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Before our newsletter takes a few days off for the holidays, we give you the pre-holiday basketball rankings. The boys and girls polls can both be found in the left panel. Also, we will be providing tournament coverage from now until the Jan. 2-5 Peach State Holiday Tourney at Westlake, so be sure to check out for all the action. 


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What was the last Georgia school to beat the McEachern girls basketball team?

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Wide receiver Kiel Pollard will represent Colquitt County in this year's Elite Junior Classic.


Pre-Holiday Poll



1. Shiloh

2. Tucker

3. Pebblebrook

4. Tift County

5. Wheeler

6. Norcross

7. Collins Hill

8. Duluth

9. Pope

10. Douglas County



1. Miller Grove

2. Gainesville

3. McIntosh

4. Allatoona

5. Tri-Cities

6. ML King

7. Northside-Columbus

8. Drew

9. Richmond Hill

10. Clarke Central


Class AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Lithonia

3. Johnson-Gainesville

4. St. Pius

5. Columbia

6. Stone Mountain

7. Sandy Creek

8. Bainbridge

9. Carrollton

10. Liberty County


Class AAA

1. Laney

2. Cedar Grove

3. North Clayton

4. Morgan County

5. Jenkins

6. Johnson-Savannah

7. Westminster

8. Savannah

9. Butler

10. Peach County


Class AA

1. Pace Academy

2. Vidalia

3. Greater Atlanta Christian

4. Holy Innocents'

5. Bryan County

6. Seminole County

7. Thomasville

8. Model

9. Harlem

10. Early County


Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Wilkinson County

3. Greenforest

4. Athens Christian

5. Whitefield Academy

6. Calhoun County

7. Hancock Central

8. Greenville

9. Randolph-Clay

10. Treutlen






Pre-Holiday Poll



1. McEachern

2. Archer

3. Westlake

4. Parkview

5. South Forsyth

6. North Cobb

7. Norcross

8. Centennial

9. Woodstock

10. Hillgrove



1. Brunswick

2. Coffee

3. Sequoyah

4. Stephenson

5. Greenbrier

6. Southwest DeKalb

7. Effingham County

8. South Effingham

9. Cross Creek

10. Forest Park



Class AAAA

1. St. Pius

2. Veterans

3. Buford

4. Redan

5. Jonesboro

6. Americus-Sumter

7. Mary Persons

8. Thomson

9. Marist

10. Gilmer


Class AAA

1. Dawson County

2. Kendrick

3. Laney

4. Morgan County

5. Decatur

6. Dodge County

7. Beach

8. Johnson-Savannah

9. Peach County

10. Westminster


Class AA

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Pelham

3. Model

4. Wesleyan

5. Darlington

6. Vidalia

7. Putnam County

8. Lovett

9. Union County

10. McIntosh County


Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Soutwest Atlanta Christian

3. Taylor County

4. Turner County

5. Mount Pisgah

6. Mitchell County

7. Savannah Country Day

8. Tattnall Square

9. Eagle's Landing Christian

10. Claxton



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Friday, December 19, 2014


Showcase set for Dec. 27 

If you are looking for a college football home or want to be considered to play in upcoming Elite Junior Classics, this is the perfect event for you to attend. This is your chance to be get noticed by the 2014 Elite Player Review Committee as well as recruiting experts from around the Southeast! Find out if you have what it takes to play college football and receive great recruiting exposure and coverage! Join us for the 2014 Elite Classic Showcase led by the Elite Junior Classic All-Star Coaches and presented by Score Atlanta and National Preps. The Showcase will be held at McEachern High School's first-class facilities and for more info CLICK HERE.



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Shiloh, Laney earn No. 1 status


Shiloh is off to a 7-0 start with quality wins over Milton (58-40) and Peachtree Ridge (87-71) on the resume. The Generals were slated for a showdown at South Gwinnett last Friday, but the game was rescheduled for Jan. 3. Tucker takes over No. 2 in after seeing a 10-0 start

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in its debut season in Georgia's highest classification. Six-time defending champion Miller Grove holds off undefeated McIntosh (No. 3) and Gainesville (No. 2) for the top spot in Class AAAAA. 

In Class AAAA, defending state champion Jonesboro tops the poll with Lithonia making its debut at No. 2. Lithonia lost its season opener to North Clayton but has since tallied eight straight wins. 

Class AAA No. 1 Laney dropped its first game of the season to Class A No. 1 St. Francis 67-64 and has ignited to become one of the hottest teams in the state since. The Wildcats crushed Stephenson 74-54 before toppling out-of-state Northwestern and defending AAAA champion Morgan County (71-67) to close out November. In December, Laney has defeated Norcross (70-59), Pebblebrook (65-59), Academy of Richmond County (73-37) and Glenn Hills (82-54).

In Class AA, Pace Academy used a 73-57 win over two-time defending champion GAC on Dec. 9 to takeover No. 1.

Class A-Private defending champion St. Francis and Class A-Public two-time defending champion Wilkinson County come in at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in Class A. 



Star-studded McEachern paces field


McEachern's last loss came in November of 2013 and its last loss to a instate opponent dates all the way back to February of the 2012-13 season to Colquitt County (54-49). This year's Indians are 6-0 and have outscored their first six opponents by a combined 150 points.

Photo by Ty Freeman

Last year's runner-up Archer sits at 8-0 and comes in at No. 2 in Class AAAAAA. 

In Class AAAAA, Region 3 opponents Coffee and Brunswick top the poll. Brunswick comes in at No. 1 with its 8-0 start. 

Louisville-commit Asia Durr and the St. Pius top the poll in their Class AAAA debut. The two-time defending Class AAA champs are cruising in Class AAAA and sit at 8-0 with a trip to Redan on the Friday night slate.  

Dawson County tops Kendrick and Laney for the No. 1 slot in Class AAA and Holy Innocents' sits at No. 1 in Class AA after reaching the finals in Class A last season. Undefeated St. Francis debuts at No. 1 in Class A. 





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