Archive for December, 2013

Tuesday basketball scores

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Douglas County 71, New Manchester 62

Greater Atlanta Christian 63, Milton 56

Hamilton (Tenn.) 82, Peachtree Ridge 43

Norcross 70, Miller Grove 56


Chapel Hill 59, Alexander 54

Kendrick 62, Northside, Columbus 51

Morristown (Tenn.) 61, Archer 51

St. Pius 58, St. Joseph’s (Mo.) 52

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Stanley, Queen lead West to 38-7 win in Georgia Junior Bowl

Jayson Stanley of Creekside caught two long touchdown passes and North Cobb quarterback Tyler Queen was 12-of-20 passing for 138 yards and had a hand in two touchdowns Tuesday to lead the West team to a 38-7 victory over the East in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl at Grady Stadium.

The game is a showcase for some of Georgia’s better high school juniors. Queen has committed to Auburn. Stanley is uncommitted, but his stock is rising.

Stanley had 41 receptions for 817 yards and 16 touchdowns for Creekside’s Class AAAAA championship team. He caught a 77-yard TD pass in the state championship game against Tucker.

In the all-star game, Stanley had a 47-yard TD reception from Queen and a 70-yard TD catch from Lorenzo Nunez of Harrison.

Rodrigo Blankenship of Sprayberry made three field goals for the West.

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
—————– — – — – —–
WEST……………. 7 17 6 8 – 38
EAST……………. 0 7 0 0 – 7 …

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Washington County plays pretty good basketball, too

The fact probably got lost in Washington County’s undefeated regular season and run to the state title game in football, but they play pretty good basketball in Sandersville, too. So far the gymnasium has been a House of Pain for opponents this year.

The Washington County girls have been particularly good. The Golden Hawks have won the first nine games of the season, including the Colquitt County Invitational.

The Golden Hawks beat Madison County of Florida, Fitzgerald and Brunswick, which entered the tournament finale with an undefeated record.  Shon Kitchens scored 21 points and Nia Johnson added 13 in the 68-66 win over Brunswick in the final game.

Washington County is led by Kitchens, who averages 18 points, and Daknequa White, who averages 12.1 points. Johnson averages 10.6 to give the Hawks three players in double figures.

Central Carroll girls win Christmas Classic

The Central Carroll girls won the Carroll Country Christmas Classic and stretched its season-opening …

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Monday basketball scores

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Allatoona 92, East Paulding 80

Apalachee 94, North Oconee 62

Berkmar 61, Morgan County 53

Cambridge 50, Mountain View 43

Coffee County 57, Thomas County Central 40

Commerce 56, Social Circle 57

Dacula 72, Clay County (Fla.) 69

Fellowship Christian 56, Sebastian River (Fla.) 29

Glenn Hills 59, Mays 46

Harrison 92, Paulding County 80

Heritage, Conyers 63, Jefferson 53

Hilton Head (S.C.) 63, Monroe Area 52

Jenkins 68, Meridian (Miss.) 60

Lakeside, Dekalb 46, Decatur 40

Locust Grove 46, Pike County 41

Lumpkin County 76, Central, Carrollton 61

Miller Grove 50, Hough (N.C.) 45

Newton 73, Walnut Grove 64

Norcross 49, Father Henry Carr (Canada) 40

Paideia 48, John’s Creek 39

Peachtree Ridge 57, Christ School (N.C.) 53

Pebblebrook 63, Laney 60

Pope 63, North Cobb 46

Riverwood 88, Lovett 57

South Atlanta 68, Lincoln (N.Y.) 65

Spencer 65, Harris County 56

Stephenson 65, St. Francis 63

Stewart County 69, Wilcox County 51

Tucker 74, Columbia 59

Westlake 51, …

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NW Whitfield’s Mack stars in North-South All-Star game in Columbus

Northwest Whitfield senior defensive lineman/linebacker Isaiah Mack had two sacks and five tackles for 23 yards in losses in leading the North team to a 27-7 victory over the South in the GACA Senior All-Star Game in Columbus on Monday.

The game, the oldest high school all-star game in the country, was dominated by the defenses. Mack, the defensive player of the year in Region 7-AAAA, has committed to Chattanooga.

The North got touchdown passes from Brooks Barden of Cartersville, Tanner Brumby of Pickens and Michael Gallup of Monroe Area.

Gallup, a receiver, threw a 56-yard TD pass to Arabia Mountain’s Greg Phillips for the game’s first score.

The North’s Thomas O’Leary of St. Pius kicked two field goals.

The South’s touchdown came in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Esaias Chapman of Harris County.

Neither team had much success moving the ball. The game’s leading rusher was Jordan Ellis of Peachtree Ridge. The Virginia-committed running back ran for 42 yards …

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Saturday hoops scores

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Allatoona 66, Cartersville 60

Cambridge 53, Lumpkin County 51

Carver-Columbus 77, Brookstone 55

Coffee 72, Wilcox County 62

Dawson County 53, Hapeville (N.C.) 39

Douglas County 76, Hapeville Charter 52

Douglass 68, Central Gwinnett 56

Fellowship Christian 49, East River (Fla.) 43

Grayson 84, Alcovy 38

Harrison 63, Pope 57

Heritage-Conyers 82, Monroe Area 49

King’ Ridge 61, Brookwood 59

Lakeside-DeKalb 51, Riverwood 43

Morgan County 68, St. Francis 61

Newnan 67, Dutchtown 51

Norcross 87, Mullins (S.C.) 48

North Cobb Christian 60, Carrollton 45

Parkview 60, Chattahoochee 44

Paulding County 42, North Cobb 41

Piedmont (Ala.) 68, Union County 61

Riverdale 48, Ramsey (Ala.) 45

Roswell 69, Casey County (Ky.) 52

Sequoyah 88, White County 79

Shaw 63, Jordan 61

Westlake 65, South Atlanta 59

Whitewater 71, South Cobb 70

Winder-Barrow 68, Hebron Christian 46


Archer 64, Franklin County (Tenn.) 41

Bowdon 47, Heard County 41

Buford 33, Gainesville …

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AA blog: Checking in on the girls’ side

A few girls hoops notes from around Class AA:

  • In Region 7, the Peperrell Lady Dragons may be emerging as the team to beat. They’re 10-0 including 4-0 in the region, with one of those region wins coming against Calhoun, another favorite to win the region. The Lady Dragons beat Calhoun 62-55 on Dec. 14, marking a vast improvement from last season when the Yellow Jackets went 2-0 against them, outscoring them a combined 108-88. The Lady Jackets are outscoring their opponents by an average 60-38 so far this season.
  • The Walnut Grove Christmas Tournament could feature an all-Class AA final between the Jefferson Lady Dragons of Region 8 and the Greater Atlanta Christian Lady Spartans of Region 6. Both teams are in the semifinals, where on Dec. 28 the Lady Dragons will play (8-4) will play Hilton Head (S.C.) and the Lady Spartans (7-3) take on George Walton Academy. The championship is slated for Dec. 30.
  • The Kendrick Lady Cherokees have improved to 8-0 after a 75-35 win over …

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Friday basketball scores

Abraham Lincoln (NY) 56, Westlake 51
Archer 68, Jefferson 67
Athens Christian 67, Heritage-Conyers 55
Berkmar 66, Lithonia 55
Brainerd (TN) 63, Southwest-DeKalb 60
Brookwood 84, Kell 62
Cartersville 69, Pope 43
Columbia 62, Sandy Creek 47
Dacula 76, North Myrtle Beach (SC) 71
Dooly County 58, Lanier County 36
Fox Creek (SC) 73, Warren County 49
Gainesville (FL) 66, Stone Mountain 49
Glen Hills 72, Crisp County 56
Grayson 81, Johnson-Gainesville 57
Harris County 81, Brookstone 73
Hunters Lane (TN) 61, Lovett 27
Irmo 65, Collins Hill 52
Jenkins 68, Butler 50
Kinston (NC) 47, Wheeler 45
Lakeview 67, Winder-Barrow 35
Lincoln 56, Westlake 51
Madison County 55, Mount Paran Christian 42
Mays 55, Cedar Grove 39
Newnan 63, Spalding 52
Newton 62, Monroe Area 33
North Cobb Christian 73, Paulding County 43
Noth Gwinnett 66, Summerville (SC) 51
Northeast-Macon 63, North Clayton 59
Northside-Warner Robins 66, Ware County 57
Northview 63, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy 56
Paideia …

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Griffin rallies around QB Parks after game-day burglary

Jaquez Parks, the quarterback who led Griffin to its first football state championship in 35 years, called his senior season ‘’perfect,’’ although it nearly had a terrible ending.

Parks’ home was burglarized and ransacked on the day of the championship game at the Georgia Dome, where Parks had a record-setting performance – 338 yards passing and 216 yards rushing – in a 56-35 victory over Carrollton.

At the time, Parks sounded as if he’d lost a little faith in his fellow man.

“It just angered me,’’ Parks told WSB-TV. “I go out and do that for my city, played the best game of my life and they do that to me, and it angers me and makes me sad.’’

It turns out that his community was behind Parks more than he thought.  According to Parks and Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney, a local Walmart replaced some stolen electronics, including a television and an Xbox game. McDonald’s gave him a scholarship worth $5,000 to be applied toward tuition or other college …

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All-class player of the year: QB Parks leads Griffin to historic season

Quarterback Jaquez Parks led Griffin’s history-making state championship team. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Quarterback Jaquez Parks led Griffin’s history-making state championship team. (Jason Getz / AJC)

Jaquez Parks is more likely to wind up in the Ivy League than the ACC or the SEC. He’s not a five-star recruit. He’s just a record-setting quarterback on Griffin’s history-making state championship team.

‘’It doesn’t bother me, but I’ve wondered about it,’’ Parks said of his status as a college recruit. ‘’It motivates me to show what I can and that I could be that (five-star) player even though they’re not looking at me like that player.”

Parks is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s all-classification state player of the year, an honor that typically goes to a player headed for big-time college football. Recent winners include Alvin Kamara, now at Alabama and Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss.

Griffin rallies around QB after game-day burglary

AJC 2013 all-state football teams

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams

None meant any more to his team than did …

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AJC all-area teams from City/South Fulton, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, North Fulton, Southside



Offensive player of the year: Grant Haley, Lovett

Defensive player of the year: D’Andre Walker, Hughes

Coach of the year: Olten Downs, Creekside

AJC 2013 all-state football teams


QB – Terry Googer, Woodward Academy, 6-4, 215, Sr.

QB – Keenan Moore, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-2, 170, Jr.

RB – Keion Davis, Hughes, 6-1, 188, Sr.

RB – Dexter Knox, Creekside, 5-9, 200, Sr.

RB – Antavis Rowe, Washington, 5-11, 167, Sr.

WR – Orenzo Smith, Jackson-Atlanta, 6-0, 160, So.

WR – Kameron Uter, Pace Academy, 6-4, 215, Sr.

OL – Jeremiah Culbreth, Hughes, 6-4, 265, Jr.

OL – Marquel Harrell, Creekside, 6-5, 294, Jr

OL – Jahlil Mathis-Ellis, Hughes, 6-3, 300, Sr.

OL – Tej Suber, Lovett, 6-4, 247, Sr.

OL – Dallas Warmack, Mays, 6-2, 290, Jr.

ATH – Grant Haley, Lovett, 5-10, 180, Sr.

PK – A.J. Cole, Woodward Academy, 6-4, 210, Sr.


DL – Lawrence Curtis, Creekside, 5-10, 220, Sr.

DL – Patrick Keough, Lovett, 6-1, 213, Sr.

DL – Natrez Patrick, Mays, 6-3, 220, …

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AJC all-state football teams 2013


All-classification player of the year: Jaquez Parks, Griffin

Offensive player of the year:
Preston Williams, Lovejoy

Defensive player of the year: Lorenzo Carter, Norcross

Coach of the year: Keith Maloof, Norcross

AJC 2013 all-metro football teams


QB – Tyler Herman, Collins Hill, 6-3, 195, Sr.

RB – Jordan Ellis, Peachtree Ridge, 5-9, 212, Sr

RB – C.J. Leggett, North Gwinnett, 5-9, 215, Sr.

WR – Preston Williams, Lovejoy, 6-5, 205, Jr.

WR – Nate Brown, North Gwinnett, 6-3, 210, Sr.

TE – Connor Redmond, Archer, 6-5, 235, Jr.

OL – Chuma Edoga, McEachern, 6-4, 285, Jr.

OL – Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett, 6-6, 275, Jr.

OL – Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek, 6-4, 275, Jr.

OL – Andrew Marshall, West Forsyth, 6-5, 270, Sr.

OL – Nick Wilson, Milton, 6-3, 280, Jr.

ATH – Mike Rogers, Campbell, 6-1, 180, Sr.

PK – Ian Shannon, Marietta, 6-4, 190, Jr.


DL – Andrew Butcher, Alpharetta, 6-3, 240, Jr.

DL – Lorenzo Carter, Norcross, 6-6, 230, Sr.

DL – Dante Sawyer, …

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Thursday hoops scores

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Butler 67, Mays 63

Calhoun 64, Coosa 42

Chattahoochee 65, North Hall 48

Columbia 65, Brainerd (Tenn.) 45

Dawson County 59, Union County 42

Eagle’s Landing Christian 52, North Forsyth 42

Greater Atlanta Christian 58, Tabernacle Baptist (Bahamas)

Jenkins 70, Cedar Grove 59

Lithonia 86, Southwest Atlanta Christian 68

M.L. King 65, Stone Mountain 57

McIntosh County Academy 69, North Florida Christian (Fla.) 46

Meridian 53, Crisp County 37

Morgan County 84, South Gwinnett 65

Northeast-Macon 48, Lovejoy 45

Parkview 50, Lanier 41

Sandy Creek 61, Southwest-DeKalb 58

St. Francis 86, Pebblebrook 63

Stephenson 64, Laney 63

Trion 62, Dalton 48

Vidalia 94, Tatnall County 45

Wheeler 86, Garner Magnet (N.C.) 60


Bainbridge 44, Terrell County 34

Buford 58, Franklin County 39

Calhoun 60, Ringgold 38

Campbell 69, Tri-Cities 31

Collins Hill 41, Sequoyah 31

Dodge County 56, Liberty County 37

Douglas County 73, Walton 45

Eagle’s Landing Christian 51, Lambert …

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(UPDATED) Class A Blog: Players compete in football all-star games; Mahone leads basketball resurgence in Talbotton; Calhoun County, Holy Innocents among undefeated upstarts

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

This edition of the Class A Blog will be a football-basketball mix, featuring notes from the top junior and senior all-star football games, along with some of the top basketball performers – teams and individuals – thus far this season.  Also, note that the AJC All-State and All Metro Area Teams are out and can be seen here online and in the hard copy version of Sunday’s Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Class A players match up
Several big-time senior football players from Class A schools have competed or will be competing with and against players from larger classifications in various high school all-star games.

The Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl, played Dec. 21 at McEachern High School, featured players from North Cobb Christian School (Zach Pruitt and John Towne), Mount Paran Christian School (Dallas Kepler and Jacob Ramsey), the Walker School (Michael Berk, Jacob Johnson and Josh Reini) and Whitefield Academy (Jaylen Hudson, Alex …

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Top running backs to be showcased in Junior Bowl

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Two of the most highly-regarded rising senior running backs will be in the same backfield Tuesday, in the AT&T Junior Bowl at Grady High School

Sandy Creek’s Eric Swinney and Alexander’s Mikell Lands-Davis will be suiting up for the West squad.

Swinney rushed for 1,149 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for the Patriots. He averaged 8.39 yards per carry and has received scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee and Arkansas, among others.

Lands-Davis rushed for 2,374 yards and scored 27 touchdowns to help lead Alexander to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Lands-Davis has an offer from Clemson, several SEC teams, including Georgia, appear to be interested.

Here are the players from AAAA schools on Junior Bowl rosters:

(Note: Buford players included. Buford will be joining AAAA next season).


TE Aaron Cochran, Grady

ATH DeMarcus Moragan, Grady

S Aaron Williams, Carver

ATH Charlie Patrick, Caver

RB …

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