Grady senior quarterback Caylin Newton was selected as the Atlanta Touchdown Club’s Back of the Week for his performance against Lithia Springs last Friday.
Caylin led the Gray Knights to a 74-14 victory by tossing five touchdown passes and running for another score. His brother, Cam, the reigning National Football League MVP, won the award as well during his senior season in high school in 2006. Caylin and Cam are only the fifth set of brothers to win the prestigious award.
Caylin will lead Grady (3-1), ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA in the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Top 10 poll, against Decatur (1-3), Friday, 7:30 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.
In a rare Thursday night varsity game at Lakewood Stadium, Douglass evened its record at 2-2 with a 52-7 victory over Osborne (Cobb County). The Cardinals fell to 0-6.
Here is the rest of this weekend’s slate of games (all on Friday, unless otherwise noted):
Washington (1-3) at B.E.S.T. Academy (1-3), 8 p.m., Lakewood Stadium
South Atlanta (2-3) at Hapeville Charter (Fulton County) (1-3), 7:30 p.m., Hapeville Recreation Complex, Hapeville
Carver (3-1) at North Springs (Fulton County) (2-1), 7:30 p.m., Thermopylae Stadium in Atlanta
KIPP Atlanta Collegiate (3-1) at Therrell (2-2), 5:30 p.m., Lakewood Stadium
North Atlanta (1-3) at Pope (Cobb County) (0-4), 7:30 p.m., Pope Stadium in Marietta
Maynard Jackson (1-3) at Banneker (Fulton County) (2-2), 7:30 p.m., Banneker Stadium in College Park
Grady, Mays and South Atlanta destroyed their opponents Friday night, defeating them by a combined score of 161-14.
Grady (3-1), ranked No. 10 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily Class AAAAA Top 10, pummeled Lithia Springs (0-4) of Douglas County, 74-14. Several Grey Knights had big games. Leading the way was senior quarterback Caylin Newton, who threw five touchdown passes – two each to Kemari Averett and Aaron Hudson Jr., one to Christian Jones – and ran for another score. Christian also had a punt return for a touchdown and Jeffery Black ran for two touchdowns. Grady led 41-0 after the first quarter and 68-0 at halftime. Still, the 74 points was not a school record. Grady beat North Springs 76-6 in 2010.
Mays (3-1) pounded another team from Douglas County, New Manchester (0-4), 51-0. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Raider defense, which had yielded at least 28 points in every game so far this year, earned its first shutout of the season.
South Atlanta (2-3) posted its second consecutive shutout with a 36-0 win over Forest Park (0-5) of Clayton County. Last week, the Hornets shutout Clarkston (0-5), 57-0.
Here’s how the other APS teams faired over the weekend:
Carver 43, Maynard Jackson 7 Carver (3-1) came out on top in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Maynard Jackson is now 1-3 on the season.
Newnan 48, Washington 14
The Bulldogs (1-3) fell behind 14-0 just 30 seconds into the game, and could never catch up.
Chattahoochee (Fulton County) 21, North Atlanta 17 The Warriors (1-3) lost another close one, this time on the road in Alpharetta. Last week, North Atlanta was defeated 14-10, by Dunwoody.
Westside-Macon 42, B.E.S.T. Academy 6 The Eagles (1-4) trailed 35-6 in the first half and failed to mount a comeback.
Maynard Jackson (left) and Carver will face off for the first time in football on Saturday, 4 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium, in the Class AAAAA-Region 6 opener for both teams.
Maynard Jackson (left) and Carver will face off in football for the first time on Saturday, 4 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium, in the Class AAAAA-Region 6 opener for both teams.
Maynard Jackson (1-2) and Carver (2-1) face each other for the first time when the Jaguars and Panthers meet Saturday, 4 p.m., at Lakewood Stadium.
The teams compete in Class AAAAA-Region 6 this season, along with Banneker (Fulton County), Decatur, Grady, Lithia Springs (Douglas County), North Springs (Fulton County) and Riverwood (Fulton County). Region competition is important because the top four teams in each region at the end of the regular season will advance to the state playoffs in November. Mays, North Atlanta and Grady face region foes this weekend as well.
Here is the rest of this weekend’s slate of games (all on Friday, unless otherwise noted):
B.E.S.T. Academy (1-3) at Westside-Macon (1-2), Saturday, 2 p.m., Bibb County Sports Complex in Macon
(Class AAAAA-Region 6) Grady (2-1) at Lithia Springs (0-3), 7:30 p.m., Lions Stadium in Lithia Springs
(Class AAAAAA-Region 5) Mays (2-1) at New Manchester (Douglas County) (0-3), 7:30 p.m., New Manchester Stadium in Douglasville
(Class AAAAAA-Region 7) North Atlanta (1-2) at Chattahoochee (Fulton County) (1-2), 7:30, The Arena in Alpharetta
South Atlanta (1-3) vs. Forest Park (Clayton County) (0-4), 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Stadium
Washington (1-3) at Newnan (Coweta County) (1-2), 7:30, Drake Stadium in Newnan
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.
Tennis 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.
Baseball 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. Soccer 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. Track 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
Dr. Charles Drew is remembered most for his ground-breaking work as a great physician, surgeon and researcher, whose pioneering work in the field of blood plasma preservation has helped save millions of lives over the years. But most people do not know that Dr. Drew was a phenomenal athlete in high school and in college.
Now, students at the Atlanta school named in his honor are following in his footsteps of being high achievers in academics and athletics. Atlanta Public Schools’ Charles Drew Charter High School won its first state championship last Saturday in Carrollton, Ga., as the boys’ cross country team dominated the 13 other schools in the Georgia High School Association Class A Public Schools division.
The Eagles defeated second-place Georgia Military College (Milledgeville) – which had won two of the last three state titles – by 50 points, 42-92, in the cross country scoring system in which a runner is assigned a point total based on the place in which he or she finishes the five kilometer (3.10 miles) course. A team is comprised of seven runners with only the top five finishers on each team earning points (one point for first place, two points for second place, 10 for tenth place, etc.). Thus, the team with the lowest point total wins.
Five of Drew’s seven runners placed in the top 20 of the field of 96: Henry Cox, Jeremiah Furlow, Isaiah DuBose, Joseph Jones, and Roland Blanding. This was only the second year Drew has competed in the championship meet.
It is the first cross country state championship for an APS school since the Crim girls won the Class AA title in 1992, and is the first cross country state championship for an APS boys’ team since North Fulton won the Class AA title in 1979.
Drew’s performance leads the list of outstanding performances by APS fall sports teams:
— Benjamin E. Mays won the Region 6AAAAA championship, earning a birth in the Georgia High Schools Association State Championship competition, Saturday, Nov.14, in Columbus, Ga.
— Frederick Douglass and Maynard Jackson placed third and fourth, respectively, in the Region 4AAA competition, good enough to earn spots in the GHSA State Sectional competition, Friday, Nov. 13, in Columbus, Ga. If the Astros and Jaguars place in the top eight (out of 24 teams) in the sectional, they will advance to the state competition on Saturday.
— Henry Grady had both of its teams place in the top 10 of the Class AAAA division at the GHSA state championship meet. The girls placed fourth and the boys placed seventh.
— The North Atlanta boys placed 11th in the Class AAAAA division at the GHSA state championship meet.
— Jackson had both of its teams place in the top 25 of Class AAA. The boys placed 20th while the girls placed 23rd.
Four APS schools advanced to the state playoffs (all games are 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, unless otherwise noted):
— Mays finished the regular season 9-1, ranked No. 5 in the Class AAAAA division of the Atlanta Journal Constitution Top 10 poll. The Raiders are the No. 2 seed from Region 6AAAAA and will host the Creekview Grizzlies (Cherokee County), the No. 3 seed from Region 7AAAAA, in the first round of the state playoffs.
— George Washington Carver (7-3) is the No. 4 seed from Region 6AAAAA. The Panthers will travel north to Dalton, Ga., to face the Dalton Catamounts (Dalton City), the Region 7AAAAA champions.
— Grady (6-4) is the No. 3 seed from Region 6AAAA. The Grey Knights will travel north to Tunnel Hill, Ga., to face the Northwest Whitfield Bruins (Whitfield County), the No. 2 seed from Region 7AAAA.
— Jackson (6-4) is the No. 4 seed from Region 4AAA. The Jaguars will travel south to Eastman, Ga., to take on the undefeated Dodge County Indians (Dodge County), the Region 1AAA champions.
APS has spirit, yes we do! APS has spirit, how about you?!
The cheers, chants and stunts are bound to be a lot more involved than that when Benjamin E. Mays High School hosts the fifth annual Atlanta Public Schools Metro-Atlanta Cheerleading Competition, Saturday (Oct. 31), beginning at 10 a.m.
More than 30 competition cheer squads from across the metro Atlanta will compete in four separate divisions this year – varsity, junior varsity, co-ed and middle school. Last year’s varsity champion, Mays, will seek to defend its title on its home mats.
Atlanta Public Schools Athletic Director Jasper Jewell said the event has grown steadily in popularity as metro area squads sought a quality competition that was closer to their schools.
“Our competition has become popular and sparks the interest of so many schools in the metro area because of its location, Jewell said. “There are not a lot of options inside of I-285. Also, teams know they will see good competition here, and with regional competitions beginning in the first week of November, our event provides a great warm up.”
Along with the growth of the event, Jewell said he has seen growth and improvement in competitive cheerleading in the district over the past five years.
“I remember when the only competition squad we had was Mays,” Jewell said. “This year, we have full competition mats in all of our high schools and all of our middle schools. And more of our squads are entering competitions outside of ours. Last year, for the first time we had three teams qualify for the state [cheerleading] meet – Douglass, Grady and Mays. It’s a great opportunity for our student-athletes.”
“It is our mission to ensure that all students are ready for college and career,” said Dr. Carlton Jenkins, chief academic officer for APS. “Restructuring the small schools at our high schools will enable all students to gain exposure to a wide variety of college and career support without regard to school theme. Students will benefit from expanded course offerings and streamlined academic programs that will enable increased flexibility in master scheduling so that all students can meet their four-year graduation plans with fewer scheduling constraints. We are particularly excited about increasing the number of students in Carver Early College.”
On Monday, April 13, the Atlanta Board of Education voted to consolidate the small schools at Carver School of the Arts and Carver School of Technology, South Atlanta, and to formally close the small schools at D.M. Therrell. Students in those schools will remain on their respective campuses and will be assigned to Carver or Carver Early College, South Atlanta comprehensive or D.M. Therrell comprehensive high schools. The board also voted to merge the middle and high schools at both B.E.S.T. Academy at Benjamin S. Carson and Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, where the respective middle and high schools will be consolidated into 6-12 academies at each of the single-gender schools.
Schools will receive a transition year during the 2015-2016 school year whereby one principal will be assigned to lead the schools of South Atlanta High School of Computer Animation and Design, South Atlanta Law and Social Justice and South Atlanta Health and Medical Sciences. At Carver one principal will lead Carver Early College, which will include the students from the former School of Technology. One principal will lead the new consolidated Carver high school. D.M. Therrell received a transition year for 2014-2015 and will formally close its small schools at the end of this academic year. The State Board of Education is expected to consider an APS waiver request to have one principal at South Atlanta and two principals at Carver during its next scheduled meeting in May.
In 2014, APS began the work of consolidating Booker T. Washington and D.M. Therrell high schools. Carver and South Atlanta high schools are the only remaining campuses with small schools. Consolidating the small schools will help APS to build stronger schools to ensure there are consistent, high-quality academics and focused programming across the district. Students will benefit from a rigorous curriculum with expanded course options, aligned course offerings and enrichment programs.
In March, the district held public hearings on the future of the high school small-schools model and invited the public to discuss and provide stakeholder input on the closure and consolidations.
The public had at least two opportunities to offer comments during public hearings for each of the impacted schools. These sessions were a forum for parents, students, employees and the broader community to discuss the future direction of the district’s high schools.
Implementation of a strong school culture with a common vision and purpose is not currently offered in small school structures. The transition will strengthen the sense of community through establishing an aligned parent teacher association and local school council structure to support the schools. Restructuring the small school model will provide for aligned staffing, academic resources, and teacher professional development to ensure that all student needs are met.