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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

By Kyle Sandy

Archer climbs back into 7A's top 4

The top three in Class AAAAAAA remains unchanged, but under them there has been major movement. Archer climbs to No. 4 after beating South Gwinnett 55-42, who beat No. 10 Newton 64-58. The Rams slide five spots following their loss to the Comets and a 72-59 MLK Day loss to Fayette County. Mill Creek slips three spots to No. 7 after losing 54-47 to No. 5 Brookwood and 64-42 to No. 3 Collins HillWestlake and Tift County both fall out. The Lions (15-6) were upset by North Clayton 50-49 while the Blue Devils (15-6) beat Class AA No. 6 Fitzgerald 55-42, but were part of Lowndes' boys-girls sweep at the Palace, 46-41. Reentering the Top 10 is No. 8 Colquitt County and No. 9 Marietta. The Packers were road warriors in South Georgia, beating Lowndes in 2OT 78-71 and Camden County 53-36. The Blue Devils stopped North Paulding 69-59 and will run into buzz-saw No. 2 McEachern this Friday. The Indians knocked Marietta from the poll two weeks ago when they beat the Blue Devils 70-38.

In Class AAAAAA,  Douglas County slips to No. 4 after a bad 50-46 loss against Columbia at the MLK Classic.  Lovejoy rises to No. 3 after beating  No. 8 Stephenson 40-37 and  Jonesboro 50-46. The Wildcats get a chance to score another resume building win as they visit  No. 7 Tucker on Tuesday. The Tigers earned a 43-40 victory over Jonesboro and won at  Forest Park 62-52 this past week.  No. 6 Northview crushed  Chattahoochee (14-5) in a Region 7 showdown 68-43. The Cougars exit the poll after their loss to the Titans and a 48-45 loss to  Johns Creek. In just his first year on the job, head coach Kirk Call has successfully turned the Gladiators program around. The former Parkview leader has seen Johns Creek improve from 6-19 to 15-6 this year. Along with Chattahoochee,  Creekview (15-7) also exits the poll after a 52-46 loss at Woodstock.  No. 10 Gainesville reappears while  No. 9 Mays is back in the poll after a long hiatus. The Raiders are gearing up for another postseason run and are now 10-7 riding a five game winning streak.
Buford suffered their first loss of the year against Class A-Private No. 1 St. Francis 53-45, but the Wolves still retain their No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAA. They scored wins at  Loganville 47-35 and against Class AAAA No. 4 West Hall, 61-33.  No. 3 Southwest DeKalb destroyed a good  Arabia Mountain team in Region 5 action, 63-29.  No. 7 Warner Robins held off  No. 10 Harris County 51-49 on the road. After the loss, Harris County rebounded with a 44-42 victory over  Bainbridge, knocking the Bearcats from the poll. Bainbridge also lost to  Veterans 52-38.  No. 6 Carrollton hosts  No. 8 Villa Rica on Tuesday with first-place in Region 7 on the line. Cracking the poll, finally, is  No. 9 Eagle's Landing.
Cross Creek climbs up to No. 2 in Class AAAA after  Carver-Columbus sinks all the way to No. 8. The Tigers lost to  No. 3 Columbus 77-53 and at  No. 6 Americus-Sumter 62-52.  No. 5 Northwest Whitfield looks to stay perfect in Region 6 as they visit  No. 7 Heritage-CatoosaNo. 1 North Oconee will have their hands full as they host  Jefferson. Both teams are 5-0 in Region 8.
The stage is set in Class AAA as  No. 1 Beach visits  No. 2 Johnson-Savannah on Friday with the No. 1 ranking up for grabs in Round 3. It is the rubber match after the Atomsmashers beat Beach 45-42 on the road before losing in overtime to the Bulldogs 62-56 in the Memorial Health Holiday Classic Championship.  Haralson County jumps up to No. 4 after handling  No. 8 Calhoun 74-55 to pick up their 13 th straight win.  Franklin County survived  Morgan County 66-61 and now sits at No. 6.  Redan (13-4) was blown out at  Lovett 49-28 and goes from No. 4 to unranked. The Raiders are replaced by  No. 10 Peach County who has won 11-straight and is currently 8-0 in Region 4.
A pair of Wildcats are streaking in Class AA.  No. 1 Laney has won 18 in a row while  No. 3 Rabun County has reeled off 17-straight.  No. 4 Model was drilled at Class A-Private No. 3 Wesleyan 81-46 and  No. 6 Fitzgerald fell at Tift County 55-42, but both teams hold onto their rankings and are not punished for going out and playing premier competition.  Swainsboro (12-6) drops out of the rankings after a 38-34 loss at Statesboro. The Tigers are replaced by the Leopards of  No. 10 Banks County.
There is a new No. 1 in Class A-Private, even though none of the top nine teams in the state lost a game.  No. 1 St. Francis edges past  No. 2 Holy Innocents' as the two match quality win for quality win. The Golden Bears went on the road and beat Class AAA No. 3 Greater Atlanta Christian 86-70 while the Knights handed Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford their first loss of the year at the ginormous Buford City Schools Arena, 53-45. The Knights take over the top spot thanks to their Buford win but more importantly, their undefeated record in the state of Georgia. The Golden Bears' lone loss came against Class AAAAAAA No. 2 McEachern at Holiday Hoopsgiving, 78-71. Even though the result was months ago, the win at Buford does just enough to push the Knights ahead with their unblemished GHSA record also in mind. While it is a three team race with St. Francis, Holy Innocents' and  No. 3 Wesleyan, one of the best-of-the-rest teams,  No. 6 Pinecrest Academy rode star Margaret Metz to a few more wins. Metz, the new all-time leading scorer in Paladin history, poured in 42 points in a 59-47 win at  Fellowship Christian on Tuesday.  No. 8 Darlington and their all-time leading scorer, Wofford-signee Anna Claire Atha, knocked  Christian Heritage from the rankings with a 60-56 victory. Atha poured in 33 points and now has 2,015 for her career. Replacing Christian Heritage is  No. 10 First Presbyterian Day, who returns after outscoring  Tattnall Square Academy 23-4 in the fourth quarter to win 50-41 on the road. Kate Patterson dropped in 27 points.
If there was any doubt who the best team in Class A-Public is, there shouldn't be anymore.  No. 1 Pelham pummeled defending state runner-up  Terrell County 70-19.  No. 3 Woodville-Tompkins will attempt to beat Class A-Private No. 5 Calvary Day for a third time this Friday at Calvary.  No. 4 Wheeler County went to  No. 9 Treutlen and drilled the Vikings 55-38. Treutlen falls four spots.  Taylor County (13-5) is replaced by  No. 10 Macon County after the Bulldogs crushed the Vikings for the second time this season. Macon County won at home 67-35 on Dec. 22 and won this past week at Taylor County 57-39. The Bulldogs are now 11-2 in Region 4.


  1. Norcross (19-2)
  2. McEachern (14-6)
  3. Collins Hill (16-2)
  4. Archer (16-4)
  5. Brookwood (15-5)
  6. Lambert (18-2)
  7. Mill Creek (17-3)
  8. Colquitt County (15-4)
  9. Marietta (16-4)
  10. Newton (16-4) 


  1. Harrison (17-3)
  2. Winder-Barrow (14-5)
  3. Lovejoy (18-2)
  4. Douglas County (19-3)
  5. Grovetown (15-6)
  6. Northview (17-3)
  7. Tucker (15-4)
  8. Stephenson (14-6)
  9. Mays (10-7)
  10. Gainesville (13-5) 


  1. Buford (17-1)
  2. Flowery Branch (16-3)
  3. Southwest DeKalb (18-4)
  4. Griffin (19-0)
  5. Maynard Jackson (16-1)
  6. Carrollton (18-1)
  7. Warner Robins (18-1)
  8. Villa Rica (19-1)
  9. Eagle's Landing (18-3)
  10. Harris County (16-3) 

Class AAAA

  1. North Oconee (17-2)
  2. Cross Creek (17-4) 
  3. Columbus (15-3)
  4. West Hall (16-5)
  5. Northwest Whitfield (16-4)
  6. Americus-Sumter (16-3)
  7. Heritage-Catoosa (19-2)
  8. Carver-Columbus (15-4)
  9. Sandy Creek (14-4)
  10. Henry County (15-5) 

Class AAA

  1. Beach (18-1)
  2. Johnson-Savannah (19-1)
  3. Greater Atlanta Christian (12-6)
  4. Haralson County (18-3) 
  5. Monroe (15-3)
  6. Franklin County (15-4)
  7. Hart County (17-3)
  8. Calhoun (16-4)
  9. Ringgold (15-5)
  10. Peach County (14-3) 

Class AA

  1. Laney (19-1)
  2. Dodge County (17-2)
  3. Rabun County (19-1)
  4. Model (15-5)
  5. Vidalia (17-3)
  6. Fitzgerald (13-2)
  7. Bryan County (14-3)
  8. Heard County (16-4)
  9. Hapeville Charter (14-5)
  10. Banks County (13-6) 

Class A-Private

  1. St. Francis (16-4)
  2. Holy Innocents' (21-1)
  3. Wesleyan (17-3)
  4. Lakeview Academy (16-4)
  5. Calvary Day (16-3)
  6. Pinecrest Academy (14-3)
  7. Landmark Christian (15-3)
  8. Darlington (14-5)
  9. Stratford Academy (13-4)
  10. First Presbyterian Day (13-4)

Class A-Public 

  1. Pelham (16-1)
  2. Telfair County (17-1)
  3. Woodville-Tompkins (17-3)
  4. Wheeler County (17-2)
  5. Greenville (17-3)
  6. Mitchell County (15-3)
  7. Hancock Central (13-3)
  8. Marion County (16-4)
  9. Treutlen (13-5)
  10. Macon County (13-6)

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