Archive for December, 2012

Girls basketball: Sunday holiday tournament roundup

By Fletcher Proctor

Score Atlanta

Nike Interstate Shootout

Central Catholic (Ore.) 68, Norcross 61: Despite a fourth straight 20-plus point night from star senior Diamond DeShields, Norcross was unable to protect a halftime lead in the finals of the Nike Interstate Shootout. Bri Williams’ 3-pointer gave Norcross a 33-32 advantage at intermission, and the Blue Devils would stretch the lead to 41-34 in the third before Central Catholic ended the quarter on a 15-6 run by forcing Norcross into a series of turnovers. DeShields would finish with 28 points and Shayla Cooper finished with 18. Kailee Johnson and Jordan Reynolds would each top 18 points for Central Catholic. The Blue Devils next face Duluth this Friday as Region 7-AAAAAA play continues.

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HS wrestling poll: Gordon Lee, Archer remain on top

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Class A No. 1 Gordon Lee stayed atop the polls after pulling out an impressive win over Class AAAAAA No. 6 Kennesaw Mountain recently. Gordon Lee also captured the Woodford County Invitational. Class AAAAAA No. 1 Archer won yet another event to stay atop the rankings in the state’s highest classification by taking the McCallie Invitational. Carrollton finished fifth in the event and moved up in the AAAA poll to No. 4. Class AAAA No. 3 Alexander finished eighth in the event to maintain its spot. In Class A, Darlington moved up one spot to No. 6 after a nice showing at the Rockmart Invitational.


1. Archer

2. Collins Hill

3. Brookwood

4. North Gwinnett

5. Camden County

6. Kennesaw Mountain

7. Lowndes

8. Meadowcreek

9. Parkview

10. Etowah


1. Pope

2. Loganville

3. Whitewater

4. Clarke Central

5. Kell

6. Ola

7. Union Grove

8. Paulding County

9. Harris County

10. Winder-Barrow

Class AAAA

1. Gilmer

2. Marist

3. Alexander

4. Carrollton

5. …

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Saturday girls basketball scores

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Archer 59, Smyrna, TN 57

Bremen 43, South Paulding 31

Central, Carroll 56, Cleburne County, AL 29

Creekview 51, North Oconee 43

Dodge County 55, Burke County 40

Etowah 81, Newsome, FL 53

Farragut, TN 46, Carrollton 30

Frankfort, KY 57, Douglass 45

George Walton Academy 48, South Gwinnett 41

Grovetown 44, Cass 39

Haralson County 36, Heard County 34

Heritage, Conyers 49, Jefferson 31

Loganville 53, Lakeview-Ft Oglethorpe 37

Madison County 67, Blue Ridge, SC 54

Monroe 58, Norland High School 50

Mountain View 62, Central Gwinnett 49

North Forsyth 63, Cartersville 35

North Murray 49, LaFayette 40

Nova, FL 53, Duluth 50

Pace Academy 41, Lumpkin County 39

Peachtree Ridge 43, Rockdale County 42

Pepperell 59, Temple 32

Providence Christian 38, East Jackson 28

Seton, MD 55, St. Pius 51

Sonoraville 61, North Paulding 27

Southwest Atlanta Christian 53, Woodstock 41

Sprayberry 73, Murray County 26

Warner Robins 57, Worth County 27

Wesleyan 59, Buford 53

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Saturday boys basketball scores

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Archer 57, Marist 55

Allatoona 51, Marietta 38

Cartersville 91, Douglas County 63

Cedar Shoals 60, East Laurens 38

Central, Carroll 67, Haralson County 25

Chestatee 84, Chattooga 66

Dawson County 62, Murphy, NC 22

Effingham Country 65, Eastside, SC 62

Fayette County 59, Bishop Brossart, KY 55

Fox Creek, SC 57, Lincoln County 45

Gilmer 69, Armuchee 58

Heard County 54, Rockmart 45

Heritage, Conyers 52, Jefferson 39

Johns Creek 61, Lovett 58

Johnson, Gainesville 67, Douglass 51

McEachern 68, Oviedo, FL 63

North Forsyth 57, Our Lady of Mercy 36

Northside, Warner Robins 73, Toombs County 43

Perry 83, Hawkinsville 55

River Ridge 59, Cambridge 39

Riverwood 60, Union Grove 51

South Gwinnett 55, Walnut Grove 37

Stephenson 59, Pebblebrook 49

Stockbridge 64, Providence Christian 61

Taylor County 57, Macon County 48

Temple 71, Pepperell 67

Washington County 70, Westside, Macon 47

Woodward Academy 73, Monticello 61

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Girls basketball: Saturday holiday roundup

By Craig Sager

Score Atlanta

Lanier Holiday Classic

Providence Christian 38, East Jackson 28- Following a strong opening two quarters Providence Christian took a promising 22-8 lead into the intermission.  Jessie Kowalewicz scored a game high 11 points and teammate Katie Scott scored 9.

Union Grove Holiday Tournament

Woodland Henry 49, Luella 31: In the championship game of the Union Grove Tournament both teams were locked up at the half 18-18. It was a strong 2nd half for the Wolfpack who won the tournament and improved to 15-1 on the year. Aalyiah Dotson had a team high 8 points.

Westminster Holiday Classic

Grady 35, Paideia 30: In the championship game both teams got off to slow starts only posting a 5-3 Grady lead after the 1st quarter. Ellery Koelker-Wolfe found baskets for Paideia and scored a game high 15 points but it was not enough to answer Grady’s strong second half.

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Boys basketball: Saturday Holiday Roundup

By Craig Sager

Score Atlanta

Battle of the States (Hiawassee)

Dawson County 62, Murphy County 22: In the championship game Dawson County rolled to victory. Will Anglin had a team high 26 points, outscoring Murphy County by himself. Teammate Tyler Dominy scored 7 points for the Tigers and was named the tournament MVP. Dawson County remains a perfect 13-0.

Big Red Shootout (Gainesville)

Chattahoochee 59, Parkview 48: Markus Terry continued his impressive scoring exhibition by dropping 24 points in the 3rd place game of the shootout.

Lake City Classic (Allatoona)

Alexander 68, Central Gwinnett 63: In the Championship game Central Gwinnett fell short despite strong games from teammates Shaun Jones and Brian Egejuru. Jones scored 20 points and Egejuru scored 10. The duo earned all tournament honors, but Alexander was able to take home the hardware.

McDonalds Invitational (Tift County)

Archer 57, Marist 55: Two clutch free throws from Archer’s Randall Smith with 3.2 seconds …

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Boys basketball: Friday holiday tournament roundup

By Fletcher Proctor

Score Atlanta

Battle of the States

Dawson County 39, Hayesville (N.C.) 25: Tyler Dominy scored 19 points to help Dawson County improve to 12-0 with a win over Hayesville. Zack Zottorell managed to keep Haynesville close with 11 points, but Dawson County, which has not allowed 30 points all season, stretched a 23-16 halftime advantage into the final score by pulling away in the third quarter.

Campbell Holiday Classic

Hiram 53, Pope 49: After jumping out to a 14-2 after the first quarter, Hiram appeared on its way to an easy victory. A barrage of 3-pointers from Pope tied the game 22-22 at the half, and Pope raced out to a 27-22 in the third. Hiram would recover to take a lead into the fourth, then bounce back from a 43-38 hole with a 9-2 run to ultimately pull away at the free throw line for a 53-49 win.

Capital City Classic

Aquinas 64, Ridge View (S.C.) 60: Ahmed Hill, one of the nation’s top juniors, scored 27 points to pace Aquinas to a 64-60 win over …

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Girls basketball: Friday holiday tournament roundup

By Fletcher Proctor

Score Atlanta

Colquitt County Shootout

Washington County 59, Monroe 45: Shon Kitchens scored 18 points to help Washington County race past Monroe in the Colquitt County Shootout semifinals. Nia Johnson had 17 points while Daknequa White contributed 15 points for the victors. Washington County led 30-19 at halftime before cruising to the win.

KSA Holiday Tournament

Lassiter 48, Wellington (Fla.) 34: The Lassiter Trojans traveled to Orlando for the KSA Holiday Tournament and posted an easy win in the opening round. Maeve Vitale scored 12 points to pace the Trojans while Gabby Garza contributed seven points in a winning cause.

Naples Holiday Shootout

Tucker 56, Wheaton East (Lou.) 43: The Tucker Tigers took care of business with a 56-43 victory over Wheaton East out of New Orleans. Naima Jackson paced the Tigers with 18 points as Tucker was never really challenged in the Florida tournament.

Peach State Holiday Basketball Invitational

McEachern 55, Forest Park …

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Friday girls basketball scores

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Alexander 40, Roswell 33

Buford 62, St. Francis 48

Berrien 50, Atkinson County 35

Bremen 59, Heard County 44

Calhoun 53, North Murray 28

Cedar Shoals 39, Thomson 31

Central-Carroll 54, Rockmart 15

Chattahoochee 50, Jackson County 39

Coffee 58, Lowndes 51

Dawson County 66, Gordon Lee 52

Decatur 42, Pace Academy 34

Dodge County 68, Vidalia 38

Douglas County 84, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 37

Elbert County 53, Blue Ridge (S.C.) 38

Gilmer 57, North Paulding 24

Grady 36, Westminster 34

Greater Atlanta Christian 55, South Gwinnett 28

Grovetown 68, Midland Valley (S.C.) 25

Jeff Davis 38, Treutlen 33

Jefferson 57, Monroe Area 46

Johns Creek 63, Lumpkin County 39

Kell 61, Hillgrove 53

Lassiter 48, Wellington (Fla.) 34

McEachern 55, Forest Park 45

North Forsyth 67, Robbinsville (N.C.) 41

North Oconee 46, Model 42

Paideia 35, Northview 25

Parkview 55, Franklin County 23

Pope 56, Locust Grove 39

River Ridge 47, Chestatee 34

Rockdale County 59, Riverwood …

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Friday boys basketball scores

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Americus-Sumter 68, Calhoun County 64

Aquinas 64, Ridge View (S.C.) 60

Bleckley County 63, Thomson 60

Burke County 54, Tattnall County 49

Butler (Ken.) 83, Fayette County 74

Central Gwinnett 53, Marietta 34

Chamberlain (Fla.) 83, East Hall 64

Chestatee 107, Ridgeland 101

Collins Hill 68, Chattahoochee 58

Dawson County 39, Hayesville (N.C.) 25

Dodge County 60, Vidalia 55

Dunwoody 75, Johnson-Gainesville 70

Eastside 56, Cedar Shoals 42

Eagle’s Landing 79, Peachtree Ridge 54

Effingham County 61, Alpharetta 49

Greater Atlanta Christian 76, Alcovy 43

Habersham Central 43, Banks County 42

Hiram 53, Pope 49

Holy Innocents’ 70, Brighton (Tenn.) 35

Hughes 44, Washington 30

Jefferson 63, Monroe Area 56

Lanier County 45, Berrien 39

Lovett 56, Paideia 53

Mount Vernon Presbyterian 70, Whitman Hanson (Mass.) 49

Norcross 44, Greenforest 41

North Clayton 46, River Ridge 40

North Cobb Christian 81, Elbert County 68

North Forsyth 65, Pickens 41

Northside-Warner …

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All-region teams: Marietta’s Jennings selected as 4-AAAAAA’s top player

Here are the top players and coaches as well as the all-region team in 4-AAAAAA, as selected by the coaches:

Coach of the year: Shane Queen, North Cobb

Player of the year: QB Anthony Jennings, Marietta, Sr.

Most outstanding offensive player: ATH Ty Griffin, McEachern, Sr.

Most outstanding defensive player: LB Justin Haney, Hillgrove, Sr.

Most outstanding sophomore: QB Tyler Queen, North Cobb, So.

First-team offense

OL – Cody Collins, Hillgrove, Sr.

OL – Chuma Edoga, McEachern, So.

OL – Niles Hamilton, South Cobb, Sr.

OL – Ernie McQuade, North Cobb, Sr.

OL – Sherrod Pittman, McEachern, Sr.

OL – Jujuan Delaney, McEachern, Sr.

RB – J’Vonte Herrod, North Cobb, Sr.

RB – Chauncey Ingram, South Cobb, Sr.

QB – Stephon Masha, South Cobb, Sr.

WR – Xavier Borishade, North Cobb, Sr.

WR – Evan Engram, Hillgrove, Sr.

WR – Tyree Harris, Marietta, Sr.

TE – Armand Gazda, Campbell, Sr.

TE – Chris Okeh, McEachern, Sr.

PK – A.J. Borduin, North Cobb, Sr.

LS – Dekevion Byrd, Campbell, …

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AJC all-area football teams

Here are The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-area football teams for 2012:

Atlanta/South Fulton

Offensive player of the year: Jeremiah Kirkland, Landmark Christian

Defensive player of the year: DeAndre Walker, Langston Hughes

Coach of the year: Willie Cannon, Langston Hughes


QB – Trevon Jones, Mays, 6-1, 170, Sr.

RB – Frank Barthelemy, Washington, 5-10, 180, Sr.

RB – Jeremiah Kirkland, Landmark Christian, 5-10, 185, Jr.

RB – Montavious Taylor, Carver (Atlanta), 5-9, 185, Sr.

WR – DeAngelo Yancey, Mays, 6-2, 210, Sr.

TE – Darren Dowdell, Grady, 6-2, 225, Sr.

OL – Delando Crooks, Carver (Atlanta), 6-5, 270, Sr.

OL – Shamire Devine, Tri-Cities, 6-6, 345, Sr.

OL – Jahlil Mathis-Ellis, Langston Hughes, 6-3, 290, Jr.

OL – Jon-Paul Reed, Landmark Christian, 6-5, 310, Sr.

OL – Clay Smith, Westminster, 6-3, 245, Sr.

ATH – Evan Berry, Creekside, 5-11, 195, Jr.

ATH – Terry Googer, Woodward Academy, 6-4, 205, Jr.

PK – Harrison Butker, Westminster, …

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AJC all-state football team

All-classification player of the year: Alvin Kamara, Norcross


Offensive player of the year: Travis Custis, Lovejoy

Defensive player of the year: Nathaniel Norwood, Lovejoy

Coach of the year: Keith Maloof, Norcross


QB – Eddie Printz, Lassiter, 6-4, 205, Sr.

RB – Travis Custis, Lovejoy, 6-0, 215, Sr.

RB – Alvin Kamara, Norcross, 5-11, 190, Sr.

RB – Jacorey Lewis, Mill Creek, 5-11, 185, Sr.

WR – Xavier Borishade, North Cobb, 5-9, 170, Sr.

WR – Willie Police, Lassiter, 5-10, 165, Sr.

OL – Jajuan Dulaney, McEachern, 6-4, 275, Sr.

OL – Eason Fromayan, Milton, 6-4, 285, Sr.

OL – Octavius Jackson, Colquitt County, 6-6, 290, Sr.

OL – Brandon Kublanow, Walton, 6-3, 285, Sr.

OL – Alex Stoehr, North Gwinnett, 6-3, 295, Sr.

ATH/QB – Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta, 6-3, 190, Sr.

PK – Kyle Fowler, Johns Creek, 5-10, 185, Sr.


DL – Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, 6-6, 220, Jr.

DL – Kelsey Griffin, Mill Creek, 6-3, 300, Sr.

DL – Carl Lawson, …

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AJC all-class player of the year: Norcross RB Kamara ‘played at a level that not many can play’

Alvin Kamara was a 2,000-yard rusher and one of the 10 most heavily recruited running backs in the country this year, but if there was a moment that defined his senior season at Norcross, it was a catch.

It came with less than five minutes to play in the Class AAAAAA championship game. Norcross trailed Lovejoy 14-9.

Kamara would rush for 141 yards that day in the Georgia Dome – his 11th straight game over 100.  But facing a third-and-14 from the Norcross 39-yard line, Kamara was lined up as an inside receiver in what was a make-or-break situation.

Kamara ran an out route, cut back across the middle and caught quarterback Joseph Wilber’s pass in stride down the left sideline for the touchdown, 69 yards. Norcross suddenly led a game that looked lost. The 21-14 victory gave Norcross its first state title in 56 years of varsity football.

‘’The tougher the game, the better he played,’’ Norcross coach Keith Maloof said of Kamara. “It showed more in the playoffs than …

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All-region teams: Jefferson’s Shirreffs named top player in 8-AA

Here are the top players as well as the all-region team in 8-AA, as selected by the coaches:

Offensive player of the year: QB Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: LB Wesley Simonton, Jefferson, Sr.

Special teams players of the year: PK/P Chandler Schlutow, Jefferson, Sr., and PK/P Carlos Diaz, Rabun County, Sr.


QB – Buck Robinson, Washington-Wilkes, Sr.

QB – Kendrick Preley, Oglethorpe County, Sr.

RB – Adrian Humphrey, Riverside Military, Sr.

RB – Anthony Thornton, Oglethorpe County, So.

RB – Kendall Woodard, Rabun County, Sr.

RB – Jared Miller, Greene County, Sr.

WR – Jalen Turner, Washington-Wilkes, Jr.

WR – Clint Scott, Rabun County, Sr.

WR – Rikeem Stallings, Greene County, Sr.

OL – Alex Hackney, Washington-Wilkes, Sr.

OL – Collin Anthony, Jefferson, Sr.

OL – Jordan Tyler, Jefferson, Jr.

OL – C.J. Byers, Union County, Sr.

OL – Patrick Butler, Oglethorpe County, Jr.

P – Eric Hougrand, Union County, Sr.


DB – Jared Miller, Greene …

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