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Today, we look at the GHSA's decision to allow Wheeler to play in next month's National Tournament at Madison Square Garden and revisit the top 5 performances from championship weekend. Also, vote below for this year's AJC Slam Dunk Contest Champion. 


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How many of his team's final 13 points did Jordan Harris score in the AA state championship?

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!

Wednesday's Answer:
Former Creekside head coach Olten Downs won the 2000 state championship as a player with Shaw High School.




1. Harrison
2. Grayson
3. East Coweta
4. Lassiter
5. Walton

6. South Forsyth

7. Lambert
8. Parkview
9. Collins Hill

10. Pope



1. McIntosh

2. Starr's Mill

3. Northgate
4. Columbus

5. Gainesville

6. Heritage-Conyers 
7. Alexander
8. Greenbrier
9. River Ridge
10. Rome

Class AAAA

1. Marist
2. Woodward Academy

3. St. Pius X

4. Veterans
5. Buford
6. Spalding
7. Whitewater
8. Locust Grove
9. Grady

10. Mary Persons

Class AAA
1. Blessed Trinity
2. Westminster
3. Decatur
4. Adairsville 
5. Dawson County
6. Calhoun
7. Savannah Arts
8. Lumpkin County
9. Oconee County

10. Pierce County


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian
2. Lovett
3. Wesleyan
4. Pace Academy
5. St. Vincent's 
6. Holy Innocents'
7. Bremen
8. Lamar County
9. East Laurens

10. Harlem


Class A

1. First Presbyterian Day
2. Fellowship Christian
3. Paideia 

4. Athens Academy

5. Savannah Christian

6. Savannah Country Day

7. Aquinas
8. Hebron Christian
9. Providence Christian

10. Brookstone




1. Brookwood
2. Walton
3. Campbell
4. Chattahoochee
5. Lambert
6. Duluth
7. Meadowcreek
8. Wheeler
9. Marietta

10. North Gwinnett



1. Dalton
2. Greenbrier
3. Houston County
4. McIntosh

5. Starr's Mill

6. Heritage-Conyers
7. Gainesville 
8. Sequoyah
9. Riverwood
10. Glynn Academy

Class AAAA
1. St. Pius X
2. Woodward Academy
3. Johnson
4. North Oconee
5. North Hall
6. Eagle's Landing
7. Whitewater
8. LaGrange
9. Carrollton  

10. Southeast Whitfield

Class AAA
1. Dawson  County
2. Calhoun
3. Westminster
4. Blessed Trinity
5. West Hall
6. Coahulla Creek
7. Oconee County
8. East Hall
9. Jackson

10. Islands


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian
2. Thomasville
3. Wesleyan
4. Holy Innocents'
5. Lovett 
6. Pace Academy
7. Dublin
8. Benedictine
9. Long County

10. Riverside Military

Class A
1. Paideia
2. Stratford Academy
3. Atlanta International School
4. Fellowship Christian
5. First Presbyterian Day
6. Savannah Christian
7. Savannah Country Day
8. St. Anne Pacelli
9. Landmark Christian
10. Hebron Christian

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Thursday, March 12, 2015









GHSA clears Wheeler for National Tournament

The GHSA granted Class AAAAAA state champion Wheeler permission to play in next months national tournament at Madison Square Garden. The GHSA's bylaws forbid sports teams from playing in national-championship events or any games after the Georgia season is complete but Wheeler parents and fans began a petition that garnered grass-roots support to press the GHSA for an exception.

GHSA executive director Gary Phillips consulted the association's attorneys and polled the GHSA's board of trustees, and the decision was to approve Wheeler's trip.


GHSA associate director Ernie Yarbrough explained the decision.


''We know this [GHSA] bylaw was something established long time ago, and we also understand there is state law that aligns closely with this, so [it was decided] let's take a step back, take a deep breath and go ahead allow this  to take place,'' Yarbrough said. "But in April, we've got to take a close look at this and decide whether to keep it in place, adjust it or get rid of it. It's certainly going to be a hot topic.''


By Kyle Sandy

Harris leads Macon's memorable performances

The March to Macon concluded this past weekend but left us with some memorable performances. Here is how I would rank the top five individual efforts from championship weekend.


1. Jordan Harris - Seminole County - 41 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals


This was an easy one. The junior who has committed to play college ball at UGA was electrifying. Harris soared above all others for thunderous dunks and spectacular rebounds. He didn't just dominate the game with his athleticism like most top high schoolers do, he also showed that he has a lethal jumper. Harris splashed in four 3-pointers to help the Indians bring home their first state title since 1998 over Crawford County and its raucous fan base, 76-71. Harris closed the game by scoring 11 of the team's final 13 points.


2. Derek Ogbeide - Pebblebrook - 14 points, 22 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks


Another player heading to UGA stole

Photo by Ty Freeman
the show in his respective game. Though the Falcons lost on a controversial call on which Ogbeide was whistled on, the big man thoroughly dominated the interior. Wheeler had no answer inside as Ogbeide cleaned up the boards and did not allow anything easy inside for the Wildcats. The big fella got the majority of his points off putbacks. Imagine if the Falcons fed him the ball in the post.



3. Kobi Simmons - St. Francis - 27 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists


Simmons showed why he is ranked a five-star prospect heading into his senior season. The junior flew in for dunks and slashed into the lane and made life nightmarish for the Greenforest Eagles. Simmons lived at the line and connected, going 13-15. The Knights captured their second straight state title in convincing fashion, 96-81.


4. Malik Beasley - St. Francis - 23 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists


It's tough to beat a team when they have two of the best players in the state. The Florida State-signee teamed up with Simmons and Xavier-signee Kaiser Gates to pour in 73 points combined. As Kobi Simmons did, Beasley lived at the line going 13-14. He nearly brought the house down as he just missed a dunk over 7-foot-1 Ikey Obiagu.


5. Jaylen Brown - Wheeler - 22 points, 9 rebounds


The No. 2 ranked player in the nation sank a pair of must-have free throws with 0.5 seconds left to give Wheeler a 59-58 victory over Pebblebrook. It wasn't Brown's most scintillating game as he logged just 24 minutes while battling foul trouble throughout the final three quarters, but his elite athleticism and ability to attack the rim made it nearly impossible for Pebblebrook to keep him out of the lane. Brown went a perfect 12-of-12 from the line to lift the Wildcats, including 6-6 the final minute and a half. It was a fitting way to end one of Georgia's most celebrated prep players in years as his game winning free throws were the final two points of the GHSA season and put an exclamation point on an exceptional career.




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