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Former Carrollton offensive coordinator Joey King has been named head coach at Cartersville, replacing Frank Barden. Also, see the story below on Redan baseball coach Marvin Pruitt, who recently won his 500th game. See these stories and the latest baseball rankings below. 

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Former Cartersville head coach Frank Barden is now head coach at what Georgia high school?
Today's answer can  
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Wednesday's answer:

Chestatee football beat Grady 41-13 last season to win its first-ever playoff game.




1. Lambert

2. Parkview

3. Walton

4. Mountain View

5. West Forsyth

6. Etowah

7. Milton

8. Tift County

9. Harrison

10. McEachern



1. Whitewater

2. Allatoona

3. Houston Co.

4. Hardaway

5. Starr's Mill

6. Gainesville

7. Sprayberry

8. Stephenson

9. Loganville

10. Northgate


Class AAAA

1. Marist

2. Crisp Co.

3. Columbus

4. Alexander

5. Worth Co.

6. Redan

7. South Effingham

8. Columbia

9. Locust Grove

10. Griffin


Class AAA

1. Buford

2. Pierce Co.

3. Pike Co.

4. Blessed Trinity

5. Thomson

6. White Co.

7. St. Pius X

8. Callaway

9. Chapel Hill

10. Oconee Co.


Class AA

1. Lovett

2. Westminster

3. Jefferson

4. Bremen

5. Calhoun

6. Cook

7. Benedictine

8. Wesleyan

9. GAC

10. Fitzgerald


Class A


2. Mount Paran

3. Charlton Co.

4. Pace Academy

5. King's Ridge Chr.

6. Athens Chr.

7. ECI

8. Schley Co.

9. Brookstone

10. Hawkinsville



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Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Joey King named Cartersville's new head coach


Cartersville filled its head coaching vacancy with Joey King, who served as Carrollton's offensive coordinator last season. The Cartersville job opened when former head coach Frank Barden left for Stephens County this offseason. King formerly served as an assistant at Jacksonville State and he coached the quarterbacks and wide receivers at Sonoraville


King's departure from Carrollton means that the Trojans will need to hire an offensive coordinator soon to join the staff with new Carrollton head coach Ed Dudley.




Allatoona, Blessed Trinity make major moves



In Class AAAAAA, Milton continued its rise up the rankings while Harrison fell to ninth after dropping two to west Cobb-rival McEachern. North Gwinnett lost three and

Photo by Mark McCoy

dropped out while the aforementioned Indians made the poll this week at No. 10.


Undefeated Allatoona shot up to No. 2 in Class AAAAA while Houston County, winner of 11 straight rose to No. 3. Stephenson has earned a 15-2 overall record and has won 13 straight. The Jaguars improved to No. 8 this week.


Marist edged Redan 2-1 Monday to hold onto its spot at the top of Class AAAA. Crisp County has won nine straight and replaced Columbus at No. 2, which lost to LaGrange. Worth County, winner of eight straight games, entered the top five this week.


Pierce County is the new No. 2 in Class AAA while Blessed Trinity and Thomson each entered the top five this week. St. Pius is back in the top 10 this week as the Golden Lions have won nine of 10.


Wesleyan making the top 10 was one of the few changes in Class AA this week while GAC fell to No. 9 after getting swept in two games by the Wolves.


Class A is still topped by a dominant ELCA squad, but Mount Paran is now No. 2 with a 12-3 record (its lone Class A loss coming to ELCA). Pace Academy shot into this week's top five with nine straight wins after a season-opening loss to Westminster.




By Craig Sager II
Legendary baseball coach notches 500th win


DeKalb County coaching legend Marvin Pruitt clinched win No. 500 on Tuesday as Redan shutout

DeKalb County Athletics

Banneker 14-0. Pruitt became the first baseball coach in DeKalb history to reach 400 wins and he sits at 500 wins as the only coach to achieve that feat as well.


Pruitt led Redan to its first state championship last season and he has taken the Raiders to semifinals appearances in 2003 and 2010. His record at Redan is 281-116-3 as of Thursday April, 3. Pruitt has also coached at Lakeside-DeKalb, Southwest DeKalb, Stephenson and Rockdale County. The 31-year coach plans to retire after this season.



By Ricky Dimon
Wesleyan tops Lovett in battle of AA powers



A Region 7-AAAAAA showdown took place on Monday at Peachtree Ridge, where the Norcross boys and girls combined to sweep the two matches. The Lady Blue Devils improved to 5-1 in region competition with a 4-1 victory. They got wins from Stacy Lackey, Amber Lackey and Jessica Lackey on the singles lines in addition to a doubles point from Kristie Teoh and Allison Schreter. Peachtree Ridge's boys put up a fight and notched victories by singles player Taylor Foote and the doubles duo of Colin Greeff and Taylor Galloway, but Norcross prevailed at the other three spots to pull off the overall match win.  


Arguably the four best girls teams in Class AA hail from Region 6, where the regular-season standings continued to be sorted out when Wesleyan hosted Lovett on Tuesday. The Wolves, who lost Lovett in last year's state quarterfinals, prevailed 4-1 after their three singles players-Sophia Strickland, Lauren Alexander and Savannah Strickland-swept their trio of matches. Wesleyan's Katie McLaughlin and Katie Van Laeke also won at No. 2 doubles, while the Lions got on the board with a victory at the first doubles position. Defending state champion Westminster, which defeated the Lions by a narrow 3-2 margin last month in a rematch of the 2013 title match, will visit Wesleyan next Monday.


An intriguing out-of-region clash pitted recent state champions against one another when Brookwood hosted Johns Creek on Tuesday. Brookwood's boys, who won the Class AAAAA title in 2011 and did the same in Class AAAAAA last year, remained undefeated on the season with a 4-1 victory. The Broncos were led by Brandon Mills, Will George and Zach Jennings in singles, while David Brown and Will McWhirt earned an additional point in doubles. Johns Creek, whose boys and girls triumphed in Class AAAAA in 2012, won the other doubles match. Brookwood's girls had little trouble in beating the Gladiators 5-0. Liz Slaughter, Christina Buggs and Clarissa Jolley earned singles wins for the Broncos and doubles duos of Alex Adams and Sheridan Schuster plus Natalie Nabors and Katie Berreberry also prevailed. 

The Holy Innocents' boys scored victories this week over Galloway and AIS. Last Thursday, the Golden Bears defeated Pace Academy, the Bears' first at the Knights' expense since a region championship match back in 2008. No. 1 singles player Connor Thompson won his eight-game pro-set against Pace 8-6 and he now boasts a 55-1 career record.




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