Archive for January, 2014

Friday basketball scores

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Boys

Albany 67, Dougherty 58

Alexander 77, Columbus 47

Alpharetta 75, Chattahoochee 70

Americus, Sumter 59, Monroe 57

Archer 61, South Gwinnett 59

Bainbridge 60, Lee County 38

Benedictine 55, Jeff Davis 40

Blessed Trinity 72, McNair 57

Callaway 85, B.E.S.T. Academy 70

Campbell 70, Harrison 65

Cartersville, 67 Ringgold 31

Central Gwinnett 72, Brookwood 68

Collins Hill 49, Peachtree Ridge 46

Cook 36, Thomasville 34

Dooly County 58, Brookstone 46

Eastside 55, Chestatee 38

Etowah 56, Cherokee 47

Fayette County 94, Shaw 35

Grayson 60, Dacula 43

Greater Atlanta Christian 85, Lovett 50

Harlem 67, Screven County 65

Johnson, Savannah 71, Brantley County 30

Jonesboro 59, Riverdale 41

Jordan 59, Spencer 58

Lakeside, DeKalb 60, Southwest DeKalb 55

Lambert 64, South Forsyth 49

Maranatha Christian 48, Killian Hill Christian 39

Miller Grove 70, Tucker 60

North Clayton 61, Griffin 53

North Gwinnett 63, Palmetto (Fla.) 57

North Paulding 55, East Paulding 52

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Tuesday basketball scores

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Boys

Allatoona 91, East Paulding 43

Cartersville 83, Coahulla Creek 36

Darlington 64, Gordon Lee 56

Dawson County 69, West Hall 66

Grayson 62, Parkview 50

Henry County 67, Southwest Macon 60

Newnan 56, Douglas County 53

Norcross 59, North Gwinnett 48

Osborne 68, Pope 67

St. Francis 60, North Cobb Christian 59

Stephenson 72, Arabia Mountain 63

Tucker 66, M.L. King 65

Wheeler 76, Walton 73

Whitefield Academy 71, Walker 40

Girls

Americus-Sumter 40, Dougherty 30

Buford 53, North Hall 43

Campbell 57, South Cobb 26

Cross Creek 67, Glenn Hills 30

Dawson County 62, West Hall 31

Douglas County 68, Newnan 39

Hillgrove 51, Harrison 41

Johnson-Savannah 60, Southeast Bulloch 30

McEachern 56, Marietta 41

Norcross 54, North Gwinnett 50

North Forsyth 54 Centennial 53

Paideia 57, Landmark Christian 24

Parkview 65, Grayson 29

Pelham 88, Early County 49

Pierce County 38, Appling County 34

Roswell 53, Lassiter 37

Sequoyah 44, Forsyth Central 33

South Forsyth 74, Johns …

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Friday basketball scores

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Boys

Alexander 67, LaGrange 44

Aquinas 71, Warren County 44

Armuchee 73, Pepperell 70

Athens Academy 52, Lakeview Academy 49

Bainbridge 71, Harris County 39

Blessed Trinity 82, Cross Keys 20

Bowdon 68, Randolph County (Ala.) 65

Cairo 45, Albany 41

Carrollton 58, Troup County 53

Dacula 73, Archer 53

Dade County 94, Morris Innovative 24

Dunwoody 54, Southwest Dekalb 51

Etowah 70, Lassiter 67

Fayette County 63, Columbus 40

Forsyth Central 65, Kell 54

Glenn Hills 52, Richmond Academy 34

Grayson 57, Brookwood 42

Greater Atlanta Christian 62, Wesleyan 17

Greenforest 62, Paideia 18

Hawkinsville 85, Greenville 56

Hillgrove 62, Campbell 53

McEachern 49, North Cobb 38

Houston County 70, First Presbyterian Day 64

Jefferson 63, Greene County 52

Johnson, Gainesville 77, Stephens County 38

Lamar County 89, Bleckley County 81

Lambert 75, Centennial 68

Luella 57, Lovejoy 56

Monroe 50, Worth County 43

Mount Pisgah Christian 66, King’s Ridge 54

Mill Creek 56, Mountain …

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Swimming and diving: Parkview girls draw twice over break

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Parkview has been no stranger to thrilling swim meets, as 2014 began in similar fashion to the conclusion of 2013. Just prior to winter break, the Panthers battled Collins Hill on Dec. 20 at Norcross. The girls tied 157-157 while Parkview’s boys edged the Eagles 162-153. Panther seniors Megan Reeves and Megan Yang combined to win four individual events and also teamed up to win the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The boys were led by freshman Bradley Downs, who prevailed in the 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle relay.

Improbably, the Parkview girls swam to another tie last Saturday against Lambert. Both teams accumulated 151 points. This time, though, the Panther boys had an easier time of things and rolled over the Longhorns 212-93. Morgan Fleming paced the Lady Panthers with triumphs in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. For Parkview’s boys, …

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Tuesday basketball scores

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Boys

Athens Christian 78, Providence Christian 53

Butler 70, Hephzibah 57

Calvary Day 55, Savannah Christian 46

Central-Phenix City (Ala.) 75, Northside-Columbus 66

Evans 73, Greenbrier 59

Lakeview Academy 72, Tallulah Falls 33

Laney 100, Harlem 54

Lovett 56, Wesleyan 46

Pelham 79, Berrien 49

Richmond Academy 57, Cross Creek 54

Rockmart 55, Haralson County 41

Rutland 79, Westside-Macon 59

Southwest Atlanta Christian 74, Excel Christian 61

St. Francis 103, Walker 47

Thomasville 74, Brooks County 44

Turner County 86, Telfair County 43

Girls

Bleckley County 55, Taylor County 49

Brooks County 52, Thomasville 50

Colquitt County 49, Valdosta 47

Cross Creek 54, Richmond Academy 34

Echols County 58, Lanier County 42

Effingham County 81, Groves 36

ELCA 55, Atlanta International 47

Greenbrier 55, Evans 44

Grovetown 51, Lakeside-Evans 30

Macon County 41, Northeast-Macon 40

Mount Paran 52, Fellowship Christian 31

Pelham 85, Berrien 38

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North Atlanta, Grady among 7 schools that win appeals to change regions for ‘14-15

North Atlanta and Grady were among seven Georgia high schools won appeals Tuesday to move into a different regions beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.

Also granted appeals by the Georgia High School Association to move were Walnut Grove, Adairsville, Southwest Atlanta Christian, Whitefield Academy and a potential new Meriwether County High to open this fall.

Losing appeals were Milton, Salem, Pike County and Portal. Pike County lost its appeal 6-5.

(See the results of the appeals below and the new region alignments here.)

North Atlanta will join Region 7-AAAAA Subregion B and have North Springs and Riverwood as its closest rivals. Grady moves into  6-AAAA, which originally was an all-DeKalb County region.

Whitefield Academy and Southwest Atlanta Christian, private schools known for their basketball, essentially swapped regions, Whitefield to 6-A and SACA to 5-A.

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AA blog: GAC off to fast, impressive start following Arby’s Classic win

As any program coming off a state championship would, the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans entered the 2013-14 season with high expectations. To date, they’ve fulfilled them as best as possible. They’re 15 games into the season and without a loss, and by far their most impressive wins came in Bristol, Tenn. over the Christmas holidays, where they went 4-0 in the 31st Annual Arby’s Classic.

The prestigious tournament featured 18 teams from five states and three countries, including the Bahamas and Germany – where the Classic’s defending state champion, Urspring hails from. GAC defeated the Bahamas team, Tabernacle Baptist, in the opening round 58-48, then Hamilton (Tenn.), 68-59. The Spartans’ stiffest challenge came in the semifinals against Oak Ridge (Tenn.) as they squeaked out a 46-42 victory before closing the tournament with a 63-56 win over Milton in the all-metro-Atlanta final.

“We really enjoyed the atmosphere,” Spartans coach Eddie Martin said. “It was unbelievable. …

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Three girls teams remain unbeaten

There are still three unbeaten girls basketball teams in Class AAA: Beach, Washington County and Southwest Macon.

No. 2 Washington County (10-0) hammered Baldwin 71-53 in its first game back from the holidays. Nia Johnson scored 20 and Tiarra Wicker and Shon Kitchens each scored 14 in that game.  Washington County will get a test on Jan. 17 when it travels to Eastman to play No. 8 Dodge County.

No. 3 Beach (14-0) remains the powerhouse in Region 1-AAA.  Their most recent win was a 75-32 victory over Appling County in which three girls were in double figures: Erica Hicks with 15 point, Ilyn Spann with 13 points and DyManee Royal with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Beach has a return match with No. 6 Tattnall County on Jan. 17; Beach won the first game 59-54 in Reidsville. The Tattnall girls have won six straight games, including their own Christmas tournament. The Trojans are 9-3, with Kendra Green leading the way with 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds. She is the only player in …

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Reclassification: Schools argue Tuesday to change regions

Milton is the largest of a dozen Georgia schools that will argue Tuesday before the GHSA to be moved to another region for the 2014-16 academic years, but few are likely to get their wish. The GHSA typically declines to grant those appeals once it has placed schools in regions.

Milton, which has made its name in boys basketball but in fact has become a state factor in several sports in recent years, wants out of Region 5-AAAAAA and into Region 6 with five other north Fulton County schools.

That’s not likely to happen because such a move would entail having 11 schools in Region 6 and only eight in Region 5, and one of those eight would be Roswell, Milton’s oldest rival and another north Fulton school.

Critics of reclassification in AAAAAA point to the fact that Gwinnett County schools again got two regions of their own – regions 7 and 8. Those regions are made up entirely of Gwinnett schools, which usually leads to better gates and revenue.

There are 14 Cobb County …

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Basketball rankings: Wheeler boys, McEachern girls are No. 1

These are the first rankings of the new year. Won-lost records will be included next week. We omitted them this week because of the difficulty in tracking down all missing game results when schools are on holiday break.

BOYS

Class AAAAA

1. Wheeler

2. Norcross

3. North Gwinnett

4. Tift County

5. Westlake

6. Walton.

7. Marietta

8. McEachern

9. Hillgrove

10. Douglas County

Class AAAAA

1. Miller Grove

2. Allatoona

3. Tucker

4. Jenkins

5. Clarke Central

6. Effingham County

7. M.L. King

8. Stephenson

9. Villa Rica

10. Apalachee

Class AAAA

1. Columbia

2. Sandy Creek

3. Fayette County

4. Eagle’s Landing

5. Jonesboro

6. Rutland

7. Westover

8. South Atlanta

9. Glenn Hills

10. Liberty County

Class AAA

1. Savannah

2. Washington County

3. Cartersville

4. Elbert County

5. St. Pius

6. Morgan County

7. Buford

8. Johnson-Savannah

9. Cedar Grove

10. Thomson

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Vidalia

3. Laney

4. Manchester

5. Model

6. Calhoun

7. McIntosh County Academy

8. Jefferson

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AA Blog: holiday hoops tournament recaps

Here are some notable performances from Class AA hoops teams who participated in tournaments over the Christmas holidays:

Boys

  • The Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans turned heads by winning the prestigious Arby’s Classic in Briston, Tenn., a tournament that featured 18 teams from five states and three countries. The Spartans went 4-0 in the tourney with wins over Tabernacle Baptist (Bahamas), Hamilton (Tenn.), Oak Ridge (Tenn.) and, in the all-Georgia championship game, defeated Milton of AAAAAA, 63-56. With the win, the defending state champion Spartans improved to 14-0.
  • The Dublin Fighting Irish won all three of their games in The Dublin High School Christmas Tournament they hosted, defeating two Miami schools – Central and Edison – and B.E.S.T. Academy of AAA. The wins moved the Fighting Irish to a 10-3 record.
  • The Calhoun Yellow Jackets moved to 10-0 and won the Medi-Thrift Pharmacy Christmas Classic at LaFayette, defeating host LaFayette 55-45 in the championship after …

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Georgia high school basketball: AAAA notables

–The Columbia Eagles will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, when they host Lithonia on Friday. Columbia reached the championship game of the Chick-fil-A Holiday Invitational Classic, before falling to Tucker. Columbia had won the last two tournament titles.

Columbia is No. 1 in MaxPreps.com’s Georgia AAAA boys rankings, followed by Fayette County, Rutland, Jonesboro and Statesboro.

–Speaking of MaxPreps, did Redan’s girls really beat a team from Louisville 105-19 at a tournament at Daytona Beach? Here’s the box score on MaxPreps. I have not been able to confirm this yet, but hope to speak with Redan coach Jerry Jackson next week about his team’s 13-0 start. MaxPreps has Redan No. 1 in its Georgia AAAA girls rankings.

–The Rutland Hurricanes put up 100 points in a win over Wilkinson County on Dec. 28. Senior guard Jaylon Tyson scored 30 points, connected on 13 of 15 free throws and had five steals to win MVP honors in the Wilkinson County …

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Class A Blog: North Cobb Christian boys “selfish”?, Randolph-Clay girls on a mission

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

BOYS

It was not just that North Cobb Christian lost in the title game of the Lake City Classic last Saturday, to host Allatoona (11-0), 58-47. More than that, Eagle head coach Greg Matta appeared to be upset with the way his team fell to the undefeated Buccaneers.

“We had a couple of guys that played their guts out, and we had a couple of guys that played selfishly,” Matta told the Marietta Daily Journal, after he witnessed his team squander a 7-0 lead out of the gate. “When you play championship basketball games against teams like Allatoona, you’re supposed to execute.”

Two of NCC’s senior stars, Hunter Ware (scoreless) and Stephon Jelks (5 points, 3 rebounds), were neutralized. Senior guard Kendall Crute led the Eagles with 18 points, while 6-foot-10 junior center Trey Kalina scored 14 and grabbed 8 rebounds.

Brawl ends Turner-Lowndes game
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