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South Atlanta Boys Win Basketball State Championship

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South Atlanta won the 2017 Georgia High Schools Association state basketball championship with a 68-33 win over Swainsboro, Saturday at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech.

The South Atlanta boys began the season as the No. 1 ranked team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AA top 10 poll. Saturday at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech, the Hornets proved that ranking was spot on.

South Atlanta (29-1) led from start to finish and put an emphatic exclamation point on its season with a 68-33 win over Swainsboro (Emanuel County) in the Class AA state title game. The Hornets led by 14 points at halftime and never looked back. South Atlanta was led in scoring by Devonta Pullins with 20 points and Jalen Stegall added 15.

The Hornets sealed the deal this season after coming up a bit short previously. They lost to Morgan County in the state semi finals last season and again to Morgan County in the 2015 quarterfinals. But this year, South Atlanta would not be denied.

“We have great kids, great talent in the community,” head coach Michael Reddick said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution afterwards. “I’ll say it again, it’s not the coaches. I know a little bit about basketball. I’ve been at the school for 19 years, but I have very talented players and I want those college coaches to stop reading the scouting reports and come and recruit these guys because we have some talent at South Atlanta High School.”

2017 South Atlanta Roster:  Seniors Frank Bailey, Acey Brown, Antonio Gay, Freeman Jordan, Devonta Pullins, Demontay Roberts and Tyler Thornton; juniors Dondre Barnes and Jalen Stegall; and freshman Ja’Quavian Florence.

 

 

March 12, 2017 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

APS Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Read Across America Day

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Schools throughout the district celebrated the 20th anniversary of Read Across America Day on Thursday.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel!

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) on Thursday celebrated Read Across America Day, which honors the birthday of one of the world’s most beloved authors of children’s books, Dr. Seuss (1904-1991).

This year marked the 20th anniversary of Read Across America Day, an initiative launched by the National Education Association as a way to focus national attention on the importance and joys of reading. Schools throughout the district joined in on the fun:

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APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen read to a group of first graders, while students and staff wore red. The cafeteria served green eggs  and ham to students and staff, and members of the Mays High School varsity baseball team (some of whom attended Beecher Hills) stopped by to read along with various dads, beecher-hills-mays-baseballgrandfathers, uncles, and any important male figures in the lives of students. Also, the school held a door decorating contest.

 

 

Carver High School
Students in a handful of classes met in the library to discuss Katherine Johnson and the movie “Hidden Figures,” in relation to space travel. The conversation then focused on students discussing the far-away places they may like to visit and goals they plan to achieve in honor of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh the Places You Will Go.”

Continental Colony
continental-colony-es-1Community leaders from various industries read to students throughout the day. The list of readers included Atlanta Fire Department personnel, Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr., WVEE-FM news anchor Maria Boynton, and CBS46 anchor/reporter Aiyana Cristal.

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Dr. Carstarphen read to a group of kindergarten students, and students and staff dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or wore their deerwood-with-kidsfavorite or craziest hat.

 

 

Hollis Innovation Academy
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Volunteer groups from Reading with the Gr8’s (a non-profit organization founded by Atlanta Hawk center and Atlanta native Dwight Howard) and the Azalea Chapter of the Links read to students. Additionally, the TAU Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. presented Hollis with a check for $3,500 to help with literacy initiatives.

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Principal Robin Christian dressed as the Cat in the Hat, while teachers and students dressed in Dr. Seuss attire and wore their favorite hat or a Cat in the Hat top hat, and Atlanta Braves officials and CBS46 reporter/anchor Tracye Hutchins volunteered to read to students.

 

Usher-Collier Elementary
Students, faculty and staff are wore their craziest, wildest, most mixed-matched sock in honor of the book “Fox in Socks.”usher-collier-es-crazy-socks-3

 

 

 

March 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Four APS Teams to Compete in the State Basketball Quarterfinals on Wednesday

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The Maynard Jackson girls will host the Griffin Bears in the Georgia High Schools Association basketball quarterfinals, Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Four Atlanta Public Schools (APS) basketball teams – two boys and two girls – are still alive in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state basketball playoffs, and will compete in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday.

The Maynard Jackson girls (23-2) are still in the hunt to return to the Class AAAAA title game after defeating Wayne County, the No. 3 seed from Region 2, 55-41, last Wednesday. The Jaguars are the only APS team that will host its quarterfinal game, as Griffin (Griffin-Spaulding County), the top seed from Class AAAAA-Region 3, will visit on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Maynard Jackson won a coin toss that was held to decide which team would host the game because both are region champions.

The Carver boys (17-13) stayed red hot and won their sixth consecutive game last Thursday, defeating Dutchtown (Henry County) in the second round, 66-57. The Panthers will play at Fayette County, the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 3, at 7 p.m., in Wednesday’s quarterfinal after losing the coin toss.

The South Atlanta boys (26-1) are still steamrolling through the post season after taking down Butler (Richmond County), 82-70, last Thursday. The Hornets lost their coin toss as well and will travel to Washington County, the No. 1 seed from Class AA-Region 3, for their quarterfinal game at 7 p.m.

The Mays girls (19-9) destroyed Greenbriar (Columbia County), 81-28 on Wednesday. The Raiders will hit to road to face Winder-Barrow (Barrow County), the Class AAAAAA-Region 8 champion, in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m.

Unfortunately, the season came to an end last Wednesday for two APS teams:

The Douglass girls (18-8) were defeated by Laney (Richmond County), the Region 4 champs, 76-61, while the South Atlanta girls (12-12) lost to Bryan County, the top seed from Region 2, 72-44.

February 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

11 APS Teams Begin Basketball State Playoffs this Weekend

The South Atlanta and Carver boys, and the Maynard Jackson girls enter this weekend’s Georgia High School Association state basketball playoffs as region champions and No. 1 seeds.

It’s playoff time!

Eleven Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teams earned spots in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state basketball playoffs last weekend with three – the Maynard Jackson girls and the Carver and South Atlanta boys – taking home region championships.

Here is a look at the first round playoff matchups for APS teams (Tickets are $7, all games begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted):

Friday, February 17
The Douglass girls (17-7), the No. 2 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will host Putnam County, the No. 3 seed from Region 8. The Eagles have a record of 15-12.

The Maynard Jackson girls (21-2) will host Clarke Central (Athens-Clarke County). The Gladiators, the No. 4 seed from Region 8, have a record of 11-15.

The Mays girls (17-9), the No. 3 seed from Class AAAAAA – Region 5, will play at Alpharetta (Fulton County), at a time that has yet to be determined. Alpharetta, the No. 2 seed from Region 7, has a record of 18-10.

The South Atlanta girls (11-11), the No. 3 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Banks County, the No. 2 seed from Region 8. The Leopards have a record of 19-8.

The Therrell girls (6-13), the No. 4 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Region 8 champion Rabun County (25-2).

The Therrell boys (16-7), the No. 3 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Monticello (Jasper County), the No. 2 seed from Region 8. The Purple Hurricanes have a record of 18-8.

Saturday, February 18
The Carver boys (15-13) will host Loganville (Walton County), the No. 4 seed from Region 8, at 3 p.m., in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Red Devils have a record of 13-14.

The Maynard Jackson boys (19-8), the No. 3 seed from Class AAAAA – Region 6, will play at Cedar Shoals (Athens-Clarke County), the No. 2 seed from Region 8, at 5 p.m. The Jaguars have a record of 23-8.

The Mays boys (10-14), the No. 4 seed from Class AAAAAA – Region 5, will play at Pope (Cobb County), the Region 7 champion. The Greyhounds have a record of 24-4.

The South Atlanta boys (24-1) will host Elbert County (14-14) in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs. The Blue Devils have a record of 14-14.

The Washington boys (8-19), the No. 4 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Banks County (22-4), the Region 8 champs.

February 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

Maynard Jackson Girls, Carver and South Atlanta Boys Win Region Titles as 11 APS Teams Advance to State

 

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The Carver boys basketball team stunned everyone by winning the Class AAAAA – Region 6 championship last weekend. The Panthers will host Loganville of Walton County, in the first round of the state playoffs this weekend.

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Eleven Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teams earned spots in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state basketball playoffs this weekend, while three will take the floor as region champions.

The Carver boys sent shockwaves throughout the state as they made an improbable run to the Class AAAAA – Region 6 championship. Going into the region tournament, the Panthers had lost three consecutive games to Riverwood (52-20), Grady (71-66) and North Springs (71-61). But they enacted their revenge in the tournament defeating Grady (58-57) in the first round, North Springs (72-55) in the second, Maynard Jackson (47-32) in the semi-finals and finally Riverwood (49-46) in the finals. Carver (15-13) will host Loganville (Walton County), the No. 4 seed from Region 8, Saturday at 3 p.m., in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Red Devils have a record of 13-14.

The Maynard Jackson girls won their second consecutive region championship, improving

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The Maynard Jackson girls won their second consecutive region championship.

their record to 21-2 with a 55-39 win over Lithia Springs (Douglas County) in the Class AAAAA – Region 6 championship game, played last Saturday on their home floor. Last season, the team advanced to the Class AAA state title game before losing to Morgan County, 68-61. The Jaguars will now host Clarke Central (Athens-Clarke County) in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs, Friday at 6 p.m. The Gladiators, the No. 4 seed from Region 8, have a record of 11-15.

The South Atlanta boys (24-1) went into the region tournament as the No. 1 team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AA Top 10 poll, and they played like it. The Hornets won their third consecutive region championship last Friday, with a 73-57 win over Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) in the Class AA – Region 6 title game. Last season South Atlanta was knocked out of the state playoffs in the semi-finals by eventual champion Morgan County, 64-61. South Atlanta will host Elbert County (14-14) in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs, Saturday at 6 p.m.

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The South Atlanta boys, the No. 1 team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AA Top 10 poll, won their third consecutive region title.

Here is a look at the other APS teams that advanced to the first round of the state playoffs (Tickets are $7, all games begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted):

Friday, February 17
The Douglass girls (17-7), the No. 2 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will host Putnam County, the No. 3 seed from Region 8. The Eagles have a record of 15-12.

The Mays girls (17-9), the No. 3 seed from Class AAAAAA – Region 5, will play at Alpharetta (Fulton County), at a time that has yet to be determined. Alpharetta, the No. 2 seed from Region 7, has a record of 18-10.

The South Atlanta girls (11-11), the No. 3 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Banks County, the No. 2 seed from Region 8. The Leopards have a record of 19-8.

The Therrell girls (6-13), the No. 4 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Regtion 8 champion Rabun County (25-2).

The Therrell boys (16-7), the No. 3 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Monticello (Jasper County), the No. 2 seed from Region 8. The Purple Hurricanes have a record of 18-8.

Saturday, February 18
The Maynard Jackson boys (19-8), the No. 3 seed from Class AAAAA – Region 6, will play at Cedar Shoals (Athens-Clarke County), the No. 2 seed from Region 8, at 5 p.m. The Jaguars have a record of 23-8.

The Mays boys (10-14), the No. 4 seed from Class AAAAAA – Region 5, will play at Pope (Cobb County), the Region 7 champion. The Greyhounds have a record of 24-4.

The Washington boys (8-19), the No. 4 seed from Class AA – Region 6, will play at Banks County (22-4), the Region 8 champs.

February 14, 2017 at 11:01 am Leave a comment

Douglass Girls, South Atlanta Boys Play for Region Basketball Titles

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The Douglass girls basketball team will take on Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) for the Class AA-Region 6 tournament championship, tonight at 7 p.m., at Douglass.

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Two Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teams will play for region tournament championships this weekend, while nine others have locked up slots in next week’s Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state playoffs.

The Douglass girls’ team will face Hapeville Charter (Fulton County), Friday at 7 p.m., at Douglass, for the Class AA-Region 6 tournament title. The Astros have compiled a record of 17-6 and have won eight of their last 10 games.

The South Atlanta boys’ team also will take on Hapeville Charter, Friday at 8:30 p.m., at Douglass for the boys’ tournament championship. The Hornets (23-1) entered the tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AA Top 10 poll.

Nine other teams have advanced to the final four of their respective region tournaments, thereby securing one of the four state playoff spots for the region. All will take the floor Friday night. Tickets to all region tournament games are $7:

Boys

  • Carver  vs. Maynard Jackson, 5:30 p.m., at Maynard Jackson, Class AAAAA-Region 6 semi-finals
  • Mays vs. South Paulding (Paulding County), 8:30 p.m., at Creekside (Fulton County), Class AAAAAA-Region 5 semi-finals
  • Washington vs. Therrell, 5:30 p.m., at Douglass, Class AA-Region 6 Third-place game

Girls

  • Maynard Jackson vs. North Springs (Fulton County), 7 p.m., at Maynard Jackson, Class AAAAA-Region 6 semi-finals
  • Mays vs. New Manchester (Douglas County), 4 p.m., at Creekside (Fulton County), Class AAAAAA-Region 5 semi-finals
  • Therrell vs. South Atlanta, 4 p.m., at Douglass, Class AA-Region 6 Third-place game

Middle School

The middle school championships were decided last week, as the KIPP Vision girls defeated Inman, while the Bunche boys took down Sutton.

 

SWIMMING/DIVING

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North Atlanta senior Yannick Smith placed third in the 100 freestyle, fourth in the 50 freestyle, and swam a leg on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, to pace the Water Warriors to their best finish ever at the GHSA State Swimming-Diving Championships.

North Atlanta turned in an outstanding performance at last weekend’s GHSA Class AAAAAA-AAAAAAA State Championships.

The Water Warriors placed 16th overall out of 77 teams. Among the Class AAAAAA schools, North Atlanta placed fourth, the highest finish in school history. The team is coached by Star Brackin (swimming), Alan Joel (swimming) and Julia Goode (diving).

Here are some of the team’s top performances:

  • Yannick Smith, a senior, placed third in the 100-yard freestyle and fourth in the 50-yard free style.
  • Drew Sheldon, sophomore, placed seventh in the 1-meter dive.

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    Sophomore Drew Sheldon placed seventh in the 1-meter dive for North Atlanta at the GHSA State Swimming-Diving Championships.

  • The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Smith, fellow seniors Miles Jackson and Zeke Day, and sophomore Lucas Santiago placed 10th.
  • The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Smith, Day, Lucas and sophomore Bowdon “Bo” Maiellaro finished 17th.
  • Lucas placed 19th in the 100-yard freestyle.
  • The 200-yard medley relay team of Day, Jackson, senior Colin Forsyth and sophomore Ethan Roman placed 20th.

Also, the Grady girls’ team finished 20th overall in the Class A-AAAAA. The Grey Knights were paced by Melissa Brown’s fourth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

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