Soccer: AIS is new No. 1 in Class A

By Score Atlanta

The lone change at the top this week was Atlanta International taking over for Paideia in Class A as the Eagles upset the Pythons 2-1 last Tuesday. Paideia, however, rebounded to whip Galloway 6-0 Thursday while AIS beat Pace 3-2 Thursday. Fellowship Christian leapt into the rankings at No. 7 after beating former No. 4 Holy Innocents’.

Meadowcreek broke through in Class AAAAAA with wins over Mill Creek and Clarke Central. The Mustangs are now 9-2 and ranked No. 10. Lambert lost again, this time to Centennial, but rebounded to beat Walton and remain in the top five.

In Class AAAAA, No. 4 Allatoona lost to Lithia Springs last week and dropped to sixth as a result. Lithia Springs, meanwhile, moved into the rankings at No. 8. Lakeside-Evans defeated No. 10 Greenbrier and debuted in the rankings.

Dalton defeated No. 4 Northwest Whitfield Thursday to justify its No. 1 rankings. Northwest did not drop due to the quality loss. However, former No. 5 Stone Mountain is unranked this week after losses to Chamblee and Lakeside-DeKalb. Mary Persons is back in the poll after a brief exit.

In Class AAA, Blessed Trinity jumped to No. 2 after an impressive win over former No. 2 Dawson County Thursday. Dawson County beat West Hall decisively (3-0) last Tuesday and dropped only one spot after the loss to the Titans. Grady and North Hall joined the poll after quality wins last week.

Class AA saw No. 5 Lovett drop after seeing its losing streak grow to three. Murray County joined the top 10 as reward for an impressive five-game winning streak and 9-2-1 record.

Class AAAAAA

1. Lassiter

2. Centennial

3. Central Gwinnett

4. East Coweta

5. Lambert

6. Brookwood

7. Roswell

8. Harrison

9. South Forsyth

10. Meadowcreek

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Glynn Academy

3. Starr’s Mill

4. Houston County

5. Heritage-Conyers

6. Allatoona

7. Clarke Central

8. Lithia Springs

9. Lakeside-Evans

10. Greenbrier

Class AAAA

1. Dalton

2. Chestatee

3. Carrollton

4. Northwest Whitfield

5. Johnson-Gainesville

6. Alexander

7. Grady

8. Spalding

9. Mary Persons

10. Southeast Whitfield

Class AAA

1. St. Pius

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Dawson County

4. North Murray

5. Woodward Academy

6. West Hall

7. Cartersville

8. Cross Keys

9. North Hall

10. Decatur

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Calhoun

3. Westminster

4. Westside-Augusta

5. Coosa

6. Thomasville

7. Atkinson County

8. Benedictine

9. Murray County

10. Lovett

Class A

1. Atlanta International

2. Paideia

3. Hebron Christian

4. Pacelli

5. Pace Academy

6. Galloway

7. Fellowship Christian

8. Holy Innocents’

9. Savannah Christian

10. Savannah Country Day

The top of the 6A rankings experienced great upheaval as several teams were bitten by the upset bug. Last week’s No. 1 Collins Hill fell to North Gwinnett and Grayson lost to new No. 7 Brookwood. Mill Creek takes over the top spot after posting two victories last week. Parkview is the new No. 2 team after the Panthers handed St. Vincent’s Academy its first loss of the year. South Forsyth moves up to No. 3 after defeating Johns Creek, which dropped the Gladiators from the poll. Harrison moves up to No. 5 after not allowing a goal since March 12 when new No. 10 Hillgrove posted one in a 2-1 loss. Tift County checks into the poll at No. 9.

The only real change in AAAAA is Glynn Academy moving up to No. 7 as Gainesville dropped down to No. 10. North Paulding is up one spot to No. 9.

In Class AAAA, Veterans jumps into the rankings at No. 9 while Columbus moved up to No. 5 after knocking off Carrollton on the road.

Buford moves up to No. 2 in Class AAA based on a scoreless streak that dates back to Mar. 12. The Wolves have shut out No. 7 White County and previously ranked North Hall during the streak. Chapel Hill moved up to No. 8 after wins over Class AAAA No. 7 Alexander and previously ranked Callaway. Callaway fell from the polls after losing two games last week by a combined score of 20-0. No. 9 North Oconee and No. 10 Cartersville are new to the poll.

Putnam County enters the Class AA rankings at No. 9 after previous No. 9 Westside-Augusta lost to unranked East Laurens. Putnam County has not lost since February.

Finally, Fellowship Christian returns to the Class A poll after a victory over previous No. 2 Holy Innocents’. Fellowship Christian takes the spot of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.

Class AAAAAA

1. Mill Creek

2. Parkview

3. South Forsyth

4. Lassiter

5. Harrison

6. Collins Hill

7. Brookwood

8. Grayson

9. Tift County

10. Hillgrove

Class AAAAA

1. Northview

2. Heritage-Conyers

3. Whitewater

4. Starr’s Mill

5. Lakeside-DeKalb

6. McIntosh

7. Glynn Academy

8. Houston County

9. North Paulding

10. Gainesville

Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. Heritage-Catoosa

3. Locust Grove

4. Cairo

5. Columbus

6. Chestatee

7. Alexander

8. Spalding

9. Veterans

10. Grady

Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Buford

3. St. Pius

4. Dawson County

5. Woodward Academy

6. Jackson County

7. White County

8. Chapel Hill

9. North Oconee

10. Cartersville

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Calhoun

3. Westminster

4. Oglethorpe County

5. St. Vincent’s Academy

6. Vidalia

7. Bremen

8. Temple

9. Putnam County

10. Dublin

Class A

1. First Presbyterian Day

2. Hebron Christian

3. Mount Paran

4. Savannah County Day

5. Strong Rock Christian

6. Holy Innocents’

7. Providence Christian

8. Calvary Day

9. Paideia

10. Fellowship Christian

One comment Add your comment

Serious Question

April 3rd, 2013
8:13 pm

Who does the voting on AJC Rankings? Is it a poll of coaches and media that is knowledgeable of the game (regardless of the sport), or is it an assignment editor polling a couple of stringers setting in a cube at the AJC?

Just wondering about the integrity of these polls.