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Check out the latest boys soccer rankings on the left panel. Also in today's SHSSN is the gymnastics notebook and a preview of the riflery state championship this weekend. 

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Boys Soccer Rankings
Top 10 QBs
Rankings Rundown
Gymnastics Notebook
Riflery Notebook
Falcons Cheer Tryouts
Score Poll
Cartersville boys soccer entered the top five in Class AAA this week while riding a winning streak of how many games? 
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Monday's answer:

Columbia's Mariah Kuranga joined her sister Sarah last week as the only other individual to win three DeKalb County golf titles.




1. Brookwood

2. Lambert

3. Walton

4. Mill Creek

5. Campbell

6. Lassiter

7. Douglas County

8. Johns Creek

9. Central Gwinnett

10. Duluth



1. McIntosh

2. Pope

3. Gainesville

4. Lakeside-DeKalb

5. Glynn Academy

6. Greenbrier

7. Clarke Central

8. Lithia Springs

9. Rome

10. Clarkston


Class AAAA

1. Dalton

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Grady

4. LaGrange

5. Southeast Whitfield

6. Columbus

7. Northwest Whitfield

8. Spalding

9. Chestatee

10. Marist


Class AAA

1. St. Pius X

2. Woodward Aca.

3. Oconee County

4. North Murray

5. Cartersville

6. Dawson County

7. North Hall

8. West Hall

9. Blessed Trinity

10. Buford


Class AA

1. GAC

2. Calhoun

3. Westminster

4. Murray County

5. Wesleyan

6. Chattahoochee County

7. Bremen

8. Benedictine

9. Toombs County

10. Westside-Macon


Class A

1. Atlanta International

2. Hebron Christian

3. First Presbyterian

4. Fellowship Christian

5. Pinecrest Academy

6. Our Lady of Mercy

7. Paideia

8. Brookstone

9. Walker

10. Mount Paran

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AJC releases top 10 Georgia HS quarterbacks


The AJC ranks the best 10 quarterbacks in the state heading into the 2014 season. Stats and each individual's strengths are provided in the breakdown. 

No. 1 teams stay the same yet again



Brookwood, McIntosh, Dalton, St. Pius X, GAC and Atlanta International have remained No. 1 all season in a strange year that has included a lack of major

Photo by Carol Satterfield

upsets and a reluctance of No. 2 and No. 3 teams to take advantage of bad outings by the top-ranked clubs.


This week in Class AAAAAA, however, Campbell jumped into the top five after recent losses by Duluth and Parkview. Also, Douglas County debuted in the top 10 after an 11-0 start that has been impressive, yet largely devoid of quality competition.


In Class AAAAA, Houston County dropped out after losing to neighboring Warner Robins while Clarkston debuted at No. 10.


Class AAAA saw few changes, although Spalding moved up to No. 8 with three wins in the past week, including a quality victory over a good Jonesboro team.


Cartersville rode an eight-game winning streak into the top five in Class AAA and Tombs County entered the poll at No. 9 after drawing with Benedictine. Calhoun took over at No. 2 as Westminster has gone 2-2-3 in its last seven, albeit against stiff competition.


Class A rankings stayed the same as most teams did not play in the past week.






By Craig Sager II
Camden, Newnan close regular season strong


Courtesy of Camden Gymnastics

Tierra Acoff once again helped Camden County set a new school record this past Wednesday. Camden County scored a 101.9 in its dual meet with Lowndes. Acoff had first-place finishes in every event and included a 9.1 on vault, 9.2 on bars, 8.7 on beam and 9.3 on floor to give her a 36.3 all-around score. The Wildcats had set a team record with a 98.95 in the opening meet of the season on Feb. 22.


The team qualifying score is 96.0 this season and Buford crushed it in its last home meet of the season on March 28. The undefeated Wolves posted a 109.6 and edged Lambert, Jefferson, Jones County and John's Creek.


Newnan closed out the regular season against Henry County, Ola and Pike County on Friday and posted a 101.575, the Cougars' highest score of the season. Sydney Goad grabbed a third-place finish at state last season in the all-around and turned in another strong performance on Friday with first-place finishes in all four categories. Goad posted a 9.725 on vault and a 9.4 on beam to help her total reach 38.05. 


Goad's beam score at state last year was 9.0 and she tabbed .4 points higher (9.4) on Friday with a fall mid-routine. Her 9.725 on vault beat her 9.6 at state last season and her final 38.05 tops her 37.2 all-around score last season. Newnan teammate Elizabeth Hovey posted a second-place finish in all-around on Friday with a 36.575. An all-around score of 34.0 or better during a single meet this season automatically qualifies that gymnast for the state preliminary meet at Dunwoody on April 26.


On Wednesday Pace Academy will host Forsyth Central and Sequoyah while Westminster wraps up its season with visiting Pope, Lassiter, Lambert, Kell and West Forsyth. Westminster comes off a 102.80 to 93 victory over Cambridge last Tuesday.



By Ricky Dimon
Field set for this weekend's state championship


The 2014 riflery state championship will take place on Saturday in Fort Benning, Ga. and the field is set. Twelve schools automatically qualified by winning their head-to-head semifinal matches. They are Allatoona, East Coweta, Elbert County, Lee County, Luella, Lumpkin County, North Forsyth, Northside-Columbus, Parkview, Riverside, Rutland and Ware County. Two teams earned wild-card spots as the top-scoring losers in the semifinals. They are Columbus (lost to Luella 1,141-1,138) and Upson-Lee (lost to Parkview 1,135-1,134).        


Union Grove, which won the state championship in 2013, came close to seeing its title defense continue as either a semifinal winner or a wild card. The Wolverines lost 1,126-1,124 to Ware County and their point total was tied for fourth best with Tift County among the semifinal losers. Gainesville was the top team to see its proverbial bubble burst, as the Red Elephants scored 1,130 points in a loss to Northside-Columbus to get edged out by Columbus and Upson-Lee in their wild-card bid.


Luella and Lumpkin County are the only participating teams in 2014 who have won the state championship since 2007. That is the year Northside-Columbus wrapped up a streak of three consecutive titles. Luella captured its first state riflery trophy in 2010 and Lumpkin County prevailed for the first time in 2012. 


East Coweta, looking for its first state title since 2000, was the highest-scoring team in the semifinals with 1,156 points. The Indians' 1,155 points in a sectional win over Stephens County were good for the third-highest total of the state tournament. Lumpkin County has turned in the best performance thus far, as it overwhelmed McEachern with 1,163 points in its sectional match. The Indians notched 1,153 points in their semifinal defeat of Tift County.




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


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