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BASKETBALL RANKINGS

Today, we release our latest girls basketball rankings and continue our countdown to National Signing Day 2015.


 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL COACHES: Our National Signing Day coverage continues this year with the 2nd Annual Signing Day Frenzy that will be held at Stars and Strikes in Sandy Springs. 

Call 404-256-1572 or email lgoldstein@scoreatl.com to set up a 15 minute time slot from 11AM-5PM on National Signing Day (Feb. 4) with your college signees to join the celebration. For more information CLICK HERE


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Trivia
Question: 
What is the only undefeated Class AAAAAA basketball team left in the state?

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!

Monday's Answer:
Alterique Gilbert hit seven 3-pointers and scored 31 points in Miller Grove's Friday win over Druid Hills.


GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGS


 

Class AAAAAA

1. South Forsyth

2. Osborne

3. Parkview

4. Mountain View

5. Woodstock

6. Archer

7. McEachern

8. Westlake

9. Norcross

10. North Forsyth


 

Class AAAAA

1. Brunswick

2. Mays

3. Effingham County

4. Sequoyah

5. Stephenson

6. Grovetown

7. Southwest DeKalb

8. Forest Park

9. Greenbrier

10. Woodland-Henry


 

Class AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Buford

3. St. Pius

4. Veterans

5. Mary Persons

6. Americus-Sumter

7. Bainbridge

8. Marist

9. Griffin

10. Northwest Whitfield


 

Class AAA

1. Dawson County

2. South Atlanta

3. Kendrick

4. Decatur

5. Laney

6. Beach

7. Washington County

8. Jefferson

9. Westminster

10. Morgan County


 

Class AA

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Pelham

3. Wesleyan

4. Model

5. Putnam County

6. Vidalia

7. Thomasville

8. Darlington

9. Manchester

10. McIntosh County Academy


 

Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Southwest Atlanta Christian

3. Taylor County

4. Tattnall Square

5. Savannah Country Day

6. Claxton

7. Turner County

8. Calvary Day

9. Stratford Academy

10. Mitchell County


 

 


 

BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS


 


Class AAAAAA

1. Wheeler

2. Tift County

3. Pebblebrook

4. Norcross

5. Shiloh

6. Tucker

7. Hillgrove

8. Pope

9. Douglas County

10. Hughes


 

Class AAAAA

1. Miller Grove

2. McIntosh

3. Allatoona

4. Gainesville

5. M.L. King

6. Brunswick

7. Southwest DeKalb

8. LaGrange

9. Carver-Columbus

10. Cedar Shoals


 

Class AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. St. Pius

4. Lithonia

5. Carrollton

6. Albany

7. Americus-Sumter

8. Burke County

9. Stone Mountain

10. Columbia


 

Class AAA

1. Laney

2. Jenkins

3. Cedar Grove

4. Morgan County

5. Johnson-Gainesville

6. South Atlanta

7. Blessed Trinity

8. Butler

9. Rutland

10. East Hall


 

Class AA

1. Pace Academy

2. Seminole County

3. Holy Innocnets'

4. Vidalia

5. Crawford County

6. Greater Atlanta Christian

7. Harlem

8. Thomasville

9. Model

10. Coosa


 

Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Greenforest Christian

3. Athens Christian

4. Hancock Central

5. Whitefield Academy

6. Treutlen

7. Wilkinson County

8. Greenville

9. Calhoun County

10. Turner County 


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015




RANKINGS RUNDOWN
Undefeated Woodstock joins AAAAAA top 5

In Class AAAAAA, no new teams entered the poll, but there was a shuffle in the middle of the rankings. After falling to No. 3 Parkview 49-46 at home, No. 6 Archer flips spots with No. 5 Woodstock. The Wolverines are the only undefeated team left in 6A and are coming off a 55-51 win at Harrison.

 

The bottom of Class AAAAA got a face lift as Grovetown rose up to No. 6 after running its win streak up to eight games.

Photo by Ty Freeman

Cross Creek, last week's No. 6, tumbled all the way out of the top ten thanks to a 24 point loss to Greenbrier who enters the polls at No. 9.

 

Jonesboro proved that its No. 1 ranking in AAAA was warranted by beating No. 9 Griffin on the road by two. The Cardinals followed that performance by drilling Henry County by 33 to make it 14 consecutive victories. A tough 13 point loss at No. 8 Marist saw Redan fall out of the rankings to be replaced by No. 10 Northwest Whitfield, winners of nine straight.

 

No. 8 Jefferson enters the Class AAA poll after reeling off 11 straight wins and an impressive two point win at No. 10 Morgan County. Decatur stood fast at the No. 4 spot with a four point win at No. 9 Westminster.

 

There was plenty of shakeup in Class AA as every spot from 5-10 got a new placeholder. Putnam County moves up from No. 8 to No. 5 after Thomasville slides to No. 7 after a 57-50 loss at Early County. Jeff Davis and aforementioned Early County both fall from the polls after Jeff Davis suffered an 18 point loss to No. 6 Vidalia and a five point defeat to Bryan County. Manchester, winners of 17 straight, enters the rankings at No. 9, while McIntosh County Academy debuts at No. 10.

 

Tattnall Square flips places with Savannah County Day in Class A. The No. 4 Trojans have won 15 straight including a six point road win at No. 9 Stratford Academy this past week. No. 6 Claxton raises one spot over No. 7 Turner County after picking up impressive wins of 13 points against Treutlen and two points at No. 8 Calvary Day. 

 

*Rankings are released each Monday

 

SEE LEFT PANEL FOR RANKINGS



NATIONAL SIGNING DAY
Focus centers on Georgia for Signing Day 2015

For the second time in Georgia history, the best high school football players in metro Atlanta will come together to celebrate National Signing Day. Scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb. 4, National Signing Day is sure to dominate headlines across the nation. Georgia will undoubtedly make some of the loudest noise and it will resonate from the second annual National Signing Day Frenzy at Stars and Strikes of Sandy Springs

 

TOP TALENT ...

 

Either from Stars and Strikes or from the friendly confines of their respective schools, some of the best players not only in this state but also in the entire nation will put their highly-anticipated decisions in writing. Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs already know they have one of the top prospects on board in Westover High School's Trenton Thompson. The 6-foot-4, 311-pound defensive tackle verbally committed to the Bulldogs last August. He was honored in early January with theAmerican Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award, given to the top defensive performer in the nation by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection committee.

 

"They were my first offer," Thompson said of the Dawgs after making his soon-to-be-confirmed decision. "They were the first coaches that came down to see me and showed me the most love. Georgia has great coaches and I have good relationships with them. The fan-base has also showed a lot of love and I also think that in the classroom Georgia can help me be the best student I can be."

 

The fan-base will be even more fired up if Darius Slayton (Greater Atlanta Christian wide receiver) and D'Andre Walker (Langston Hughes defensive end) join a class that has already locked up early enrollees Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker defensive lineman) and Natrez Patrick (Mays defensive end). Slayton and Walker are committed, although Slayton seems to be at least somewhat of a question mark. As for Georgia Tech, its in-state crop is highlighted by Alexander running back Mikell Lands-Davis and head coach Paul Johnson is making a late play on one of Georgia's most overlooked prospects in Benedictine Military Academy's Brad Stewart.

 

LINGERING QUESTIONS ...

 

Arguably one of the most fun aspects of National Signing Day is also unquestionably one of the most nerve-wracking: almost nothing is certain. Take, for instance, Callaway High School's Terry Godwin. The all-purpose athlete committed to UGA and just recently maintained that he is "still 100 percent" with the Bulldogs, but uncertainty is hovering in the air like a plume of dark smoke over Athens. Godwin took an official visit to Alabama last weekend, not long after looking at Auburn. Colorado State, where former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is now the head coach, also seems to be on Godwin's list along with Texas A&M.

 

Others are making it no secret that they are proverbial free agents heading into next Wednesday's festivities. Macon County's Roquan Smith is entertaining offers from Georgia, Michigan, Texas A&M and UCLA with no clear leader in the clubhouse. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound speedster of a linebacker was credited with 176 tackles as a senior and he returned both of his interceptions for touchdowns. Hapeville Charter defensive end Arden Key has already committed to and de-committed from South Carolina twice. 

 

THE FRENZY ...

 

Valentine-Okeke's comments punctuate the importance of the decisions that are soon to be made. National Signing Day is not only about college football teams positioning themselves for success in upcoming years, but also about life-changing moments for student-athletes. Because of those elements, combined with the fact the state of Georgia is a high school football hot-spot, it is only fitting for these players to be widely-recognized and applauded for their hard work and dedication. That is exactly what the National Signing Day Frenzy will hope to accomplish from 11 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. next Wednesday at Stars and Strikes.

 

The Score Atlanta event is being presented by the National Guard, a strong supporter of high school sports in Georgia. With more than 100 schools and close to 500 players set to attend, the NSDF will be the largest-ever signing-day celebration. It will, of course, showcase Atlanta-based high school football players destined for FCS powerhouses of the ACC and SEC. Just as importantly, though, the event will do the same for those who are taking their talents to smaller levels of the college game.

 

NSDF will be open to the public, so family, friends and fans are encouraged to make appearances and show their support for these future stars. Lunch will be provided free to all signees and their head coaches. The radio partner for the event is 92.9 The Game, which will broadcast live from Stars and Strikes between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reporters for 92.9 The Game will provide live call-in updates and player interviews while also serving as emcees.

 

Each high school team is assigned a time-slot during which its players will be publicly introduced before making their official announcements. Head coaches will personally introduce their respective players and are free to share stories with media and fans. Players are also allowed to address the crowd with a reflection on their high school football days and/or a look ahead to their college football careers. Additionally, various media outlets on site can look forward to the opportunity of conducting one-on-one interviews with both the coaches and the players. All in all, the National Signing Day Frenzy is sure to go down as a memorable event for players, coaches, media, family, friends, and everyone involved.

 






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