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»

Landmark takes boys’ team title; Foreman wins girls’ crown

The Landmark War Eagles, 2013 GHSA state champions in boys' cross-country.

The Landmark War Eagles came home from Carrollton Saturday afternoon with the Georgia High School Association’s Class A Private state championship in boys’ cross-country.

It was the boys’ eighth state championship in cross-country since 1995. The team has also finished as state runner-up five times. Read More»

Starr’s Mill Debate Team off to strong start

Starr’s Mill Debate Team off to strong start

The Starr’s Mill High School Debate team has gotten off to a strong start, with multiple wins at Griffin, Roswell, and Warner Robins, with an exceptionally strong showing at the Johnson High School tournament, reports Amanda Nails. The results were as follows:

Novice Public Forum: Darius Cooper and Liam O’Connell, 4th Place; Liam O’Connell, 3rd Place Speaker Award.

Varsity Public Forum: Maud deGroot and Vicki Justice, 2nd Place; Maud deGroot, 4th Place Speaker Award; Vicki Justice, 3rd Place Speaker Award. Read More»

Friday night, Nov. 8, football roundup

ELCA 35, Landmark 0: It was expected by many to be a down-to-the-wire fight for the Region 5-A crown. Indeed, up to a week ago, it was projected to be a matchup of unbeaten teams.

But after losing by one point last week to Holy Innocents, the Landmark War Eagles hosted the top-ranked Chargers of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, and the defending state champions lived up to their billing. Read More»

Champion cheerleaders

Champion cheerleaders

The Starr’s Mill Varsity Cheerleaders won the McIntosh Chief Cheerleading Classic on Saturday, November 2. Not only did Starr’s Mill win the 5A division, but they were named Grand Champions for the entire competition. They will compete next Saturday, November 9, at the Region Finals in Columbus. Read More»

School enrollment resumes losing trend, down nearly 300

Fayette now has same number of students as 13 years ago; all-time high of 22,367 in 2006-2007 Read More»

Fayette BoE receives update on system’s emergency plans

The Fayette County Board of Education received an update Monday night on the school system’s School Safety and Emergency Plan designed to respond to a wide range of emergency situations.

Presented by Safety, Discipline and Athletics Coordinator Steve Greene, the school system’s emergency plans were developed several years ago, prior to the legislative requirement to implement them. Read More»

McIntosh wins state volleyball crown

The McIntosh Lady Chiefs won the AAAAA state volleyball championship Friday night by taking three out of four games from Sequoyah in the final round at Marietta High School.

See next Wednesday's edition of the Citizen for a complete wrapup of the Lady Chiefs' championship season.

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