McEachern, Osborne girls teams travel to New York for showcase
by Carlton D. White
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Aunesha Williams (5) will join her McEachern teammates, as well as their counterparts from Osborne, in Brooklyn this weekend for the Rose Classic Super Jam, a showcase of top East Coast girls basketball programs.
<Br>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
Aunesha Williams (5) will join her McEachern teammates, as well as their counterparts from Osborne, in Brooklyn this weekend for the Rose Classic Super Jam, a showcase of top East Coast girls basketball programs.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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Several elite girls basketball teams from along the East Coast will be in New York this weekend to participate in the Rose Classic Super Jam.

The event, hosted by Brooklyn’s Nazareth High School, will include McEachern and Osborne among 30 total participants.

Osborne (10-4) will open the Rose Classic against Mary Louis (N.Y.) on Friday at 5 p.m., then will face Archbishop Molloy (N.Y.) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

McEachern (12-2) will follow the Lady Cardinals both days, facing Nazareth on Friday and Capitol Christian Academy (Md.) on Saturday.

“This will be my first time going to New York so I’m really excited,” Osborne guard Zutorya Cook said. “I’ve seen New York on TV all of the time and I finally get to go.”

Cook is also excited about the competition the Lady Cardinals will face.

“I want to see the different styles the teams play and experience what basketball is like up there,” she said. “I think our team will do well.”

McEachern will be participating in the Rose Classic for the second straight year. The Lady Indians were invited to the 2013 event the summer following their 2012 state championship.

“Osborne hosts a Rose Classic-affiliated summer camp that we’ve attended for the past two years,” McEachern coach Phyllis Arthur said. “I was looking for us to beef up our schedule after winning the state championship and play in a competitive tournament the next season. In looking around, I got involved with the organizers of the Classic and they invited us up.

“We had a good time the first time and played well and they invited us back this year. It’s a good event that will get our girls even more prepared for the postseason and the caliber of teams we’ll have to face, like Norcross and Parkview. This will be get the girls exposed to nationally ranked teams and different styles.”

McEachern’s first opponent, Nazareth, features three Division I signees among other sought-after recruits

McEachern, led by North Carolina commitment Te’a Cooper and two other projected college recruits in Caliya Robinson and Aunesha Williams, has already seen its fair share of quality opponents, ttraveling to events in Tennessee and Florida.

Osborne has also strengthened its schedule. Four of the Lady Cardinals’ first five games were against Class AAAAAA opponents, and they competed at a tournament in Alabama over the winter break.

“Our Rose Classic team camp mimics what’s been done in New York,” Osborne coach Melanie Samuel said. “Last summer was the second year we had it. Assistant coach George Hayes knows some of the guys that put on the Rose Classic, so he was able to lock the tournament at Osborne.

“Where they use high school teams from North Carolina to New England, our camp brings some of the top AAU, club and travel teams from Georgia together to play one another over the summer.”

Arthur was impressed with what her team experienced at the Rose Classic in 2013 and encouraged Samuel to seek an invitation for this season.

Both teams are scheduled to fly to New York today and return Monday.

“We want to play some great basketball teams and get some experience,” Samuel said. “It’s not often you get an opportunity to go to New York and play these kinds of teams. It will be a great cultural experience for the girls, too.”

The staffs and players from both team will also have the chance for sightseeing when they are aren’t practicing or playing.

Cooper, whose parents are from New Jersey, plans to see some relatives.

“I’m looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to the games,” she said. “We lost the last time we were up there, but it was fun. A lot of us know what to expect and we’ll be prepared. I think it will be a fun experience for everybody.”
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Put up or Shut Up
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February 01, 2014
Do Something and Let Me Help and the rest of the Paranoid Psychos! Stop trying to get people to do your dirty work! If you have verifiable proof that recruiting happened then YOU send the proof to the GHSA and get the investigation underway. You guys are comical, you all have this so called proof but begging on these blogs for someone else to step up? SMH, I say put up your proof to the GHSA or just shut up already"
Let Me Help
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January 20, 2014
The person below is right, Steve Jones' actual email is: Steve.Jones@cobbk12.org But he isn't the guy to speak with. Tracie Doe the area superintendent is the one to talk to. She is ultimately the one who is responsible for ensuring a thorough investigation is conducted:

TRACIE.DOE@cobbk12.org

If she does her job, everything will work out the way it should and McEachern will be penalized accordingly. I believe she will. I doubt she is going to put her neck on the line for a bunch of coaches and Ad's who couldn't do the right thing. She also has to know that by now the group pushing this investigation will not give up until the rules are enforced.
Campbell Trojan
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January 18, 2014
Enough about McEachern. Has anyone noticed that my Trojans are in 3rd place? We put a beating on Harrison last night. Let's stop talkin bout the teams who are cheating and focus on my Trojans.
Fact finder
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January 17, 2014
1.70 Recruiting/undue influence

It's all right there in the GHSA rules. I suggest you all educate yourselves and let's move on. If you have witnessed this please contact the GHSA as I have no faith that our leaders in Cobb County will do so.

Does anyone else out there remember the CRCT cheating scandal that ran rampant through the Atlanta public school system? Administrators encouraged teachers to cheat and then attempted to silence those who spoke up. Eventually enough brave people spoke up and the truth came out.

Tired of This
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January 17, 2014
Please get this over with so we can all move on! I am so tired of seeing these blogs. Our kids should be celebrated in the paper, not reminded of those who are breaking the rules. Cobb County, just interview as many folks as you can and let everyone know the findings so the people who will not let this go will let it go. Mayeb McEachern is recruiting, maybe they aren't, but at this point it would be best for everyone just to look into it thoroughly so everyone can move on and focus on the kids. They are the ones that matter, not the unethical adults who are more interested in a State title than they are in teaching players how to conduct themselves ethically and admirably. Please make this stop!
David Stern
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January 17, 2014
You can't let the patients run the asylum! Where are the leaders? Of course players are going to want to move to a school that recruits them. Of course coaches aren't going to speak up when a bunch of great players show up and ruin their chance at a title they never would otherwise have. That is why we have leaders who are supposed to control this. I agree with one of the post below. If there was an ivestigation, why not speak with the Kell coaches who witmessed the wrongdoings? It just doesn't make any sense to let the school who was accused run the investigation. I hope there is more to this than what is showing up on this blog because if not, somebody os going to lose their job for not handling this properly.
No Way
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January 17, 2014
I am not sure what game syou folks are watching, but McEachern would suck without their recruits. Are you kidding me??? Why do you think they went out and recruited in the fist place??? even they knew they wouldn't be able to stay on top with what they had left after the last championship. Hillgrove would definitely kick the crap out of them without the girls from Kell, N.Cobb, and Cherokee. Campbell, N.Cobb, Harrison and Marietta would probably beat them as well. The fact that they are cheating is one thing, but let's not give them more credit than they deserve!
Let it go
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January 17, 2014
It's over, guys. Let it go!!! It may not be right, but there are too many people covering this up and too many jobs now at risk. Let it go!!!
Oscar the Grouch
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January 17, 2014
I bet you would like it if we all would let it go. Nothing may change, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try to do the right thing. The game is not over, yet!
Marietta Parent
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January 16, 2014
This is all a bunch of crap. I am so tired of Cobb B.S. I don't know what type of investigation anyone did, but I know for a fact it wasn't done well because I saw first hand over the past two summers what Omar Cooper does in the AAU circuit. I didn't even do an investigation and I know McEachern is guilty as sin. I would report them myself I know how that good ol' boy system works in Cobb.
Old Indian
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January 16, 2014
I have posted on here before. It seems the last time I was on here over a month ago, everyone was so sure McEachern was gonna get busted. Well? I think if there was something going on they would have found out now after the so-called investigation people were talking about. I told you all McEachern girls were just that good and you were a bunch of haters. State Championship, here we come!
Please Explain
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January 16, 2014
Is there anyone from Kell or Cherokee (a coach, player, student, or parent)whose been reading the blog that could shed some light on the matter? Certainly if your player/teammate/friend were being recruited then you would have had to have seen signs or heard conversations related to such.
Short Summary
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January 17, 2014
The word is Cobb doesn't want to contact Kell coaches because they have been told that the Kell coaches will tell the truth if asked and Cobb doesn't want to know the truth because then they will have to deal with it.

The Kell coaches will not come forward because they have been encouraged not to do so by their Ad and Principle. Why? Because Kell knows that if McEachern gets in trouble for recruiting basketball players then Kell will get in trouble for recruiting football players.

So, instead of being honest and just punishing the McEachern players, they decided to try to get everyone to keep quiet and cover for one another.

So, the simple way to get the truth is for Cobb to simply interview the Kell coaches. If there is nothing to hide, it wouldn't hurt anyone to speak with them!!!



The End!
Frustrated Fan
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January 16, 2014
Steve.jones@cobbl12.org That is who you should be sending your complaints to. He is the Cobb County athletic director (and former AD @ McEachern - anyone else see a conflict here and wonder why nothing will be done?). Perhaps they will publish their findings but I for one am not holding my breath.

Has anyone else also noticed how the lady Indians are no longer sending in their games scores to be reported? I think deep down Coach Arthur may cringe when her squad shows up on the front page of the sports section because it just reminds the rest of the county what a poor job their boosters have done recruiting and the blog entries start all over again.

The really sad part of all of this is that McEachern had a decent squad with out the addition of their transfers. I believe they probably would still have been at the top level of their region and would not have this dark cloud of suspicion hanging over their program. I for one would not like to be a coach of a program and spend the entire season wondering if I was going to be "found out". Or maybe I am totally wrong and coach Arthur truly believes her program has done nothing wrong. If that is the case and she can look herself in the mirror every morning, then good for her.

Lets also not forget that at the end of all of this we are talking about Girls high school basketball players. Young ladies looking to their coaches and parents to be positive role models.

tryandbefactual69
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January 18, 2014
Hey, 'Frustrated Fan.' You lost any credibility with your error filled first paragraph. First of all, that's not his e-mail address. The second error is that Steve Jones has not ever been the AD at McEachern. At least try and get the basics covered before spouting off. Otherwise, I'll just assume you're wrong about all of your wild accusations.
Dude28
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January 16, 2014
MDJ, we will not celebrate or champion a team that is obviously put together illegally. Don't tinkle on us and tell us it's raining.
WillisDrummond
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January 16, 2014
It is common knowledge what is going on. It's shameful the way Cobb County and GHSA handled this investigation. Did they ever get the evidence Kell's coach has? Did they ask? At this point, nothing will happen. I hope they enjoy their tainted victories. The sad thing is even without the illegal players, they would be a very talented team. It's just too bad we will never get to know. Cobb County and GHSA officials have no integrity.
McDaddy #2
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January 16, 2014
McEachern wants to show off some of their prized possession recruits. We are moving out of the district because my daughter works hard and never gets to play becasue of all of the move ins that live with O Cooper. Can you tell me how they get away with this.
It's Simple
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January 16, 2014
They don't get reported because nobody has faith in our leaders anymore. In this case, it apparently was reported and nothing happened. Which means our leaders have no integrity and are in bed with McEqchern. You are smart to be leaving if your daughterever wants to play. South Cobb could probably use her. Good luck!
Do something
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January 16, 2014
Write to the GHSA STATE OFFICERS:

President: Gary Holmes, Brunswick, Georgia

Vice-President: Walter Wade, Atlanta, Georgia

Executive Director: Ralph Swearngin, Thomaston, Georgia

Assistant Executive Director: Gary Phillips



I contacted Ralph Swearngin. His reply was...

"The GHSA is an association of member schools. Requests for investigations are normally processed by an administrator of a member school. Signed documentation by someone outside of school administration may be used to begin an investigation as long as there is verifiable evidence in those documents and not just rumors that circulate in the community. Such documentation should be sent to the GHSA office and our administrator for compliance will evaluate that evidence."



Since it does not look like the Cobb County AD is going to move forward with this, then SPEAK UP!! If everyone sits by and waits for someone else to do something, NOTHING will get done.

If you are a parent of a McEachern player then I am sure you have witnessed violations in person. Take the time to read the GHSA rules, especially the sections on recruiting and I am sure you can provide examples and facts to the GHSA.

I don't think anyone thinks that these girls don't live within the McEachern district. It's how they got there that is the question.



Here we go again
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January 16, 2014
Where do I even begin? Let's start with Coach Arthur stating she wanted to beef up her schedule. I guess with a tougher schedule she felt she had to beef up her roster also. FOr those who live under a rock, Coach Arthur had one of her boosters coach cooper recruit Aunesha Williams from Cherokee and Caliya Robinson from Kell. They were turned into Cobb COunty Schools for violating the rules but CObb County either decided they didn't break the rules or never investigated it because here they are in the paper being honored for cheating. Does everyone a favor McEachern and stay in New York!
Indian 4 Life
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January 17, 2014
Get over it, haters. They one a state title two years ago without any recruiting, so why do you think they are now? Sounds like you tried to catch them, but ya didn't. Move on!
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