Local basketball results Dec. 4, 2013


LANDMARK moved to 4-0 with an 82-58 win Nov. 26 over Hebron.


LANDMARK edged Our Lady of Mercy 62-61 Nov. 25. Joy Stucker scored 24 points while Diamond Smith added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jillian Price and Abby Johns scored 9 each. The next night the Lady War Eagles lost 45-43 to Hebron, as Stucker led the team with 13 and Johns scored 9. The Lady War Eagles are 2-3 on the season. Read More»

Griffin 32, Sandy Creek 26

Sandy Creek defensive end Broderick Allen tips a pass and intercepts it in the first quarter of Friday night's game against Griffin.

No team from Fayette County will be playing for a state football title in 2013.

The Sandy Creek Patriots’ quest for a fourth championship in five years came to an end Friday night at the Battlefield in Tyrone, as the Griffin Bears overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to clinch a AAAA semifinal berth with a 32-26 win. Read More»

High school sports roundup - Nov. 27, 2013


LANDMARK competed Nov. 19 in North Atlanta in a meet that included Grady, Maynard T. Jackson Booker T. Washington high schools. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams placed third overall, and Ty Janyaem was second in the 100 breaststroke.



Welch Elementary students seek 5,000 cans

Welch Elementary students seek 5,000 cans

Welch Elementary School recently joined in a drive with a goal of collecting 5,000 cans of food to go to area residents in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. Welch students collected more than 3,000 cans last year. Pictured, from left, are 5th graders Charlie Paige, Rishoun Ingram and Ethan Ramey. Photo/Special.

Sandy Creek moves on; Landmark, OLM eliminated

Cole Garvin threw two touchdown passes in Sandy Creek's 55-7 rout of Chestatee.

Three local teams competed Friday night in the GHSA state football playoffs, but only one will live to fight another day this season.

Sandy Creek 55, Chestatee 7: The Patriots steamrolled into the AAAA state quarterfinals with another offensive explosion, this time against the War Eagles from Hall County.
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Fayette Board of Education recognizes winning ways of FCHS Band

Fayette Board of Education recognizes winning ways of FCHS Band

Section leaders of the Fayette County High School Marching Band were joined by school officials for a presentation by the Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 18 recognizing the band for being named grand champions in the recent Valhalla Marching Band Competition at Northgate High School in Coweta County. FCHS was also ranked 8th overall in the recent Bands of America Super Regional Invitational Competition in Winston Salem, N.C. Photo/Ben Nelms.

High school sports roundup

Boys basketball

McIntosh defeated Our Lady of Mercy 78-44 in a season-opening scrimmage last week. Sophomore Dishon Lowery led all scorers with 19 and chipped in 11 rebounds. Junior Phillip Venson scored 16, sophomore Jordan Lyons scored 9, sophomore Will Washington scored 8, and senior Connor Nash scored 7. “We shared the ball very well,” said McIntosh head coach Jason Eisele. “All eleven Chiefs who played scored in the contest.” Read More»

Sandy Creek 63, Cedartown 10

It took exactly 17 seconds for the Sandy Creek Patriots to shift gears into playoff mode.

That’s how long it took Javon Jackson to return the game’s opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. From there the Patriots never looked back, opening up a 42-3 lead in the second quarter en route to a 63-10 win over the Cedartown Bulldogs in the first round of the AAAA state playoffs.

Next Friday Sandy Creek will host Chestatee, who defeated Grady in its first-round game. Read More»

'Communities in Schools' returns to Coweta to help 'at risk' students

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Georgia Director Neil Shorthouse recently provided the Newnan Rotary Club with information on efforts by the organization to serve at-risk students. The program is expected to be reinstated in Coweta in 2014.

Shorthouse said the CIS goal is to increase high school graduation and reduce dropout rates. Shorthouse thanked local leaders for their efforts to reinstate Coweta’s Communities in Schools program. Read More»

Avidano named MVP in Fla. tourney

Ryan Avidano with his MVP award and the team's championship trophy.

Starr’ Mill High School senior Ryan Avidano was named Most Valuable Pitcher at Perfect Game's 15th annual World Wood Bat Association World Championship in Jupiter, Fla., last month.

About 1,700 players on 85 teams attended the event along with hundreds of college coaches and professional scouts.

Avidano, a lefthander who stands six-feet-seven, is verbally committed to the University of Georgia. He earned the victory in the championship game pitching four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. It was his second appearance in two days at the tournament. Read More»