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Archer 64, Duluth 49


Douglas County 69, North Cobb 52


Lowndes 78, Hillgrove 77 (OT)


Marietta 56, Tift County 47


McEachern 94, Brunswick 75


North Forsyth 64, Duluth 49


Parkview 35, Mountain View 32


S Forsyth 62, Norcross 50 (OT)





Drew 67, Richmond Hill 43


Effingham County 67, Starr's Mill 43


Greenbrier 63, Hardaway 39


Salem 42, Kell 32


Southwest DeKalb 80, Sequoyah 66


Stephenson 40, Creekview 39





Columbia 41, River Ridge 33


Columbus 50, Marist 37


Cross Creek 74, Mary Persons 68


Fayette County 43, Grady 25


Monroe 50, Dutchtown 38


Redan 67, Northwest Whitfield 35


South Effingham 52, Rutland 49


Woodland-Henry 50, Westover 41





Beach 52, Southwest-Macon 45


Buford 41, Decatur 28


Johnson-Savannah 54, Central-Carroll 50


Pike County 58, Dodge County 41


St. Pius X 55, East Hall 39


Washington County 81, Peach County 44


Woodward Academy 64, North Hall 62





Dublin 76, Vidalia 72


Greater Atlanta Christian 55, Bowdon 37


Jefferson 44, Manchester 33


Kendrick 90, Rabun Co. 34


Laney 85, McIntosh County Academy 54


Pelham 53, Taylor County 37


Putnam Co. 63, Bryan Co. 39


Wesleyan 84, Calhoun 48


Class A-Private



Calvary Day 64, First Presbyterian Day 60 (2OT)


Darlington 63, Brookstone 28


Eagle's Landing Christian 51, Paideia 49 (OT)


George Walton Academy 39, Prince Avenue Christian 21


Holy Innocents' 83, Savannah Country Day 29


Mt. Paran 52, Lakeview Academy 49


Southwest Atlanta Christian 73, Greenforest Christian 43



Class A-Public 



Claxton 64, Portal 55


Emanuel County Institute 57, Dooly County 53


Greenville 62, Charlton County 59


Mitchell County 69, Marion County 39


Randolph-Clay 71, Central-Talbotton 48


Towns Co. 64, Gordon Lee 56


Turner County 68, Treutlen 29


Wilkinson County 51, Clinch County 44







Calvary Day 67, Mount Vernon 54


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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Overtime battles highlight Sweet 16 action




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Archer 62, Roswell 45: Visiting Roswell trailed Archer 17-15 after the first quarter, but the host Tigers outscored the Hornets 17-0 in the second period to take control of the game. Madison Newby led the Tigers with 17 points while Autumn Newby added 14 points and eight rebounds. Andreona Keys led the Hornets with 24 points.


Douglas County 69, North Cobb 52: Douglas County cruised in the second half as juniors Santasia Faust and Maya Benham set the pace with a combined 49 points. Faust finished with a game-high 29 points and Benham added 20.


Lowndes 78, Hillgrove 77 (OT): Tashia Brown scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Lowndes win an overtime thriller over visiting Hillgrove. Taffany Smith added 24 points and Faith Starling chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings. Starling hit one of two free throws with 0.9 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period. For Hillgrove, Tene Thompson had 29 points and seven rebounds, while Mackenzie Engram recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.


McEachern 94, Brunswick 75: The host Indians exploded offensively, outscoring Brunswick 54-33 in the second half. Te'a Cooper finished with 21 points and seven assists and Caliya Robinson tallied a triple-double. Robinson finished with 16 points, 15 boards and 17 blocked shots. The junior also added five assists. Sophomore Jada Lewis finished with 15 points and seven assists and Taylor Gordon notched 12 points. Declaria Daniels was the fifth Indian to finish in double-figures and scored 11 points. The teams combined for 75 total free throw attempts and McEachern shot 23-of-36 from the charity stripe.


North Forsyth 64, Duluth 49: Caroline Bowns went six for six from three-point range and scored 29 points to lead host North Forsyth past Duluth. The Raiders led 26-17 at halftime and by just seven points heading into the fourth quarter, but Bowns' timely shooting prevented Duluth from getting any closer.


South Forsyth 62, Norcross 50 (OT): South Forsyth drained 15 of 19 free throws in overtime to complete a comeback victory over host Norcross. The War Eagles watched Norcross score the first eight points of the game and they also trailed by nine midway through the fourth quarter. South Forsyth was led by Sarah Myers, who scored 22 points-10 in overtime-and went 13 for 14 from the free-throw line. Ally Welch added 14 points for South Forsyth and Shelby Threlkeld chipped in 12. Threlkeld forced overtime thanks to a 3-point play with 24 seconds remaining.




Southwest DeKalb 80, Sequoyah 66: Daisa Alexander poured in 27 points and Tynice Martin scored 20 to lead host Southwest DeKalb past Sequoyah. Kelley Hartman recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Chiefs, who trailed by just four at halftime and were as close as five points in the fourth quarter.




Columbus 50, Marist 37: Dominique Odom scored a game-high 14 points, but it wasn't enough for visiting Marist. The War Eagles led 14-10 after a period and 21-10 in the second, but eventually fell behind 31-30 at the end of the third quarter. Tatyanna Wyatt scored eight points in the final quarter and led the Blue Devils with 12 points.


South Effingham 52, Rutland 49: South Effingham erased a 28-19 halftime deficit to overcome visiting Rutland. Tianna Germain poured in 24 points for the Mustangs, who held off Rutland with clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter before the Hurricanes drained a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final margin.


Woodland-Henry 50, Westover 41: Host Woodland was led in scoring for the second consecutive round by freshman Vanessa Blagmon. The point guard finished with a game-high 14 points after posting an 18-point performance in her playoff debut on Friday. Woodland senior Mecca Sneed reached double-figures with 12 points.




Beach 52, Southwest-Macon 45: Jada Young scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Beach hold off visiting Southwest-Macon. DyManee Royal contributed 13 points and five blocks to the Bulldogs' effort. Beach led 32-24 at the intermission and the final 7-point margin was the closest Southwest-Macon came to Beach in the second half.


Johnson-Savannah 54, Central-Carroll 50 (2OT): The visiting Atomsmashers outscored Central-Carroll 16-10 in the fourth quarter to force the first of two overtimes. After trading baskets in the first overtime, Johnson's Ashontianna Williams and Alexandria Brooks knocked down shots while Alexis Pierce iced the game with a pair of free throws to outscore the Lions 6-2 in the second overtime. Williams finished with 16 points and Brooks scored 11. Sherae Bonner led the Lions 16 points and 22 rebounds. Lions teammate Jasmine Thrash scored a game-high 21 points.


Morgan County 67, Dawson County 55: Morgan County dominated the third quarter by a 20-9 margin to pull away from visiting Dawson County. The Bulldogs got 20 points from Alexis Brown, 15 from Carvetta Williams and 11 from Jateriea Bryant. Ashley Parker led Dawson County with 21 points.

St. Pius X 55, East Hall 39: The host Golden Lions took a commanding 17-5 after the first period. Junior guard Asia Durr led St. Pius with 24 points while senior guard Jasmine Carter added 16. Adriana Daves led the Lions with 11 rebounds.


Washington County 81, Peach County 44: The host Golden Hawks exploded for a 25-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, then led 46-21 at the half. Washington County was led by Shonterria Kitchens' 23 points and Daknequa White's 21. Senior point guard Jasmine Knight led both teams with 10 assists and junior Tiarra Wicker led Washington County with seven rebounds. Peach County's Nausia Wilfork, who came in averaging 27.4 points per game, was held to just 16.


Woodward Academy 64, North Hall 62: Visiting North Hall missed a 3-pointer with seconds left and Woodward freshman Darryl Langford corralled the rebound and clinched the win for the War Eagles. Senior forward Alex Langford led Woodward with 28 points and 12 rebounds while junior guard Ashari Hankerson scored 13.




Dublin 76, Vidalia 72: La'Shayla Pittman scored 34 points and Jasmine Hollis added 26 as visiting Dublin held off Vidalia. Pittman and Hollis combined to hit 10 free throws in the final three minutes. Vidalia was led by Chynna Hodge, who put up 26 points.


Greater Atlanta Christian 55, Bowdon 37: Greater Atlanta Christian scored 20 points in the second quarter to pull away from visiting Bowdon for a 33-17 halftime advantage. The Spartans were led by Brianna Cummings, who poured in 33 points. Both Sydni Means and Clarke Permenter scored eight points for Greater Atlanta Christian.


Jefferson 44, Manchester 33: Visiting Manchester outscored the Dragons 21-8 in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 35-30, but managed just three points in the final quarter. Deaudra Copeland led the Blue Devils with a team-high 11 points. Jefferson was led by Chandler Bragg's game-high 14 points and Abby Franklin, who finished with 13.


Kendrick 90, Rabun County 34: Kendrick remained undefeated with a blowout win over visiting Rabun County in which it scored 18 of the game's first 20 points and led 20-4 after the first quarter. Using their suffocating press defense, the victorious Cherokees also scored the first 20 points of the second half. Kahlia Lawrence posted 10 of her game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter for Kendrick.


Wesleyan 84, Calhoun 48: Host Wesleyan led Calhoun 40-19 at the half. The Wolves kept the momentum in the third quarter when they went on a 22-16 run. Nikki McDonald led Wesleyan with 14 points while Mikayla Coombs added 13 and Cairo Booker scored 12.


Class A-Private


Calvary Day 64, First Presbyterian Day 60 (2OT): First Presbyterian Day jumped to a 32-20 halftime lead and host Calvary Day had to rally from a 16-point deficit midway through the third quarter to force overtime. Savannah Phillips finished with a game-high 28 points for the Vikings, but clutch foul shots in the second overtime helped the Cavaliers seal the victory. Dawona Magwood nailed both foul shots with 15 seconds left to put Calvary Day ahead 62-60. The Vikings missed a shot to tie it and Calvary Day's Brittany Griffin was fouled after securing the rebound. Griffin went to the line and iced the game with two free throws. Magwood finished with a team-high 17 points and Griffin finished with 11.


Darlington 63, Brookstone 29: Host Darlington led 16-11 after the opening quarter and outscored the Cougars 18-6 in the second quarter and 22-4 in the third to stretch its lead to 56-21. The Tigers scored 29 points off of their 25 forced turnovers and finished with 14 steals. Maggie Beth Atha led Darlington with a game-high 22 points and shot 10-of-10 from the foul line while dishing out four assists. Darlington teammate Sarah Manning finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.


George Walton Aca. 39, Prince Avenue Chr. 21: The host Bulldogs trailed 9-3 after one period, but came back to lead 17-12 at the half and 26-16 after three quarters. Jada Williams led GWA with 10 points and senior post Ivy Atkism had eight points, eight rebounds and three assists. Senior forward Lynara Pitts grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Prince Ave. Chr. was led by Anna Machovec's seven points.


Holy Innocents' 83, Savannah Country Day 29: Holy Innocents' had six players score in double-figures as it overwhelmed visiting Savannah Country Day. Sydney Long led the way for the Golden Bears with 19 points. Khayla Pointer added 16, Erika Cassell scored 15 and Shai Blanding chipped in 12.


Mt. Paran Christian 52, Lakeview Academy 49: Mt. Paran trailed 15-8 after the opening quarter and cut it to a 1-point game at the half (23-22). Guards Emily Spillane and Renee Vanhorn sat most of the first half after picking up two early fouls, but they came up huge in the second half. Vanhorn scored all nine of her points in the second half and Spillane netted all eight of hers after the intermission. Freshman Que Morrison scored eight second-half points after scoring 13 in the first half and led the way with her game-high 21 points.


Southwest Atlanta Christian 73, Greenforest Christian 43: Host Southwest Atlanta Christian led Greenforest Christian 23-10 after the first quarter and went on 17-5 run in the second quarter. Senior power forward Amy Griffin tallied 24 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors while freshman center Dominique Banks scored 16.


Class A-Public

Claxton 64, Portal 55: Junior point guard Nyeisha Kirkland led host Claxton with a game-high 21 points. The Tigers maintained a comfortable lead in the second half that was set up by a 33-22 halftime advantage. Claxton senior Kashara Moody finished with 14 points.


Towns County 64, Gordon Lee 56: Towns County slowly pulled away from host Gordon Lee, leading by two after the first quarter, by eight at halftime and by nine heading into the fourth. Eryn Cochran scored a game-high 20 points for the victorious Indians and Bailey Sutton added 14. Sarah Meadows led Gordon Lee with 17 points.




Class A-Private


Calvary Day 67, Mount Vernon Presbyterian 54: Calvary Day took a 31-21 halftime lead and outscored Mount Vernon 20-14 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 51-35 heading into the fourth. Senior guard Khaliq Hughes paced the Cavaliers by scoring 13 of his team-high 24 points after the half. Hughes shot 8-of-9 from the foul line, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, grabbed seven boards, dished out four assists and recorded two steals. Derek Kirkland added 15 points and five rebounds for the Cavaliers. Freshman Darius Perry, who finished with 25 points, and Keon Douglas, who scored 24 points, led Mount Vernon.


Stephen Black, Ricky Dimon, Brian Jones and Craig Sager II contributed to this report.

By Craig Sager II

Lambert returns its star, Camden wins first meet


 Lambert won its first state title last season in one of the most competitive finals to date. The Longhorns edged two-time defending champion Tift County 109.575 to 108.9 in final team standings. Carrollton (107.4), Buford (106.025), Newnan (106.025) and Lassiter (105.725) rounded out the top 6. Lambert returns junior Katie Stuart, who finished second in all-around scoring behind Tift County's Beth Roberts. Roberts is now a freshman on UGA's gymnastics' team and Stuart is a heavy favorite for the 2013-14 all-around state championship.


Tift County will need to replace Roberts this year, but the Devils have a new cast of young gymnasts that makes this a very deep team. In fact, one of the six new members of Tift County's lineup this year, freshman Emily Futch, finished fourth in all-around competition at the Jones County meet this weekend. Newcomer and sophomore Olivia Richardson also debuted and finished with a fourth place finish on vault. Camden County won the meet and Johns Creek finished second ahead of third-place Jones County.


There will be 63 schools competing in gymnastics this season for the same state title. The field of 63 is represented with all six classifications: 19 Class 6A programs, 18 Class 5A, 10 Class 4A, seven Class 3A, four Class 2A and five Class A.  




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. 


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