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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.

BASKETBALL

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.

BASKETBALL

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

Schools Throughout the District Celebrate Black History Month

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Mason Muhammad Royal portrays famed scientist and inventor Dr. George Washington Carver in the Continental Colony Elementary School Black History Wax Museum.

 

The auditorium at Continental Colony Elementary School was transformed into an interactive, African American “wax museum” last week, as nearly 50 students posed as famous and influential African Americans in history.

The event is part of the school’s Black History Month celebration during the month of February. Continental Colony Principal Dr. Kristen Vaughn said the school always goes all out to pay homage to the great African American leaders and events of the past.

“Our school population is 98 percent African American. It is important for us to relate our history to our students,” Vaughn said. “If we don’t tell our stories, then who will? Also, we find that many of our parents learn a great deal from our programs and displays, and so it is good to know that we are educating the community as well.”

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Tylar Woods portrays Atlanta’s first female mayor Shirley Franklin at the Continental Colony Elementary School Black History Wax Museum.

In the wax museum, students took on the persona of individuals such as Louis Latimer (scientist, inventor), Hosea Williams (civil rights leader), Andrew Young (former Atlanta mayor and Secretary to the United Nations), Sarah Boone (inventor of the ironing board), Mary McCloud Bethune (educator, stateswoman and civil rights leader) and Sojourner Truth (abolitionist and women’s rights advocate). Visitors pressed a “button” located on the hand of the statues/students, which caused them to move and quote interesting facts about the characters they were portraying.

The top winner/performer in the wax museum was Jade Evans for her portrayal of Sarah Boone. Other students receiving awards for their portrayals were Kayla Sanders as Mary McCloud Bethune, Serena Booker as Serena Williams, Christian Murray as Andrew Young, Kevin Rose at Hosea Williams, and Jayla Graham as Sojourner Truth.

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Zaire Parris portrays brilliant scientist and inventor Louis Latimer at the Continental Colony Elementary School Black History Wax Museum.

Additionally, Continental Colony is continuing its annual tradition of decorating its entire foyer with homages to African American history.

Here are several other Black History Month celebrations occurring throughout Atlanta Public Schools (in chronological order):

Forrest Hill Academy | February 1-28
Students are filming a documentary titled “What Black History Means to Me.”

Grady High School | February 1-28
Teachers are incorporating African-American history facts throughout the curriculum, and a date for the annual Black history play is being developed.

Morningside Elementary School | February 1-28
Reading quotes or brief bios on morning announcements and on the school’s daily message board; Kindergarten does a unit of study on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and creates hallway bulletin boards in his honor; Kindergarten and first-grade students are being taught a song about Dr. King and will read “Martin’s Big Words”; Books related to African-American history and heroes are on display in the media center; Fifth graders will analyze quotes by Dr. King as an ELA assignment.

South Atlanta High School | February 1-28
Black history facts are broadcasted over the public address system during the day.

Morris Brandon Elementary School  | February 3-28
First Street: Students are invited to research an African American who was the “first” African American to achieve a specific accomplishment. The student will create a poster detailing the individual and his/her accomplishment. The posters will be on display in the school’s “First Street” exhibit.

Mary Lin Elementary School/Inman Middle School | February 11
Psi Phi Beta Step Team performs at the monthly “SPARK Saturday” at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. This month’s “SPARK Saturday” event teaches youth about African American culture through rhythm and movement, and illustrates how today’s music and dance movements are inspired by African traditions.

Whitefoord Elementary School | February 16
(Grades 3-5) Guest speaker Nettie Washington-Douglass, great, great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass.

Young Middle School | February 20-24
“Celebrating Black History in Atlanta”: A series of performances and guest speakers throughout the week.

Bunche Middle School | February 23
“Sankofa – Go Back and Get It.” Performing arts performances featuring dance, drama and chorus.

Long Middle School | February 23
“Remember the Times”: Thematic, living timeline created by students, highlighting moments in African-American history.

Benteen Elementary School | February 24
Essay competition and family movie night.

Brown Middle School | February 24
“Sankofa”:The annual Black History Program (sankofa translates to “recovering or retrieving the past”).

Scott Elementary School | February 24
“Lift Every Voice”: The annual performing arts program for Pre-K through fifth grade.

Whitefoord Elementary School | February 24
Black History Bowl

Continental Colony Elementary School | February 28
Pantherville Poetry Café.

Hope Hill Elementary School | February 28
Annual Black History program.

West Manor Elementary School| February 28
Annual African-American history program.

Whitefoord Elementary School| February 28
Black History Performing Arts Program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2017 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

APS Student Athletes Ink Scholarships at Annual National Signing Day Event

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Grady senior receiver Kemari Averette is interviewed by North Atlanta senior Davis Baker after signing his National Letter of Intent to the University of Louisville. Kemari helped lead the Grey Knights to the Georgia High Schools Association Class AAAAA-Region 6 championship.

More than 50 student athletes from 10 Atlanta Public Schools high schools signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday, at the annual APS National Signing Day event.

This year’s ceremony was held at D.M. Therrell High School. While most of the scholarships signed were for football, other sports represented were baseball, basketball, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball and track and field.

Always held on the first Wednesday in February, National Signing Day is the first day a student athlete may officially sign a football scholarship, according to regulations set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). APS is the only metro area school district that hosts a district-wide signing day event.

“This is always a very special day for APS,” said APS Athletic Director Jasper Jewell. “All of the young men and women have worked hard and sacrificed to get to this day, and to see them be able to enjoy this moment with their friends and families is tremendous.”

Here is a list of the 2017 signees:

CARVER
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Trevion Baker Morehouse College Football
Quentin Gates Hutchinson Community College Football

 

DOUGLASS
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Deshun Cade University of West Georgia Football
Jonathan Ford Lane College Football
Hugo Genchi Lane College Football
Jamarico Gray Albany State University Football
Elrico McKenzie Fort Lauderdale University Football
Ezekial Njoku U.S. Marine Academy Football
GRADY
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Kemari Averett University of Louisville Football
Shelia Brown Howard University Lacrosse
Dimarcus Clay Furman University Football
Brandon Kemp Norfolk State University/

University of West Georgia

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Cincere Mason Kennesaw State University Football
Caylin Newton Howard University Football
Avante Ross Lane College Football
Jaccquez Sloan Western Kentucky University Football
Micaiah Streator Augusta State University Football
Seth Wolf Charleston Southern University Football
 
MAYNARD JACKSON
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Maurice Jones Savannah State University Football

 

MAYS
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Anthony Cayetano Arkansas State University Football
Kortez Daniel Clark Atlanta University Football
Trent Jamison Lawson State University Baseball
Ferlando Jordan Southeastern Louisiana State University Football
Ryan Martin Tuskegee University Baseball
Steve V. McClardy Jr. Clark Atlanta University Football
B.J. Phillips Iowa Central Community College Football
Devon Shaw Tuskegee University Baseball
Christian Warner Clark Atlanta University Football
   

 

 
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Ernesto Chavez Lane College Football
Geronda Hall Old Dominion University Football
Marquis Johnson Southeast Louisiana University Football
Jacorris Lamar Reinhardt University Football
Brandon Perry Fort Valley State University Football
Otis Odum Reinhardt University Football
Marquis Thorne Nichols State University Football
Quartez Walker Virginia Union University, Lynchburg Football

 

NORTH ATLANTA
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Larkin DeLaria Trinity College Rowing
Hayden Dwyer Cincinnati Baseball
Jack Ferguson United States Naval Academy Baseball
Majesty Hansberry Fort Valley State University Football
Jackson Pierce San Diego University Track
Yvonne (Bonnie) Shea Dartmouth College Soccer
Bryce Washington  Rutgers University Soccer
Patrick Wilson Berry College Lacrosse

 

SOUTH ATLANTA
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Frank Bailey Jr. Morehouse College Football
D’Angelo Julio Savannah State University Baseball
   
   
THERRELL  
Student Athlete College/University Sport  
Jordan Vence Avila University Football  
Kyah Dumas Tuskegee Softball  

 

WASHINGTON  
Student Athlete College/University Sport  
Sabree Gallishaw Savannah State University Basketball  
Kalveion Heard LaGrange College Football  
Tarik Knox Lane College Football  
Montravious Traylor Clark Atlanta University Baseball  
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 

February 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm Leave a comment

APS Celebrates Atlanta Falcons with Rise Up Friday

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January 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Deerwood Students Walk to Bring Awareness to Poverty

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Students at Deerwood Academy marched around their campus recently to bring awareness to poverty during the school’s third annual iCare Walk initiative, which they dubbed the “March Against Poverty.”

Even before the holiday season started, students at Deerwood Academy already had the spirit of giving.

Last month they took to the streets – or at least the driveways and walkways around the school campus – to raise awareness to the plight of the less fortunate among them in the community. For the third consecutive year, Deerwood Academy students staged their iCare Walk, an initiative designed to bring attention to a community issue of concern, and then raise money to combat the issue.

In the two previous years, the themes were breast cancer awareness and bullying. This year, students targeted poverty as the theme after being inspired by the story of Terrence and Cecilia Lester, whose “Love Beyond Walls” organization works to mobilize communities to move past the walls that divide people through creative community service projects.

Earlier this fall, Terence Lester spent two months walking 650 miles from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for poverty, which inspired the students at Deerwood Academy to hold their “March Against Poverty.” Nearly all of the 744 students participated, collecting pledges from donors based on the number of steps they took. Students will host several more fundraising events throughout the remainder of the school year. All proceeds will be combined and given to “Love Beyond Walls.”

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Fifth graders Ella Loyo and Layla McReynolds were two of the event’s main organizers.

“I was with my dad one day and we saw two women and both of them had two little kids and they were just walking around in the road,” Layla said. “People like that need help and we thought this was a good way to do that.”

Ella agreed. “There are too many people with children who are struggling,” she said. “They are not able to take care of themselves and so we want to be able to help them.”

December 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

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