North Atlanta led a great weekend of performances by Atlanta Public Schools teams, as nine of the district’s 11 teams won their games. Of the two that did not win, Grady had its game at Ware County cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, and Douglass loss to another APS school, B.E.S.T. Academy.
As for North Atlanta, the Warriors are now 3-0 for the first time since 2010 after the Warriors defeated Dunwoody (DeKalb County), 14-0 (Game summary). North Atlanta, which adopted the motto “The New North” at the beginning of this season, is attempting to turn things around after going 5-15 the last two seasons. The Warriors are now considered as a threat to make the state playoffs for the first time since 1996, the only season in the program’s history that it has advanced to the state playoffs. North Atlanta, which was selected as the WAGA-TV “High 5 Sports Team of the Week” after the first game of the season, was featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s high school sports Class AAAAAA blog. And Friday, North Atlanta’s game against will be one of the AJC’s featured games of the weekend.
Here’s a look at the weekend’s other results:
(Thursday) Washington 13, Lithia Springs (Douglas County) 6
Therrell 8, McNair (DeKalb County) 0
B.E.S.T. Academy 22, Douglass 19
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate 24, Osborne (Cobb County) 6
Maynard Jackson 24, North Clayton (Clayton County) 7
Mays 32, Langston Hughes (Fulton County) 20
North Atlanta 14, Dunwoody (DeKalb County) 0
(Saturday) South Atlanta 34, Clarkston (DeKalb County) 0
Grady at Ware County
Maynard Jackson is having its best season ever. The Jaguars are 12-1 after a 12-game winning streak to start the year. They are ranked as the No. 6 team in the AJC’s Class AAAAA Top 10.
Two APS schools are ranked in the AJC’s Class AA Top 10 this week: Douglass is No. 7 while KIPP Atlanta Collegiate is No. 8.
APS Knights eighth grade goalie Elise Smith-David (Sutton) and sophomore attack (No. 8) Jaime Matherson (North Atlanta) have helped lead the girls’ team to a No. 2 ranking.
The APS water polo program is establishing itself as one of the best in the state. The APS Knights compete in the Georgia High School Water Polo Association league, a fall club sport season (water polo is not yet recognized as a varsity sport by the Georgia High Schools Association), with 16 other programs, as far north as Whitfield County (Dalton Catamounts) and as far south as Fayette County (Southern Crescent).
The Knights’ girls team is 5-1 and ranked No. 2 in the state, after winning all four of its matches over the weekend – including an overtime victory over the previously unbeaten No. 1 team in the state, Wheeler (Cobb County).
The Knights’ A Team (top co-ed division) is 5-3 and ranked No. 4 in the state, after splitting a pair of games over the weekend – a loss to No. 3 Southern Crescent and a win over No. 5 Norcross.