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Today, we recap all the weekend's basketball playoff action and highlight Saturday's traditional wrestling state championships. Also, check out the story we broke Saturday morning on Carrollton's new head football coach.

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Hoops Playoff Pairings
Carrollton Hires Dudley
Hoops Recaps
Wrestling Recap
Unsigned Expo
Score Poll
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How many seasons did Ed Dudley spend as Carrollton's defensive coordinator prior to head coaching jobs at Buford, Walton and Ware County? 
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2013-14 Class AAAAAA state champion Archer qualified a wrestler for state at all 14 weight classes. 






(R4/T1) Pebblebrook vs. (R1/T2) Brunswick

(R2/T1) Luella vs. (R3/T2) Newnan

(R5/T1) Wheeler vs. (R8/T2) Shiloh

(R7/T1) North Gwinnett vs. (R6/T2) Lambert

(R3/T1) Douglas Co. vs. (R4/T3) Hillgrove

(R1/R1) Tift Co. vs. (R2/T3) Lovejoy

(R8/T4) Dacula vs. (R7/T2) Norcross

(R8/T1) Berkmar vs. (R5/T2) Walton



(R4/T1) Mundy's Mill vs. (R1/T2) Bainbridge

(R2/T1) Warner Robins vs. (R3/T2) Effingham Co.

(R5/T1) Allatoona vs. (R6/T3) M.L. King

(R5/T4) Hiram vs. (R6/T2) Stephenson

(R3/T1) Jenkins vs. (R2/T2) Northside-Warner Robins

(R1/R1) Northside-Columbus vs. (R4/T2) McIntosh

(R6/T1) Miller Grove vs. (R5/T3) Villa Rica

(R6/T4) Tucker vs. (R7/T3) Pope


(R4/T1) Jonesboro vs. (R1/T2) Worth Co.

(R2/T1) Rutland vs. (R1/T3) Crisp Co.

(R5/T1) Alexander vs. (R6/T3) Grady

(R5/T4) Carrollton vs. (R6/T2) Marist

(R3/T1) Glenn Hills vs. (R4/T3) Eagle's Landing

(R1/R1) Westover vs. (R4/T2) Riverdale

(R6/T1) Columbia vs. (R5/T3) Fayette Co.

(R8/T1) Johnson-Gainesville vs. (R5/T2) Sandy Creek




R4/T1) Callaway vs. (R3/T3) Thomson

(R2/T1) Carver-Columbus vs. (R3/T2) Swainsboro

(R5/T1) Cartersville vs. (R6/T3) St. Pius

(R7/T1) Buford vs. (R6/T2) Blessed Trinity

(R3/T1) Washington Co. vs. (R2/T2) Central-Macon

(R1/R1) Johnson-Savannah vs. (R4/T2) Douglass

(R6/T1) Cedar Grove vs. (R7/T2) Dawson Co.

(R8/T1) Morgan Co. vs. (R7/T3) East Hall




R4/T1) Northeast-Macon vs. (R1/T2) Early Co.

(R2/T1) Vidalia vs. (R3/T2) Westside-Augusta

(R7/T4) Coosa vs. (R6/T3) Hapeville Charter

(R7/T1) Calhoun vs. (R6/T2) Westminster

(R3/T1) Laney vs. (R2-T2) McIntosh Co. Academy

(R1-T1) Pelham vs. (R4-T2) Putnam Co.

(R6-T1) Greater Atl. Christian vs. (R7-T2) Model

(R8-T1) Jefferson vs. (R5/T2) Manchester


Class A-Private


No. 16 Athens Academy at No. 1 Greenforest Christian

No. 9 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian at No. 8 Calvary Day

No. 12 Fellowship Christian at No. 5 North Cobb Christian

No. 13 Darlington at No. 4 Whitefield Academy

No. 14 Hebron Christian at No. 3 St. Francis

No. 11 Mt. Pisgah Christian at No. 6 Holy Innocents'

No. 10 Aquinas at No. 7 Landmark Christian

No. 15 Providence Christian at No. 2 Athens Christian


Class A-Public 


No. 16 Lanier Co. at No. 1 Treutlen

No. 9 Trion at No. 8 Calhoun Co.

No. 12 Marion Co. at No. 5 Dooly Co.

No. 13 Wheeler Co. at No. 4 Wilkinson Co.

No. 14 Claxton at No. 3 Turner Co.

No. 11 Stewart Co. at No. 6 Portal

No. 10 Hawkinsville at No. 7 Seminole Co.

No. 15 Georgia Military at No. 2 Randolph-Clay







(R4/T1) McEachern vs. (R1/T2) Brunswick

(R4/T4) North Cobb vs. (R3/T2) Douglas Co.

(R7/T4) Mountain View vs. (R8/T2) Parkview

(R7/T1) Norcross vs. (R6/T2) South Forsyth

(R1/T4) Tift Co. vs. (R4/T3) Marietta

(R1/R1) Lowndes vs. (R4/T2) Hillgrove

(R6/T1) North Forsyth vs. (R7/T2) Duluth

(R8/T1) Archer vs. (R5/T2) Roswell





(R4/T1) Drew vs. (R3/T3) Richmond Hill

(R2/T1) Greenbrier vs. (R1/T3) Hardaway

(R7/T4) Kell vs. (R8/T2) Salem

(R7/T1) Osborne vs. (R6/T2) Tucker

(R3/T1) Effingham Co. vs. (R4/T3) Starr's Mill

(R1/R1) Northside-Columbus vs. (R4/T2) Forest Park

(R6/T1) Southwest DeKalb vs. (R7/T2) Sequoyah

(R6/T4) Stephenson vs. (R7/T3) Creekview




(R4/T1) Woodland-Henry vs. (R1/T2) Westover

(R2/T1) Mary Persons vs. (R3/T2) Cross Creek

(R5/T1) Columbus vs. (R6/T3) Marist

(R7/T1) River Ridge vs. (R6/T2) Columbia

(R3/T1) South Effingham vs. (R2/T2) Rutland

(R1/R1) Monroe vs. (R4/T2) Dutchtown

(R6/T1) Redan vs. (R7/T2) Northwest Whitfield

(R6/T4) Grady vs. (R5/T2) Fayette Co.



(R4/T1) Central-Carroll vs. (R1/T2) Johnson-Savannah

(R2/T1) Pike Co. vs. (R3/T2) Dodge Co.

(R7/T4) North Hall vs. (R6/T3) Woodward Academy

(R7/T1) Buford vs. (R6/T2) Decatur

(R3/T1) Washington Co. vs. (R2/T2) Peach Co.

(R1/R1) Beach vs. (R2/T3) Southwest-Macon

(R6/T1) St. Pius vs. (R7/T2) East Hall

(R8/T1) Morgan Co. vs. (R7/T3) Dawson Co.



(R2/T4) Bryan Co./(R4/T1) Putnam Co.

(R2/T1) Vidalia at (R3/T2) Dublin

(R5/T1) Kendrick vs. (R8/T2) Rabun Co.

(R5/T4) Bowdon vs. (R6/T2) Greater Atl. Christian

(R3/T1) Laney vs. (R2/T2) McIntosh Co. Academy

(R1/R1) Pelham vs. (R4/T2) Taylor Co.

(R6/T1) Wesleyan vs. (R7/T2) Calhoun

(R8/T1) Jefferson vs. (R5/T2) Manchester



Class A-Private


No. 16 Pace Academy at No. 1 St. Francis

No. 9 Eagle's Landing Christian at No. 8 Paideia

No. 12 Greenforest Christian at No. 5 SW Atlanta Christian

No. 13 Prince Ave. Christian at No. 4 George Walton Academy

No. 14 First Presbyterian at No. 3 Calvary Day

No. 11 Brookstone at No. 6 Darlington

No. 10 Lakeview Academy at No. 7 Mount Paran Christian

No. 15 Savannah County Day at No. 2 Holy Innocents'


Class A-Public 


No. 16 Central-Tallbotton at No. 1 Randolph-Clay

No. 9 Towns Co. at No. 8 Gordon Lee

No. 12 Portal at No. 5 Claxton

No. 13 Emanuel Co. Institute at No. 4 Dooly Co.

No. 14 Clinch Co. at No. 3 Wilkinson Co.

No. 11 Charlton Co. at No. 6 Greenville

No. 10 Marion Co. at No. 7 Mitchell Co.

No. 15 Treutlen at No. 2 Turner Co.



NOTE: All games scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, and game days are subject to change based on boys/girls
doubleheaders at some sites.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

by Craig Sager II
Ed Dudley set to lead Trojans program



After receiving more than 200 applicants for its head coaching vacancy, Carrollton is set to hire 2009-13 Ware County head coach Ed Dudley. The St. Pius graduate

Photo by Patte Trimm

has been one of the most successful head coaches in the state with a combined record of 183-75 in his 22 seasons at the helm according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Carrollton narrowed down a handful of finalist and found that Dudley was the best candidate for the job. Dudley accepted the offer and now the city will need to approve the hire and it will be finialized. 


Dudley is very familiar with the Trojans program and strong tradition and spent the 1988-91 seasons as Carrollton's defensive coordinator under head coach Ben Scott. In his four seasons as coordinator, Dudley's defense held 35 opponents to single digits, including 21 shutouts. Dudley's defensive prowess landed him his first head coaching job at Buford in 1992. Following his time at Buford Dudley spent 14 seasons at Walton, making the playoffs 12 times. Walton's fieldhouse is named after Dudley.


In 2009, Dudley took over the Ware County head coaching job and led the Gators to 44 wins the past four seasons, including an appearance in the Class AAAAA state championship in 2012.


Dudley could not comment on the hire until it becomes official, which could be as soon as Tuesday.


Dudley replaces Rayvan Teague, who retired from coaching last month with a 220-69-1 overall record during his 24 seasons as a head coach. Carrollton has seen just four head coaches since 1957.


Dudley's son, Gordon, plays tight end and will spend his senior season at Carrollton after contributing in the Ware County offense his sophomore and junior seasons. Gordon was one of the 72 juniors invited to play in the Elite Junior Classic this past December.


Carrollton opens its season in the 2014 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic with an 8:45 a.m. kickoff against the Kell Longhorns.

Recaps of the weekend's hoops playoffs


Click on the below links to read about the dozens of basketball playoffs this weekend.  We will be writing these each day this week of the basketball playoffs, so check in at and for more details on the state basketball tournaments. 





by Stephen Black
Cambridge wins first-ever state title at traditional wrestling championships


The state traditional wrestling championships were held Saturday at six locations throughout the state. Each classification held its meet at a different location due to inclement weather last week, when it was originally schedule to take place at The Arena at Gwinnett.


Cambridge won its first state championship of any kind in school history by winning the Class AAAAA meet at Loganville.


"It's the result of the hard work of so many," said Cambridge athletics director Matt Lawless on his athletic program's first championship. "As a new school, it's hard getting the right coach to come here and build a program quickly. We knew we had the talent. That said, Coach (Don) St. James was the guy. And all the hard work and credit really goes to him."


The Bears won a tight affair in which the top four teams scored within 22

Photo by Jon Barash

points of each other. Cambridge had three wrestlers win state titles: J.R. Salemi (120 pounds), Brandon Filosi (126 pounds) and Devin Kane (145 pounds). Kane won an important match in the finals by outpointing Pope's T.J. Collins 6-2. Kane's win gave the Bears 27 points. Two Bears came in second: Will Britain (138 pounds) and Malik McNeil (285 pounds, the heavyweight class).


Allatoona, meanwhile, saw five wrestlers come in the top five of their respective weight classes: Cody Anderson (120 pounds), Ethan Benedict (132 pounds), Jack Woods (138 pounds), Jacob Robinson (152 pounds), Will Kemp (160 pounds) and Cody Webb (182 pounds). However, the Bucs had no wrestlers win state championships.


Pope, the defending Class AAAAA traditional state champion, had two individual state champions in Jake Adcock (138 pounds) and Jake Henson (160 pounds). In addition to Collins finishing second, Josh Tazzetta came in third in the 113-pound weight class. The Greyhounds' only other top-five finisher was Seth Gorman in the heavyweight class.


The Bears' win interrupted a streak of six consecutive state meets won by Pope in dual and traditional styles. Ironically, Cambridge defeated Pope at the Area 7-AAAAA meet three weeks ago for the Bears' first area or region title of any type.




Archer won its second traditional state championship in a row as five Tigers

Photo by Rob Saye

wrestlers won state championships Saturday at the Class AAAAAA traditional state championship meet at Chattahoochee. Archer also won dual wrestling championships the past two seasons.

Grant Aycox (132 pounds), Thomas Bullard (152 pounds), Daniel Bullard (160 pounds), Elliott Lee (195 pounds) and M.J. Couzan (285 pounds) each won state championships for Archer. In addition, Chris Diaz (126 pounds), Sam Bullard (138 pounds) and Quin Miller (182 pounds) each came in second for the Tigers. Archer easily beat second-place Camden County, which netted 183.5 points and third-place Collins Hill, which totaled 102.5


Class AAAA


At West Laurens, Gilmer won its second straight AAAA traditional title and its fourth wrestling state title in the past two years (when coupled with two dual championships). The Bobcats had four individual state champions and won the meet with 191 points to second-place Cass' 160. Alexander came in third with 144 points.


Class AAA


Buford added to its recent wrestling trophy case with the state traditional championship, which joins its first-ever dual championship won in January. Six Wolves wrestled their way to individual state crowns in their home gym.

Buford scored 151 points as a team to second-place Banks County's 101. Elbert County took third with 195 and Woodward Academy scored 78 to come in fourth.


Class AA


Jefferson won its 14th straight traditional state wrestling championship at the AA meet at Toombs County. The Dragons totaled 193 points, beating second-place Bremen, which had 156. Six Jefferson wrestlers won individual state championships.


Class A


Commerce won its second wrestling state championships of the school year and third in program history in its home gym. The Tigers had 222.5 points to runner-up Gordon Lee's 131.5. Athens Christian took third with 129 points. Five Commerce grapplers won individual state championships.






XL212 Kicks Off Inaugural North Metro Senior All-Star Basketball Experience


Alpharetta, Georgia - February 21, 2014 - XL212, a sports event management and marketing company based in Alpharetta, Georgia, launches the premier North Metro Senior All-Star Basketball Experience in March 2014. Events include an awards banquet, skills night, and boys and girls Senior All-Star Games.


The Year-End Awards and All-Star Player Recognition Banquet begins the All-Star Experience on March 10th at 7:30 pm at the Metropolitan Club. A high energy Skills Competition Night, March 14th at 7 pm at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, will showcase high school players chosen to represent their schools. Skills Competition Night includes a Slam Dunk Contest, a Three-Point Contest, a Skills Course for guards, a Co-Ed Team Challenge, and a Girls' Scoring Contest.


Girls and Boys Senior All-Star Games are on March 15th, 2014 at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm, respectively, at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. For the All-Star games, Senior Student-Athletes from North Fulton and Forsyth will compete on North and South teams. Boys head coaches are Scott Bracco, Head Coach Lambert High School (North Team) and Brian Marks, Head Coach from Blessed Trinity Catholic High School (South Team). Girls head coaches are Eric Herrick, Head Coach North Forsyth High School (North Team) and Natalie Vuoriaho, Head Coach Alpharetta High School (South Team).


Scott Bracco, Head Boys' Coach Lambert High School, North All-Star Coach

Coach Scott Bracco is entering his second year as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Lambert High School. In 2013, he guided the Longhorns to their first state playoff appearance in school history. The Longhorns were also honored as the Team of the Year by the Forsyth County Tip-off Club. Coach Bracco guided his Dunwoody High School basketball teams to four Final Fours, four Region Championships and captured back to back State Championships in 2005 and 2006. Coach Bracco has helped place over 50 players to the collegiate level and coached a McDonald's All-American in Chris Singleton (Florida State, Washington Wizards). Scott and Kara have three beautiful children. Bryce (9), Blake (6), and Braden (4).


Brian Marks, Head Boys' Coach Blessed High Trinity, South All-Star Coach

Brian Marks just completed his twelfth season as the head varsity boys' basketball coach at Blessed Trinity. Over the past eight years, Coach Marks' teams have accumulated 161 victories, averaging 20 wins per season during that span. In 2009, he led his Titans team to their first appearance in the State Championship Game.The team finished with a 26-7 record and was ranked #2 in the state in the final coaches' poll.  In the 2007-08 season, he guided the team to a 27 - 4 record and it's first Sweet Sixteen appearance. That team also reached the #1 state ranking in the Georgia Coaches Poll during the season. The 27 wins was the most in school history and the 22 consecutive wins the longest win streak in the program's history. Coach Marks was named the North Fulton Neighbor and the Roswell Beacon Coach of the Year in 2009.  In 2008, he was named AJC Northside Coach of the Year, Score Fulton County Coach of the Year, and Roswell Beacon Coach of the Year.  He has served on the Atlanta Tip-Off Club Selection Committee for the past seven years.


Eric Herrick, Head Girls' Coach North Forsyth High School, North All-Star Coach

Coach Herrick is in his 3rd year at North Forsyth High School as the Girls' Varsity Head Coach. He has been coaching for a total 13 years with 10 of those as a head coach including 4 years at Chattahoochee high school where his team reach the final four in 2010. Have coached more than 20 players who have went on to play college basketball including 4 at the Division 1 level. Career record of 187-70 as a varsity girl's head coach He served in the United States Air Force before attending Berry University and playing basketball there all four years. He is married to Faith Herrick and has two children, Cameron, age 9, and Kylee, age 3.


Natalie Vuoriaho, Head Girls' Coach Alpharetta High School, South All-Star Coach

Coach Vuoriaho has over 28 years of playing/coaching experience. She is the current Women's Basketball Head Coach at Alpharetta HS. Her prior coaching experience was in NC where she was the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Independence High School, Charlotte, N.C. from 2008-2012. In 2006-2008 she was the Head JV Basketball Coach at Monroe HS, Monroe, N.C.In 2010, Coach Vuoriaho was the head coach of an All-Star Basketball team that competed in France. Coach Vuoriaho is an active member of many professional basketball association's such as the Women's Basketball Coaches Associations (WBCA), Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA), BCA (Black Coaches Association), North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) and she served on the Charlotte Senior Pro-Am selection committee. She teaches Business classes at Alpharetta HS where she is also a FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) advisor. Coach Vuoriaho is a proud parent of 2 sons, Nicholas, 16, and Christopher, 11. One of her proudest accomplishments is a 100% graduation rate of her players and all of her players went on to attend post-secondary education.




Margaret Billingsley

202 South Main Street, Suite 104

Alpharetta, GA  30009



The public is invited to attend all events. To find out more about the Senior All-Star Experience and to purchase tickets, visit,, and Twitter:@XL212.






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. 


For other Atlanta Falcons youth and prep football program information, please visit or on twitter @AFPlayFootball


Thanks so much for your support of the Atlanta Falcons. 


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