Lake City Classic: Game details

Saturday, Dec. 28

Boys

Allatoona 66, Cartersville 60: Deniel Fowler had 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the host Bucs into the finals. Allatoona led 32-27 at the half after dominating the second quarter 25-14. The Bucs won the 100th game in program history. Bradley Brevet added 14 points and Rodney Brown had nine.

North Cobb Christian 60, Carrollton 45: Hunter Ware led all scorers with 29 points as the Eagles advanced to the finals. North Cobb Christian led 35-26 at the half.  Ware made six 3-pointers. Montae Green led Carrollton with 15 points and seven rebounds.

Monday, Dec. 30

Girls

Chestatee 43, East Paulding 26: Deanna Bradberry led Chestatee with 12 points, while Savanna Long added nine points and Bridgette Kelly chipped in eight points for the War Eagles. Chestatee held East Paulding to just 16 points through the first three quarters.

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Chick-Fil-A Holiday Invitational Classic: Game details

Chick-Fil-A Holiday Classic

Boys

Round 1

Butler 67, Mays 63: 6-foot junior Don Coleman led Butler with a tournament-high 31 points.

Sandy Creek 61, Southwest DeKalb 58 (OT) : Southwest DeKalb took a 27-23 lead at the half and sophomore Keith Gilmore finished with 21 points and eight rebounds but the Patriots outscored Southwest DeKalb 34-25 in the second half. Javon Jackson led Sandy Creek with a team-high 17 points and the Patriots survive to a perfect 7-0 record this season.

M.L. King 65, Stone Mountain 57: M.L. King extended its 48-35 third quarter lead following an offensive outburst from senior Miles Perdue. Perdue finished with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Tucker 76, Gainesville (Fla.) 51: Host Tucker took a 36-27 lead into halftime and continued stifling Gainesville’s offense in the second half, outscoring them 40-24. Jon Dunmyer led all scorers with 19 points and his senior teammates, Shembari Phillips and Tyrell Thomas finished with 14 and 13 points, …

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The Westminster Holiday Classic: Game details

Monday, Dec. 30

Final

Westminster 48, Hunter’s Lane (Tenn.) 44: Playing at home, Westminster raced ahead 17-9 after one quarter and had a 26-17 lead at halftime. Hunter’s Lane used a 13-4 run to take a one-point advantage with three minutes remaining, but the visitors could not hold on. Quay Strozier twice put the Wildcats ahead in the final two minutes of the game, including thanks to two free throws for a 46-44 edge with 40 seconds left.

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War Eagle Classic: Scores/Schedule

War Eagle Classic

At Woodward Academy

Boys

Friday, Dec. 20

Westminster Christian (Fla.) 49, Westminster 45

Woodward Academy 92, Southwest Atlanta Christian 67

Saturday, Dec. 21

Centennial 81,  Southwest Atlanta Christian 38

Woodward Academy 59, Westminster Christian (Fla.) 54

Girls

Friday, Dec. 20

Woodward Academy 53, Westminster 51

Morgan County 57, North Clayton 28

Saturday, Dec. 21

Mundy’s Mill 55, North Clayton 35

Morgan County 41, Woodward Academy 35

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DeKalb County Pre-Holiday Tournament: Game details

Boys

Mon., Dec. 23

Final

Stone Mountain 74, Chamblee 59: Chris Jones scored 20 points and had six assists, leading Stone Mountain to the tournament title. Damani Walker contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds to the winning effort.

Sat., Dec. 21

Stone Mountain 55, Arabia Mountain 38: Stone Mountain was led by point guard Javier Canty’s 18 points and four assists ad three steals while forward Damani Walker grabbed 11 boards. The Pirates led 22-18 at the half, but outscored Arabia Mountain 17-11 in the third quarter to take a commanding 39-29 lead heading in the final period.

Friday, Dec. 20

Stone Mountain 67, McNair 53: In Stone Mountain’s first round matchup at Southwest DeKalb High School, the Pirates took a 30-16 lead into the half. Damani Walker led the scoring with 23 points and added a team-high nine rebounds. Teammate Marquez Hinton dished out four assists and scored 21 points.

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All-region teams: Dunson, Kendrick defenders take top 5-AA honors

Here is the all-region team for 5-AA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Offensive player of the year: Duranta Dunson, Jr., Heard County

Defensive players of the year: Marvin Lewis, Sr., Kendrick, and Emmanuel Brown, Sr., Kendrick

Coach of the year: Tim Barron, Heard County

First-team offense

QB – Tarvaraska Davis, Spencer, Sr.

RB – Chris Keith, Bowdon, Sr.

RB – Damarcus Robins, Spencer, Sr.

RB – Voltaire Driver, Bremen, Sr.

WR – Javonte West, Jordan, Sr.

WR – Richard Jones, Spencer, Sr.

WR – Dashae Hubbard, Spencer, Sr.

TE – Mike Jones, Temple, Sr.

OL – Austin Bradley, Bowdon, Sr.

OL – Zykeem Wright, Kendrick, Sr.

OL – Jesse Erriquizzo, Bremen, Sr.

OL – Jake Edwards, Heard County, Sr.

OL – C.J. Brewer, Bowdon, So.

ATH – Jonathon Hunt, Heard County, Sr.

PK – Jake Verity, Bremen, So.

First-team defense

DL – Joseph Crumby, Temple, Sr.

DL – Levi Brown, Heard County, Jr.

DL – John Ayers, Bowdon, Jr.

DL – Christopher Baker, Spencer, So.

DE – Elijah Toney, Heard County Jr.

DE – …

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All-region teams: Laney’s Lackey, Keller honored by 3-AA

Here is the all-region team for 3-AA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Coach of the year: Lemuel Lackey, Laney

Player of the year: Horatio Keller, Laney

Offensive player of the year: Jalen Lampkin, Westside

Defensive player of the year: Ken Woodruff, Dublin

Special teams player of the year: Andre James, Laney

First-team offense

QB – Terrell Roberson, East Laurens

RB – Javin Myer, Laney

RB – Austin Burt, Harlem

RB – Larry McGirt, Dublin

WR – Vicente Tompkins, Laney

WR – Quenton Phillips, Westside

WR – Donta Wilburn, Screven County

TE – Juwan Wells, Dublin

OL – James Holmon, Laney

OL – Adam Austin, Screven County

OL – Dexter Smith, East Laurens

OL – Conner Lords, Dublin

OL – Jaquez Wallace, Dublin

K – Barry Brown, Dublin

P – Jacob Smith, Screven County

First-team defense

ATH – Leon McQuaker, Josey

DL – Dewayne Coleman, Laney

DL – Tayler Thomas, Dublin

DL – Sha’don Kemp, Screven County

DL – Mike Bell, Westside

LB – Shay Brown, Laney

LB – Josh McRae, Dublin

LB – Tolu …

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All-region teams: Ringgold’s Dale named 5-AAA player of the year

Here is the all-region team for 5-AAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Slade Dale, Ringgold

Offensive player of the year: Brooks Barden, Cartersville

Defensive player of the year: Dakota Baer, Ringgold

First-team offense

QB – Marcus Childers, Adairsville

RB – Andrew Slaton, Cartersville

RB – Tiamon Pennymon, Cartersville

TE – Dallas McGee, Ringgold

OL – Sheldon LaVette, Adairsville

OL – Bo Dooley, Gordon Central

OL – Ryan Emmer, Ringgold

OL – Caleb Chambers, Sonoraville

OL – Hunter Martin, North Murray

WR – T.L. Ford, Cartersville

WR – Peyton Swilling, North Murray

ATH – Kile Sholl, Ringgold

P – Tristian Evans, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe

PK – Dakota Hines, Adairsville

First-team defense

DL – Jacob Mitchell, Gordon Central

DL – Alex Barnes, Cartersville

DL – Zach Morris, Ringgold

DL – Kenny Cooper, Sonoraville

LB – Sidney Johnson, Adairsville

LB – Nate Mays, Gordon Central

LB – John Chastain, North Murray

LB – D.L. Goins, Ringgold

DB – Kalin Heath, …

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Class A Blog: W.D. Mohammad’s Hamilton-Blake best back court tandem?; Greenforest’s “other” freshman; NCC vs. GAC

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Is there a better guard combination in Class A than W.D. Mohammad’s Muhammad Hamilton and Nigel Blake?

Caliphs’ head coach Farad Abdur-Rahman doesn’t think so.  Hamilton, a senior who has committed to Tuskegee, was already a known commodity in Class A and beyond as one of the state’s top complete guards. But Blake, a freshman, is beginning to make a name for himself as well. The two are combining to score 48 points per game with the 5-foot-11 Hamilton averaging 25 and Blake, 5-8, averaging 23.

“[Blake] can flat out play,” Rahman said. “He wasn’t with us over the summer, but he has come in since school started and has fit right in. You should see these two go to work.”

Abdur-Rahman said Blake has allowed Hamilton, an all-state selection last season, to showcase even more of his game because now he can play off of the ball, while Blake handles the point guard duties. This, Abdur-Rahman said, makes the Caliphs a better team …

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All-region team: Pearson, Rohan, Dulmage share top honors in 7-AAAAA Div. A

Here is the all-region team for 7-AAAAA Div. A, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Coaches of the year: James Teter, Sequoyah, and Terry Crowder, Creekview

Offensive player of the year: D.J. Pearson, Northview, Jr.

Defensive players of the year: Peter Rohan, Sequoyah , Sr., and Connor Dulmage, Creekview, Sr.

First-team offense

QB – Kyle Wilke, Creekview, So.

RB – Jake Garner, Sequoyah, Sr.

RB – Isaiah Rodgers, Creekview, Sr.

TE – Kyle Wisniewski, Sequoyah, Sr.

WR – Brandon Cameron, North Springs, Sr.

WR – Matty Biondich, Northview, Jr.

OL – Austin Brown, Sequoyah, Sr.

OL – Michael Shaw, Creekview, Sr.

OL – Curtis Collins, Sequoyah, Sr.

OL – Hunter Lamm, Forsyth Central, Jr.

OL – Daniel McKune, Sequoyah, Sr.

PK – Anel Ramic, Forsyth Central, Sr.

ATH – Lex Lauletta, Sequoyah, Sr.

First-team defense

DL – Joseph Sorrentino, Creekview, Sr.

DL – Branden Johnson, Sequoyah, Jr.

DE – Gilberto Terrientes, Sequoyah, Sr.

DE – Josh Kania, Cambridge, Jr.

LB – Victor Peppers, Forsyth …

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All-region teams: Northside’s Smith named top player in 2-AAAAA

Here is the all-region team for 2-AAAAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Glenn Smith, Northside (Warner Robins)

Offensive player of the year: Danny Hite, Jr., Warner Robins,

Defensive player of the year: DB Rashad Roundtree, Lakeside (Evans)

Coach of the year: Bryan Way, Warner Robins

First-team offense

QB – Caden Johnston, Warner Robins

RB – Willie Jordan, Northside

RB – Walker Juhan, Jones County

WR – BJ Raymond, Lakeside

WR – Josh Flowers, Houston County

WR – Brenston Lindsey, Houston County

TE – Landon Hopf, Warner Robins

OL – Jermaine Abron, Warner Robins

OL – Ty Allen, North-side Warner Robins

OL – Matt Warren, Houston County

OL – Hank Harrison, Houston County

OL – Clay Norsworthy, Evans

OL – Tyler Martin, Northside

ATH – Stephen Houzah, Lakeside

K – Matt Monday, Warner Robins

P – Isaac Rivera, Northside

First-team defense

DB – David Mims, Warner Robins

DB – K’lon Lovett, Evans

DB – Quay Denning, Houston County

DB – Chris Lewis, Houston County

LB …

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AA blog: With Azar, Wesleyan’s sucess is not automatic – it’s systematic

Jan Azar could walk away from coaching today and she’d still be the most successful girls high school basketball coach in state history. As head coach at Wesleyan – her first and only head coaching gig – she’s led the Lady Wolves to 10 state titles in the last 12 seasons and they’re currently six-time defending champions, which ties a state record. Azar has more than 400 wins and was inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Those accomplishments rarely come for any coach, and she’s already achieved them as she hits the prime of her career.

Fortunately for Wesleyan, Azar isn’t walking away any time soon.

But how does a coach sustain such a level of success? How does she keep her kids focused and from feeling like a state title automatically comes with playing for Wesleyan? Why has player turnover had no affect on the Lady Wolves’ historic title run?

“(Winning titles) is a good place to be and a hard place to be,” Azar said. “(Every year) they want to …

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Cedar Grove boys race to fast start

The Cedar Grove boys take an undefeated record and high expectations to Albany this weekend for the U-Save-It Tournament, which should provide the Saints with an idea of where they stand going into the second half of the season.

The Saints are 6-0 with impressive wins over St. Pius and Woodward Academy, the team teams that played for the Region 6-AAA title a year ago. Cedar Grove features a typical James Martin-coached team, one that plays hard on defense to the very end.

“We try to play hard and we try to play great defense,” the veteran coach said. “And everybody knows pretty much what’s going to happen when we walk in the gym.”

Cedar Grove’s top two returners are juniors Kenneth Lewis, who averages 15.2 points, and Christopher Frederick, who averages 8.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.2 assists. Fredrick is still rounding into shape after playing football.

The Saints also get contributions from sophomore Jacari Cross (10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 …

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List/Trivia/Quote: Southeast Bulloch holds record for most points per game

LIST

Although Buford set a state record for total points in a season this year with 707, the Wolves didn’t lead the state this year in points per game. That title went to Monroe Area. Also, Buford’s Class AAA championship game opponent, Washington County, which played one fewer game because of lightning in August, averaged more than Buford per game. Here are the most points per game in GHSA history:

51.0 – SE Bulloch 1972

50.9 – Camden County 2011

50.9 – Dublin 2005

50.5 – Monroe Area 2013

49.5 – Miller County 1997

49.0 – Mount de Sales 1971

48.4 – Valdosta 1971

47.7 – Washington Co. 2013

47.3 – Miller County 1996

47.2 – Warner Robins 1976

47.1 – Buford 2013

TRIVIA

Griffin won a state championship this season for the first time since 1978. Who was the head coach of that 1978 team, and which Griffin player on that team became a U.S. Olympian and Super Bowl champion? (Answer Friday)

Answer to Wednesday’s question: The record for the most years between GHSA state championships is …

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Final composite state football rankings

Here’s a look at Georgia’s teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GS – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA – Score Atlanta; MP – MaxPreps; and Max – Maxwell Ratings):

Class AAAAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

MP

Max

TOT

1. Norcross (13-2)

1

1

1

1

1

1

60

2. North Gwinnett (13-2)

2

2

2

2

2

2

54

3. Colquitt County (11-3)

3

3

3

3

3

4

47

4. Hillgrove (11-2)

5

5

7

4

5

5

35

5. Collins Hill (11-2)

8

6

4

7

4

3

34

6. McEachern (11-3)

7

4

5

6

7

7

30

7. Archer (11-1)

4

7

6

5

10

9

25

8. Camden County (10-2)

6

9

8

8

6

6

23

9. Lowndes (9-4)

10

8

10

9

8

10

10. Hughes (10-2)

9

10

9

8

8

11. Lovejoy (10-2)

9

2

12T. Dacula (8-5)

10

1

12T. Mill Creek (6-4)

10

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