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Today, we open up our weekly summer newsletters with the final baseball rankings. Also, we set the stage for the upcoming 25-team Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament set for June 19. For all Corky Kell Classic news and information CLICK HERE

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What team did Archer beat in the championship of last year's Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament?

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Friday's Answer:
Wesleyan has won four baseball state titles.






1. Parkview

2. Walton

3. Kennesaw Mountain

4. Pope

5. Collins Hill

6. North Gwinnett

7. Milton

8. Brookwood

9. Lambert

10. Mountain View



1. Greenbrier

2. Gainesville

3. Allatoona

4. Jones County

5. Loganville

6. South Effingham

7. Union Grove

8. East Paulding

9. Starr's Mill

10. Ola


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Whitewater

3. Veterans

4. St. Pius

5. Cartersville

6. Locust Grove

7. Wayne County

8. North Hall

9. Columbia

10. Troup County


Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Jefferson

3. Westside-Augusta

4. Westminster

5. Jackson

6. Pierce County

7. Hart County

8. Callaway

9. Oconee County

10. Ringgold


Class AA

1. Wesleyan

2. Darlington

3. Fitzgerald

4. Rabun County

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. Lovett

7. Heard County

8. Gordon Lee

9. Benedictine

10. Bacon County


Class A

1. King's Ridge

2. Hebron Christian

3. Eagle's Landing Christian

4. Schley County

5. Tattnall Square

6. Treutlen

7. Whitefield Academy

8. Emanuel County Institute

9. Brookstone

10. Atkinson County



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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


State champs use different paths to No. 1



Seven state champions were crowned during the GHSA's baseball tournaments, but not every title winning team took the same route. Parkview dominated its way to a 34-2 record, its sixth championship and a No. 1 national ranking according to MaxPreps, but the Class AAAAAA power had to overcome some early bumps in the road. The Panthers lost their first game of the season to Lassiter, 4-3 in eight innings in game three of the early season. They would string together six straight wins before losing to bitter rival Brookwood, 3-2. Parkview would get their revenge later in the season with a 7-1 win which was a part of the team's 26-consecutive wins to end the season.


Greenbrier (30-4) cruised out of the gate in Class AAAAA winning its first 13 games before falling to rival Lakeside-Evans, 3-0 after beating them 11-1 earlier in the season. Much like Parkview, the Wolfpack would get the last laugh with a 4-1 win over the Panthers. Greenbrier was pushed to the brink twice in the playoffs and faced elimination in the first round against Hardaway and in the state championship against Gainesville after dropping opening games. The Wolfpack stuck together however and managed to bring home the program's sixth title.


Class AAAA was dominated by the loaded Buford Wolves (34-2). The now three-time state champs pitched six shutouts en route to sweeping through the playoffs. A 23-game winning streak capped the season for the Wolves. Buford's only two losses came at the hands of DeSoto Central (MS) and Class AAAAAA's Mountain View.


At 33-2, Blessed Trinity allowed the fewest runs in the entire state regardless of classification with 39. Jefferson's four runs scored in Game 2 of the Class AAA state finals was the most runs allowed in 27 games by the Titans. They won 31-straight to finish the season. Blessed Trinity's only two losses came to Brookwood and St. Pius in games two and four of the regular season.


Wesleyan swept through the Class AA playoffs and earned the program's fourth state title after compiling a 32-4 record. The Wolves' only losses came to Class AAA runner-up Jefferson, Providence Christian Academy and region foes Lovett and Greater Atlanta Christian.


Game 3 victories over Eagle's Landing Christian Academy and Hebron Christian in the finals highlighted King's Ridge Christian's road to a repeat in Class A-Private. The 30-5 Tigers behind first year head coach and former MLBer Dallas McPherson were able to defeat Hebron in extra innings in Game 3 to clinch another title.

Schley County (25-5) swept Emanuel County Institute for the Class A-Public title. It was the program's first championship. A 2-1 Game 3 win over top-seeded Treutlen in the semifinals was the Wildcats' biggest test.




Corky Kell 7-on-7 returns to even bigger stage


With 14 teams and seven games spanning over two days of action, the 2015 Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic stands as the biggest kickoff event in the country this football season. But before the football season kicks off with the 24th installment of the Classic on Aug. 21-22, the highly-competitive atmosphere of 7-on-7 tournaments tests the physical and mental conditioning of the coaches and players, while giving individuals a chance to rise in the recruiting ranks and teams to earn bragging rights and momentum heading into the season. 


This year will be the second Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament and it has grown into one of the largest single-day events of the offseason. On June 19, reigning 7-on-7 champion Archer will square off with 24 other teams after taking first place in last year's 15-team pool. 


Archer defeated McEachern in the finals of last year's tournament and led the way for Gwinnett County teams that dominated the action. Norcross, Archer, Mill Creek, Brookwood, North Gwinnett and Collins Hill went a combined 21-4 against teams from outside of the county in last year's tournament and will each be returning to this year's field.


Archer returns as one of this year's headliners and is one of 12 teams from the 2015 Corky Kell lineup that will play in the 7-on-7 tournament. The Tigers are joined by Norcross, Mill Creek, Brookwood, North Paulding, Carrollton, Sandy Creek, Creekview, North Gwinnett, Tucker, Kell and defending Class AAAAAA state champion Colquitt County.


The 13 other teams include out-of-state powerhouse Byrnes (SC) and Gwinnett County's Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill. Roswell, Centennial, Blessed Trinity, Griffin, Mays, Glynn Academy, Houston County, Cherokee, Walton and Gainesville make up the remaining field.


The tournament will attract a lot of recruiting attention as some of the top prospects in the state will share the field. Roswell's hard-hitting linebacker Tre Lamar stands 6-foot-4, 240 pounds and the 7-on-7 format will give recruiting experts a chance focus on his pass coverage abilities. With the fast pace of these tournaments and quick turnaround of games, team depth and conditioning is also exposed, and it gives a good indication of which teams have been hitting the offseason conditioning hard. Coaches are able to practice making adjustments quickly as different opponents are stacked one after another and they get valuable time watching their players compete against some of the top athletes in the country.


Archer's Kyle Davis is one of the Peach State's most prized Class of 2016 prospects and did it all in the Tigers' offense last season as a receiver and running threat. Davis will star in the offense once again with new starting quarterback Will Bearden for the first time.


North Gwinnett's towering wideout Josh Imatorbhebhe committed to USC in May and is the No. 21 rated senior in the state. Other top receiving prospects like UGA-commit Darion Anderson of Houston County will challenge a deep lineup of highly-recruited defensive backs participating in this year's tournament.


Peachtree Ridge brings four-star cornerback Chad Clay (UGA-commit) and the No. 1-ranked Class of 2017 prospect in the state in cornerback Deangelo Gibbs. Archer will also have safety Isaiah Pryor, the No. 6 ranked Class of 2017 prospect in the state.


For the past 23 years, teams have used the unparalleled experience gained while competing on the massive stage of the Corky Kell to achieve greatness during the remaining season and the second Corky Kell 7-on-7 tournament aims to give its 25 participating teams these same experiences and opportunities as the much-anticipated 2015 football season quickly approaches.  




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