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To what university is McEachern RB Taj Griffin committed? 

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Brookstone upset Mt. Pisgah to earn its way into the Class A-Private rankings this week. 




1. Collins Hill

2. Harrison

3. Lassiter

4. Brookwood

5. Kennesaw Mountain

6. Hillgrove

7. North Gwinnett
8. Archer

9. Pope

10. Newnan



1. Ola

2. Northgate
3. Effingham County

4. Houston County

5. Loganville

6. Winder-Barrow

7. Creekview
8. Greenbrier

9. Jones County

10. South Effingham


Class AAAA

1. Buford
2. Northwest Whitfield
3. Heritage-Catoosa

4. Madison County

5. Wayne County

6. Walnut Grove

7. Perry

8. Wayne County

10. Whitewater


Class AAA

1. Central-Carrollton
2. Calhoun

3. Oconee County

4. Ringgold

5. Pierce County

6. Rockmart
7. Blessed Trinity
8. Dodge County

9. Franklin County

10. Jackson County


Class AA
1. Gordon Lee

2. Harlem

3. Heard County
4. Berrien County

5. Dade County

6. Bremen

7. Jeff Davis

8. Wesleyan

9. Lovett
10. Seminole County


Class A-Private

1. Prince Avenue Christian


3. First Presbyterian Day
4. Mount Vernon Presbyterian 

5. Brookstone

6. Strong Rock Christian

7. Savannah Christian

8. George Walton Academy
9. Mount Pisgah Christian
10. Athens Christian


Class A-Public

1. Georgia Military
2. Telfair County

3. Hawkinsville

4. Schley County

5. Commerce

6. Treutlen

7. Mt. Zion-Carroll

8. Echols County
9. Miller County
10. Taylor County


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By Stephen Black
McEachern star to miss 2014 with torn ACL


McEachern running back Taj Griffin, one of the top running backs in the state and a University of Oregon commitment, will miss the rest of the high school football season with a torn ACL in his left knee.


A source familiar with

Photo by Jon Barash

the situation said the tear was found in an MRI done Monday on Griffin's knee.


Griffin hurt the knee late in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game against North Gwinnett in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic. Griffin twisted the knee when covering a punt. Fox sideline reporter Ashley Rosenberg, who was on the McEachern sideline after the play, told the television audience she heard Griffin tell the trainer "something popped.''


Griffin rushed for 1,194 yards and nine touchdowns last season with the Indians. Griffin rushed for 138 yards and three scores against North Gwinnett prior to the injury.

By Ricky Dimon
Grayson hurler tosses no-hitter; Gordon Lee wins Tournament of Champions


Photo courtesy Buford High School

Peyton Glover of Grayson pitched a no-hitter on Monday as the Rams rolled over Region 8-AAAAAA rival Central Gwinnett on Monday. Glover, a senior, recorded 11 strikeouts en route to her no-no. She also starred at the plate with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Amanda Kemp and Carley Batchelor supported Glover's cause, as well. Kemp had two hits and an RBI while Batchelor scored twice and drove in two runs.


Parkview also benefited from a stellar pitching performance on Monday. MacKenzie Michels tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Panthers past Providence Christian Academy 6-0. Michels improved to 3-0 after giving up six hits and fanning six batters.

Coaches of four 2013 softball state championship teams got together and scheduled a round robin-format tournament dubbed the "Tournament of Champions," which was held last weekend at Northwest Whitfield High School in Tunnel Hill, Ga. It featured host Northwest Whitfield, Gordon Lee, Calhoun and Buford.

Buford, which triumphed in Class AAA last year and is now playing in Class AAAA, compiled a 2-1 record. The Wolves trounced Calhoun 2-1 last Friday night, took care of Northwest Whitfield 7-3 in its Saturday opener, then fell to Gordon Lee 5-0 in its event finale later in the day.

Senior Jordan Deep 7-for-10 with seven RBIs over the course of the three games for Buford. Classmate Sydney Stavro scored three runs against Calhoun and also swiped two bases before scoring twice and adding another theft against Northwest Whitfield. Fellow senior Tessa Daniels knocked a two-run homer against the host Bruins. The Wolves' loaded senior class also dominated on the mound, as Bria Bush befuddled Calhoun with a complete-game shutout. She improved to 3-0 for the season after allowing five hits and no walks while striking out seven hitters.

Gordon Lee, the four-time defending champion in Class A, earned its win over Buford by jumping all over the Wolves early in the game. The Trojans crossed the plate four times in the second inning, in part thanks to a bases-clearing triple by freshman Gracey Kruse. Junior Emily Armour picked up the victory on the mound after surrendering a mere two hits and striking out 13 Buford batters. Gordon Lee was denied a chance to maintain its momentum later on Saturday when rain postponed its showdown against Calhoun. The contest will be made up on Oct. 2. Gordon Lee did, however, return to the field on Monday. Armour hit a three-run home run to pace the Trojans past Cass 8-0. She also pitched five innings and allowed just one hit. 


By Ricky Dimon
Central-Carroll tops Class AAA


There is a new No. 1 in Class AAA after last weekend's "Tournament of Champions," where 2013 title winners Northwest Whitfield, Gordon Lee, Calhoun and Buford took the field. Calhoun, the reigning Class AA champion, lost to both Northwest Whitfield and Buford to fall into the second spot in Class AAA. Central-Carrollton now finds itself at the top. The undefeated Lions have recorded three straight shutouts and have allowed only one run in their last four games.

Greenbrier, which scored a win over Madison County, continued to make a move up the Class AAAAA chart. Jones County, whose two losses this season have both come to Class A-Public No. 1 Georgia Military, is making its debut in the Class AAAAA top 10. Whitewater, which boasts a victory over Class AAAAAA No. 10 Newnan, is a new arrival in the Class AAAA rankings. So, too, is Wayne County.

In Class AAA, Dodge County (12-1) surged into the rankings thanks in part to a four-game winning streak. It displaced Cook, which suffered a pair of losses last week. Blessed Trinity climbed to No. 7 in Class AAA after taking down Class AAAAAA's Pope.



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