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.
The Mays girls defeated Harrison (Cobb County), 52-51, to win the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA basketball state championship Thursday evening 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.
It was the second state championship in basketball for the Mays girls, who also won the state title in 2003. For head coach Chantay Frost, in her fourth season at Mays, it was her fourth state title. She led Columbia (DeKalb County) to the Class AAA championship in 2010 and the Class AAAA championship in 2012 and 2013.
This season did not start well for Mays. The Raiders had a record of 5-7 after the first 12 games this season, which included a five-game losing streak. But the team won 17 of its last 19 games to finish the season with a record of 22-9 and a state championship.
Members of this year’s championship team are: 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.
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.
By: Alicia Sands Lurry
The C-SPAN HBCU tour bus brought the nation’s capitol to Atlanta recently when it made a special stop at Carver Early College High School, as dozen of students learned about the vast resources the cable network offers.
Filled with computers and state-of-the-art technology, the interactive tour bus was designed to showcase educational content available to students and others. While on the bus, students took quizzes to test their knowledge about the branches of government, watched videos and listened to news clips, and even learned that C-SPAN offers a mobile app and over 200,000 hours of content in its video library.
Introduced to the public in June 2010, the customized bus is a 45-foot Prevost coach that comes complete with laptop computers, cameras, flat-screen TVs, and free copies of the U.S. Constitution.
“We pride ourselves in having useful content for the classroom that is non-partisan and shows both sides of every issue,” said Jenae Green, a marketing representative for C-SPAN. “Students get information unfiltered. We also show all of our coverage live, gavel-to-gavel, with no interruptions and no commercials.”
The C-SPAN bus, which also stopped at Clark Atlanta University, travels to high schools, middle schools, colleges and universities, and other events across the United States.
From the looks of it, the vehicle was a big hit among students like Corniyah Bradley.
“It’s nice,” said Corniyah, who is a senior. “I liked the technology, and it’s interactive.”
Senior Diamond Owens tested her knowledge about the three branches of government, while classmate James Lovelace praised the number of resources that C-SPAN offers.
“I might watch the channel and use the website,” James said.
Green is delighted that students appreciate the information available to them.
“We love being in the community and being a resource for people to make their own decisions,” she said.
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:
Beecher Hills Elementary
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, grandfathers, 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.”
Community 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.
Dr. Carstarphen read to a group of kindergarten students, and students and staff dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or wore their favorite or craziest hat.
Hollis Innovation Academy
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.
DH Stanton Elementary
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.
Students, faculty and staff are wore their craziest, wildest, most mixed-matched sock in honor of the book “Fox in Socks.”