DeKalb Domination: One in four state finalists are from Georgia’s basketball hotbed

The Miller Grove-Southwest DeKalb girls final (AAAAA) on Friday guarantees that a school in DeKalb County will win at least one state title in basketball for the 10th straight year.

Other DeKalb teams in the finals this week in Macon are Miller Grove (boys), Columbia (boys, girls), St. Pius (AAA girls) and Greenforest Christian (A private boys).

That’s one in four state finalists from DeKalb, which has claimed 25 state basketball championships with nine different schools since 2004.

‘’That speaks a lot about the communities in DeKalb, not just the schools,’’ said Southwest DeKalb girls coach Kathy Walton. “There are a lot of grassroots programs, and you can go to any church or recreation center that has a basketball program and find quality adults working with the children. ’’

Walton, a 25-year resident of DeKalb, has had three children graduate from DeKalb schools and play sports in college on scholarship, one in basketball.

If DeKalb teams win five titles this year, it would be a record. The most titles in one season for DeKalb or any county has been four (2006, 2010, 2012). Those statistics include public and private schools in DeKalb.

DeKalb boys teams are 8-1 in state finals since 2004 when not facing another DeKalb team. The only loss was Mays’ 63-56 victory over Tucker in the 2005 AAAA final.

DeKalb girls teams are 6-3 when not facing another team. The only losses are Collins Hill over Redan (2005), Wesleyan over Paideia (2008) and Norcross over Redan (2010).

The Southwest DeKalb-Miller Grove championship game is the eighth in 10 seasons between two DeKalb schools.

‘’It’s exciting,’’ said Walton, whose team lost to Miller Grove in the 2012 final, but beat Miller Grove in the Region 6 tournament this year. “The good thing is regardless of who wins, the championship is coming back to DeKalb.’’

Here are the 25 state champions from DeKalb since 2004:

2004

St. Pius (girls)

Stephenson (girls)

2005

Dunwoody (boys)

2006

Avondale (girls)

St. Pius X (girls)

Columbia (boys)

Dunwoody (boys)

2007

St. Pius X (girls)

Tucker (boys)

2008

Southwest DeKalb (girls)

Stephenson (girls)

Columbia (boys)

2009

Redan (girls)

Southwest DeKalb (girls)

Miller Grove (boys)

2010

Columbia (girls)

Southwest DeKalb (girls)

Columbia (boys)

Miller Grove (boys)

2011

Columbia (boys)

Miller Grove (boys)

2012

Columbia (girls)

Miller Grove (girls)

Columbia (boys)

Miller Grove (boys)

All-DeKalb finals since 2004:

2006: St. Pius 56, Marist 38 (girls)

2007: St. Pius 45, Marist 36 (girls)

2007: Tucker 56, Columbia 51 (boys)

2008: Stephenson 58, Redan 43 (girls)

2009: Miller Grove 59, Tucker 31 (boys)

2012: Miller Grove 46, Southwest DeKalb 39 (girls)

2012: Miller Grove 63, Southwest DeKalb 57 (boys)

2013: Miller Grove vs. Southwest DeKalb (girls)

43 comments Add your comment

Ernest

March 6th, 2013
11:51 am

When you also consider that SWD,Columbia, Miller Grove, Redan and Stephenson can touch each other’s attendance zones, it makes this all the more interesting. Tucker seems to reload every year. Several talented DeKalb residents attend St. Pius and Marist. Others ‘transferred’ to other schools and won state championships (not calling any names :) )

DeKalb County is definitely the state’s hotbed of basketball talent, both boys and girls. I’m glad to say many have gone to college and done well in the classroom also. Don’t let all that you are reading about DeKalb Schools not cloud your judgment on the success many students and student athletes are having at the next level.

norcrossdawg

March 6th, 2013
12:26 pm

All I gots to say bout that is ‘NORCROSS’,,Dekalb teams always find a way to stay out of Gwinnett County sports,especially out of NORCROSS

G-dub

March 6th, 2013
12:39 pm

Columbia and Miller Grove have been beating Gwinnett county teams for years, check the books norcrossdawg.

HOOPDIJOUR

March 6th, 2013
12:41 pm

@norcrossdawg If my memory serves me correctly, Norcross took an “L” from “Da Grove” back in december

HOOPDIJOUR

March 6th, 2013
12:42 pm

@norcrossdawg And can’t forget Columbia’s drubbing of Peachtree Ridge and Miller Grove’s 20-pt deficit comeback win vs Archer

Thanks

March 6th, 2013
12:44 pm

@ Ndawg, Columbia beat Norcross this season FYI

norcrossdawg

March 6th, 2013
1:18 pm

NORCROSS=TITLETOWN BABY!! GO BACK AND COUNT THE ONES JUST FROM NORCROSS,,DONT INCLUDE ALL THE OTHER SCHOOLS AS THIS ARTICLE REFERRED TO………….ST.PIUS? PALEEEZE AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON THE DIFFERENCE IN AAAAAA TALENT VS AAAA AND AAA TALENT..PLEASE DONT GET ME STARTED ON THAT NOW,PLEASE ARCHER? WHO DA HELL IS THAT?

Basketball Junkie

March 6th, 2013
2:04 pm

@norcrossdawg You are really funny. If you knew the history go to GHSA and see how many championships were won in Norcross before AAAAA was created. ZERO. First they create AAAAA so that teams up North would have a chance to compete. Then they create AAAAAA and drop Stephenson, MLK, & Redan so that it really helps the Northside of town. Not too many Championships on the Northside when AAAA was the highest classification? Hmmmmmmm Dekalb County has been a constant winner despite the changes in all SPORTS.

Metro Fan

March 6th, 2013
2:08 pm

@norcrossdawg without DeKalb football and basketball talent y’all are Berkmar… #stfu

2010

March 6th, 2013
2:13 pm

2010 Should be Miller Grove (boys)

for real

March 6th, 2013
3:42 pm

Lets not forget yal that a couple of Starters for norcross weren’t playing in the Columbia and Miller grove game due to The football state champion ship and Pre season injuries. Those games were won in OT and by two points. Come on yal can talk all that smack against norcross but for real if norcross was 100% in those games the outcome would be different.

How many NBA players are from Miller grove compared to Norcross?

Norcross is title town!!

for real

March 6th, 2013
3:47 pm

DeKalb County in Football haha. what a joke.

I want a vote!!
Gwinnett all start football team vs DeKalb all star football team.

we can go ahead and but kamara and nkemdiche in there for gwinnett

G-dub

March 6th, 2013
4:55 pm

@for real….for real doe, make any excuses you want to but when it comes to GA hoops Columbia and Miller Grove are the cream of the crop but Norcross aint too far behind.

Metro Fan

March 6th, 2013
5:01 pm

@for real Kamara played park ball for the North DeKalb Chargers in Doraville… See my previous comment before you start poppoing off at the mouth. DeKalb coaches have tried for the past 7 years to get an all-star game against Gwinnett. Even if y’all keep the players you recruit from our backyards, the county with the most college signees year in and year out despite only the third highest enrollment would straight embarass y’all. Facilities, resources, support, and coaching make your programs stronger than ours no doubt, but when you start talking talent DeKalb has no peer in the two revenue sports or track. You have to go to South Florida, the lower Mississippi Delta, or Texas if you want to find an area of comparable size and population to stack up with the eastside.

ME

March 6th, 2013
5:14 pm

Enter your comments here

HOOPDIJOUR

March 6th, 2013
5:17 pm

@for real Sir, how long has Miller Grove been open? Long enough to have pro’s? They have just as many championships and been open for a much shorter period of time. And would love to see a Norcross/MG or Norcross/Columbia match-up now

ME

March 6th, 2013
5:24 pm

Where is the actual listing of the boys and girls championships pairings in each class? It seems like listing the round by round results and pairings is quite a challenge for metro Atlanta’s largest newspaper.

Eagles Fans

March 6th, 2013
6:24 pm

only person missing from that columbia and norcross game was that #15 for norcross and from the game I saw sat he wouldn’t had made a change, now #22 is a grown man and he played in the game so stop with the excuses football season was over with,

Eagles Fans

March 6th, 2013
6:27 pm

this is the reason the state of Ga needs to find 1 true champion of the state so nobody would have nothing to say at the end, take the winners of all the classes and lets get it

Fo real

March 6th, 2013
6:34 pm

I think there should be a champions bracket

Fo real

March 6th, 2013
6:35 pm

I think there should be a champions bracket. We could see norcross miller grove savannah Columbia etc

Fo real

March 6th, 2013
6:40 pm

Eagle fan thank you for your input but. Norcross defense is the key maker. 15 with 22 us the heart and soul of our defense. With one out we are not a complete team. But good effort on your part to say he wouldn’t make a difference.

G-dub

March 6th, 2013
6:45 pm

All that matters is who won the game. All that coulda woulda ish is lame.

Fo real

March 6th, 2013
6:54 pm

Fo real

March 6th, 2013
7:05 pm

To bad miller grove isn’t in 6a we need some dekalb teams in playoffs

Camden74

March 6th, 2013
8:47 pm

Talent plus coaching equals State Titles……..Simple! :-)

I live in Gwinnett

March 6th, 2013
9:36 pm

I also noticed there are no Dekalb teams in our class 6A & although I feel our team would still be playing in the finals on 3/9/13. I am skeptical to know why there are no Dekalb teams in our region. Actually our class did seem a lot less challenging this season. I know I shouldn’t say this, but it felt like it benefited our teams in Gwinnett.

Eagles Fans

March 6th, 2013
11:17 pm

@fo real, this year we don’t even have any post players we beat yall with guard play and our bigs hitting shots away from the bucket, but I’m not one for excuses when we lose which we didn’t that game but hey if that’s why yall felt that’s why yall lost then ok

for real

March 7th, 2013
12:07 am

Just sayin. rather have norcross playin 100% instead of 75% against yal. Its just a fact.

for real

March 7th, 2013
12:09 am

Bring on the Champions Bracket. None of this early season Classification Vs Classification. Im sure many would go to the games. fans, scouts, alumni

Decatur 4 Life

March 7th, 2013
10:49 am

Of course they’re no Dekalb teams in the AAAAAA championship we only have one school in AAAAAA and that’s Druid Hills. Seems to me that helped you guys out also don’t talk about Dekalb football I know Gwinnett has success but both of our championship wins in the highest class were against Gwinnett schools. SWD (Parkview) 95′, Dunwoody (S. Gwinnett) 93′. I know we haven’t done anything recently but like I said earlier we’re not well represented in AAAAAA now.

Mr. Wolverine

March 7th, 2013
10:56 am

@Norcrossdawg, MG and Columbia have won more state championships than Norcross. Norcross played MG in January, so your football excuse is null and void.

Also, Stephen Hill, a member of the 2009 Basketball State Championship Team, plays in the NFL for the New York Jets.

Remember MG opened in 2005. When did Norcross open?

@I live in Gwinnett.. The largest populated DeKalb County School is Druid Hills, a 6A school, that has a population of close to 1900. As previously stated you can throw rocks and hit atleast three schools within a three-five-mile radius.

On the contrary, as the largest populated school district Gwinnett high schools have mega campuses and house anywhere from 2500 to 3500 students.

In essence, credit the DeKalb’s dominence to many families moving to the nation’s third most affuent county for African-Americans (Prince George’s County in Maryland is No.1) after the olympics.

In short, just look at the lineage of DeKab sports and you will see that it always will be a recruiting hotbed for all sports.

Decatur 4 Life

March 7th, 2013
10:58 am

for real

I know Norcross has been playing lights out since the Xmas break but if you were at the game against Columbia you would’ve known it wasn’t even supposed to make it to overtime Tahj shot at the end of regulation rolled out with the score tied, the funny thing is we have no size and still controlled the glass for the most part. Carter’s a beast though no doubt

G-dub

March 7th, 2013
11:38 am

What’s up Mr. Wolverine…It’s that time again.

Mr. Wolverine

March 7th, 2013
11:59 am

@GDub

You are right! Its time for big time player to make big plays and big time programs to rise to the occasion.

Mr. Wolverine

March 7th, 2013
12:02 pm

@Gdub

Who are these guys on the blog? @norcrossdawg, @manny fresh. They do no research whatsoever.

Also, know when an outsider talks about DeKalb, you see when how we respond as one.

Fo real

March 7th, 2013
12:56 pm

Mr wolverine norcross played miller grove dec 15 same day as football state championship

Fo real

March 7th, 2013
12:59 pm

Norcross didn’t start getting to sweet sixteen until 2005 when we got Eddie Martin. Hate to break it to ya but norcross was nothing till a decade ago

Fo real

March 7th, 2013
1:04 pm

The only team in Gwinnett that was on the rise befor norcross was south gwinnett with Lou Williams. Norcross has a lot of two sport athletes these days. It’s hard to look good in the beginning of our season. Columbia looked stellar when we played them so did miller grove. but I think you can put norcross in the same category as the eagles and wolverines. At least gwinnett is rep.

K From Da Wood

March 7th, 2013
1:17 pm

norcrossdawg…Norcross girls have two prominent transfers that came directly from Stephenson and contributed directly to your most recent women’s chamionship not to mention this years run. Considering that every school in Gwinnett is in the largest classification and has the numbers,Norcross shouldn’t be the only torch bearer. If Dekalb had the GC resources there wouldn’t be a state title won for basketball, football, or baseball any other county! Better athletes are better athletes!!!!!!

SWD Panther Paw

March 7th, 2013
2:26 pm

In the late 80’s and early 90’s the DeKalb County school system made a decision that all new school’s that were going to be built going forward were going to be medium sized foot print schools, which means the schools would be designed to hold no more than 2000 student ’s at the most….. at the time those were considered large schools in the state of Georgia. Since that time the size of large schools has exploded to between 2500 to 3500-4000 students. That’s the reason you now have most of the DeKalb county schools grouped mostly in 5A, 4A and 3A which covers student population’s somewhere between 900 to around 1800. For the past 10 years we’ve always had a few of school’s(MLK, Stephenson and SWD stopped about 5 years ago) playing up in class until this year.

G-dub

March 7th, 2013
2:36 pm

@Mr. Wolverine…Yeah a lo of the bloggers just get on here and talk but don’t do any research, that’s why it refreshing to see you signed in. Looks like MG gettin #5 Friday night.

Crash001

March 8th, 2013
1:49 pm

What is not mention, Norcross stuggled with Dekalb’s 1-A private school Greenforest this year at Norcross 44 – 40.