Bunche Middle Sweeps Track and Field Titles, Sutton Middle Takes Both Soccer Championships

The boys and girls soccer teams at Sutton Middle School won the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Soccer Championships. The boys defeated Inman Middle School while the girls beat Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.

Sutton Middle School swept the girls and boys titles in the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Soccer Championships.

The girls blanked Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, 2-0. Kate Jackson and Josie Bird scored for Sutton. Katie was named Player of the Year.

The boys’ team defeated Inman on penalty kicks (5-3) after the teams finished the game in a scoreless tie. In the penalty kick session, Sutton converted on all five of its attempts with goals scored by Alexi Cesbello, Jesus Moreno, Emi Mendoza, Fernando Nina and Ceasar Montez. Sutton’s goalkeeper, Aidan Moore, was named Player of the Year.

In track and field, Bunche Middle School swept the girls and boys titles in the APS Track and Field Championships. The Bunche girls (68 points) edged Inman Middle (65) for the team championship, while the Charger boys (95) won by a comfortable margin over second place Martin Luther King Middle (75 ½).

Among several outstanding performances in the meet were:

KIPP Metro’s girls 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams took first in both events, posting times of 52.84 seconds and 4:24.58, respectively.

Dequan Tate of KIPP Metro won the 400 meters in a time of 52.95.

Bunche’s 400-meter relay team took first in a time of 45.36.

KIPP Metro’s 1,600-meter relay team edged Bunche’s squad – 3:46.16 to 3:46.30 – for first place in the event

APS Student Athletes Ink Scholarships at Annual National Signing Day Event

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:

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


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
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

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
Student Athlete College/University Sport
Maurice Jones Savannah State University Football


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


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


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


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  

Spring Sports Teams Making a Run at State Championships

Grady boys tennis 2016
The Henry W. Grady boys tennis team has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Georgia High School Association state playoffs. This year’s seniors (pictured left to right) are Skyler Diacou, Matthew Wood, Alex Lepik and Chase Masri. Senior Kyle Mulholland is not pictured.

By Seth Coleman

The school year is winding down, but spring sports competition in Atlanta Public Schools is red hot as several teams are making a run at a state championship.

The Henry W. Grady boys team has advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.

Last week the Knights, the No. 3 seed from Region 6, Class AAAA, travelled north to Elijay and defeated Gilmer County, the No. 2 seed from Region 7, by a score of 3-1. (Tennis competitions feature five matches. The top three singles players from each team play each other, as well as the top two doubles duos.) The match against Gilmer County was called early.  Then Grady travelled south to Jesup Monday and shut out Wayne County, the Region 3 champions, 5-0.

The Knights will face either North Oconee, the Region 8 champions, or Spauding, the No. 2 seed from Region 4, later this week. Grady has been led all season by singles players Josh Wolfe, Alex Lepik and Matthew Wood, and the doubles teams of Chase Masri and Kyle Mulholland, and Robert Mobley and Randall Schwartz.

After clinching the Region 6, Class AAAAA title last week, Benjamin E. Mays will host Kell from Marietta, beginning Friday at 5 p.m., in the first round of the Georgia High School Association state playoffs. (Baseball playoffs are a best-of-three series, with a double-header played usually on the first day of the series.) The Raiders finished the regular season with a record of 19-2, the best in school history, and enter the state Class AAAAA playoffs as a No. 1 seed from Region 6. Kell (18-8) is the No. 4 seed from Region 7.
Grady, Maynard H. Jackson and North Atlanta have both their boys and girls teams in the state playoffs.

The North Atlanta girls (15-3-1) are the Region 7, Class AAAAA champions and have won their last four consecutive games by a combined score of 18-1. They will host Southwest Dekalb (5-5), the No. 4 seed from Region 6, Wednesday at 6 p.m. The Warriors’ boys team (9-4-1), the No. 4 seed from Region 7, Class AAAAA, took on Region 6 champion Dunwoody (11-6-1) on Tuesday, at Dunwoody.

The Grady boys (12-3-1) are the No. 2 seed from Region 6, Class AAAA and hosted Cartersville (13-4-1), Tuesday. The Grady girls (10-5-2) are the No. 3 seed from Region 6, Class AAAA and travelled to Cartersville (10-7) on Tuesday to take on the Purple Hurricanes.

The Jackson girls (10-4), the No. 4 seed from Region 4, Class AAA, travelled south Tuesday to take on Savannah Arts Academy (13-1-1), the Region 1, Class AAA champions. The Jaguar boys (6-5), also the No. 4 seed from Region 4, faced Savannah Arts Academy (15-3), following the girls game. The SAA boys are the Region 1, Class AAA champs.
All APS track teams will be competing in sectional meets on Saturday, with the top 8 finishers in each event advancing to the state meets. The girls’ state meet will be May 5-7 in Albany, the boys’ will be May 12-14 in Jefferson. Here is the lineup for Saturday’s sectional meets (girls and boys run at the same sites):

  • BEST Academy at Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross), 9 a.m.
  • Carver at Heritage (Conyers), 9 a.m.
  • Grady at Eagle’s Landing (McDonough), 9 a.m.
  • Mays at Heritage (Conyers), 9 a.m.
  • Coretta Scott King, Douglass, Jackson, South Atlanta, Therrell and Washington all at Gordon Central (Calhoun), 9 a.m


Both North Atlanta Soccer Teams Undefeated in Region Competition, Mays Baseball Stays Hot

North Atlanta boys soccer (2016)
The North Atlanta boys soccer team is undefeated (5-0) in region competition and 8-1-1 overall. The girls team is undefeated (5-0) in region play as well, and 9-3-1 overall.

By Seth Coleman

The soccer teams at North Atlanta are on fire!

The boys team, which did not advance to the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) state playoffs last season, is 8-1-1 overall and 5-0 in region competition (Class AAAAA, Region 7). The Warriors, winners of eight consecutive games are tied with powerhouse Dalton High School for first place in the region.

The Lady Warriors, who advanced to the state semi-finals last year, are 9-3-1 overall and 5-0 in region play. North Atlanta has won eight of its last nine games.

Both teams will be back in action on Wednesday at Cambridge High School in Alpharetta. The Lady Warriors will play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

In other spring sports news …

— The Benjamin E. Mays baseball team is continuing its torrid season. The Raiders, coached by Reginald Austin, have won 11 consecutive games and have an overall record of 13-1. They are undefeated (9-0) in Class AAAAA, Region 6. Mays will take on Southwest DeKalb on Wednesday at 5 p.m., in a battle for first place in the region. The Panthers are 13-2-1 overall, 8-0-1 in region competition.

— Both soccer teams at Henry W. Grady are off to terrific starts, and have big games coming up on Thursday.  The Lady Gray Knights are 9-4-1 overall, and are in second place in Class AAAA, Region 6 with a record of 4-1. They will host St. Pius, which is third in the region, Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The boys are 7-3-1 overall and tied for second in the region as well with a record of 5-1.  They will host third-place St. Pius on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

— Maynard H. Jackson’s girls soccer team is 9-2-0, 7-0 and in first place in Class AAA, Region 4, while the boys team is 7-3-1 overall and in second place in the region with a record of 5-1-1.