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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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2015-16 GA 5A Baseball Finals

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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Perfect Game HS Top 50: Georgia updates

Georgia continues to occupy a number of spaces in the latest Perfect Game High School Top 50 national poll.

Parkview is the highest ranked Georgia teams coming in at No.5. The Panthers swept a four-game spring break swing in Florida with victories over Jesuit, Sarasota, Venice and IMG Academy. The Panthers outscored those teams by a combined 14-1. Parkview extended it’s winning streak to 16 consecutive games with a pair of victories over Norcross this week. The Panthers have tallied seven shutouts during the winning streak.

Winder-Barrow (23-2) continues to climb the rankings moving up to No.7. The Bulldoggs have followed up their 3-1 showing in the National High School Invitational with a three-game sweep of region foe Habersham Central to go with two victories this week against Apalachee.

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North Gwinnett (24-2) is the third Georgia team in the top ten coming in at No.9. The Bulldogs have won four of their last six games. They have defeated Discovery and Peachtree Ridge this week.

No.19 Allatoona (23-2) ran its winning streak to nine after defeating Stockbridge, Grayson County (KY) and North Atlanta at the Perfect Game Spring Fling at Lake Point. The Buccanners outscored those three foes by a combined 26-1 score.  The Buccaneers rule-ruled Osborne 15-0 this week and face Dalton in a home-and-home series with region 6-6A first place on the line beginning Friday in Dalton.

Blessed Trinity (No. 12), Pope (No.15), Walton (No. 37) are the other teams in the Perfect Game HS Top 50.

 

 

Georgia Fills Perfect Game Top 50 Rankings

As the Georgia high school baseball season begins to come down the home stretch and head for the playoffs, several teams can be found in the national rankings.

Pope (7), Winder-Barrow (10), North Gwinnett (12), Parkview (17), Blessed Trinity (19), Allatoona (21) and Walton (30) all are in the latest Perfect Game Top 50 high school rankings.

North Gwinnett (7) and Winder-Barrow (21) are also ranked in the latest Baseball America HS Top 25  rankings.

Winder-Barrow (7), North Gwinnett (9) and Allatoona (12) also come in ranked in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25.

Here is a brief look at each team and their upcoming schedules this week.

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Pope (19-2) had its 14-game winning streak snapped last week falling to Cambridge 4-2. Pope will face county rivals Lassiter and Walton this week. Chase Smith and Ryan Webb have been solid for Pope in the pitching department this season. Offensively the Greyhounds have been solid averaging just over seven runs per game while yielding just under three runs per game.

Winder-Barrow (18-2) went 3-1 at the National High School Invitational last week in Cary, NC with victories over No.3 Huntington Beach (CA), No.16 American Heritage (FL) and Rocky Mountain (CO). The Bulldoggs lost in the semifinals to Dana Hills (CA). Winder-Barrow will wrap up the regular season with series against Habersham Central, Apalachee and Lanier before the state playoffs. Darrel Woodall (P), Daniel Buice (P), Will Hargraves (IF/P), Beau Hanna (C) and Pat DeMarco (CF) pace the senior-laden team.

Allatoona (19-2) has won six in a row and will face Stockbridge and North Atlanta this week in the Perfect Game Spring Fling at Lake Point. An all-important 2-game region series against Dalton still remains on the schedule. Kyle Jacobsen is the highlight player for the Buccaneers. Jacobsen enters the week batting .471 with 21 RBI 3 HR and is 5-1 with a 0.95 ERA and 23 strikeouts on the mound. David Smith (C; .417 24 RBI 2 HR), Payton Eeles (2B; .368 13 RBI), Blake Evans (SS; .417 6 RBI), Skylar McPhee (3B; .343 16 RBI) and Tyler Messick (1B/3B; .324 13 RBI) make Allatoona a championship contender in the heavy 6A classification. Head coach Keith Hanson recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season in a 10-1 victory over Creekview.

Class 7A is represented by North Gwinnett, Parkview and Walton.

North Gwinnett (20-1) opened the season winning its first 20 games before falling last week 6-2 to Mill Creek. The Bulldogs pitching is anchored by seniors Jake Brace and Cade Heil. Brace is 5-1 with a  1.43 ERA to go with 32 strikeouts. Heil is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA and has fanned 53 batters this season. Sophomore Micah Borah leads the team in batting average at .463 and is second in RBIs with 20. Parker Coyne leads the team in RBIs with 22 and is batting .437 with a pair of dingers on the season.

Parkview (18-3) opened a four-game stretch over spring break in Florida with a 3-0 victory over Jesuit (No.12 in Baseball America HS Top 25) on Monday. The Panthers will face Sarasota (FL), Venice (FL) and IMG Academy (FL) this week while in Florida. Parkview will close the regular season with two-game series against Norcross, Meadowcreek and Brookwood after returning from Florida. Senior Joey DeMasi has powered the Panthers at the plate this season batting .361 with 32 RBI and 8 HR. Logan Cherney (.424) and Jonathan French (.325) are tied for second on the team in RBIs with 18 apiece. Caleb Mitchell and Braden Hays bring the heat from the mound. Mitchell is 5-1 with a 0.92 ERA and 35 strikeouts while Hays is 5-0 with a 2.15 ERA and 39 strikeouts.

Walton (18-4) was ranked as high as eighth this season in the Perfect Game Top 50 comes in at No. 30. The Raiders split two games with Etowah last week and will face Cambridge and county rival Pope in a rematch of last seasons state championship series this week. Walton will close out the regular season with a pair of three-game series against Lassiter and Woodstock. Senior pitcher Luke Bartnicki has tossed a no-hitter this season, has over 55 strikeouts and has hit 90-plus on the radar gun multiple times.

 

 

Jonesboro Moves Up, Wheeler Stays Pat In National Rankings

The Jonesboro Cardinals (31-1) moved up two spots in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 national rankings from No. 10 to No.8. Jonesboro advanced to the Georgia 4A state championship game with a 71-43 victory over Liberty County. The Cardinals are seeking its second consecutive state championship when they lace them up against Carrollton (29-2).

The Wheeler Wildcats (29-2) remained at No. 5 in the rankings after a 74-64 victory over Tucker in the class 6A semifinals to advance to the 6A finals. Wheeler, last years runner-up, will take on Pebblebrook (27-5) in the finals. Despite an impressive out-of-state schedule, the Falcons have been unable to crack the rankings. Their strength-of-schedule took a hit when previously ranked No.19 DeMatha (MD) fell out of the rankings this week after losing three of its last five games.

Georgia National Teams Advance In State Tournament: Notes

Georgia is represented by Wheeler (No.5) and Jonesboro (No. 12) in the latest Max Preps Xcellent 25 Boys basketball rankings.Both teams look to stay in the rankings after advancing to the Elite Eight in their respective classifications.

6A Wheeler defeated Douglas County 87-68 in front of a packed house that included North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Williams lead his Tar Heels to a victory earlier in the day over Georgia Tech in which he opened the game with the “four corners” offensive set to pay tribute to the late Dean Smith, North Carolina scored on the play. Jaylen Brown was the main reason Williams was in attendance and he did not disappoint. Brown finished up 37 points and 17 rebounds in the win. Brandon Robinson finished with 27 for Douglas County (22-8) in defeat.

Wheeler (27-2) will host Newton (22-8) in the quarterfinals. Newton, the No. 4 seed out of Region 2-6A defeated defending 6A champion Tift County 52-49 in the first round and earned their spot in the quarterfinals with a 58-54 victory of Dacula.

4A Jonesboro (29-1) continues to flex their muscles with a 67-57 victory over St. Pius X. Jonesboro pulled away in the quarter after being tied 25-all at halftime and again at 32-all midway into the third quarter. Deandre Mack finished with a team-high 15, Austin Donaldson tallied 14 and sophomore sensation James Walker Jr finished with 11-all in the second half. The Cardinals have won 28 straight games. Jonesboro is 5-1 vs non-Georgia teams this season with its only loss to No.2 Montverde Academy (FL) in the second game of the season. Jonesboro will face Johnson-Gainesville in the quarterfinals. Johnson (29-0) is 1-0 vs non-Georgia teams and has quality in-state wins over Buford (twice), Apalachee, Gainesville and Whitefield Academy.

Notes from Georgia schools that have been on the national radar this season: 

6A Pebblebrook (25-5) defeated Pope 78-59. Ty Hudson scored 26 points to lead Pebblebrook. Pebblebrook used a 22-6 third quarter to break the game open after trailing 38-33 at halftime. Pebblebrook went 4-4 vs non-Georgia opponents, three of those losses are to teams currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally (No.2 Montverde Academy-FL, No. 6 DeMatha -MD, No. 8 Sierra Canyon-CA). Their other non-Georgia loss came to nationally respected yet unranked Bartow (FL). 3A Laney is the lone Georgia opponent to the Falcons this season. Pebblebrook will travel to Norcross in the quarterfinals.

6A Shiloh (26-3) defeated Rockdale County 55-45. Josh Okogie had a team-high 17 points in the win. Shiloh has not lost to a Georgia team this season but is 0-3 vs non-Georgia opponents. The Generals have won six in a row. Shiloh will host Alpharetta in the quarterfinals.

5A McIntosh (29-1) suffered its first loss of the season during ‘win or go home’ time. The Chiefs fell 66-65 to M.L. King (24-5) losing not only the game but standout point guard Will Washington to a wrist injury in the third quarter. Washington would not return and was diagnosed with a broken wrist. Jordan Lyons tallied 22 points for McIntosh.

4A Miller Grove (27-3), defending and six-time state champions, outlasted Statesboro 50-42 in overtime on the road. The Wolverines headliner Alterique Gilbert finished with a team-high 16 points. The Wolverines have won 21 in a row and are 4-2 vs non-Georgia teams. Miller Grove has a victory over St. Francis while their only loss to a Georgia team came at the hands of Jonesboro. Miller Grove will travel to Warner Robins in the quarterfinals.

3A Laney (28-1) extended their winning streak to 28 games with a 68-31 victory over Rockmart. Laney (Augusta, GA) is unranked nationally yet always come up in the discussion with Wheeler, Jonesboro, Greenforest Christian and St. Francis as one of the best teams in Georgia regardless of classification. Laney’s only loss of the season came to St. Francis in the season opener. The Wildcats went 3-0 vs non-Georgia teams and have defeated defended Georgia 3A champion Morgan County twice this season, 3A title contender Jenkins and 6A title contender Pebblebrook-all of which are in the quarterfinals in their respective classes. Laney goes 11-deep most nights led by JaShawn Brooks’ 13 points per game. Laney will travel to East Hall in the quarterfinals.

1A Private Greenforest Christian (25-1) defeated Southwest Atlanta Christian 103-31. John Ogwuche scored 25 points leading five Greenforest players in double figures. Greenforest lone loss came to Pebblebrook. The Eagles posted a 3-0 record vs non-Georgia teams. All three victories came in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, SC. The Eagles have scored over 90 points nine times this season scoring over 100 points four times.

1A Private St. Francis (26-3) defeated Lakeview Academy 103-59.Malik Beasley poured in a game-high 32 points while Kobi Simmons pumped in 27 for St. Francis. St. Francis is  6-2 vs non-Georgia teams including a three-point loss to No. 2 Montverde Academy. 5A Miller Grove is the only Georgia team to defeat the Knights this season.

Girls National Rankings and Radar Notes:

2A Holy Innocents (29-0) is the lone girls team from Georgia nationally ranked. The Lady Bears checked in at No.15 in the latest girls Max Preps Xcellent 25. The Lady Bears defeated Bleckley County 68-20 to advance to the Elite Eight. Holy Innocents were the Class 1A private runner-ups last season before moving up in classification this season. Holy Innocents went 5-0 vs non-Georgia opponents with in-state victories over 6A McEachern, 5A Columbus and 1A Private Southwest Atlanta Christian. Columbus (20-7) is the only opponent out of the state tournament in their classification after losing in the first round. Junior Erika Cassel is one of the team’s top scorers and is averaging a double-double this season with points and rebounds. Sophomore Khlaya Pointer is the other leading scorer helping power the Lady Bear attack. Holy Innocents will travel to Vidalia in the quarterfinals.

6A McEachern (22-6) is unranked after holding the No.1 spot until the first week of January. T’ea Cooper totaled 29 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals as the defending 6A champs defeated South Forsyth 56-47. The Lady Indians posted a 5-1 record vs non-Georgia opponents, have wins over quarterfinalist Forest Park (5A) and Parkview (6A) and three losses to Osborne  this season. McEachern has won two of the last three state titles in Georgia’s highest classification and are playing without post players Caliya Robinson and Zieandra Bridges. Robinson played in the first four games before tearing her ACL and MCL while Bridges was involved in a car accident in late January and was ruled out for the season. McEachern will travel to Mountain View in the quarterfinals.

6A Archer (26-5) outscored Tift County 6-4 in overtime to come away with the 50-48 victory on the road. Last season’s 6A runner-up went 2-2 vs non-Georgia opponents, their other three losses came to region foe Parkview. Sisters Madison (Sr) and Autumn Newby (So) power the Lady Tigers but it was Amber Skidgel’s 15 points that led Archer on this night.

6A Osborne (26-2) advanced the Elite Eight with a 58-44 win over North Forsyth. 1A Southwest Atlanta Christian is the only team from Georgia to hand the Lady Cardinals a loss. Osborne posted a 5-1 record vs non-Georgia teams and has three victories over defending champion McEachern this season. Senior Nikira Goings is the leading scorer averaging over 21 points per game. Osborne will travel to Parkview in the quarterfinals.

6A Parkview (25-3) advanced to the quarter finals with a 61-25 victory over Colquitt County.  The Lady Panthers have won 17 straight games and went 2-2 vs non-Georgia opponents with losses coming to No.1 Mater Dei (CA) and No.4 St. Mary’s (CA). McEachern is their only loss to a Georgia opponent. Junior Raven Johnson leads Parkview in scoring at almost 16 points per game followed by Victoria Harris at almost 13 points per game. Parkview will host Osborne in the quarterfinals.

4A St. Pius (27-3) is powered by Asia Durr. Durr is averaging 48 points per game through two state tournament games. Durr scored 44 of her teams 65 points in a 65-50 victory over class 4A No.1 Jonesboro in the second round. Durr scored 52 points in the state tournament opener against Woodward Academy. St. Pius went 3-1 vs non-Georgia opponents this season. The only in-state losses came to 6A Mountain View, who will face McEachern in the 6A quarterfinals and region foe Marist. Thee lost to Marist was in the Region 6-4A tournament championship game. St. Pius will travel to Buford in the quarterfinals. St. Pius defeated Buford in the class 3A title game last season.

Wheeler And Jonesboro Represent Georgia In National Rankings

The Wheeler Wildcats (16-1), headlined by star recruit Jaylen Brown, remain in the top 3 at No.3 in the latest boys Max Preps Xcellent Top 25. The Wildcats travel to region foe Cherokee (11-7) before a trip to Massachusetts to play in the Spalding HoopHall Classic against Bishop O’Dawd (Oakland, CA) (7-2). Wheeler is averaging 72.3 ppg scoring over 100 points once this season.

Wheeler owns a victory over No.2 Montverde Academy (FL) and are 7-1 in OSS games this season, its only loss coming to West Linn (OR) (8-4)  in the Les Schwab Invitational in Portland, OR. The stiffest test remaining for Wheeler will come in the Georgia playoffs.

The Jonesboro Cardinals (16-1) are ranked 20th and have won 15 straight since suffering its only loss this season to No. 2 ranked Montverde Academy (FL). Jonesboro won the Farm Bureau Classic in Roebuck (Dorman), South Carolina to end the calendar year of 2014. The Cardinals have scored 80 or more points six times, 100 or more points twice this season, are 4-1 in OSS games and have a 21-point win over six-time defending Georgia state champions Miller Grove this season.

Sophomore James “MJ” Walker Jr (16.2ppg), senior Deantre Mack (12.1ppg) and senior Tracey Hector Jr (11.4ppg) lead the Jonesboro attack which is also getting 9.4 points per game from senior point guard Austin Donaldson. Jonesboro has one OSS game remaining against Spain Park (AL) later in January.

Wheeler and Jonesboro will not meet this season as Wheeler is in Georgia’s class 6A where they were the 2014 runner-up and Jonesboro is the defending champions in Georgia’s class 4A, leaving the door open for both to finish nationally ranked at seasons end.

Georgia and South Carolina Top Boys Soccer National Rankings

The Georgia boys soccer playoffs will fill in its second round and quarterfinal brackets this week. Currently there are five teams- four in the Top 10- from Georgia nationally ranked in the latest NSCAA Top 20. Defending 5A champion McIntosh is ranked No.1 followed by Greater Atlanta Christian at No. 3 in the Top 5, both are undefeated. GAC tied Murray County and Thomasville with a first round-high 10 goals in their 10- 0 victory over Union County in the state playoffs.

Sixth-ranked Dalton recorded a class 4A-high 11 goals defeating Sandy Creek 11-1, No.9 Brookwood shut out South Forsyth 3-0 and No.15 Gainesville won 2-0 over Tucker in the first round- are still alive in the state playoffs in their classification.

Region 8-5A champ Clarke Central poses a threat in class 5A with McIntosh and Gainesville. Clarke Central advanced to the second round with a 3-0 victory over Dunwoody and would not meet either until the state championship match after possibly having a win over 5A runner-up Houston County. Houston County defeated Clarke Central in the semifinals on their way to their runner-up finish last season.

South Carolina will begin their state tournament next week, May 13th. Wando despite having a tie comes in at No.2 while one-loss J.L. Mann is No. 12.

The complete National Soccer Coaches Association of America Spring 2014 rankings as of late April are here.

Another Top 10 National Finish For McEachern?

The McEachern Lady Indians (29-2) capped their 2013-14 season winning their second state championship in three seasons with a 81-62 victory over the Archer (GA) Tigers in Georgia’s 6A girls title game. The Lady Indians were 23-0 against Georgia teams, went wire-to-wire as the No.1 team in state polls and defeated six teams either in the regular season or playoffs that were in the final top 10 of the state polls. McEachern won their first title in 2012 with a perfect 33-0 record and finished No.2 in the final national polls.

Nationally, McEachern began the season ranked No. 20 in the preseason briefly falling out after back-to-back losses in late November. They posted a 5-2 record against national opponents and have been ranked as high at No. 14 this season. They currently are No.15 in both major polls (Max Preps and USA Today).

“We set up a national schedule. We went and played everybody we could play from Tennessee to Florida to New York. We’ve been everywhere trying to play the best teams in the nation to get us to this point (winning the state championship),” head coach Phyllis Arthur said after winning the state championship.

Are the Lady Indians worthy of another Top 10 finish when the final polls come out?

McEachern’s first lost came to Blackman (TN) 74-67. Blackman (34-1) is currently ranked No.1 nationally, won the Tennessee Division-I 3A championship and look to be in prime position to lock up the national championship. Blackman suffered their only loss to Incarnate Word Academy (MO) (27-1)-ranked No.2 nationally. Blackman revenged that loss by beating Incarnate Word Academy three weeks later.

Marian Cathloic (IL) defeated McEachern the next night as one of two teams to hold the Indians under 50 points in a 47-29 victory. Marian Catholic is unranked and lost in the Illinois 4A semifinals to eventual champion Whitney Young. Whitney Young (32-3) is currently ranked as high as No.10 nationally.

McEachern Lady Indians 2013-14 Georgia 6A Champions
McEachern Lady Indians 2013-14 Georgia 6A Champions

McEachern defeated Florida champions Ribault (FL) and Edgewater (FL). Ribault (29-5) won class 6A, Edgewater (26-6) won class 4A and both are unranked.

The Lady Indians swept two games in the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn, NY defeating Nazareth (NY) and Capitol Christian Academy (MD). Nazareth (21-7) finished as the New York State Catholic School runner-up losing to St. Anthony (NY) (25-5) in the finals. Capitol Christian Academy (25-7) finished third in the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletes) Nationals.

Their final national game was against Hoover (AL) in a game played at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, GA. The Indians used a 23-1 run in the first half on their way to the 75-53 victory. Hoover lost in the 2nd round of the Alabama 6A playoffs to Sparkman (AL). Sparkman lost to Blackman (TN) twice during the regular season and were the Alabama 6A runner-up losing to Shades Valley (AL). Shades Valley defeated Archer (29-4) during the regular season. 

The drawback for the Lady Indians is none of their national wins were against nationally-ranked opponents. Despite the national schedule the Lady Indians were 0-1 against nationally-ranked teams. Southwest Dekalb (GA) was the only other Georgia team to make it into the national polls. Southwest Dekalb (GA) was ranked No. 23 (by Max Preps) the week they lost the Georgia 5A championship game to Tucker.

McEachern finished the season on 26-game winning streak and were led by a pair of juniors ranked in the top 15 in the 2015 recruiting class by ESPN’s HoopGurlz in T’ea Cooper and Caliya Robinson. Cooper (verbal to North Carolina) averaged 19.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 steals this season. Caliya Robinson averaged 13.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.3 steals, 6.6 blocks recording four triple-doubles this season (all with blocks). Senior Taylor Gordon (Wake Forest signee) averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.9 steals and sophomore Jada Lewis averaged 9.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals.

History is mainly unimportant when it comes to national rankings for the current season yet the Lady Indians did accomplish some historic feats this season within Georgia. They became one of only two girls teams to score 100 points or more in a state playoff game since the inception of the girls tournament in the mid 1940’s scoring 104 against Rockdale County. Early County (GA) scored 101 on the same day and were eliminated in the next round of the 2A state playoffs after being held to 39 points. McEachern also became the first girls program from Cobb County (GA) to win multiple state championships.

For the season McEachern averaged 71.6 points, scored 70 points or more 19 times (including 100 or more twice) and won five state playoff games by an average of 32.4 points.

The season did not come without talk swirling around the program of recruiting and undue influence.

“In spite of all the negative things said about us we still won it, they motivated us,” Arthur said.

It may be a stretch for the Lady Indians to finish in the Top 10 yet as far as the Lady Indians are concerned they did their part, they played all comers and won their state. With a chuck of the team returning next season it’s safe to say McEachern will be in the national rankings to begin next season and depending on how they set up their schedule could contend for a top 10 finish and possible national championship.

McEachern (GA) Out Of National Rankings

The McEachern Lady Indians are on break. At 7-1 with region games ahead of a New York classic coming in January, McEachern is settling into their season. Their lone loss came at the hands of No.3 ranked nationally Blackman (TN) by seven in a Tennessee tournament.

McEachern (7-1; 4-0) swept Ribault-Jacksonville (FL) and Edgewater (FL) in a Florida tournament and have since remained undefeated in region action with a thirty point victory over region neighbor Harrison. For a team that likes to use pressure defense and push the tempo the Lady Indians are only averaging 64.6 points per game. Defensively they are allowing 49.0 points per game, averaging 17.43 in margin of victory in seven wins.

Junior Te’a Cooper is putting up numbers to the tune of 16.5 pts 5.6 ast 3.7 stl, Taylor Gordon is second in scoring in the team at 15.3 pts and Caliya Robinson is putting up 11.3 pts with 8.8 reb. McEachern is no longer ranked nationally after starting 20th in the preseason.

Southwest Dekalb (GA) (7-2) is ranked at No. 20 nationally by Max Preps defeating Southwest Atlanta Christian (GA), Miller Grove (GA) and Sacramento (CA). Southwest’s losses have come to Tucker (GA) and Windward (CA). Tucker loss to Norcross in a scrimmage, McEachern defeated Norcross on the road by two points this regular season. No other Georgia teams are nationally ranked.

McEachern’s next five games are against region opponents Kennesaw Mountain, Pebblebrook, Campbell, North Cobb and Marietta. They have defeated North Cobb and Marietta already this season. After that, Nazareth (NY) and Capitol Christian Academy (MD) await in New York for the Rose Classic Super Jam.