Saturday, Dec. 28
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
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.
Chick-Fil-A Holiday Classic
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,
Monday, Dec. 30
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.
War Eagle Classic
At Woodward Academy
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
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
Mon., Dec. 23
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.
DL – Joseph Sorrentino, Creekview, Sr.
DL – Branden Johnson, Sequoyah, Jr.
DE – Gilberto Terrientes, Sequoyah, Sr.
DE – Josh Kania, Cambridge, Jr.
LB – Victor Peppers, Forsyth
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
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
DB – David Mims, Warner Robins
DB – K’lon Lovett, Evans
DB – Quay Denning, Houston County
DB – Chris Lewis, Houston County
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
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
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
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
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):
1. Norcross (13-2)
2. North Gwinnett (13-2)
3. Colquitt County (11-3)
4. Hillgrove (11-2)
5. Collins Hill (11-2)
6. McEachern (11-3)
7. Archer (11-1)
8. Camden County (10-2)
9. Lowndes (9-4)
10. Hughes (10-2)
11. Lovejoy (10-2)
12T. Dacula (8-5)
12T. Mill Creek (6-4)