Prep Roundup: Sectionals begin for wrestlers
by MDJ staff reports
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Ninety-one local wrestlers still have a chance to place among the top eight in their respective weight classes following the first day of the sectional meets.

Several wrestlers from Areas 4AAAAAA and 5AAAAAA are still alive for state finals berths. Undefeated wrestlers who reached the semifinals and guaranteed themselves a spot at a state championships were Campbell’s Jawon Lawson (145 pounds), Harrison’s Tyler Buehler (195), Hillgrove’s Carlin Powell (138), Kennesaw Mountain teammates Matt Michaud (132), Augusto Paes (138), Henrio Thelemaque (145) and Justan Rivera (182).

Also advancing were Lassiter’s Connor Shields (182), Marietta’s Anthony Neary (160), Jonathan Gates (170), Isaiah Borne (195), Brandon Hill (220), and Jeron Holsey (285), McEachern’s Alex Noble (126), Tyri Brown (160), Josh Farara (170), Christian Wade (220) and Uche Nkadi (285), Walton’s Jacob Murphy (138) and Wheeler’s Aslan Kilic (113).

Host Allatoona has seven automatic qualifiers — Harrison Kemp (106), Ethan Benedict (132), Jack Woods (138), Eric Vermette (145), Jacob Robinson (152), Will Kemp (160) and Cody Webb (182) — among its eight remaining entrants in Class AAAAA.

Pope automatically advanced seven of its nine in the Cambridge sectional — Josh Tazzetta (113), Walker Yarbrough (120), Sam Skinner (126), Jake Adcock (138), T.J. Collins (145), Davis Burson (152) and Jake Henson (160).

Also at Cambridge were Sprayberry’s semifinalists Alex Labarre (106), Jacob Speeth (138) and Darius Burton (195), along with Kell’s Matthew Springfield (120) and Calvin Irby (160). Sprayberry has one wrestler eligible in the consolation bracket, while Kell has four.

The Class A sectional at Darlington begins today.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Kennesaw Mountain 73, Hillgrove 70:
Tied 37-all at halftime, Kennesaw Mountain outscored Hillgrove 16-13 in the third quarter and held on for the senior night victory.

The Mustangs (11-13, 6-10 Region 4AAAAAA) made 10 of 17 fourth-quarter free throws to help log the win.

Nigel Hayes had 25 points and nine rebounds, while Andrew Jimenez collected 16 points and six assists. Josh Craig and Alex White added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Kyle Castlin totaled 23 points for Hillgrove, while B.J. Brown had 21 and Collin Sexton 14.

The region tournament will begin Monday at McEachern, with play-in games for seeds 6-9.

Campbell 61, McEachern 55: Dominic Klein went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line and scored all 11 of his points in the final four minutes to help Campbell to the Region 4AAAAAA road win.

The Spartans (11-13, 6-9), who were 18-of-22 from the free-throw line, held a 35-34 lead entering the fourth quarter and made 13 of 14 fourth-quarter free throws to clinch the victory.

Michael Olmert contributed a double-double with 17 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and two steals. He also shot 6 for 7 from the line. Laz Walker chipped in 16.

Logan McIntosh (16 points) and Freddy Brown (17 points) each made four 3-pointers for McEachern.

Campbell is at Pebblebrook today.

St. Francis 67, North Cobb Christian 62: North Cobb Christian couldn’t overcome St. Francis’ strength on the offensive boards when it mattered most resulting in a Region 6A setback at home to conclude the regular season.

The Knights held a 47-46 lead at the end of the third quarter and battled hard in the fourth to hold on.

Trey Kalina had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and two steals to lead the Eagles (18-6, 11-3). Hunter Ware added 17 points, while Stephon Jelks contributed 13. Kendall Crute had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.

The Region 6A tournament begins Tuesday, with games at Darlington and Trion.

Mount Pisgah Christian 65, Mount Paran Christian 48: Mount Pisagh won every quarter to slowly pull away for the Region 6A road win.

Emoni Williams lead Mount Paran (5-14, 2-10) with 13 points and three assists. Zach Strong had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Mount Paran is at Fellowship Christian today.

Dominion Christian 54, Holy Spirit 43: Continuing the stretch run of their regular season, the Knights prevailed with a second-half surge.

Up two after the first quarter, Dominion (11-9, 6-2 GISA Region 1AAA) fell into a two-point deficit at halftime, but it was able to turn things around with a 33-20 edge in the final two periods.

Jordan Dorsey scored a game-high 27 points, also adding eight rebounds and five assists, while Riley Howard had nine points and five rebounds.

Dominion will host Griffin Christian today, one of five games left on the Knights’ schedule

GIRLS BASKETBALL

McEachern 103, Campbell 38:
Four of McEachern’s five top scorers collected double-doubles in the Lady Indians’ senior night victory.

Taylor Gordon had 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals and connected on eight 3-pointers for a career-high 33 points to lead the Indians (21-2), who are one win shy of an undefeated 16-0 Region 4AAAAAA mark.

Te’a Cooper totaled 20 points, 10 assists and eight steals, while Jada Lewis added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, seven assists and four steals.

Caliya Robinson posted her third straight triple-double with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks. Aunesha Williams chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds.

McEachern, which made 13 3-pointers, broke the century mark after scoring 94 last year and 97 in a game in 2012.

Aysha Joyner had eight points for Campbell, which will be at Pebblebrook today.

McEachern is at South Cobb.

Hillgrove 56, Kennesaw Mountain 28: The Lady Hawks doubled-up on the Lady Mustangs in their regular-season finale.

Mackenzie Engram finished with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Zarriah Pierce added 13 points and seven assists, while Jalyn Reese had 11 points and six steals.

Hillgrove (21-3, 14-2 Region 4AAAAAA) will be the No. 2 seed for the region tournament and will rematch with No. 7 seed Kennesaw Mountain (9-15, 4-12) on Tuesday at McEachern.

Harrison 45, South Cobb 15: The Lady Hoyas wrapped up their regular season by allowing just two points in the first half.

Meanwhile, Harrison (16-9, 9-7 Region 4AAAAAA) scored 25 in the game’s first 16 minutes.

Melissa Bartow scored a game-high 11 points, with Kaylyn Brooks adding eight and Jasmine Knowles seven.

With the region tournament set to begin Tuesday at McEachern, Harrison’s seeding — either fourth or fifth — will be determined by a coin flip with Marietta. The flip is largely ceremonial, though, since the Lady Hoyas and Lady Blue Devils will play one another regardless of the outcome.

Mount Paran Christian 41, Mount Pisgah Christian 24: Mount Paran led 18-9 at halftime and put the Region 6A home game away following a 19-4 third-quarter run.

Taya Welch, who had three 3-pointers in the third, finished with 13 points for the Lady Eagles (17-4, 9-2). Que Morrison added 11 points, five assists and four steals.

Mount Paran is at Fellowship Christian today.

GIRLS SOCCER

Lassiter 4, Douglas County 0:
After a scoreless halftime tie, Lassiter erupted in the second half to record the season-opening non-region victory.

Margo Richardson scored twice and Kalli Vogel had a goal and three assists for Lassiter (1-0). Mirriam ElFakahany also netted a goal, while Brittany Rooker added an assist.

Megan Richardson collected three saves for Lassiter, which will host Harrison on Tuesday.

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Anyone Interested?
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February 11, 2014
Would anyone in the community be interested in signing a petition to have McEachern banned from playing in the State Tournament?? I know this article is old and so you probably won't see this, but if you do, comment that you are interested and I can post some ideas. We can't let McEachern get a way with this if we have a chance to remedy it now.
GoliathSlayer1
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February 12, 2014
Yes
Indian3333
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February 12, 2014
Definitely
3 of Us
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February 12, 2014
Great, that makes the three of us. Now they have to do something ;)Come on, people. All you posting stuff, but nobody willing to actually do anything?
WHY You Ask?
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February 11, 2014
I will tell you why they WILL do something because if they don't do what is right, the media will have a field day with this. There is enough evidence circulating out there to send to the news stations. We Cobb folks will not let this rest until our representatives take care of it as they should have months ago.
Cobb Coach
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February 11, 2014
Nobody is going to do a thing about this. In their minds, they are probably not wanting to have to ruin a team's season when in everyone else's mind, McEachern has ruined everyone else's season. Hillgrove had a great year, but their first place season was ruined because of MCEachern. Whoever ends up in 5th in the region tournament is going to have their season ruined because McEachern will going to State instead of them. IF they had just acted on this earlier, they could have solved this problem much easier. SO why would they do anything now that it will be tougher.
No Choice
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February 10, 2014
We are just trying to do what is right. We don't want the players punished but because of dishonest adults the kids will have to suffer. There is no way to be fair without the McEachern girls taking the fall. That is probably why nobody is doing anyting about this. They have to think of all the girls on the other teams that are being punished instead year after year every time they play McEachern. Every other team has to basically forfeit when they play them. Seems a little backwards to me. Give the teams who lost to them the wins they deserve and give those who broke the rules the losses. Simple! Then deal Coach Arthur by making her team ineligible for post season play for a year or two. But don't forget about Omar Cooper. He is the one who has been running around in the open recruiting the players. He should be banned from using any facilities at Cobb and not be allowed to coach in the State or at least Cobb. Unfortunately we are not in charge and the ones who are have decided to do nothing.
Still Here
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February 10, 2014
I already mentioned that in some other article. Coach Arthur knows exactly what she is doing. Even if they do punish her it is worth a small smack on the wrist to win another State title. Unless they actually punish her properly they will win a state title this year, next year or both years. A coach shouldn't be rewarded in any way for manipulating the system. Nobody can say se didn't no what Omar Cooper was doing. She has 5 or 6 players on her team that play for him in the summer! You don't think she ever noticed that. Even if she is that obtuse, you would think that with all the accusations against her she would voluntarily suggest she and the county AD sit down for coffee to talk about everything. She is acting like a coach who wants to win at all costs.
What is Right?
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February 10, 2014
Yeah GHSA, do what is right. Of course we would just be happy if you did anything. but if you want to do what is right, you should make them forfeit any game those illegal players played in because those are games they cheated in. Anything less would be unfair to all the teams that played by the rules. They also shouldn't be able to compete in the Region or State tournaments this year or next year. Maybe even the year after that. That may sound tough but think about how their illegal players have changed their team. They made everyone else on the team better through practicing against them all season. Also, most coaches will recruit players anyway despite the rules if they think they only get punished for a year. That means they could possibly have those illegal players for 2 or 3more years and win a another title.
School's Out!
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February 10, 2014
GHSA, with school out you should have plenty of time to hop back on that investigation. What exactly do you do all day? How hard would it be to pick up the phone and make a few calls? The region tournaments have been postponed so now is your chance to do things the easy way instead of revoking a title. Do what is fair for all the teams, not what is easiest! And when you do it, make sure you do it right.
PSC Good
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February 10, 2014
Contacting the Professional Standards Commission. I saw an article the other day stating they PSC actually sanctioned a few teachers so maybe that is where the buck stops. Sad it has to go that far and that Cobb will look even worse than it already does, but I guess that is the way of the world, lie, lie, lie until forced to tell the truth.
Old Timer
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February 10, 2014
Glad to hear someone has realized the pen is mightier than the sword. The best way to deal with corrupt leaders is to expose them. The rules may never change, but at least everyone knows what they done. Don't forget to contact Bill Liss. He is pretty good at this stuff.
Parent Observation
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February 10, 2014
I noticed that their are very few people on these blogs trying to defend their actions now. I think it is a little late to lay low Indians. Your team is beating the hell out of teams nows and anyone can see there is somehing weid going on there. What goes around, comes around. ONly question is how long it will take.
Cobb Parent
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February 10, 2014
They should send something to teh Professional Standards Commission too. I am sure they would love to hear more corruption stories about Cobb employees. Maybe they will crack down hard this time.
Exactly Right
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February 10, 2014
That is probably exactly how it happened based on my discussions with the Kell coaches. Apprently more details will be hitting the public soon now that the people leading the investigation have decided not to pursue this. I heard all cobb schools, Glover Street officals, investigative news teams and all local news papers will be getting a letter soon explaining the violations and investigation breakdowns in full detail. I hope that is true! I think something will get done after that.
Are You Kidding?
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February 10, 2014
So, if I read all of these comments are correct, are you telling me that Cobb investigated McEachern and found nothing wrong? Wow! I can only imagine how that investigation was handled: Tracie Doe: "Hey Ms. Cooper, if you tell me anything about Omar Cooper recruiting your daughter, Caliya will be ineligible to play and may hurt her chances of getting a scholarship. So, do you know anyting about this?"

Ms. Robinson: "Omar who? What is recruiting?"

Mrs. Doe: "Hey Principal Wagner, do you kow anyting about these allegations against McEachern?"

Ed Wagner: "Well, if I am honest I gotta tell you that both my coaches have enough evidence of undue influence by Omar Cooper that their team should be disqualified."

Mrs. Doe: "That is what I thought you wre going to say. Tell your coaches to keep quiet and I won't call them. we don't want this to get out. It would be bad for Cobb."
ROTGLMFAO
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February 10, 2014
Now that is funny! I doubt they even spoke to Caliya Robinson's family.
Divine Intervention
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February 10, 2014
Looks like God isn't happy with McEachern being in first by cheating either. Why you are reshuffling things around the weather, how about fixing the brackets to disqualify McEachern. Everyone knows that is the right thing to do!
Only 34 Comments!
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February 09, 2014
Almost everything written about McEachern ends with dozens of people commenting. I don't see that ever happen in the MDJ unless it is something really wrong that everyone has strong feelings about. Exactly how many people have to care about McEachern cheating before Steve Jones or the GHSA does something about it?
Dear Mr.Dorsey
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February 09, 2014
Why haven't you spoken with the Kell coaches either? You are the AD at McEachern right? The word around town is you are actually a decent guy, so why not do the right thing? What do you have to be afraid of? Are there other things going on at McEachern you don't want people to know about? How can you actually celebrate the accomplishments of a team ion your school when you know they are cheating and will continue to do so?
Hawkeye2
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February 09, 2014
Ok, I think people are starting to speak up about what we have all been talking about behind the scenes. McEachern is out of control and it needs to stop. Steve Jones, please take another look at this. If everyone else is too busy with more important scandals then we need you to step up right now. We know you are an old McEachern guy but that shouldn't matter. By cheating they have told you they don't respect you anyway and have taken advantage of your ties to them.You have ties to some of us other teachers and coaches also, so put all that aside and go talk to the Kell coaches. Most f us have spoken to the Kell coaches and it is very obvious that McEachern is guilty as hell. PLease, help!
Very Sad!
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February 09, 2014
If this is what the integrity of Cobb sports has become, everyone should be ashamed of themselves. I have a child who plays for Campbell and what I witnessed the other night was embarrassing and demoralizing. I saw a bunch of girls who have fought all season and manage to finish in 3rd place get humiliated by a basketball sideshow. It reminded me of the Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals back in the day. I don't know what is true and what is not on here, but I think someone needs to take another look at McEachern because you don't have a team like that without recruiting taking place. They must have 4 D-1 players out there. I think Hillgrove is the only other team with 1 D-1 player.
Ridiculous!
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February 09, 2014
I have left message with the GHSA and they won't even return calls. This is crap. Who is in charge of all this. This blogging has gone on for months. Obviously, people want this to be handled, so will somebody please handle it. I don't even kow who to suggest but there has got to be somebody.
Another Cobb Scandal
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February 08, 2014
What in the world is happening to Cobb Schools? It is time to clean house. All of these don't happen unless there is poor leadership at the top. If the top is corrupt, then all other entities will think they can be also. I don't think Tracie Doe would have let this go so easily if her peers and boss were actually honest people themselves. She learned this type of leaddership style from those aroud her.
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