It’s midway through February and, when it comes to high school sports in Georgia, that means the winter sports are drawing to a close. It all starts with swimming and diving, as the state championships take place at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center this weekend.
In this week's list of the top 44 seniors in Georgia high school basketball, two changes reflect teams that are surging and others that are not. Derrick Henry of Newton enters the list, while Ryon Riggins of North Gwinnett was left out. On the girls portion of the 44, Briana Banks of Fayette Co was rewarded for her solid play while Tashayla Steede of Wheeler dropped out.
For the second straight week, we have an upset in the girls' “Two for Tuesday” webcast game, as host No. 6 GAC upset No. 3 Buford 52-43. Despite being convincingly beaten in early January by the Lady Wolves, GAC (17-7) rebounded at home behind Kristina Nelson’s 17 points and eight rebounds while freshman Briana Cummings had 10.
Tonight’s “Two for Tuesday” webcast on GPB.org features a rivalry matchup between schools from Region 6A-AA when the boys and girls teams of the Buford Wolves travel to clash against the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans. Both games feature schools that are currently No. 1 and 2 in the Region 6A-AA standings. The Buford girls are No. 3 in the state with a perfect record of 6-0 in region play (17-2 overall). The Buford boys team is having also having a fine season and are currently tied with Decatur for second place in the region with a record of 4-2 (14-5 overall). For the girls and boys teams of GAC, it is just the opposite. The boys are No. 1 in the region with a perfect 7-0 record (17-5 overall). The Lady Spartans at 6-1 (16-6 overall) have only one blemish on their region record this season, putting them just behind the Buford girls for top spot in the region. The Lady Wolves and Lady Spartans will get the evening started with a scheduled start time of 5:45. Greater Atlanta Christian currently leads the region with an average of 62 points per game, while only allowing 36. The Lady Spartans are led by their sophomore sensation, Kristina Nelson. Nelson is averaging 15.4 points per game in 15 appearances to go with 6.2 boards a contest. The Lady Spartans are young with just five of their 13 players being upperclassmen. The Buford girls team also puts points up in bunches and are ranked second behind the Lady Spartans averaging 55 points per contest. Buford is also a much more experienced team than is GAC. They have no freshmen on the varsity squad and seven of their 13 players are upperclassmen, including five seniors on the team. Like the Lady Spartans, the Buford girls are led by a young, outstanding sophomore, Kaela Davis. The shooting guard is averaging 17.5 points a game in 13 appearances this season. Junior point guard Andraya Carter also chips with in 12.6 points. Buford’s defense is holding their opponents to only 30 points per game, the least amount of points giving up by any team in Region 6A-AA. It should be an interesting matchup with the region’s top two offenses and defenses going head-to-head. In the boys matchup, GAC and Buford are nearly identical. Both defenses are giving up 49 points a contest, while the Spartans have a slight edge on the Wolves for points scored per game, 65 to 62. GAC’s main threat is senior Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon, a member of Score 44, is averaging a double-double this season from the wing position with 25.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Helping out Brogdon on the offensive end and on the boards is sophomore forward A.J. Davis, who is putting up 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. For the Buford boys team, strong performances from junior point guard Kyle Kellam and junior center T.J. Shipes will be needed if the Wolves want to leave GAC with a win. GAC will be rocking next Tuesday night with two undefeated streaks on the line. Can the Lady Spartans bring an end to the Lady Wolves perfect record in region play? Will the Great Atlanta Christian boys defend their home court and keep their run at perfection in the region alive?
As the clock on the high school basketball regular season ticks down to double-zero, the top boys teams are gaining momentum. Milton, the AJC’s top-ranked team in Class 5A, won twice last week in region games by a gaudy average of 51 points.
The craziness in Georgia girls basketball is settling down, just as region and state tournaments are about to commence. Last week, we saw three new teams ascend to the top spot of the AJC’s weekly poll. This week, all five of the No. 1’s remain in the pole position.
The auditorium at Douglass High in Atlanta was filled with an embarrassment of football talent Wednesday morning. The best high schoolers from the Atlanta Public Schools gathered to literally cap off their prep careers. The assembly line of athletes took the stage one-by-one, signed their letters of intent and put on a baseball cap with the logo of their future colleges, universities and academies.
National Signing Day is big in the South. High school seniors signed their letters of intent to determine where they will spend the next few years of their lives. Some of metro Atlanta best players made their way to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games to announce where they would play college football.
Wednesday was a big day for college football programs around the state and the country. Known as National Signing Day, it’s a key part of the “business” of college football.
GPB Media (Georgia Public Broadcasting) today announced that its 15-year partnership with GHSA (Georgia High School Association) will be extended through fiscal year 2016 with a new 5-year contract.