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USA TODAY Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

USA TODAY Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA -- The USA Today Super 25 Boys Basketball Poll for Metro Atlanta is here.  The teams have made it through their holiday tournaments with two very familiar faces at the top.

When coaching legend Dr. Phil McCrary suddenly stepped down last summer, Kerry Sandifer was thrust into the lead role with a team that had won 3 straight state championships.  So far, not much has changed on Columbia Drive.  The Eagles beat Norcross in the final of their own holiday tournament and they are the number one team this week.

4-time state champion Miller Grove is next, followed by Hillgrove, Shiloh and Norcross to complete the top 5.  North Cobb is 6th this week, with Greater Atlanta Christian, North Gwinnett, Alatoona and Marist completing this week's top 10.

Parkview, GAC top first high school basketball rankings

Parkview, GAC top first high school basketball rankings

ATLANTA -- The 2012-13 high school basketball season is underway, and two Gwinnett County schools currently lead the pack.

The Lady Panthers of Lilburn's Parkview High School are ranked No. 1 for girls. North Gwinnett, Wesleyan, Columbia and North Cobb round out the top 5.

For boys, Greater Atlanta Christian in Norcross is No. 1. Other members of the top 5 include Miller Grove, North Cobb, Hillgrove and Shiloh.

Get all your metro Atlanta high school basketball information at usatodayhss.com.

The top 25 boys and girls teams include:

American Family Insurance All Metro Atlanta Top 5 Performances

American Family Insurance All Metro Atlanta Top 5 Performances

ATLANTA -- Each week American Family Insurance brings you the All Metro Atlanta Top 5 Performances.  It's a recap of the best plays from Friday Night Alive.

This week number 5 is Norcross quarterback Joseph Wilber's 31 yard pass completion to Clinton Lynch.  The Blue Devils stay unbeaten with a 36-3 win over Peachtree Ridge.

The number 4 play is Collins Hill's Tyler Henderson's 42 yard touchdown run.  North Gwinnett won the game 38-24.

The number 3 play this week Marcus Miller's touchdown run, as Marist beat Stone Mountain 34-8.

The number 2 play comes from the Alpharetta-Lambert game. Raiders QB Joshua Dobbs connects with Carlos Burse for the touchdown.  Alpharetta has won 4 in a row after beating the Longhorns 35-7.

USA Today's Super 25 Poll for Metro Atlanta is here

USA Today's Super 25 Poll for Metro Atlanta is here

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- This season, 11Alive.Com and HighSchoolSports.Net will have a weekly Super 25 high school basketball poll for Metro Atlanta schools.  The poll, which is provided by USA Today, will rank both boys and girls teams from all classifications using the Massey Ratings.

With teams from the Atlanta area being ranked among the nation's best again this season, the Super 25 Poll will be a weekly measuring stick. We hope it will spark a conversation about who holds the title of top basketball team in the Atlanta area. We start with the poll for the week of January 2.

Boys Atlanta Super 25 Poll   

1. Columbia

2. Miller Grove

3. Mill Creek

4. Milton

5. Whitefield Academy

6. Douglas Co.

7. North Cobb

8. Shiloh

9. North Clayton

10. Monroe

11. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

12. Fayette Co.

13. Wheeler

14. Harrison

Dekalb Basketball prepares for a Special Season

Dekalb Basketball prepares for a Special Season

TUCKER, Ga. -- The high school basketball season peomises to be very special in Dekalb County, where three boy's teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation.

The ESPN FAB50 ranked Miller Grove No. 2 in the national preseason poll. The Wolverines have won three straight Class AAAA titles and will feature 6-9 Tony Parker, who averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots per game. Parker is ranked No. 31 among the nation's top college prospects and will team with 6-7 forward Brandon Morris who has already committed to attend the University of Georgia.

Two-time defending state Class AAA champion Columbia is ranked  No.12 in the national poll. The Eagles won their fourth state title in the last six seasons. Junior point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen averaged 13 points, 8 assists, and 3 steals per per game and was Class AAA Player of the Year.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.

M.L King faces South Gwinnett on Thursday Night

M.L King faces South Gwinnett on Thursday Night

Decatur, Ga--The Class AAAAA No. 7 ranked Martin Luther King Jr. Lions open their season on Thursday night in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Hallford Stadium against the South Gwinnett Comets (0-1).

South Gwinnett won at home a year ago in a 44-41 shootout featuring a pair of high octane offenses.

 M.L. King's Jonquel Dawson passed for a record setting 486 yards in the season opener a year ago and went on to set the season and career passing marks in DeKalb County and returns to add to that career total this fall. Dawson passed for 3,611 yards last season and moved on top of the career passing list with 5,383 yards.

South Gwinnett lost its season opener 45-13 to current No. 1 ranked
Lowndes.

Class AAAAA No. 6 ranked Stephenson (1-0) and Class AAA No. 6 ranked Cedar Grove are both coming off season opening victories as they meet up on Friday in a 7:30 p.m. game at Hallford Stadium.