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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.

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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.

 

Coin Toss, Championship Venue Updates

The Elite Eight will begin next week and some home venues needed to be decided by a coin flip due to both teams being the same seed. The results are in for those games.

In class 7A Pebblebrook will host Norcross while Tift will travel to Newton. Pebblebrook defeated Norcross in December in the Tournament of Champions Fab Four bracket championship. Grayson is the lone three-seed in the quarterfinals. The Rams will host the lone four-seed remaining in Brookwood. Wheeler is the only two-seed remaining and will travel to McEachern. McEachern defeated Wheeler in December in the Tournament of Champions National bracket championship game.

In class 5A Buford will host Warner Robins while Fayette County will host Carver-Atlanta. Lithonia (13-16) is the only four-seed and only team with a losing record in the 5A quarterfinals. The Bulldogs will travel to Cedar Shoals Wednesday. Cedar Shoals and Riverwood are the only two-seeds remaining in the quarterfinals. Riverwood will travel to Miller Grove.

In class 4A LaGrange will host Henry County while Carver-Columbus will host St. Pius X. Perry and Thomson and three-seeds that are in the quarterfinals. Perry will travel to twp-seeded Sandy Creek while Thomson will travel to one-seed Upson-Lee.

In class 3A Pace Academy will host Westside-Macon while Calhoun will host Jenkins.

In class 2A Washington County will host top-ranked South Atlanta while Swainsboro will host Chattooga.

Class 6A did not have any games where the venue had to be determined by a coin flip.

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In girls class 7A the No.1 and No.2 teams Norcross and McEachern will play on the road in the quarterfinals. Unranked Westlake will host top-ranked Norcross. Norcross has not lost to a team from Georgia this season. Mill Creek will host McEachern. McEachern has not lost to an opponent all season in a true road game as all six of their losses have came on a neutral floor. Archer will host Colquitt County. Colquitt County is in the quarterfinals for the first time in since 2006 and fourth time in school history.

In class 5A Eagles Landing will host Southwest Dekalb. The No.1 and No.2 teams in the state will play on the road in the quarterfinals when Maynard Jackson will host top-ranked Griffin and Warner Robins will host second-ranked Buford.

Carver-Columbus will host Jefferson in class 4A while unranked Tatnall County will host Greater Atlanta Christian in class 3A.

All eight one-seeds in Class 2A make up the Elite Eight. Top-ranked Laney will travel to Heard County. Hapeville Charter will host Bleckley, Rabun County will host Fitzgerald, and second-ranked Model will host Bryan County.

As with the boys Class 6A did not have any games where the venue had to be determined by a coin flip.

 

Georgia also released the classification locations for the state finals. Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia will host the 6A, 5A, 3A and 1A Public Finals. The 1A Public and A finals will be played on Wednesday March 8th. The 6A and 3A finals will be played on Thursday March 9th.

McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech will host the 7A, 4A, 2A and 1A Private finals.  The 4A and 1A Private finals will be played on Friday March 10th. The 2A and 7A finals will be played on Saturday March 11th.

Tradition-Rich Griffin And Carrollton Advance To Georgia 4A State FInals

The Griffin Bears (14-0) got off to a slow start against Wayne County a week removed from eliminating top-ranked Sandy Creek. The Bears recovered to rally past Wayne County 25-20 to earn their spot in the class 4A championship. Trailing 14-6 at the half, Griffin scored 19 unanswered points to take a 25-14 lead.

Jaquez Parks rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown while Anforne Stroud returned an interception for a touchdown for the Bears. Griffin won their 14th game in a season for the first time since 1980 when they went 14-1. The Bears are averaging 33.25ppg while allowing 13.25ppga with a shutout in the playoffs.

Carrollton and Marist love overtimes. Marist outlasted Carrollton last season in five overtimes to advance in the playoffs. This season the teams played four overtimes with Carrollton stopping a Marist two-point conversion to advance 46-44. Jarvis Terrell had three rushing touchdowns, quarterback Will Garrett rushed for two touchdowns and DeAntonie Cammons returned an interception for a touchdown for the Trojans. Terrell scored from six yards out and converted the two-point conversion in the fourth overtime forcing Marist to get a score and successful two-point play if they wanted to extend the game, Chase Martenson was stopped short on the two-point attempt.

Martensen rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another and Marcus Miller rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown for the War Eagles.

Carrollton (13-1) will be going for their eighth state championship and first since 1998 when they take on Griffin in the finals. The Trojans and Bears will be meeting for the first time in modern history.

Gordon Lee Wins First Ever Basketball State Championship

Gordon Lee defeated Randolph-Clay 61-56 to win the girls Georgia Class 1A Public state championship. This is the first ever state championship in girls basketball for Gordon Lee. Kassidy Blevins (Samford) led Gordon Lee with 21 points, Katie Barger chipped in 14 points and Katelyn Lee had 8 points and 12 rebounds. Randolph-Clay trailed 50-31 heading into the fourth quarter and outscored Gordon Lee 25-11 in the fourth quarter but Gordon Lee withstood the furious rally to hang on for the win. Kanieka Washington led Randolph-Clay with 26 points , Kobi Thornton tallied a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Adriana Blackmon scored 13 points and dished out 8 assist.

Sandy Creek Underclassmen Power Patriots To Third Georgia State Title In Four Years

The Sandy Creek Fighting Patriots came out “fighting” on their opening play of the game when Cole Garvin hit Kyle Wilson for a 44-yard pass play down to the Ridgeland 19. Three plays later Eric Swinney lowered his shoulder and ran right over a Ridgeland defender for a 6-yard touchdown run and Sandy Creek led 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.

“Y’all have watched us this year and that is what were going to do, were going to try and put pressure on the defense at all times and that was the game plan from the get go and our guys did a good job of it”, Sandy Creek Head Coach Chip Walker said.

Ridgeland’s best drive of the first half came late in the first quarter when they moved it 68 yards with the big play being a 33-yard pass play from Darrell Bridges to Vonn Bell but were unable to use it as the drive ended at the Sandy Creek 22 after a failed fourth down.

Sandy Creek went right back to work moving the ball but faced a fourth-down and two at the Ridgeland 32. Delvin Weems got the two yards for the first and on the next play raced 30 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown to cap a 9-play 78-yard drive and give Sandy Creek a 14-0 lead with 9:08 left in the second quarter going 9-plays and 78-yards to score.

Mitchell McMillin kicked a 35-yard field goal to increase Sandy Creek’s lead to 17-0 later in the second quarter.

Later Sandy Creeks stout defense forced Ridgeland to punt and Demarre Kitt showed why he is the athlete he is returning it 54-yards after stumbling several times before finally falling at the Ridgeland 15. Weems tacked on another touchdown run from 11-yards out to give the Patriots a 24-0 lead. They were not done as the defense forced a fumble and recovered it at the Ridgeland 40. On the next play Cole Garvin when long down the right side to Demarre Kitt for a 39-yard completion to the Ridgeland 1. Eric Swinney did the rest taking it in from a yard out and it was 31-0 Sandy Creek with :51 seconds left in the half. Swinney tallied 11 rushes for 65 yards and two touchdowns while Weems racked up 97 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Both are sophomores and will be back at Sandy Creek next season.

In the second half it was more of the same as Sandy Creek struck again when Garvin hit Kyle Wilson on a 37-yard touchdown pass to signify that Sandy Creek was in control and would not be denied, they led 38-0 with 5:52 left in the third quarter. Garvin finished with 240 yards passing on 13-18. Garvin, a junior, will be back at Sandy Creek next season.

Ridgeland added a field goal from 29-yards at the end of an 8-play 73-yard drive late in the third quarter but it was not enough for the mercy rule of a running clock to go into effect in the 4th quarter with Sandy Creek leading 38-3.

Sandy Creek backups would get their moment in the light and cashed it in when Trey Walker, son of head coach Chip Walker, capped an 8-play 80-yard drive with a 21-yard touchdown pass in the left corner to Justin Sumpter for a 45-3 lead in the fourth.

“We were in a situation where he could throw one and Justin [Sumpter] made a great play in the end zone to help him out and I was estastic about that”, the elder Walker said with a big smile.

Ridgeland’s highly touted running back/cornerback Vonn Bell caught a 38-yard touchdown from Bridges on a halfback pass to give Ridgeland their only touchdown of the game at the end of a 10-play 76-yard drive with 2:52 left in the game. Darrell Bridges, a running back was 2-3 passing for 71 yards and a touchdown with both completions to Bell. Ridgeland quarterback Trevor Long was 0-4 passing on the evening. Ridgeland’s three long drives of 68, 73 and 76 yards accounted for 217 of their 268 yards of total offense in the game with 197 of those yards on the ground.

“If we could stop them and get the ball back and score it would take them out of their game plan and that is what we wanted to do”, Walker said.

Sandy Creek finished 15-0, won their third state title in four seasons and is not nationally ranked in polls despite having a team loaded with solid recruits across the board, producing several current NFL stars and top Division-I level players.

“For us to come back and win again it’s just unbelievable, it’s what we wanted to do”, Walker said. He added, “Our guys know that we have a standard that has been set and that is what we expect them to work to and they do a great job with it”.

Sandy Creek is more than worthy of a national ranking across several polls. The lack of a “big time/national respected” opponent on their schedule, this year and in previous years and playing in Georgia’s Class 4A (Two classes down from the highest classification 6A) hurts them nationally.

Sandy Creek defeated two 6A teams that advanced to the second round of the 6A playoffs in East Coweta and Newnan by a combined 69-14 score during the regular season. Both lost to Region 1-6A opponents in the playoffs, East Coweta to Camden County (a quarterfinalist) and Newnan to Colquitt County (a semifinalist).

Georgia Class 6A State Playoff Bracket

Georgia 6A Playoffs

The Georgia High School Football 2012 state playoffs begin this Friday. Here is a look at the Class 6A (AAAAAA) bracket. Lassiter, Camden County, Grayson and North Gwinnett are all ranked nationally in various polls. The higher seed host, if there are two equal seeds meeting int he quarterfinals the host is determined by coin flip. The Championship game will be played at the Georgia Dome with the team coming from the right side of the bracket being the “home” team.

 

Georgia 5A And 4A State Playoff Brackets

Georgia 5A playoff Bracket

Here are the Georgia 5A (AAAAA) and 4A (AAAA) brackets for the state playoffs that will begin this Friday. Northside-Warner Robins is ranked nationally by some polls. Tucker is the defending (4A) champion with many of those teams bumped up to 5A during Georgia’s reclassification before this season.

Georgia 4A Playoff Bracket

There are no teams in Georgia Class 4A (AAAA) that are ranked in any national polls. Sandy Creek is ranked as the No.1 team in Class 4A in the state of Georgia.