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What boys team is the only undefeated squad left in Class A-AAAAA lacrosse?
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The Blessed Trinity girls tennis team has won five straight state titles. 






1. Centennial

2. Harrison

3. North Gwinnett

4. Milton

5. Walton

6. Hillgrove

7. Lambert

8. Roswell

9. Peachtree Ridge

10. Etowah




1. Westminster

2. Northview

3. Lovett

4. Whitefield Academy

5. Pope

6. Greater Atlanta Christian

7. Blessed Trinity

8. St. Pius X

9. Fellowship Christian

10. Pace Academy




1. Milton

2. Lassiter

3. Chattahoochee

4. Walton

5. Etowah

6. Centennial

7. North Gwinnett

8. West Forsyth

9. John's Creek

10. Roswell




1. Westminster

2. Kell

3. Pope

4. McIntosh

5. Northview

6. Cambridge

7. Blessed Trinity

8. Holy Innocents'

9. St. Pius X

10. Wesleyan


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Monday, March 24, 2014

By Craig Sager II
State's top prep QB injured, to determine treatment method



Georgia's top-ranked high school quarterback going into the 2014 season and one of the nation's top signal-callers may find his senior season of football in jeopardy.


Auburn commitment and North Cobb starting quarterback Tyler Queen injured his elbow

Photo by Bush Enos

on March 14 while pitching for the Warriors' baseball team. The details of the injury revealed that the ulnar collateral ligament was damaged. Injuries to the UCL are most often linked to Tommy John surgery.


Queen was supposed to compete in The Elite 11 quarterback competition in Atlanta on Friday for a regional qualifier. Approximately 80 of the best quarterbacks from 17 different states hit the field at Gary Pirkle Park in Sugar Hill looking to qualify for the national competition in Oregon later this summer. Queen had entered the competition as one of the headliners of the event, but is not participating. He plays for his father, Shane, the head coach at North Cobb, who said his son may be able to compete at a later Elite 11 competition.


This injury is expected to end Queen's baseball season early, but depending on the method of treatment, he still may be able to play football come fall. Unlike a pitcher in baseball, a quarterback can possibly rehab his way around this type of injury. This is a decision, however, that will be left up to Dr. James Andrews. Andrews, who is the leading specialist in repairing damaged ligaments (particularly to the elbow, knee and shoulder), is a team doctor for Auburn (as well as Alabama and the Washington Redskins). He is considered the best mind in the business and will ultimately make the decision.


"Supposedly at the quarterback position, you do not need that ligament," said his father, coach Queen when contacted Friday. "We're supposed to meet with Dr. Andrews and I'm taking him [Tyler] down to Pensacola Monday morning to meet with Andrews."


The North Cobb medical staff cleared Tyler to perform in the Elite 11 competition on Friday, but they later decided to ensure that no further damage could be done.


"We're just making sure we're covering our bases," said the elder Queen.


Queen was actually able to throw with his receivers during a workout Thursday morning,  and, according to those on hand including his father, the 6-foot-2, 229-pound junior did not show any decrease in his arm strength or accuracy during the throwing session. Tyler has been North Cobb's starter since his freshman season and paced the Warriors to a Cobb County team record for yardage and total points his sophomore season.


During his breakout sophomore season, Queen passed for 2,398 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 918 and 19 TD's, leading North Cobb to the state semifinals. Last year, he passed for 2,003 yards and 21 TD's and ran for 436 yards and nine touchdowns, the Warriors losing in the second round of the playoffs.


There have been NFL quarterbacks that have gone down different paths when faced with this type of injury. Carson Palmer chose to avoid surgery after injuring his UCL during the 2008 season. He sat the rest of the year but in the five seasons following his injury, Palmer has completed 1,550 of 2,517 passes (61.6 percent) for 106 touchdowns and 85 interceptions and has remained at a high level.


Former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme elected to have the surgery after his UCL was badly injured in 2007. Delhomme made a successful comeback and led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and a first-round bye his first season back from surgery.


Tyler's appointment with Dr. Andrews is scheduled for noon on Monday. Follow us on twitter @scoreatlanta and check for updates on this story.

By Brian Jones
Walton takes Cougar Invitational


The Walton boys golf team continues to roll as they record a four-man total of 289 to win the Cougar Invitational on Saturday at the Orchard Hills Golf Club in Newnan. The 229 total is now a school record and they were 25 shots ahead of second-pace McIntosh. John Yi Shot a 69 to win the individual title while Matt Flynn was the runner-up with a 71. The Raiders have now won three of the four tournaments they have played this season.


Staying in Cobb County, the Harrison's Hailey William shot an 82 to finish second overall in championship flight of the Georgia Peach which is an individual golf tournament held at Hard Labor Creek in Rutledge. Carolina McLeod shot an 86 which was good enough for first in the A-flight division and sixth overall.


Defending Class AAAAA boys state champion Gainesville had a nice weekend, winning its third-straight Georgia-South Carolina Cup at the Willow Creek Country Club. The Red Elephants shot a 614 in two days to slide past Christ Church Episcopal School (S.C.) by two strokes. Spencer Ralston shot a 148 two-day total to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. 

By Brian Jones
Marietta looking good in Cobb Championships


The Cobb County Track and Field Championships took place this past Saturday and will conclude on Monday in Powder Springs. So far, the Marietta boys and girls teams are looking to be the favorites to win both titles.


The girls ended the day with 80 points, which was 51 points more than second-place Walton. The Lady Blue Devils won the 4x800 meter relay and
Mary Jeanne Assinzo came in second place in the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:14. Elizabeth Hartley won the high jump and the pole vault while
Tatiyana Rayford came on fourth place in the long jump. Nia Seldon and
Janai Burton came in third and fourth place in the shot put, respectively.


For the boys, the Blue Devils are six points behind first-place Harrison. They came in second in the 4x800 meter relay, just falling one second short to first place Walton. Kirvonte Benson won the long jump and Brian Marshall finished in the Top 10 in the Discus throw.


Over at Holy Innocents', the Golden Bear Relays were on Saturday and both Loganville teams came away with first-place finishes.


The girls scored 104 points and they finished second in the 4x100 meter relays and finished third in the 4x1600 meter relays. They came away with a win in the 800-meter sprint medley relays and Ashley Devert won the individual title for triple jump, which was the only individual first-place finish for Red Devils.


The boys finished with 82 points and they were led by Michael Elder who finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. His teammate, Xavier Waters,
came in fifth place and Derek Henry came in 10th.

Josh Laughlin finished first in the discus throw while Marquis Leslie and

Genesis Oji came in second and third place in the high jump, respectively.  



Westminster boys solidify No. 1 status





Class A-AAAAA saw plenty of shuffling in this week's poll, however, Westminster protected its No. 1 status by topping defending Class AAAAAA state champion Centennial 11-10 in the AJO4LX Festival on Saturday. Northview is the only undefeated team left in Class A-AAAAA and remains at No. 2 behind the defending Class A-AAAAA state champs.


The unbeaten Titans added their seventh win of the season on Saturday (18-8 over Decatur). No. 3 Lovett scored an impressive 10-9 win over Class AAAAAA Lambert on Saturday.


St. Pius dropped out of the top five to No. 8. The Golden Lions have won four straight, however, none of the teams had winning records Blessed Trinity fell to No. 7 after with its 7-4 loss to Pope in the AJO4LX Festival. The Greyhounds moved up to No. 5 with their win over Blessed Trinity. The Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans handed Blessed Trinity a loss last week (8-6) and jumped to No. 6 in this week's poll. The Spartans added wins over Cambridge (10-4) and Buford (16-3) this past weekend to move to 7-3 on the season.


In Class AAAAAA, Etowah dropped two spots to No. 10 after a 16-9 loss to Milton on Friday. Roswell took over No. 8 after dominating Woodstock 17-5 in region action on Friday and Peachtree Ridge (5-2) moved up one place to No. 9.




In Class AAAAAA, West Forsyth (6-3) debuts at No. 8 after edging John's Creek 11-10 on Thursday. Roswell dropped one spot to No. 10 with its 12-11 loss to Westminster and North Gwinnett improved to No. 7 with wins over Cambridge (12-7) and South Forsyth (10-9) this weekend.


In Class A-AAAAA, the 6-0 Kell Longhorns took over at No. 2 in the poll and Pope jumped to No. 3 with its seventh consecutive win this past Thursday (22-4 over River Ridge). McIntosh (6-0) moved up three spots to No. 4 and Northview rounds out the top five. Northview's 11-7 loss to Centennial on Tuesday dropped the Titans from No. 2.






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