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Today, we release our girls pre-playoff poll and preview this weekend's traditional wrestling state championships. Be sure check out throughout the weekend for scores, recaps, results and next round matchups. Also, we will be posting hoops roundups on the AJC high school page for each round of the basketball state playoffs and will can be reached at 404-256-1572 with stats and game info. 

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How many wrestlers did Archer qualify for state out of the 14 possible weight classes? 
Today's answer can  
be found in the newsletter!


Thursday's answer:

Newnan beat the top-seeded Westlake boys in the region semifinals.






1. McEachern

2. Archer

3. Hillgrove

4. Norcross

5. Parkview

6. North Forsyth

7. Westlake

8. Lowndes

9. Douglas County

10. Mountain View



1. Southwest DeKalb

2. Drew

3. Tucker

4. Salem

5. Clarke Central

6. Osborne

7. Northside-Columbus

8. Effingham County

9. Forest Park

10. Greenbrier


Class AAAA

1. Redan

2. Columbus

3. Columbia

4. Cross Creek

5. South Effingham

6. Monroe

7. Chestaee

8. Mary Persons

9. Fayette County

10. River Ridge


Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Buford

3. St. Pius

4. Beach

5. Morgan County

6. Central-Carroll

7. Tattnall County

8. Dooly County

9. Sonoraville

10. Pike County


Class AA

1. Kendrick

2. Wesleyan

3. Greater Atlanta Christian

4. Laney

5. Pelham

6. Pepperell

7. Putnam County

8. Vidalia

9. Calhoun

10. Jefferson


Class A

1. Holy Innocents'

2. St. Francis

3. George Walton Academy

4. Southwest Atlanta Christian

5. Randolph-Clay

6. Calvary Day

7. Darlington

8. Claxton

9. Paideia

10. Turner County



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Friday, February 21, 2014


Battle-tested squads elude region tests


In Class AAAAAA, McEachern remains No. 1 after cruising to the Region 4 title.

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

Archer topped Parkview and won its first region championship and earned a No. 2 ranking in the poll. Mountain View took the No. 4 seed out of Region 7 and fell to No. 10 and Norcross moved up five places to No. 4 after winning the Region 7 championship.


In Class AAAAA, Drew jumped Tucker for No. 2 after claiming the Region 4 championship. Osborne, Effingham County and Greenbrier all advanced in the poll with region titles and Hiram was replaced in the top 10 by Northside-Columbus.


In Class AAAA, Cross Creek fell to South Effingham in the region tournament and dropped to No. 4 and Columbus jumped two spots to No. 2 after securing the Region 5 championship over Fayette County.

Beach made a move to No. 4 in Class AAA with its Region 1 title and Sonoraville replaced North Oconee for No. 9 in the poll. Franklin County was replaced by Pike County at No. 10.


The top 5 in Class AA went unscathed in the region tournaments and remains the same, however, debuting in at No. 6 is Region 7 champion Pepperell. Jefferson replaced Bleckley County in the poll and sits at No. 10.


In Class A, St. Francis topped Southwest Atlanta Christian 67-52 in the Region 6 title game and jumped to No. 2. Southwest Atlanta Christian dropped to No. 4 behind George Walton Academy.






by Stephen Black
Traditional championships mark second round of wrestling state champions



The 2013-2014 season will see its second round of wrestling champions

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

decided this weekend at six different sites where the state traditional championships will take place. The traditional meet places more emphasis on the individual than last month's dual tournament, in which entire teams were invited. This weekend's affair was postponed after last week's inclement weather forced widespread school closings around the metro Atlanta area. The meet was originally schedule to take place entirely at the Arena at Gwinnett, which has a scheduling conflict this weekend.

            Archer, last year's traditional team champion, leads the way in Class AAAAAA with qualifiers in each of the 14 weight classifications, including eight sectionals champions. The Tigers are fresh off a dual state championship, their second in a row.

            Camden County and Collins Hill are two of the stiffer tests for Archer in the state's largest classification. The Wildcats bring 13 grapplers and Collins Hill has seven, including Oklahoma commitment Ryan Millhof.

            A bit of drama unfolded at the Area 7-AAAAA meet, as dual champion and defending state traditional champ Pope was unseated by Cambridge, which is in its second year of existence as a program. Each team will wrestle nine athletes this weekend. Pope, which suffered some key injuries prior to the area meet, will have two top seeds competing while Cambridge boasts three. Woodland-Cartersville, the 2011 dual champion, has 10 qualifiers.

            Traditional power Gilmer reigns in Class AAAA as dual champion and defending traditional champ. However, Cass gave the Bobcats a tough time at the dual meet, losing by just one point (31-30).

            Class AAA dual champion Buford burst onto the wrestling scene this year with its first state title of any kind in the sport. The Wolves will be a factor in the traditional meet as well, with eight wrestlers competing this weekend, including five top seeds. Banks County may be Buford's chief competition for the state crown with seven qualifiers. Woodward Academy, however, will bring six wrestlers including four top seeds.

            Jefferson has dominated Class AA since entering it in 2009. The Dragons have won a traditional wrestling championship every year since 2001, with the first eight coming in Class A. Bremen, however, is a traditional power in its own right with four straight Class A traditional titles before moving to AA prior to the 2013 season. Both Bremen and Jefferson will bring 11 wrestlers, although Bremen has seven top seeds to the Dragons' five.

            Class A may have the most parity of any classification, as Holy Innocents', Gordon Lee and Commerce have each won or shared state championships in the past two seasons. Commerce won this year's dual title last month, but Gordon Lee is the defending traditional champion.


Centennial to host SEC rivals


An SEC showdown will take place at Centennial High School tonight at 7pm. The University of Georgia will be hosting the University of Alabama under the lights for the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Men's Lacrosse game "under the lights."  


Defending Champions, The University of Georgia, is the pick to repeat in the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference Division I 2014 Preseason Poll. The game will feature many players who have played high school lacrosse across the greater Atlanta area. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available. 



 On Saturday March 16th NCAA Men's Lacrosse comes to Atlanta, where Walton High School will be hosting a battle between two Division II lacrosse programs.  At 12pm on March 16th, Lenoir Rhyne University will be taking on Lynn College.  This is an outstanding matchup that also features many former Georgia High School standout players, including Ned Kaish from the 2011 State Champion Walton Raiders.




In an effort to aid Student-Athletes with their dream to play college football, XL212 is hosting an Unsigned Senior Expo in Metro-Atlanta. Unsigned Seniors and Underclassmen are invited to showcase their skills for college coaches and scouts from across the country. The expo will be held on Saturday March 8th at McEachern High School from 1:00-4:00pm. Student-Athletes will be measured with Fully Automated Timing Systems (F.A.T.S) so the data received will be accurate. Testing will consist of: 40-yard dash, height, weight, broad jump, vertical jump, 5-10-5 drill, L-Drill, and powerball toss. Participants will also receive an XL212 Certified player-profile sheet that can be sent to any college coach the player desires, and online exposure in the XL212 database.


Every year, thousands of talented High School football players get overlooked by college scouts based on lack of exposure. Many Student-Athletes attend expos to gain more exposure and increase their opportunity to play at the next level. In fact, Student-Athletes that participated in similar football combines in Texas and California have earned millions of dollars in scholarship money and grants to play college football.



McEachern HS:

2400 New Macland Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127

Date: Saturday March 8th, 2014

Register online:

Cost: $49


For more info and questions please call XL212 at 678-509-5212 or email Nate Peterson at:




Dear Coach,

We wanted to provide an update regarding the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Coaches Clinic hosted by Head Coach Mike Smith. Due to the NFL Draft which is now in May and required commitments, the next Coaches Clinic will be held in March 2015. Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


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