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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.


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.

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.

Photo Courtesy: Georgia Prep Sports Network

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.


Cedar Shoals Thumps Miller Grove; Advance To 5A Finals

Cedar Shoals has been knocking on the door of the championship game the last two seasons in the semifinals and it just would not open. Losses of one and two points in the semifinals prevented the Jaguars from playing for a state championship. Saturday at Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga the Jaguars kicked the door down and left no room for making a third straight semifinal loss.

Powerhouse and defending 5A champion Miller Grove has won seven titles in the last eight years were on the other sideline. The Wolverines are under the direction of first-year head coach Rasual Chester however the expectations at Miller Grove are the same, win championships.

George Wilson III put Miller Grove up 7-5 with a three-pointer with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, that would be the last time the Wolverines would lead. Cedar Shoals broke off one of their patented runs that never left the game in doubt.

Phlandrous Fleming nailed a three as the first quarter ended to put Cedar Shoals up 14-7. Fleming converted a three-point play to open the second quarter and A.J. Jones dropped in a three-pointer to cap a 15-0 run to give Cedar Shoals a 20-7 lead, the Jaguars never looked back.

Miller Grove and Cedar Shoals tip it off in the semifinals

“We have been playing a lot better defensively which forces teams to take bad shots and we have been great on the defensive boards which leads to transition buckets and it helps us find our rhythm,” Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas said about making massive runs all season.

Snipe Hall drilled a three to give Cedar Shoals a 42-16 lead in the third quarter that sent the Jaguars on their way to a 59-38 victory. The win is not so much a surprise as is the manner of it and margin of victory.

Fleming finished with a game-high 25 points, Stavion Stevenson scored 15, Hall tallied nine while Jones chipped in seven for Cedar Shoals.

Phlandrous Fleming shoots technical foul shots during Cedar Shoals’ semifinal victory over Miller Grove 

“My staff came up with a great game plan and the players worked the plan to a T,” Thomas said. “(The players) were focused and confident.”

Cedar Shoals (27-4) held Miller Grove (21-9) to a season-low 38 points and held leading scoreer Naquante Hardy (20ppg avg) to a season-low five points. Before losing to Cedar Shoals, Miller Grove had only lost to McEachern (7A semifinalist), Wheeler (7A Sweet 16) and Columbia (5A Sweet 16)  from the state of Georgia.

“We knew we had to limit (Hardy’s) scoring opportunities and know where he was at all times,” Thomas said. ” I think switching defenses throughout the game gave them problems. We never let them get in a rhythm and we didn’t give up transition buckets.”

Jaguar boys will play for their first-ever Georgia state championship

Cedar Shoals earned its first-ever appearance in the state championship for the boys program in school history. The girls program won the 1992 state championship under head coach Charles Turner and last played for a state championship in 1999 (lost to Pope).

Cedar Shoals will play for the 5A championship four miles from its campus at the University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum.

The second-ranked Jaguars will face top-ranked Buford in the finals. Buford (28-2) earned its spot in the finals by defeating Fayette County (23-8) 83-60 behind 25 points and 14 rebounds by sophomore Marcus Watson. Alex Jones finished with 23 points while David Viti added 16 for the Wolves. Buford is the Region 8-5A champion and has not lost this season to a team from Georgia. Buford and Cedar Shoals have been ranked 1-2 since mid-January by multiple polls in the state.

“It’s an honor just to play in the state finals. To play in it in our hometown makes it special,” Thomas said.

It will be the fourth meeting this season between the two teams with Buford winning all three previous meetings. All three were competitive games with the region championship game having the largest margin of victory of the three contests.

Total Sports Coverage carried all three previous Buford-Cedar Shoals contest this season. Each game is available via the following archive links below…

Regular Season Game 1 at Cedar Shoals  

Regular Season Game 2 at Buford 

Region 8-5A Championship Game 3 at Cedar Shoals

“Buford is a great basketball team. We can’t look at it as they beat us three times, because right now those loses don’t count,” Thomas said. “The winner of this one gets the biggest prize. We will focus on their strength and things that we feel we can be exploited and instill those in our guys and just go play. We can’t worry about the past.”

Two teams that know each other well, one win is all they need to be the Georgia 5A state champ.

One can only think an expected near capacity crowd at Stegeman Coliseum will be ready to bring the funk and the noise in the Wednesday nightcap.





Miller Grove and Cedar Shoals Chasing Different History

Miller Grove laid 101 points on Cedar Shoals in the first round of the 2011 state tournament the last time these teams met. That meeting was the first state tournament game for the Jaguars under head coach L’Dreco Thomas. Including that lost Thomas has posted a 10-4 record in the state tournament which includes back-to-back semifinal losses the previous two seasons.

Enter the 2017 semifinals where the two teams will meet again in an official game (the teams have played against each other in summer ball the last couple of summers) since the 2011 state tournament.

Miller Grove (21-8) is under the direction of first-year head coach Rasual Chester after 7-time state champ head coach Sharman White left for an assistant position at Georgia State University. The Wolverines have continued to pick up momentum after a slow start this season with a heavy national schedule in place. Five of the Wolverines eight losses were to non-Georgia teams while the in-state losses were to McEachern (7A semifinalist), Wheeler (7A quarterfinalist) and region foe Columbia (5A Sweet 16).


Senior Nequante Hardy leads Miller Grove in scoring at just under 20 points per game while junior Kevin Paige leads the team in rebound with 7.7 per game.

Chester has weathered the storm of following in the shoes of White by noting his faith and belief in his team and the foundation laid by White. The task is tall as Miller Grove is searching for title number eight and are in the semifinals for the ninth time in ten seasons.

Cedar Shoals (26-4) is looking to get over the hump that is the semifinals. In their previous two semifinals games the Jaguars have loss by a combined three points.


Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern) is the unsung leader and go-to-guy for the Jaguars. Fleming leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 20.1 and 7.2 respectively.

“He’s the most unselfish player I’ve every seen,” Thomas said earlier this season. “He does it all, there’s nothing he can’t do.”

Stavion Stevenson and Snipe Hall provide much of the help for the Jaguars. Stevenson averages 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while manning the post and stepping out for the soft lefty jumper when needed. Snipe Hall is averaging 11.4 points and 4.1 rebounds while providing athleticism, timely shooting and another person the defense must account for.

A.J Jones, Damarrea Lowe and Jai’Vanni McDavid  have been solid for the Jaguars in their respective roles this season. Lowe began the season coming off the bench but entered the starting line up in late December. Lowe is the floor general at the point guard spot and is dropping off 4.7 dimes per game. Jones continues to be a threat from long distance shooting the three-ball at a 41 percent clip . McDavid (6.8pts 3.3reb 2.2stl) started earlier in the season but now comes of the bench does whatever is asked without question.

Two programs, Cedar Shoals older than Miller Grove, each are looking to make history, the Jaguars are back where they’ve been before but can they come through? Miller Grove is still a game away from getting back to where they expect to be regardless of who is the bench boss.

Both are familiar with the gym and the rims at Columbus State University, they tip at 4pm today.



Cedar Shoals Fights Adversity, Advance To Semifinals

Lithonia led host Cedar Shoals 17-3 with 1:38 remaining in the first quarter and seemed poised to pull off another road upset in the state tournament. Lithonia, the lone four-seed remaining in class 5A, defeated one-seed Villa Rica and three-seed Riverdale in “upsets” in the first two rounds of the state tournament .

The Bulldogs force Cedar Shoals to struggle from the field, commit multiple turnovers and looked flat on defense for most of the opening frame. The capacity crowd was ready to get behind the Jaguars however Lithonia was doing everything to prevent it.

Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas is known for not calling a timeout when things get shaky and he held back for as long as he could but after a Robert Hatchett bucket to give Lithonia a 12-1 lead, Thomas broke and called the timeout with 3:41 left in the first quarter.

Thomas’ timeout did not seem to slow things as Lithonia outscored Cedar Shoals 7-2 after the time out and then began to slow the game down. That’s when things changed for the Jaguars, when the Bulldogs went away from what put them up 14 points on the road in had a hostile environment. Snipe Hall hit a three-pointer for Cedar Shoals’ first field goal with 1:22 left in the quarter which was followed up by a thundering one-handed dunk by senior Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern) and the run began.

Phlandrous Fleming (24) iced the Jaguars victory from the foul line

Fleming’s dunk not only woke up the crowd but it was that single play that woke up the second-ranked Jaguars. Stavion Stevenson gave the Jaguars their first lead, 18-17, on a hoop assisted by Fleming. Fleming capped the game-changing 17-0 run with an alley-oop dunk with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter  to give Cedar Shoals a 20-17 lead.

Lithonia per its custom all season under head coach Wallace Corker did not go away. Hatchett ended the run with a bucket and the teams traded the lead multiple times the remainder of the half until Tyquon Mitchell scored to beat the horn giving Cedar Shoals a 25-24 halftime lead, they never trailed again.

Lithonia made one last surge in the fourth quarter by using a 12-3 run to chop a 13-point Jaguar lead to four with just over two minutes remaining. Cedar Shoals answered the bell when Fleming hit Stevenson for to stop the run and slammed it shut at the free throw line when Fleming went 5-of-6 in the final 1:30 to salt it away.

Phlandrous Fleming finished with a game-high 26 points, Stavion Stevenson put in 14 while Snipe Hall finished with 7.

Sydarius Stinson led Lithonia (13-17)  with 15 points. Cortez Roberson and Robert Hatchett III finished with nine each.

Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas has a word with an official

Cedar Shoals (26-4) will face Miller Grove (21-8) in the semifinals at Columbus State University on Saturday at 4pm. Miller Grove defeated Riverwood 59-43 to advance.

Cedar Shoals is making its third straight appearance in the semifinals and has never advanced to the finals. Miller Grove is in the semifinals for the ninth time in the past ten seasons and has won seven state championships.

Cedar Shoals Advances To Elite Eight

Second-ranked Cedar Shoals (25-4) used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to take a 26-9 lead and never looked back in a 48-35 win over Statesboro (19-10).

Phlandrous Fleming led the Jaguars with 22 points while Stavion Stevenson and A.J. Jones each chipped in seven. Fleming grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds.

“It was a great defensive effort tonight,” Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas said.

Cedar Shoals advances to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive season and will host Lithonia Wednesday at 7:30pm.

Cedar Shoals Cruises In State Opener

Hours after laying to rest former Cedar Shoals standout basketball and football player Quentin Moses- who also starred locally at the University of Georgia and in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins, the Jaguars advanced to the class 5A Sweet 16 with a wire-to-wire victory over Maynard Jackson.

“Today was a very an emotional day, I didn’t know it was going to hit me like it hit me.” Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas said afterwards. “I made my guys aware of the importance and the way Quentin played and the kind of person he was. I told them we were going to represent Quentin in the way he wanted us to play. The last conversation I had with Quentin he said ‘you gonna keep bowing out in the final four or are you going to go ahead and win that thang’ and that was in January. He was trying to tell me I had the tools and to go ahead and get it done.”

Cedar Shoals entered the floor for pregame warmups donning shooting shirts paying tribute to Moses with his basketball No. 44 on the back .

Stavion Stevenson got the ball rolling early for the the Jaguars with nine first quarter points. Stevenson finished with 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first half. Phlandrous Fleming was the only other Jaguar in double figures with 11. Snipe Hall finished with nine while A.J. Jones and Damarrea Lowe each chipped in eight points. The Jaguars led by as many as 20 points and never trailed in the 64-47 state tournament opener.

“I thought Stavion played an outstanding game. All the shots he took were right within the course of what we do and he was hot. The biggest thing he did tonight was play defense on (JaQuavis Hayes). He understood the scouting report, frustrated (Hayes), denied (Hayes) and did everything he could could tonight, he was amazing defensively,” Thomas said.

Stevenson held Hayes well below his average of over 22 points-per-game. Hayes finished with 11 points, seven in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach for Maynard Jackson.

Maynard Jackson (19-9) was led by Marquavis Carter’s 20 points. Keshun Byrd tallied 13 to go with Hayes’ 11.

Cedar Shoals (24-4) will travel to Stateboro (19-9) Thursday night in Sweet 16 action. Statesboro is the Region 2-5A champions and defeated Jones County 63-50 in the first round.




Jaguars Open State Playoffs At Home

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars (23-4) will open the 2017 state playoffs at home against another set of Jaguars from Maynard Jackson-Atlanta (19-8) Saturday afternoon at 5pm. Cedar Shoals is seeking its first ever state championship in boys basketball and first basketball championship since 1992 when the Lady Jaguars won it all.

Region 8-5A player of the year Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern) is the driving force behind the second-ranked Jaguars. Fleming is averaging just over 23 points and 10 rebounds this season. Seniors Quenjarvis ‘Snipe’ Hall, Stavion Stevenson (Savannah State for football), A.J. Jones and Damerrea Lowe will play key supporting roles for a team that has reached the semifinals each of the two previous seasons. Tyquon Mitchell and Darien Appling provide solid minutes off the bench.


Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas has guided the Jaguars to the state tournament for the fifth time in his seven seasons and has won three region titles (2012, 2015, 2016) during that span.

“When you go to the state tournament everybody’s record is clean, everybody is 0-0. It doesn’t matter what your seed is at some point you will have to beat the next opponent no matter who they are and what seed they are,” Thomas said.

Three of Cedar Shoals’ losses came to region foe Buford (top-ranked team in 5A; Region 8-5A champs) with their only other loss coming at Duluth (Region 6-7A three-seed) in overtime in early December.

“Cedar is a very very good team, they are well coached, they play hard together and I told our team before the game that Cedar has the talent to win it all this year,” Buford head coach Eddie Martin said after defeating Cedar Shoals in the region championship game last week. Martin has won seven state championships at Norcross and Greater Atlanta Christian combined and is seeking to win his a state championship at his third school.

“I told the team that we had to put Buford behind us- all three games, that we had to be like horses and wear blinders and look ahead  and that’s what we are going to do. We are going to focus on the next opponent and the next opponent only, Maynard Jackson is our next opponent,” Cedar Shoals head coach L’Dreco Thomas said.


The Jaguars did not play an out-of-state team this season due to scheduling difficulties however Thomas feels the regular season schedule they played has prepared them for the state tournament.

“When you go to the state tournament everybody’s record is clean, everybody is 0-0. It doesn’t matter what your seed is at some point you will have to beat the next opponent no matter who they are and what seed they are.”

“I think we played a lot of tournament caliber teams all season and at the end of the day we played some top notch teams and I think that has prepared us for the stretch run and state tournament,” Thomas stated.

Cedar enters the tournament with noteable wins over Etowah (Region 4-7A champs), Stephenson (Region 6-6A champs), Heritage-Conyers (Region 6-6A runner up) and a pair of victories over Morgan County (Region 8-3A champ). In an expanded but weakened playoff field this season due to expansion of classifications in Georgia, that’s a solid resume without playing an out-of-state team.

Jackson-Atlanta is led by senior JaQuavius Hayes, juniors Marquvis Carter and Keshun Byrd. Hayes leads the Jaguars in scoring at just above 21 points while Carter and Byrd each are averaging double figure points this season.

Jackson-Atlanta finished third in Region 6-5A after defeating Lithia Springs for the second time this season in the region 6-5A tournament.  The Jaguars have played in close games all season losing by one point to Riverwood (Region 6-5A runner-up) and Henry County (Region 4-4A champs) while defeating Carver-Atlanta (Region 6-5A champs) and Stockbridge by two points.

The winner will face the winner of Jones County/Statesboro in the second round next week.

Cedar Shoals will hold a moment of silence after the national anthem to honor the life of Quentin Moses. Moses passed away earlier this week in a house fire along with two other people in Walton County (GA). Moses lettered in basketball at Cedar Shoals but is most known for his football accomplishments at Cedar Shoals, The University of Georgia and in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. Moses was currently serving as a defensive line coach at Reinhardt College upon his passing.



Cedar Shoals Finishes Regular Season 21-3

The Cedar Shoals Jaguars defeated Loganville 89-37 Friday on senior night to finish the regular season 21-3 overall and 10-2 in Georgia region 8-5A. It’s the fourth time in seven seasons under head coach L’Dreco Thomas Cedar Shoals has posted a 20-plus win season.

Cedar Shoals used a 33-1 third quarter to blow open the game. Phanldrous Fleming notched a game-high 18 points. A.J. Jones tallied 16 while Stavion Stevenson and Akeem Glenn (football QB) put 13 points apiece in the book.

Cedar Shoals will be the two-seed entering the region 8-5A tournament and will host the semifinals and finals next Friday and Saturday in Athens. The Jaguars will open against seven-seed Johnson-Gainesville Tuesday at Cedar Shoals.

Cedar Shoals eyes on a bigger prize 

Thomas has racked up 138 wins, two region championships and two Final Four appearances in his seven seasons.

Cedar Shoals has lost in the semifinals the last two seasons by a combined three points to Brunswick (won state title) and Allatoona (lost to Miller Grove in state finals)

Phlandrous Fleming (Charleston Southern) led the Jaguars in scoring during the regular season with 20.9ppg while grabbing 8.1 points a game. Snipe Hall (13.7ppg) and Stavion Stevenson (11.2ppg, 6.8rpg) , Jaivanni McDavid , Damaerra Lowe and A.J. Jones have provided depth throughout the season. Tyquon Mitchell and  Darien Appling have played their roles well when their numbers have been called while Glenn is an experienced senior that will called upon more in the postseason.

The task is in front of the Jaguars, championship or rebuild. That may mean beating Buford a couple of times but at least once in the next month.