Boiling Springs Wins 7-on-7 National Championship

Boiling Springs (8-3) became the lowest seeded team ever and first team from South Carolina to win the USA Football 7-on-7 National Championship in Hoover, AL over the weekend.

The Bulldogs rallied from a 1-3 start in pool play to finish 3-3 earning the 25th seed. In tournament play Boiling Springs picked up where it left off in pool by ripping off five consecutive wins to claim the championship to end the event on an overall seven game winning streak.

In the finals against host and third-seeded Hoover (9-1-1), the Bulldogs trailed 17-0 before rallying with 29 unanswered points to win 29-17. Boiling Springs took the lead for good 19-17 after the successful PAT on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Taylor to Najee Thompson.

Boilings Springs defense proved to be instrumental in the victory by recording two interceptions (3 points each) and a turnover on downs (2 points each). The offense did not waste any of those opportunities as they scored touchdowns off of each defensive set up.

The come-from-behind victory capped an impressive tournament run by the Bulldogs who defeated four single-digit seeded teams. Including the victory over Hoover, Boiling Springs defeated top-seeded Walton (GA) in the quarterfinals, defending tournament champion and fifth-seeded McGill-Toolen (AL) in the semifinals and eighth-seeded Spain Park (AL) in the first round. The Bulldogs defeated 24-seed Baldwin County (AL) in the second round after Baldwin County upset ninth-seeded Gadsden City (AL) in the first round.

Coming off of a state runner-up finish in class 5A in 2016 Boiling Springs will open the 2017 season August 25th at Ashley Ridge.

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Dutch Fork was the only other team in the event from South Carolina. The Silver Foxes went 6-0 in pool play and were the 2-seed entering the tournament. Dutch Fork finished with an overall record of 7-1 after being eliminated in the second round by 15-seed Har-Ber (AR).

Jaguars Rebooting For Next Season

The Georgia Class 5A state runner-up Cedar Shoals Jaguars are gearing up for next season as the summer schedule begins. The Jaguars competed in a team camp at North Oconee high school over the weekend and will compete in the Miller Grove Shot Clock league later this month as a play date participate against Mays, Stephenson, defending 6A champion Langston Hughes, Heritage-Conyers, Rockdale, Meadowcreek, Tucker and Forest Park beginning June 12th.

Cedar Shoals must replace seven rotation seniors from last seasons team including 5A player of the year and leading scorer Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern). That core unit led the Jaguars to three consecutive trips to the semifinals the past three seasons including the runner-up finish last season.

Rising seniors Jai’vanni McDavid, Darien Appling and Keivasiay Ball along with sophomore Jaden Williams have been tasked with engineering the sustaining of the programs recent success under head coach L’Dreco Thomas. The group has help as the Jaguars have added a pair of sophomore transfers in Quincy Canty and Jalen Jackson.

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Quincy Canty, a 6’5 forward who was an All-Region 8-1A Private selection last season, comes over from neighboring private school Athens Christian. Canty led the Eagles in scoring while averaging a double-double and guided the Eagles to a quarterfinal finish last season in 1A Private.  Canty was not with the team this past weekend as he was participating in the Crossroads Elite Camp in Indianapolis, Indiana, a camp Phlandrous Fleming attended as a sophomore as well. Carter plays travel ball with the EYBL Georgia Stars.

Jalen Jackson, a 6’2 guard, comes over from Lincoln County. Jackson averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds as a freshman last season for the Red Devils. Jackson will also play football for the Jaguars.

The 2nd Annual L’Dreco Thomas Youth Basketball Camp will be held June 26th-29th at Cedar Shoals High School. Registration dates are June 8th (3pm-5pm) and June 15th (4pm-6pm) in front of Turner-Neathery Gymnasium. Walk-up registration will be held on June 26th beginning at 12pm.  Last years camp featured over 75 campers attending the four-day camp which features shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defensive and skill development drills with current Jaguar varsity players. Special guest speakers included current University of Georgia basketball players along with other notable guest from around the basketball and Athens community. For more information and registration contact Coach Thomas at 706-546-5375 or via email thomasl@clarke.k12.ga.us.

Phoenix Lose Regular Season Finale

The Atlanta Phoenix (6-2) had their two game winning streak snapped in the regular season finale to the defending WFA Champion D.C. Divas (5-3).

Atlanta entered the game averaging 50.2 points per game including scoring 70 against the South Carolina Smash earlier this season but were shutout for the first time this season. D.C. scored touchdowns on its first two possessions for a 14-0 lead.

Play was halted in the second quarter due to a brief lightning delay. When play resumed the Divas tacked on another touchdown to go up 21-0 and that score held until halftime.

In the second half D.C added two more touchdowns including a pick six by Dana Blakely for the final score of 34-0. Divas quarterback Amanda Congialdi passed for two touchdowns in the victory.

Despite the loss Atlanta qualifies for the WFA (Women’s Football Alliance) Division I playoffs.

2017 Georgia Baseball Champions

The 2017 baseball season came to a close in Georgia this week with the crowning of eight state champions across the seven classifications for the first time in state history.

All but one classification featured a sweep in the championship series. In Class 4A the Marist War Eagles (25-17) won the final two games to defeat Blessed Trinity (36-6) 2-1 in their best-of-three series to win its 13th state championship.

Etowah (28-16) swept Woodstock (26-17) in 7A to win its first state championships. Etowah won the second game in eleven innings to complete the series sweep. This series featured two teams from the same county (Cherokee)

Pope (34-6) swept Lee County (28-14) in 6A to win its third state championship.

Loganville (30-13) swept Wayne County (28-14) in 5A to win its third state championship.

North Hall (33-11) won its first state championship with a sweep of Pierce County (28-10) in 3A.

Jeff Davis (33-8) won its first state championship by sweeping Elbert County (33-9) in 2A.

Schely County (34-2) swept Gordon Lee (27-8) in 1A Public while Savannah Christian (34-3) swept Tatnall Square (30-5) in 1A Private.

Despite the added classification there were no repeat champions this season in Georgia.

The latest Perfect Game Top 50 HS rankings have not been released yet. As of the week of May 22nd Blessed Trinity (No. 9), Pope (No.11), Woodstock (No.42), Etowah (No.44) and North Gwinnett (No. 48) were the only teams ranked from Georgia.

Pope (No.11) and Etowah (No.44) are poised to move up when the latest rankings are released while the remainder of the Georgia field will just have to wait and see.

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Etowah and Woodstock were one of two championship series that featured teams from the same region with Marist and Blessed Trinity being the other. Blessed Trinity won all four previous regular season games against Marist before losing the final two in the finals.  Woodstock finished third while Etowah finished fourth in region 4-7A with both posting sub-500 region records as Walton and Lassiter finished one-two in the region. Woodstock won both regular season season meetings with Etowah. Walton and Lassiter were eliminated in the second round to Mill Creek and North Gwinnett respectively

Georgia was well represented throughout the baseball season in the Perfect Game Top 50 HS rankings. In addition to the five teams currently in the rankings, Winder-Barrow, Walton, Parkview, Mill Creek  and Allatoona also were ranked nationally during the season.

Cedar Shoals Wins Track & Field State Title

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars entered the Georgia class 5A Track & Field state championships  in Carrollton, GA as a one of the favorites to take the state title along with Grady and Southwest Dekalb.

Rogerous Swain won the triple jump state championship, Markell Allen finished third in the triple jump and Michael Horvat picked up two points in the high jump with a seventh place finish giving the Jaguars 18 points to sit fourth after the field events.

The strength of the Jaguars was its depth in the running events as Cedar Shoals had multiple participants qualify for the finals in the 100M and 200M as well as the 300M hurdle events.

Trent Harris finished sixth while Rogerous Swain finished eighth to earn the Jaguars four points in the 100M. Harris ran a time of 11.00 while Swain ran an 11.04. Southwest Dekalb’s Terryon Conwell won the event with a time of 10.83.

Markell Allen and Rogerous Swain finished fourth and fifth in the 200M to earn the Jaguars five points. Allen finished with a time of 22.04 while Swain ran a 22.08. Southwest Dekalb’s Terryon Conwell won the event with a time of 21.68.

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Lirante Jackson picked up two points with a seventh place finish in the 400M with a time of 49.35. Southwest Dekalb’s Terryon Conwell won the event with a time of 47.59.

Jon Oglesby picked up a point with his eight place finish in the 800M with a time of 2:04.98. Decatur’s Sam Ellis won the event with a time of 1:51.85.

Ashton Daniel picked up 16 points with his runner-up finishes in the 110M and 300M hurdles with times of 14.57 and 38.41 respectively. Cameron Hudson finished sixth in the 300M with a time of 40.34 to earn three points. Grady’s Christian McNair-Jones won both events with times of 14.17 and 38.28 respectively.

The 4x100M relay team of Markell Allen, Ashton Daniel, Trent Harris, Rogerous Swain with alternates Jon Oglesby and Formetrius Jones won the state title in this event with a time of 40.74. The Jags time was the tied for the fastest time in the event including prelims and finals matching Grady’s 4x100M prelim time. Grady didn’t not score in the finals due to a DNF.

Markell Allen, Ashton Daniels, Lirante Jackson, Rogerous Swain along with alternates Trent Harris and Formetrius Jones put the icing on the cake with a runner-up finish in the final event, the 4x400M relay with a time of 3:19.90 to earn the final eight points. Fayette County won the event with a time of 3:17.82. Southwest Dekalb’s team led by Terryon Conwell was disqualified on false starts however even with a first place finish and DNF from the Jaguars they would not have been able to catch them as the Jaguars had a 12-point lead entering the event. Grady did not have a team qualify for the finals.

Cedar Shoals finished with 71 points to come out on top by a 20-point margin to win its first state championship since 2005 and fourth in school history. The Jaguars also won state titles in 2001 and 2003 and finished as the runner-up in 2000, 2013 and 2016.

Southwest Dekalb finished second with 51 points while Grady finished third with 50 points. Host Carrollton finished tied for fourth with Starr’s Mill with 41 points.

Georgia Track & Field Team State Champions (points):
7A Boys- Westlake (62), 7A-Girls- Westlake (75)

6A Boys- Allatoona (58), 6A Girls- Mays (62.50)

5A Boys- Cedar Shoals (71), 5A Girls- Buford (100)

4A Boys- Marist (70.50) 4A Girls- Chapel Hill (66)

3A Boys- Cedar Grove (71) 3A Girls- Greater Atlanta Christian (114)

2A Boys- Vidalia (71), 2A Girls- Jeff Davis (71)

1A Private Boys- Eagles Landing Christian Academy (77); 1A Private Girls- Athens Academy (88)

1A Public Boys- Hancock Central (71), 1A Public Girls- Telfair County (81)

Cedar Shoals Swain Wins Triple Jump State Title

Rogerous Swain won the Georgia 5A Triple Jump state championship with a final jump of 48′-05.25″. Swain previously had the longest jump this season in all classifications with a mark of 50′-00.00″ during the regular season. Swain’s first place finished earned the Jaguars ten points.

Markell Allen finished third with a final jump of 47′-04.75 to earn the Jaguars six points.

Through seven events the Jaguars were in fourth place with 18 points.

 

National Movement For Georgia Teams

The updated Perfect Game HS Top 50 national rankings showed expected movement with Winder-Barrow being eliminated and Mill Creek advancing in the state playoffs.

North Gwinnett is now the highest ranked of seven Georgia teams coming in at No. 8 followed by Allatoona (No.14), Parkview (No. 17), Blessed Trinity (No.22), Pope (No. 33), Winder-Barrow (No. 40) while Mill Creek enters the rankings for the first time at No. 44.

Outside of Winder-Barrow’s 37-spot slide, Blessed Trinity slid nine spots after suffering a game 2 loss to Columbus however rebounded to win the series in three games to advance.

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With Winder-Barrow out, Allatoona (31-3) and Pope (31-5) are the only remaining nationally ranked teams in class 6A. Allatoona swept Effingham County in the second round and will host a hot Johns Creek (20-12) team in the Elite 8. Pope swept last season’s 5A state champion Houston County to advance to face Dalton (24-8). Region 6-6A widely considered the toughest region in class 6A, has three of four teams remaining in the Elite 8 in Allatoona, Dalton and River Ridge.

North Gwinnett (32-2) and Parkview (30-4) would meet in the class 7A semifinals if each survive their Elite 8 matchups. North Gwinnett will travel to Hillgrove (25-10) while Parkview will host Woodstock (24-13). Mill Creek (31-5) is on the opposite of the bracket and will travel to North Paulding (23-10). Hillgrove is the lone remaining Cobb County team in class 7A after last season’s 6A state champion Walton fell to Mill Creek.

Blessed Trinity (31-4) will host West Laurens (23-10). The Titans have passed very tough tasks in the first two rounds of class 4A defeating Cartersville and Columbus.

Other Series of Note:

Class 3A’s top-ranked team Redan (25-9) continues to roll. The Raiders have won 16 straight game an advanced to the Elite 8 after sweeping Crisp County and will host Coahulla Creek. Redan has scored 12 or more runs in three of their four playoffs games so far. Coahulla Creek (24-9) was ranked tenth by the Georgia Dugout Preview rankings entering the playoffs and defeated No. 6 Pike County in the second round. Six of the top 10 in class 3A are in the quarterfinals with Calhoun and Lovett being the two unranked teams.

Winder-Barrow Knocked Out Of Playoffs

Baseball season for the Winder-Barrow Bulldogs came to an abrupt end with a 7-2 game 3 loss to Richmond Hill in the second round of the 6A playoffs this past Saturday. Winder Barrow (30-4) and Richmond Hill (23-11) split the first two games of the series on Wednesday however weather pushed game 3 all the way to Saturday afternoon.

The early elimination of the third-ranked team nationally in the latest Perfect Game HS Top 50 is shocking. Winder-Barrow was the highest ranked Georgia team in the PG HS Top 50 and Max Preps Xcellent 25, ranked No.1 in class 6A by the Georgia Dugout Preview entering the playoffs, and had not lost to an opponent from Georgia all season. (No.11 Baseball America Top 25 behind Class 7A No.7 Parkview)

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Beau Hanna put the Bulldogs up 2-1 with a two-run homer in the third inning off of Richmond Hill’s Tyler Harrison. Richmond Hill responded in the fifth inning by putting up two runs for a 3-2 lead. The Wildcats added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh then shut the Bulldogs down in the bottom of the inning for the series-clinching victory.

Richmond Hill, the two-seed from Region 2-6A, is the lone remaining team from the region and will face Lee County (24-11; No.7 in Georgia Dugout Preview) in the Elite 8. Richmond Hill entered the playoffs unranked in by the Georgia Dugout Preview but was receiving consideration. The Wildcats confirmed they deserved the consideration with the series victory over Winder-Barrow.

Georgia National Teams Sweep Way Into Round Of 16

The six teams ranked in the latest Perfect Game HS Top 50 entering the Georgia state playoffs all swept their opponents to advance to the second round in their respective classes.

No. 3 Winder-Barrow (29-2), the highest nationally ranked Georgia team in multiple polls, defeated Harrsion 3-2 in eight innings in game one. In game two Bulldogg pitcher Darrell Woodall pitched a one-hit, nine strikeout complete game as Winder-Barrow completed the sweep with an 8-0 victory. Winder-Barrow will face Richmond Hill in the second round of the 6A playoffs. Richmond Hill swept Stephenson to advance.

No. 9 Parkview (28-4) racked up 20 runs on 19 hits in a sweep of Forsyth Central to advance. Parkview will host Colquitt County in the second round of the 7A playoffs. Colquitt County swept McEachern to advance.

No. 11 North Gwinnett swept Rockdale County by a combined 21-1 score in two games. North Gwinnett (30-2) hit four home runs in the second game and will face Lassiter in the second round of the 7A playoffs. Lassiter swept Newnan to advance.

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In one of the more highly anticipated first round matchups, No. 12 Blessed Trinity swept previously nationally ranked Cartersville 4-1 and 10-1 to advance in the class 4A playoffs. Blessed Trinity will host Columbus in the second round. Columbus swept Thomson by a combined 21-4 score to advance.

No. 20 Allatoona (29-3) swept Lanier 7-2 and 6-2 to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs. Tyler Messick was a perfect 3-for-3 in game one with 3 RBI. Kyle Jacobsen was held without a hit in both games, struck out twice and scored three runs in eight plate appearances. Allatoona will host Effingham County in the second round. Effingham County swept Mundy’s Mill to advance.

No. 48 Pope swept Creekside by a combined 20-2 score to advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs. Pope (25-5) will face Houston County who defeated Heritage-Conyers 4-3 and 4-3 to advance.

Other notable Georgia first round series: Redan (23-9), the top ranked team in Georgia class 3A, swept Fannin County by a combined 17-2 score to advance. Redan will host Crisp County in the second round. Redan was the only Region 5-3A team that did not need three games in the first round. Lovett was the only other team from Region 5-3A to advance after defeating Dawson County in three games. Pace Academy and Westminster each lost to North Hall and Greater Atlanta Christian respectively in three games. Redan and Lovett tied in their first meeting this season 7-7 which ended in controversy, however recently the game has been awarded to Lovett 8-7. Redan won the second meeting 6-4. Both teams are on opposite sides of the bracket and could only meet again in the championship series. Lovett is not ranked in the Georgia Dugout Preview poll.

Walton, who has been previously ranked nationally this season, swept Westlake by a combined 23-1 score in 7A to advance. Walton will face a dangerous Mill Creek team in the second round. Mill Creek (29-4) has victories this season over state contenders North Gwinnett, Parkview, Loganville (5A), Lassiter and Brookwood.

Tucker (26-6) swept Brunswick by scores of 14-2 and 9-7 to advance. The Tigers will host River Ridge out of Region 6-6A in the second round. River Ridge (25-7) swept Dacula to advance an dis ranked No.4 in class 6A.

Georgia National Baseball Rankings Headed Into Playoff

The Georgia baseball playoffs begin this Friday across all eight classes. Several teams have been nationally ranked throughout the season. Here is a look at where Georgia schools stand nationally entering the playoffs.

The Perfect Game HS Top 50 features six Georgia squads topped by third ranked Winder-Barrow (27-2). The Bulldogs are undefeated against Georgia opponents and posted a 5-2 OOS record against very strong national competition with the high point being a 3-1 showing at the USA National High School Invitational in March. Winder-Barrow will open the playoffs against Harrison. Harrison played in arguably the toughest region in class 6A and picked up a victory over Allatoona this season.

Parkview (26-4) comes in at No.9 in the PG Top 50. The Panthers deep pitching and sound defense propelled them to 14 shutout victories this season. Parkview posted a 6-1 OOS record this season to go with instate losses state contenders to Allatoona (6A), Mill Creek (7A) and Brookwood (7A).

North Gwinnett opened the season winning its first 20 games, are 28-2 entering the playoffs and ranked No. 11 in the PG HS Top 50.  The Bulldogs went 4-0 in OOS games this season with instate losses to Mill Creek (7A) and Loganville (5A). As a team North Gwinnett is batting .331 and has a team ERA of 1.93.

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Blessed Trinity (27-3) comes in at No. 12 and may have the toughest first round opponent in previously ranked Cartersville. The Titans posted a 5-1 OOS record and suffered instate losses to Etowah (7A) and Kell (6A), both in higher classifications than Blessed Trinity. Blessed Trinity is batting .336 as a team with a 1.36 team ERA.

Allatoona (27-3) comes in at No.20 in the latest PG HS Top 50 . The Buccaneers won their lone OOS contest while suffering defeats to Harrison, Dalton and Blessed Trinity. The Buccaneers signature victory of the season came against Parkview (7A). Allatoona as a team is batting .342 with 201 RBIs and a team ERA of 1.68.

Rounding out the Georgia teams in the PG HS Top 50 is Pope (24-5) at No. 48. The Greyhounds were undefeated in OOS play with a 5-0 mark. Losses this season came to Cambridge, Dunwoody, Alpharetta and Walton. Pope remains ranked despite losing four of its last nine games to close the regular season.

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In the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 rankings Winder-Barrow (No.3), North Gwinnett (No.5), Allatoona (No.12) and Pope (No.23) are ranked.

In the latest Baseball America Top 25 Parkview tops the Georgia pack at No.8. Winder-Barrow (No.14) and Walton (No.22) are the only other Georgia teams ranked.

The Georgia Dugout Preview final regular season rankings have North Gwinnett (7A), Winder-Barrow (6A) and Blessed Trinity (4A) ranked No.1 in their respective classes. Starrs Mill (5A), Redan (3A), Jeff Davis (2A), Gordon Lee (1A Public) and Savannah Christian (1A Private) round out the other top ranked teams entering Georgia playoff action.

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