decade: Darius Walker, Buford
Team of the decade: 2003 Buford
Program of the decade: Buford
Coach of the decade: Rich McWhorter, Charlton County

Offense

QB – Josh Nesbitt, Greene County (2006)
2005-06 offensive player of year; Georgia Tech
RB – Darius Walker, Buford (2003)
Parade All-American; 2003 all-class player of the year; Notre Dame
RB – Daccus Turman, Washington-Wilkes (2000)
State-record 3,172 rushing yards in season; South Carolina
TE – Leonard Pope, Americus (2001)
Two-time first-team all-state; Georgia; NFL
WR – Da’Rick Rogers, Calhoun (2009)
2009 AJC all-class player of the year; state-record 1,647 yards receiving; Georgia
WR – John Harris, Americus (2001)
Two-time first-team all-state; state-record 1,581 yards receiving; Texas …

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North Gwinnett’s Jared Cook hasn’t forgotten where he came from

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Who needs a sponsor when you have Jared Cook?

Cook finished his rookie season with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He is an alumnus of North Gwinnett High. When North Gwinnett was seeking a sponsor for its holiday basketball tournament, Cook offered to sponsor the whole darn thing. Hence, the First Annual Jared Cook Holiday Classic, which was won by the North Gwinnett girls and Richmond Academy boys.

By all accounts, Cook is an all-around “nice guy” who has never forgotten where he came from. No doubt, the Bulldog Nation (of North Gwinnett) is fortunate to have him around, especially during these challenging economic times.

Nice guy Jared Cook helps out his alma mater (NFL.com photo)

Nice guy Jared Cook helps out his alma mater (NFL.com photo)

That’s my wish for 2010, for more famous athletes from the metro area, such as Cook, to help out their respective alma maters — if not money, then perhaps some time. Goodness knows that many high school athletic departments could use any or all …

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Basketball: We’re safe with Milton, Redan

I’m not apolgozing for what you’re about to read, but I’m going to give you thyis: It’s a real challenge doing basketball rankings before school re-starts in January. Scores, coaches and your peers in the media are hard to track down during the holidays.

We just hope we’re close this week and can make some adjustments. We’re going to take a stab at this each week. By ”we,” I mean myself and colleague Chip Saye, who compiled the girls rankings. I did the boys.

Questions for the gallery –

Is Region 6-AAAAA justified in having four boys teams in the top five? If so, has there been a better region in Georgia? Must be fun if you’re a hoops fan in the North Fulton/East Cobb area. Great games every week.

Is Milton that good? I hear coach David Boyd is talking about a run at a national title in 2011. He doesn’t have a senior on his team.

How good is South Atlanta without Derrick Favors?

What is the best girls team? Redan and Buford have winning streaks of better than 35 games. …

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