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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.

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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

Having a Ball: King Middle School & Wesley International Academy Students Learn to Program Sphero Robots

 

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Students prepare a sphero robot to knock down bowling ball pins. 

By: Alicia Sands Lurry

Imagine being able to program an object the size of a golf ball to roll forward, move backward, and to hit the center of a bullseye.

That’s exactly what students from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Wesley International Academy did after learning to program sphero balls – small, app-enabled droid robots – at the first-ever Maynard H. Jackson High School Sphero-Versity event on Friday, Jan. 13.

Designed to boost enrollment in Jackson’s robotics program and encourage underrepresented students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, the event was led by 10 robotics students from Jackson who taught the middle schoolers the basics of computer programming.

Eventually, middle school students learned to program the robots to knock down bowling pins, hit the center of a bullseye, and roll the sphero ball through a maze.

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By the end of the day, the students – many of whom represented their respective schools’ robotics teams – competed to see who could successfully master all three programming skills.

 

“I loved learning something new,” King Middle School student Caesar Rosser said, as he worked to program the sphero ball to make it go forward and then right again. “It would be cool to add a camera to the balls.”

Shevan Howard, IB coordinator at King Middle School, said he hoped the event would help further his students’ interest in STEM education.

“Hopefully, this will provide them with the connection between middle school and high school and build their love for STEM,” Howard said.

 

According to Shelley Carter, an engineering teacher and robotics coach at Jackson, students also gained leadership experience, as well as presentation and interview skills, from working with middle schoolers.

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Jackson High students Kol Greenbaum and Ethan Heyns taught middle schoolers the basics of programming a sphero robot.

 

Tenth grader Ihsan Muhammad agreed.

“It makes you feel older, like being a mentor,” he said. “The younger kids helped me learn more because of the questions they asked.”

 

Kameron Clark, an eighth grader at King Middle School, said he may now consider studying computer science.

“This is like learning more than you can at school,” he said. “You don’t have to be a scientist or a genius. You just have to be willing to learn.”

Tracy Joyner, gifted endorsement internship facilitator with the Office of Gifted and Talented Education, said the event was a win-win for all students.

“I love to see high-achieving and talented students work together,” she said. “It’s like magic.”

 

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Sphero-Versity winners show off their first-place prizes. 

 

 

 

 

January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

March to the Dome Starts for Six Football Teams

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Mays junior receiver Amir-Abdur Rahman and his Raider teammates are one of six Atlanta Public School teams that advanced to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs, starting this weekend.

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Six Atlanta Public Schools teams will represent the district in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Football Playoffs, starting Friday night.

Mays (9-1), the Class AAAAAA-Region 5 champions, will host Cambridge (6-4) of north Fulton County, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Lakewood Stadium. The Raiders, the No. 1 seeded team from Region 5, won their first region title since 2003 and were the highest scoring team in their region and among APS teams with 407 total points.

Grady (9-1), the Class AAAAA-Region 6 champions, will host Walnut Grove (4-6) of Walton County, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Grady Stadium. The Grey Knights, the top-seeded team from Region 6, won the region championship for the first time since 2010.

B.E.S.T. Academy (2-8), the No. 4 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will travel north to play Rabun County (9-0), the No. 1 seed from Region 8, 7:30 p.m., Friday at Frank Snyder Stadium in Tiger, Ga. B.E.S.T. Academy broke a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in Region 6 by winning a mini-game tournament on Monday that also included Therrell and Washington.

Carver (8-2), the No. 2 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 6, will host Clarke Central (6-4) of Athens-Clarke County, 2 p.m., Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Panthers are in the state playoffs for the fifth consecutive year and have won their last three games by a combined score of 108-6.

Douglass (7-3), the No. 2 seed from Class AA-Region 6, will host Elbert County (7-3), 7:30 p.m., Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Astros are back in the state playoffs for the first time since 2007.
CHEERLEADING
Mays advanced to the GHSA State Cheerleading Championships this weekend in Columbus at the Columbus Civic Center. The Raiders competed in the first round on Friday and will try to advance to the finals, scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday.

ONE-ACT PLAY
The one-act play ensemble from Grady will compete in the GHSA State Championships, 10 a.m., Saturday at Veterans High School in Kathleen, Ga., near Macon.

WRESTLING
The squads from Maynard Jackson and North Atlanta will be in action this weekend. Maynard Jackson will face South Cobb, Friday at South Cobb, while North Atlanta will compete in the Panther Duals, Friday and Saturday at Forest Park.

 

November 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Weekend Sports Roundup: Mays, KAC Play for Region Championships; 10 APS Cross Country Teams Advance to State; KIPP Vision, Bunche MS Compete for APS Middle School Football Title

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KIPP Atlanta Collegiate will play for the Georgia High Schools Association Class AA-Region 6 championship against Hapeville Charter, Friday in Hapeville.

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K.I.P.P. Atlanta Collegiate (KAC) will challenge Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) for the Georgia High Schools Association (GHSA) Class AA-Region 6 championship tonight at 7:30 p.m., at the Hapeville Recreation Center.

In just their third season of varsity competition, the Warriors have already clinched a spot in next week’s GHSA Class AA state playoffs. Prior to this season, KAC had won just two games.

Also, Mays will attempt to win its first region championship since 2003 by defeating Northgate (Coweta County) tonight on Senior Night, 8 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.

In other games involving Atlanta Public Schools teams (all games are Friday, unless otherwise noted):

Clarkston (DeKalb County) at Douglass, 5:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium

Washington at Therrell, 7:30 p.m., at Grady Stadium

Carver at Decatur, 7:30 p.m., at Decatur High School Stadium in Decatur

North Atlanta at Cambridge, 7:30 p.m., Cambridge High School Stadium in Milton

Maynard Jackson at Riverwood, 7:30 p.m., Bill Hoskyn Stadium in Atlanta

Grady at Banneker, 7:30 p.m., Banneker High School Stadium in College Park

 

CROSS COUNTRY
Ten teams from APS will compete in the GHSA State Cross Country Championships, Saturday in Carrollton.

Leading the way for APS are two teams that won their region championship meets – the South Atlanta girls and the Douglass boys. Other teams that advanced to Saturday’s state championships are:

B.E.S.T. Academy
Grady Boys and Girls
KAC Boys and Girls
North Atlanta Boys and Girls
Washington Girls

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Bunche Middle School and KIPP Vision will face off for the APS Middle School Football Championship, Saturday at noon, at Lakewood Stadium. Both teams are undefeated at 8-0 entering the title game.

November 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Grady Clinches First Region Title Since 2010; 23 Make Class AA-Region 6 Softball Team

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Grady clinched the Class AAAAA-Region 5 championship with a 15-14 win over Riverwood last Friday. It is the Grey Knights’ first region crown since 2010.

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Grady is the Class AAAAA-Region 6 champion!

The Grey Knights clinched the title with a 15-14 win over Riverwood (Fulton County) last Friday. Senior quarterback Caylin Newton led the way by completing 18-of-25 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns – one to DiMarcus Clay for 47 yards, the other for 80 yards to Jacquez Sloan early in the fourth quarter. Newton then threw to Sloan for the successful two-point conversion attempt that provided the margin of victory for Grady (8-1, 6-0 in Region 5).

This is the first region title in football for Grady since 2010 and the sixth in school history. The Grey Knights will close out the regular season on Friday at Banneker (Fulton County) and then on Nov. 4, enter the Class AAAAA Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state football playoffs as the No. 1 seed from Region 6, where they will host the No. 4 seed from Region 8 – either Walnut Grove (Walton County) or Flowery Branch (Hall County).

In other games involving APS teams over the weekend:

Mays moved one step closer to winning its first region championship since 2003 with a 31-28 victory over Alexander (Douglas County), last Friday at Lakewood Stadium. Junior kicker Chloe Richardson’s 26-yard field goal in the first quarter proved to be the difference, and senior defensive back/receiver AJ Cayetano’s interception in the end zone with less than one minute left to play in the game sealed the win. The Raiders (8-1, 7-0) can win the Class AAAAAA-Region 5 crown outright with a win over Northgate (Coweta County), Friday at Lakewood Stadium.

Douglass will be headed back to the state playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Astros clinched a playoff spot by shutting out KIPP Atlanta Collegiate 41-0, last Saturday at Grady Stadium. Douglass will enter the playoffs on Nov. 4 as the No. 2 or No. 3 seed from Class AA-Region 6.

Carver clinched a home playoff game in the first round of the state playoffs with a 47-0 wipeout of Lithia Springs (Douglas County), last Saturday at Lakewood Stadium. The Panthers will enter the state playoffs as the No. 2 seed from Class AAAAA-Region 6, behind Grady.

South Atlanta closed its regular season with a bang by edging B.E.S.T. Academy 28-27, last Friday at Lakewood Stadium. The Hornets finished with a record of 3-7, 1-5 in Class AA-Region 6. The three wins is the most in a season for South Atlanta since 2012.

Therrell lost to Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) 30-0, and North Atlanta was defeated by Johns Creek (Fulton County) 59-7.

Maynard Jackson got the weekend started right for Atlanta Public Schools teams with a 35-0 win over Decatur, Thursday night at Grady Stadium.

 

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APS players dominated the all-region softball team for Class AA-Region 6, as 23 were named to the team, announced last week after a vote by coaches in the region. Here is the list:

Coach of the Year – Jerry Mallett Jr., Coretta Scott King

Player of the Year – Mikayla Hailey, Coretta Scott King

Offensive Player of the Year – Portia Blanchard, South Atlanta

Defensive Player of the Year – Zykeria Davis, South Atlanta

Freshman of the Year – D’Mya Smith, Therrell

All-Region 1st Team
1. Mikayla Hailey – Coretta Scott King

  1. Kaylyn Suggs – Coretta Scott King
  2. Dorrie Moreland – Coretta Scott King
  3. Ashanti Cobb – South Atlanta
  4. Ronkierria Griffin – Therrell
  5. Portia Blanchard – South Atlanta
  6. Markala Hall – Therrell
  7. Sude Suggs – Coretta Scott King
  8. Keosha Hemmingway – South Atlanta

All-Region 2nd Team

  1. Zykeria Davis – South Atlanta
    2. Zaria Simmons – South Atlanta
    3. Erin Golden – Therrell
    4. Cherita Williams – Therrell
    5. Qianai Ison – South Atlanta
  2. D’Mya Smith – Therrell
  3. Totiana Lay – South Atlanta
  4. Tykierria Payne – Therrell
  5. Danya Barnett – Therrell

Honorable Mention

  1. Chyna Barnes – Therrell
  2. Quayina Ferguson – Coretta Scott King
  3. Brianna Sanders – South Atlanta
    4. Lawrencia Simon – South Atlanta
  4. Zhaniya Moreland – Douglass

November 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

Mays Football in the Spotlight for Big Game to Help Decide Region Champion

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The Mays Raiders will look to take a big step toward winning their second consecutive Class AAAAAA-Region 6 championship with a win Friday night over Alexander (Douglas County).

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All eyes will be on Mays tonight as the Raiders host Alexander (Douglas County) at 8 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium, in a game that will go a long way toward deciding the Class AAAAAA-Region 5 champion.

The Raiders (7-1, 6-0 in Class AAAAAA-Region 5) have moved up to No. 4 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)/Georgia High School Football Daily (GHSFD) Class AAAAAA Top 10 poll, while Alexander (8-0, 6-0) is undefeated and has risen to No. 5. The game is so big that it was selected as the CBS46 High School Game of the Week, and all four local channels will show highlights of the game during their news broadcasts at 11 p.m. Additionally, the game was selected as the ScoreATL/Atlanta Falcons Game of the Week and will be televised online at ScoreATL.com.

In other games involving APS teams (all games are Friday, unless otherwise noted):

Maynard Jackson got the weekend started right for Atlanta Public Schools teams with a 35-0 win over Decatur, Thursday night at Grady Stadium.

Riverwood (Fulton County) at Grady, 5:30 p.m., at Grady Stadium

B.E.S.T. Academy at South Atlanta, 5:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium

Johns Creek (Fulton County) at North Atlanta, 8 p.m., at Grady Stadium

Therrell at Hapeville Charter (Fulton County), 7:30 p.m., at Hapeville Recreation Center in Hapeville

KIPP Atlanta Collegiate at Douglass, 4 p.m., Saturday at Grady Stadium

Lithia Springs (Douglas County) at Carver, 4 p.m., Saturday at Lakewood Stadium

 

October 28, 2016 at 5:27 pm Leave a comment

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