Mays Girls, South Atlanta Boys Honored by Fulton County Commission

South Atlanta Boys Basketball Honored by Fulton Co Commission (April 2017)Mays Girls Basketball Honored by Fulton Co Commission (April 2017)
The South Atlanta boys and Mays girls basketball teams were each honored by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for winning state championships this season.

The Mays girls and South Atlanta boys basketball teams, winners of state championship titles this season, were honored at the Fulton County Government Center on Wednesday by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, at the request of District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington and District 6 Commissioner Emma I. Darnell.

The Mays girls became the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA champs by way of a hard-fought 52-21 win over Harrison (Cobb County), back on March 9. It was the second state championship for the program, which won the Class AAAA title in 2003. The Raiders began the season with a record of 5-7, but rallied to a final record of 22-9, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost.

The South Atlanta boys won the GHSA Class AA championship after dismantling Swainsboro (Emanuel County) 68-33, on March 11. The Hornets finished with a record of 29-1 and were the No. 1 team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Class AA Top 10 poll from the beginning of the season until the end. South Atlanta’s boys last won a state championship in 2009 (Class AAA).

The wins were sweet redemption for both programs. This year’s seniors on Mays’ team were sophomores when the Raiders lost the Class AAAAA championship game to Stephenson (DeKalb County). South Atlanta advanced to the semifinals last season, but lost to eventual champion Morgan County.

To view a mini-documentary on both championship teams, click here.

Mays 2016-17 Roster: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill. The team is coached by Chantay Frost.

South Atlanta 2016-17 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. The team is coached by Michael Reddick.

 

 

 

Twelve APS Basketball Players, Two Coaches Named to AJC’s All-State and All-Metro Atlanta Squads

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Mays senior Kamiyah Street was named the Georgia High Schools Association Class AAAAAA Girls Player of the Year and the Atlanta/South Fulton Girls Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

A dozen Atlanta Public Schools (APS) student athletes were named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) All-State and All-Metro basketball teams on Friday.

Mays senior guard Kamiyah Street was named the Class AAAAAA All-State Girls Player of the Year, as well as the Atlanta/South Fulton Girls Player of the Year. Street led the Raiders to the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA state championship, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost who was named All-State Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year and Atlanta/South Fulton Coach of the Year. Mays finished with a record of 22-9 and won the program’s second state championship (2003).

For the boys, South Atlanta senior forward Tyler Thornton was named the All-State Class AA Boys Player of the Year by the AJC, while his head coach, Michael Reddick, was named Coach of the Year. South Atlanta won the GHSA Class AA State title, the school’s first since 2009, and finished the season with a record of 29-1.

Here is the list of All-State and All-Metro accolades:

GIRLS
Dominique Banks, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAAA

Tiamya Butler, Senior, Maynard Jackson
Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Sabree Gallishaw, Senior, Washington
First Team All-State Class AA, First Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Shatara Goodman, Junior, Coretta Scott King
Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

Lawrencia Simon, Senior, South Atlanta
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Second Team

Kamiyah Street, Senior, Mays
All-State Class AAAAAA Player of the Year, Atlanta/South Fulton Player of the Year

BOYS
Marquavius Carter, Junior, Maynard Jackson
Honorable Mention All-State Class AAAAA

Stavon Griggs, Senior, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

JaQuavius Hayes, Senior, Maynard Jackson
First Team All-State Class AAAAA, Second Team Atlanta/South Fulton

Corey Moore, Senior, Therrell
Honorable Mention All-State Class AA, Honorable Mention Atlanta/South Fulton

Devonta Pullins, Senior, South Atlanta
Second Team All-State Class AA, Second Team All-State Atlanta/South Fulton

Tyler Thornton, Senior, South Atlanta
All-State Class AA Player of the Year, First Team Atlanta/South Fulton
COACHES
Chantay Frost, Mays (Girls)
Class AAAAAA Coach of the Year, Atlanta/South Fulton Coach of the Year

Michael Reddick, South Atlanta (Boys)
Class AA Coach of the Year

Mays Girls, South Atlanta Boys Honored by Atlanta City Council

Mays girls, South Atlanta boys honored at City Hall (3-20-17)
The Mays girls and South Atlanta boys basketball teams were honored with proclamations by the Atlanta City Council for winning state championships.

The Mays girls and South Atlanta boys basketball teams, winners of state championship titles this season, were honored at Atlanta City Hall on Monday by the Atlanta City Council and City Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

The Mays girls became the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA champs by way of a hard-fought 52-21 win over Harrison (Cobb County), back on March 9. It was the second state championship for the program, which won the Class AAAA title in 2003. The Raiders began the season with a record of 5-7, but rallied to a final record of 22-9, under the leadership of head coach Chantay Frost.

The South Atlanta boys won the GHSA Class AA championship after dismantling Swainsboro (Emanuel County) 68-33, on March 11. The Hornets finished with a record of 29-1 and were the No. 1 team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Class AA Top 10 poll from the beginning of the season until the end. South Atlanta’s boys last won a state championship in 2009 (Class AAA).

The wins were sweet redemption for both programs. This year’s seniors on Mays’ team were sophomores when the Raiders lost the Class AAAAA championship game to Stephenson (DeKalb County). South Atlanta advanced to the semifinals last season, but lost to eventual champion Morgan County.

To view a mini-documentary on both championship teams, click here.

Mays 2016-17 Roster: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill. The team is coached by Chantay Frost.

South Atlanta 2016-17 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. The team is coached by Michael Reddick.

 

 

APS Claims Three State Championships in Basketball

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

You get a state title, and you get a state title and you get a state title!

It rained state championships in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this basketball season as the district was the only school system in the state to have two separate schools win a title on the varsity level and one junior varsity title as well.

Atlanta Wolfpack - 2017 Wheelchair JV State Champs
The Atlanta Wolfpack won the 2017 Adaptive Sports Junior Varsity state championship last week.

The Atlanta Wolfpack, the APS wheelchair basketball team, defeated the Houston County Sharks, 40-22, to win the junior varsity wheelchair basketball state championship on March 4, at Hull Middle School in Duluth (Gwinnett County). The Sharks had defeated the Wolfpack in previous meetings between the two teams, but the APS squad – made up of players from Carver, Douglass, and South Atlanta High School, as well as Long Middle School and Perkerson Elementary School – would not be denied this year.

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The Mays girls won the GHSA Class AAAAAA state championship, last Thursday at Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of UGA in Athens.

Five days later on March 9, the Mays girls defeated Harrison (Cobb County), 52-51, to win the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA basketball state championship at Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. The Raiders were led, as they were throughout the season, by senior guard Kamiyah Street, who scored 26 points. She made four-of-six free throws in the game’s final minute to help seal the win against the Hoyas, who kept the game close all night.

Then on March 11, the South Atlanta boys 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 semifinals last season and again to Morgan County in the 2015 quarterfinals. But this year, South Atlanta closed the deal in style.

Congrats to our three state champions in basketball!

Atlanta Wolfpack: Ja’Kobe Pearson, a freshman at Douglass; Willie Jackson, a senior at Carver; Ouyona Underwood, a junior at South Atlanta; Jarvis Wallace, a sophomore at South Atlanta; Jartavious Wallace, a sixth grader at Long Middle School and Jakamron Wilkerson, a fifth grader at Perkerson Elementary School. The team is coached by Jimmy Roberts, kindergarten paraprofessional at Perkerson.

Mays: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill. The team is coached by Chantay Frost.

South Atlanta: 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. The team is coached by Michael Reddick.

 

 

South Atlanta Boys Win Basketball State Championship

South Atlanta Boys Basketball - 2017 State Champs Class AA
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.

 

 

Two APS Teams Advance to Final Four of the State Basketball Playoffs

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The South Atlanta boys have advanced to the semifinals of the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AA basketball playoffs on Saturday. The Mays girls advanced to the Class AAAAAA semifinals as well.

Two Atlanta Public Schools (APS) basketball teams have advanced to the Final Four of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state basketball playoffs.

Both the Mays girls and South Atlanta boys will play on Saturday for the opportunity to compete in the state finals of their respective classifications (Note:  Tickets for the semifinals games are $12):

The Mays girls (20-9) took care of Winder-Barrow (Barrow County), the Class AAAAAA-Region 8 champion, 65-51, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Raiders will face Lovejoy (Clayton County) at 6 p.m., Saturday on the campus of Fort Valley State University. The Wildcats, the No. 2 seed from Region 4, have a record of 26-4.

The South Atlanta boys (27-1) went on the road Thursday to Washington County, the No. 1 seed from Class AA-Region 3, and defeated the Golden Hawks, 75-69 in overtime. The Hornets will face Josey (Richmond County) in the semifinals, at 8 p.m., Saturday on the campus of Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. The Eagles, the No. 3 seed from Region 4, have a record of 22-7.

Unfortunately, the season came to an end for two APS teams in the quarterfinals:

The Carver boys (17-14) lost to Fayette County, the No. 1 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 3, 65-52, while the Maynard Jackson girls (23-3) were defeated by Griffin (Griffin-Spaulding County), the top seed from Class AAAAA-Region 3, 66-49.

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.