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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»

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»

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