Woodward Scores Impressive Road Win at Newnan

By: Rob Grubbs — SportalNews contributor

April 2, 2019 (Newnan, GA): The Woodward Academy War Eagle baseball team (12-6), who is locked in a three-way battle in Region 4-AAAA, went on the road for a non-region game against the 2-AAAAAAA Newnan Cougars (15-7). On a breezy afternoon, the War Eagles broke open the game with six runs in the second, triggered by a two-run double from Khari Gee and cruised behind a strong night on the mound from Will Sanders for the 14-5 win.

It was a tough night for the Newnan defense as multiple miscues gave the War Eagles nine unearned runs. Allen Thompson reached base in all five at-bats and scored four times in the victory while Sanders pitched into the fifth inning, striking out 6 and only giving up four hits. Nicholas Crossing scored two for the Cougars.

See highlights of the game below.


Mountain View Scores Win Over North Gwinnett

By: Cody Butler/Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributors

March 27, 2019 (Lawrenceville, GA):  The North Gwinnett Bulldogs took a 12 game win streak into a big region match-up with the Mountain View Bears.  With first place in the region on the line, these two heavyweights brought their best stuff to the diamond.

On the very first pitch of the game, Michael Borah set the tone for the Dawgs with a home run.  Jonathan Acosta answered for the Bears to tie the game at 1-1 at the end of the first.  In the bottom of the second Kenny Mallory belted a three-run homer to give Mountain View the 4-1 lead.  The pitchers Spencer Hancock and Coulson Buchanan dug in for the next few innings, and the 4-1 score held up through the fourth.

It was Michael Borah going yard again in the fifth for North Gwinnett that brought the Mountain View lead down to one run.  Corey Collins added to the home run flurry in the fifth, tying the game at 4-4.  After a quiet sixth inning, the teams entered the seventh and final inning tied.  Justin Manus came out of the bullpen for Mountain View to get them to the bottom of the inning still tied.

The leadoff man for the Bears reached base on a chopper, then advanced to third on a passed ball and a balk.  A long sacrifice fly to right field scored the game winner for Mountain View, final score of 5-4.  These teams will face off again on Thursday night for the rubber match of this series with first place in the region on the line.  Expect big things from both squads come playoff time this year.


Lincoln Academy Outguns Combine Academy

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

February 20, 2019 (Norcross, GA):  The Lincoln Academy Bulldogs hosted the Combine Academy Goats from North Carolina.  The Goats came out hot in the first half, connecting on a number of deep threes to keep the game close at the half, with the Bulldogs clinging to a 30-25 lead.  Coach Gonzalez made some great halftime adjustments for Lincoln, and the team rode a hot and fast third quarter to a second half blowout.  The final score was 80-51.

The Bulldogs were led by Elias King and Moulaye Sissoko, each with 15 points.  Frankie Anselem provided energy off the bench and a number of highlight dunks on the way to a 13 point night. MiKale Stephens led the team from the PG spot, tallying 11 points and a number of highlight reel assists.  The Goats were led by Shaikim Jenks and Elisha Smith, each with 12 points.

Watch the replay of the game here.

Atlanta Football Players on National Signing Day

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

February 6, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  Atlanta high schools send their best players to many of the top college football programs in America, and 2019 was another banner year.  Today saw a number of the top players making things official at National Signing Day hosted by 680 The Fan/247 Sports at Sport & Social in Battery Park.  We saw nearly 100 players today from over 10 schools, MC’ed by Rusty Mansell and Doug Konkel.

The day got off to a great start, with Rome Wolves star running back Jamious Griffin choosing to stay at home in Atlanta and attend Georgia Tech.  Later in the event, we heard from Coach Appling at Buford High who updated the big crowd on the health progress of their own star running back Derrian Brown and teased a big announcement from the Texas Longhorns coming soon.

See more from the event here.

Lovett Completes Region Win Over Pace Academy

By: Brian Zwerner/Andrew Garner — SportalNews contributors

February 1, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  The Lovett Lions hosted the Pace Knights in a match-up of two of the top teams in AAA – Region 5.  This game stayed close throughout the first half, with a 13-13 tie at the end of Q1 and a halftime score of 23-21 with Lovett on top.  The Lions broke it open in the third, led by their star guard Sydney Johnson.  At the end of the third frame, the Lovett lead had ballooned to 39-30, but the Knights were not done yet.

Late in the fourth, double technical fouls against the Lions gave the Knights four FTs, and Joelle Zelony delivered on all of them.  The Knights had a chance to win the game at the buzzer with a three, but the ball couldn’t find the bottom of the net and the Lions held on for the 46-44 win.

Sydney Johnson was spectacular for Lovett in the win.  She netted 27 points and made great play after great play.  After the game she was honored as the Lions all time leading scorer.  Abbi Goldberg chipped in with 13 points as well for the Lions.  The Knights were led by two seniors, Virginia Hobbs with 14 and Joelle Zelony with 11.

See highlights from the game here.


Lincoln Academy Bests Our Saviour Lutheran

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

January 25, 2019 (Norcross, GA):  The Lincoln Academy Bulldogs hosted Our Saviour Lutheran from Bronx, NY and came away with an impressive 81-64 victory.  After both teams got off to a slow start, Mississippi State signee Elias King got hot, knocking down multiple triples to power the Bulldogs to a 38-28 lead at the break.  Strong defense led to offense for the home team in a fast paced third quarter, and Lincoln pulled out the win.  King ended with 24 points, and three other Bulldogs were in double figures – Dalen Ridgnal, Jalen Carruth and Rafael Pinzon.

The OSL Falcons were led by Seton Hall signee Dashawn Davis with 14 points and multiple assists as he took over the lead guard role with Posh Alexander injured.  Big man Silas Sunday came on strong when Bernard Kouma took a hard shot early in the game.

Watch the replay of the game here.

Touchdown Club of Atlanta 2018 Awards

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

January 24, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  The Touchdown Club of Atlanta is a non-profit group that supports football in Atlanta and the nation.  Since their founding in 1938, they have honored top players and coaches across the country.  Previous winners of the prestigious Bobby Dodd National Player of the Year include such stars as Peyton Manning, Eric Berry, Terrelle Pryor and many more NFL and college standouts.

This year’s offensive winner is QB Taulia Tagovailoa from Thompson High School in Alabaster, AL.  Taulia’s older brother Tua is the starting quarterback at Alabama, where Taulia will attend next year.  The 2018 defensive winner is Nakobe Dean from Horn Lake High School in Mississippi.  Dean will attend UGA next year.

The Touchdown Club also honored QB Dylan Fromm from Warner Robins High School as Mr. Georgia Football, an honor his brother UGA QB Jake Fromm won as well.  Also honored were underclassmen winners of the Little Peach Award RB Keaton Mitchell from Eagles Landing Christian Academy and WR Marcayll Jones from Warner Robins.

Also present at the ceremony last night in Atlanta were the 8 coaches of the year and many of the members of the TCA All-Star offense and defense teams.

See pictures from the event below.