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Today, we release the latest boys and girls basketball rankings and look back at some of the many achievements of former GHSA director Tommy Guillebeau, who passed away this weekend at the age of 82. 


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1. Wheeler

2. Pebblebrook

3. Shiloh

4. Tift County

5. Tucker

6. Norcross

7. Collins Hill

8. Douglas County

9. Hillgrove

10. Alpharetta



1. Miller Grove

2. McIntosh

3. Gainesville

4. Allatoona

5. M.L. King

6. Brunswick

7. Northside-Columbus

8. Richmond Hill

9. Drew

10. Tri-Cities



1. Jonesboro

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Lithonia

4. Columbia

5. St. Pius

6. Carrollton

7. Burke County

8. Americus-Sumter

9. Westover

10. Bainbridge



1. Laney

2. Cedar Grove

3. Jenkins

4. Butler

5. Morgan County

6. Savannah

7. Johnson-Savannah

8. Rutland

9. Blessed Trinity

10. South Atlanta



1. Pace Academy

2. Seminole County

3. Holy Innocents'

4. Greater Atlanta Christian

5. Thomasville

6. Bryan County

7. Vidalia

8. Model

9. Harlem

10. Crawford County



1. St. Francis

2. Greenforest Christian

3. Athens Christian

4. Hancock Central

5. Treutlen

6. Whitefield Academy

7. Wilkinson County

8. Calhoun County

9. Turner County

10. Greenville






1. Osborne

2. McEachern

3. South Forsyth

4. Parkview

5. Archer

6. North Forsyth

7. Westlake

8. Norcross

9. Woodstock

10. Mountain View



1. Brunswick

2. Stephenson

3. Sequoyah

4. Forest Park

5. Mays

6. South Effingham

7. Cross Creek

8. Southwest DeKalb

9. Effingham County

10. Greenbrier



1. Veterans

2. St. Pius

3. Jonesboro

4. Buford

5. Americus-Sumter

6. Redan

7. Mary Persons

8. Thomson

9. Marist

10. Griffin



1. Dawson County

2. Kendrick

3. Laney

4. Decatur

5. South Atlanta

6. Morgan County

7. Beach

8. Dodge County

9. Washington County

10. Calhoun



1. Holy Innocents'

2. Pelham

3. Model

4. Wesleyan

5. Darlington

6. Putnam County

7. Thomasville

8. Vidalia

9. Union County

10. Early County



1. St. Francis

2. Southwest Atlanta Christian

3. Taylor County

4. Turner County

5. Savannah Country Day

6. Mitchell County

7. Calhoun County

8. Tattnall Square

9. Claxton

10. Stratford Academy


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Former GHSA director Tommy Guillebeau passes away at 82. 

Tommy Guillebeau, the former executive director of the Georgia High School Association who was responsible for bringing high school football in the state to the Georgia Dome and putting the state football and basketball championships on television, passed away Friday night.

Guillebeau was 82.


"From my perspective of what I saw when I was a high school coach and principal, he moved the association leaps and bounds and took on some projects that were very innovative at the time'' said Gary Phillips, the current director of the GHSA. "He significantly changed the association and brought it into the 20th century.''


Guillebeau, who made his home in the town of Evans outside of Augusta, had been battling Alzheimer's disease. He retired from the GHSA in 2001 after spending eight years as the association's third executive director. Ralph Swearngin had been Gullebeau's deputy director before taking over the top role.


"I think it all started with the fact turned the GHSA into a service organization as well as a regulatory association with Tommy,'' said Swearngin. "Most of the state associations were there to enforce the rules and Tommy was all about rules but he always believed we need to served our people.


"He had a lot of vision with the first television contract and moving some of the football games to the Georgia Dome. He updated all of our championship events. He was also a tremendous visionary as far as the finances. He used the television money to build up a reserve so we wouldn't have any problems or possibly have to shut if something happened.''


Guillebeau signed the GHSA's first television contract with WXIA-TV and in 1994 worked out a deal to bring the state football semifinals to the Georgia Dome. But he always said he felt his biggest accomplishment was bringing in a catastrophic accident insurance policy which still today covers every high school athlete in the state and is funded by the GHSA.


"In a time period when there was a huge growth and more schools, he brought in ball contracts and corporate partners,'' added Philips, who was the principal at Forsyth High School for 15 years and also was Hershel Walker's head coach at Wrightsville. "He really saw things from the long-range perspective.''

Swearngin, who the organization also made tremendous strides under, remained close with Guillebeau and in 2011 was behind the idea to name the football championships after his mentor.


"I owe a tremendous depth of gratitude to him,'' he said. "While I had officiated in the state for 20 years, a lot of people didn't know me and he took a chance on me and mentored me. He prepared me for the working as the assistant and director.''


Guillebeau is from Lincolnton where he played his high school football and is credited with being one of the players to begin Lincoln County's now 50-year plus dynasty. He went on to play college ball at Presbyterian and his first coaching job came as an assistant at Warrenton High. He then went into the U.S. Army as an officer before coaching at Americus and then taking his first head coaching job at Ware County and then Tift County before going into administration and retiring from coaching and education in 1984. After spending three years in private business, he joined the GHSA under then director W.D. Fordham. The association was formed in 1946.


"Tommy was so innovative,'' said Dave Hunter, former Brookwood head football coach and member of the GHSA executive committee. "In the old days we had to pay a hefty price to get the insurance. He used the media revenue to pay for the catastrophic insurance and I don't know if the people in the schools today realize the tremendous accomplishment that was. It is an outstanding policy.'' 


Check back for funeral arrangements. 

By Craig Sager II
Pebblebrook makes jump in AAAAAA rankings

In Class AAAAAA, Pope fell out of the top 10 after consecutive losses to Wheeler and Roswell last week and Duluth fell out of the poll after an 88-66 loss to Norcross. Collins Hill replaced Pope

Photo by Ty Freeman

at No. 7 and Alpharetta took over No. 10 after securing a 10-0 start in region play on Saturday. Pebblebrook jumped Shiloh and Tift County for No. 2 after an impressive 87-62 win at Douglas County on Friday.

Tri-Cities was handled by No. 1 Miller Grove 69-43 in Class AAAAA and slid to No. 10. In Class AAAA, Bainbridge fell to No. 10 after a 64-61 loss to Cairo. Burke County made a jump to No. 7 in Class AAAA with a 65-60 win over Liberty County. Stone Mountain lost to Lithonia (67-56) and Columbia (77-53) and was replaced by Westover at No. 9.

In Class AAA, South Atlanta sent North Clayton out of the rankings with a 74-58 victory and as a result debuted at No. 10 in this week's poll. Savannah topped rival Johnson-Savannah 53-51 on Wednesday and improved to No. 6. Blessed Trinity used a 50-35 win over Westminster to replace the Wildcats in the poll at No. 9.

Seminole County crushed Thomasville 67-55 and jumped to No. 2 in the Class AA rankings. The loss sent Thomasville to No. 5. Crawford County debuted at No. 10 with a 13-3 record and five-game winning streak. 



By Craig Sager II
Osborne replaces McEachern atop AAAAAA poll

Osborne debuts at No. 1 in Class AAAAAA after expanding its win streak to nine games and including a 74-70 win over previously top-ranked McEachern. McEachern dropped to No. 2 and

Photo by Ty Freeman

Westlake dropped four spots to No. 7. South Forsyth used a 52-50 win over North Forsyth last Tuesday to jump to No. 3. Mountain View debuts at No. 10 and replaced North Cobb.


In Class AAAAA, Cross Creek debuts at No. 7 after handling Greenbrier 57-44 last week. The loss dropped Greenbrier to No. 10. The Class AAAA top 10 stayed the same and in Class AAA the big change was 15-0 South Atlanta debuting in the top 5. Calhoun replaced Peach County at No. 10 in the AAA poll.


In Class AA, Model used a 55-44 win over Darlington to improve to No. 3, while dropping Darlington to No. 5. Mt. Pisgah was replaced in the Class A rankings by Calvary Day, which debuts at No. 7. 




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