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BATTLE OF BUCKHEAD
 
Less than three miles separates Lovett and Westminster 
and the similarities do not stop with proximity alone. These 
two schools battled down to the wire last season and both 
advanced past 
the first round of the playoffs. Also Craig Sager II 
gives 
the update on a busy summer for Georgia hoops
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Eye on Recruiting
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SOUTHERN FOOTBALL GUIDE
 
 
SCORE'S 2013 PRESEASON FOOTBALL RANKINGS

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CLASS AAAAAA


1.    Norcross 
2.    Colquitt County
3.    North Gwinnett
4.    McEachern
5.    Lowndes
6.    North Cobb
7.    Mill Creek
8.    Walton
9.    Lovejoy
10.  Peachtree Ridge


CLASS AAAAA

1.   Gainesville
2.   Northside-WR
3.   Thomas County Central

4.   Stephenson

5.   Flowery Branch

6.   Tucker

7.   Kell

8.   ML King

9.   Whitewater

10. Ware County

 

 

CLASS AAAA

 

1.   Sandy Creek

2.   Burke County

3.   Carrollton

4.   Cairo

5.   Marist

6.   Griffin

7.   Statesboro

8.   Westside-Macon

9.   Stockbridge

10. Monroe Area

 

 

CLASS AAA

 

1.   Buford

2.   Peach County

3.   Thomson

4.   Carver

5.   St. Pius X

6.   Cartersville

7.   North Hall

8.   Washington County

9.   Blessed Trinity

10. North Oconee

 

 

CLASS AA

 

1.   Calhoun

2.   Brooks County

3.   GAC

4.   Fitzgerald

5.   Lamar County

6.   Jefferson

7.   Cook

8.   Washinton-Wilkes

9.   Lovett

10. Vidalia

 

 

CLASS A-PRIVATE 

 

1.   ELCA

2.   George Walton Academy

3.   Price Ave. Christian

4.   Savannah Christian

5.   Landmark Christian

6.   Brookstone

7.   First Presbyterian Day

8.   Darlington

9.   Athens Academy

10. Holy Innocents'

 

 

CLASS A-PUBLIC 

 

1.   Lincoln County

2.   Wilcox County

3.   Irwin County

4.   Wilkinson County

5.   Seminole County

6.   Emanuel County Inst. 

7.   Marion County

8.   Miller County

9.   Charlton County

10. Dooly County

 

 

 

 






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Wednesday, July 24, 2013



WESTMINSTER/LOVETT
By Craig Sager II

High stakes for 2013 Battle of Buckhead 

 

 

Westminster vs. Lovett has established itself as one of the states most exciting rivalries. The schools are separated by less than three miles, and when you combine the familiarity of the schools to their academics and overall athletics, the rivalry runs much deeper than football.

 

On the gridiron, however, the combination of the fan support and competition in region 6-AA adds importance to this rivalry matchup, and creates one of the most spirited games of the year.

 

Westminster has never lost the GADA Directors Cup in its existence and finished last year with a school record in points. The Wildcats won state titles in boys and girls tennis, soccer, lacrosse, track, and in boys cross country, golf, and girls swimming. Lovett would take state titles in baseball and volleyball and finish second in the standings. 

 

No high school rivalry in Georgia would be complete without Friday Nights, and the Wildcats' domination in overall athletics, was faded by Lovett's sweep of Region 6-AA in 2012 and 10-7 win at Westminister. Lovett head coach Mike Muschamp led the Lions to the quarterfinals before losing to Lamar County 35-28 last year, and this team appears poised for another strong year. In the two years prior to last year's low scoring duel, Westminster won 21-2 (2011), and 37-14 (2010). It is clear that this rivalry will be in full throttle in 2013.

 

The Wildcats have a chance to be much improved this season, and head coach Gerry Romberg comes off a 5-7 season that ended in the second round to eventual state champion Jefferson 35-7.

 

"We've got our quarterback Jake Forte returning for us this year," said Romberg. "He is a good player for us and we have some talent up front with guys like Sam Schmal."

         

Avenging last year's home loss to Lovett will have to wait this year for Romberg and his returning cast, because the schools do not play until the second to last game of the season.

 

"It's a big game for sure, but I look at it as a big game more so because it is a region game," said Romberg. "I think that both of these schools are solid in athletics and academics and then these students all know each other. That in itself makes it fun for the schools, but the region implications are what makes this game so important."

            

Westminster opens up with games against Blessed Trinity, St. Pius X, Laney, Thomasville and Woodward Academy before region play. Lovett will face a potentially more challenging non-region slate with Woodward Academy, Blessed Trinity, Marist, St. Pius X, Fort Payne, Ala., and Washington County. When the Lions and Wildcats square off on Nov.1 both squads will be battle tested. The remaining region consist of Greater Atlanta Christian, Wesleyan and Hapeville Charter, setting it up once again to be one of the most competitive regions in the state. Westminster last won the state title in 1971, and will have to focus on the region and its next door neighbors before attempting another playoff run. 

            

 


EYE ON RECRUITING
By Craig Sager II
 
Georgia hoops seeing busy summer 

 

 

Devin Mitchell is a rising senior from Collins Hill and received two more
offers with LSU and Memphis adding to his collegiate fan mail per Dan McDonald Rivals.com. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard also has offers from Alabama, Butler, Georgia, Kansas State, Tennessee, Xavier, Cincinnati, Marquette, UAB and Wake Forest among others. Mitchell is considered a four-star recruit and averaged 21 points three assists and six rebounds as a junior.

 

Isaiah Wilkins' 2013 state title run with Class AA Greater Atlanta Christian last year has garnered heavy attention for the 6-foot-8 small forward. Wilkins is the step-son of former Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins, and has been recruited strong by "Nique's" alma mater UGA. This summer Wilkins has most recently been offered by Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State, UAB and Wichita State among others.

 

Noah Dickerson is perhaps the most impressive blue chip headlining the class of 2015. The rising junior is a 6-foot-8, 245-pound power forward for North Atlanta. Georgetown appears to be the likely destination according to 247sports for Dickerson, but Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Virginia are all invested in suiting up Dickerson in two years.

 

The University of Georgia got a big commitment this week with
Hillgrove's Mackenzie Engram. The 6-foot-2 forward is following in the collegiate footsteps of her older brother Evan Engram who graduated from Hillgrove this past year and will suit up for Ole Miss as a tight end. Mackenzie averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3.6 steals and 2.1 blocks per game last season, and set a school record when she scored 33 points.

 

Pachiyaanna Roberts will also be taking her talents to Athens, as the former standout at McEachern High School and the 2011-2012 player of the year in Georgia, transferred from Syracuse to Georgia after her freshman year. Roberts will be able to practice this year with the Lady Bulldogs, but will not be able to participate in competition until the 2013-14 season when Engram will also be suiting up.
 
Roberts was not the only McEachern standout transferring back to the Peach State, as point guard Trae Golden made the decision to leave Tennessee after being a two-year starter. Unlike Roberts, Golden will not have to sit out for the upcoming season because of an NCAA family waiver. Golden averaged 12.1 points and 3.9 assists last year for Tennessee. Trae's older sister graduated from Tech in 2008, and could have also factored in on his decision to leave Knoxville. Golden will likely take on a significant role for the Yellow Jackets this upcoming season.  

 


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