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Updated: GHSA doubles size of state swim meet, amends rules on spring games, coin tosses

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution --> Original Article Here The Georgia High School Association’s executive committee is meeting Monday in Macon to vote on proposals that got through committee meetings on Sunday. The annual spring meeting won’t be as eventful as the most recent ... More

GHSA executive committee sorts through mild agenda in Macon

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution --> Original Article Here The Georgia High School Association’s executive committee is meeting Monday in Macon to vote on proposals that got through committee meetings on Sunday. The annual spring meeting won’t be as eventful as the most recent ... More

National Signing Day: North Forsyth celebrates 5 signees

By: Sports Staff
North Forsyth celebrated five athletes signing their national letters of intent to compete in college Wednesday in the school's cafeteria. Tucker Brady (Madonna University, lacrosse), Mackenzie Cary (Limestone College, soccer), Bri Gilbert (Piedmont College, volleyball), Meg Hurley (Berry College, track and field) and Mason Wacker (Point University, football) took ceremonial photos in front of North administration, friends and family.

Rankings rundown: Week 8

Every Sunday, the AJC releases its top 10 polls for both boys and girls. Here’s a rundown of those teams and where they’re at at this point in the season.


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Buford senior wins second Gatorade volleyball player-of-year award

Buford senior Gabby Curry was named Tuesday the Gatorade volleyball player of the year for Georgia for the second year in a row

Curry, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter and libero, led the Wolves to a 41-4 <a class="read-more" href="http://highschoolsports.blog.ajc.com/2017/01/17/buford-senior-wins-second-gatorade-volleyball-player-of-year-award/">...


Region-by-region: A look at the races

With only three weeks left in the regular season, the races in each region are starting to take shape. Here’s a look at each league to identify the main contenders as the region playoffs get ...


THE GRIND: North Forsyth’s Markle won’t let injury spoil breakout season

By: Michael Foster
When it comes to the game on the floor, Cassie Markle will do anything in her power to get in the way of an opponent — no matter the size, no matter the skill. That mentality is evident in every rebound, blocked shot and aggressive post move she makes when the Lady Raiders are in the heat of competition. Fittingly, her ascension to a prominent role on the girls’ varsity basketball team at North Forsyth has been about not letting anything get in the way of her dream. “I just want to play college basketball,” she said. Markle has been playing the sport since before she can remember. She knows she played for Upward Sports basketball, a youth program that starts in elementary school, though she can’t recall many moments from that far back. “I was just a little kid. At one point I fell in love with it. I just would get in the zone, loved running around and doing my thing,” Markle said. But Markle has run into obstacles along the way. As a student at Horizon Christian Academy during her freshman season she finally got to step onto the floor in a varsity basketball game. She played up to her competition, further solidifying her mindset of wanting to become a star on the court. Then she faced a stressful decision. “We kind of knew that we wouldn’t have a team the following year. There weren’t enough girls in the program — all of them were seniors. So if I stayed there I wouldn’t have been able to play varsity basketball,” Markle said. In this day and age that may not be that big of a deal. Club basketball seasons have become a proving ground for kids looking to get attention and scholarships, and Markle has made rounds doing just that with the North Georgia Magic — a team that includes five of her current North teammates and four more that play for rival Lambert. She still wanted to play basketball year-round, so she transferred to North to start her sophomore season. That transfer meant a lot — the transition from non-GHSA basketball to a program like the one run by head coach Eric Herrick would be difficult. North — as many in the county and surrounding regions of the GHSA know — has branded itself on trading in eye-popping talent with toughness, grit and relentless play. Markle didn’t have a problem fitting in. Last season she earned significant playing time, starting and rotating off the bench at different points. Her youth was sometimes evident in the amount of fouls she committed, but on the same token her toughness became apparent. If North had a brand, she owned it as an underclassmen. The physicality caught up with Markle this past offseason when her shoulder began to give her problems after dislocating it in the last game of the travel season with her club team. It seemed like a simple procedure and a little bit of time would fix the problem, but certain rotations and simple motions continued to cause pain. She was sidelined for a significant amount of time in the volleyball season this fall, and then aggravated the injury against North Hall on Dec. 2. After receiving second opinions, Markle found out she’d likely have to get surgery for what could be a torn labrum. The latest word from doctors was that there’s a 60 percent chance it’s a tear. Surgery would mean lost playing time, and Markle isn’t willing to give that up. So instead, the determined junior has elected to play the rest of her junior season with the injury. It’s a play-by-ear approach that requires her communication with Herrick about pain. There’s a wince every time she blocks a shot, she says. “That doesn’t stop me,” Markle said. “Coach says if I’m hurting I have to let him know.” She followed that statement with a concealed grin. “I just have to deal with it,” Markle said. “I love basketball. No matter what’s going on I love getting to practice, getting on the floor and clearing my mind.” At 5-foot-11, Markle knows she’s proving herself as a capable rebounder, shot blocker and scorer despite giving up an inch or two every once in a while to bigger players. She knows that means her skills simply stand out even more. She hopes that her production on the floor this season — with a shoulder strap and all — could lead to opportunities to achieve her dream of playing in college. “I want to go somewhere, but somewhere small where I can continue to play,” Markle said. “Georgia College, Georgia Southern and Valdosta State are my options right now. “Playing is what’s important to me. I want to be out there to help the team. I really like winning.”

Final 2016 softball rankings

Another softball championship season is in the books as eight champions were crowned last weekend in Columbus. North Gwinnett, Cambridge, Buford, Central-Carroll, East Jackson, Harlem, First Presbyterian and Gordon Lee came away victorious.

Three of the eight champions—Cambridge, Buford and Gordon Lee—were Score Atlanta picks for preseason No. 1 in their classifications back in August, with Cambridge of Class AAAAAA and Gordon Lee of A-Public going wire-to-wire as the top teams.

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Final 2016 volleyball rankings

Walton completed a wire-to-wire season for the second straight year and swept Lassiter for its 11th all-time state title in Class 7A. Semifinalists South Forsyth and Lambert fall behind the runner-up Trojans and North Cobb rounds out the top 5. Etowah dropped to No. 6 since the pre-playoff poll after suffering five-set, second-round exit to Newnan, which comes in at No. 9.

In Class 6A, Harrison upset No. 1 Alpharetta 3-1 in <a class="read-more" href="http://highschoolsports.blog.ajc.com/2016/11/01/final-2016-volleyball-rankings/">...


Volleyball Roundup: Walton wins 11th volleyball state title

Walton swept its way past Lassiter [30-28, 25-18, 25-12] in the Class 7A final to win a state-best 11th all-time volleyball state championship Saturday at Marietta High School. The Raiders were tested in the first set as Lassiter rallied from 23-18 down to set up match point at 25-24. This was the first of six match points from both teams before the Raiders clinched the set 30-28.

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