High-SchoolGeorgia: POWERADE FAB 50

The spring season has come to a close, so all that's left to do is release our final top 10. Four local squads earned spots in the POWERADE FAB 50, led by No. 2 Columbus. Parkview, Gainesville and Ringgold also landed in the national rankings. Five teams that began the season ranked finished the season in the top 10 and three won state titles.
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Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Columbus (33-4) — last week No. 1
2. Parkview (31-6) — last week No. 2
3. Gainesville (32-2) — last week No. 4
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Things are getting extremely tight at the top of the POWERADE FAB 50, with Georgia now boasting two top five squads. Gainesville moved up to No. 2 after clinching a spot in the Class AAA Final Four, while Columbus holds strong three spots back after dropping Cartersville in the state quarters. A meeting in the state finals should lock up the top spot locally and could ultimately settle the nation's top squad as well.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Gainesville (31-0) — last week No. 1
2. Columbus (29-3) — last week No. 3
3. Greenbrier (28-2) — last week No. 4
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Georgia opened the season with Parkview and Columbus in the discussion for a national title. Now it appears Gainesville has the best shot at sitting atop the final POWERADE FAB 50. The No. 3-ranked Red Elephants have reeled off 29 straight wins and are the state's lone undefeated squad after Crisp County was swept by Allatoona this past week. Columbus still has an outside shot at No. 10, while Greenbrier (17) and Parkview (23) remain ranked. New to the mix is the aforementioned Allatoona squad and a red-hot Buford squad that has one of the state's most unhittable staffs.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Gainesville (27-0) — last week No. 1
2. Columbus (25-3) — last week No. 3
3. Greenbrier (26-2) — last week No. 4
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia baseball rankings.

Top 10 squads hit their mark in first round

May, 8, 2012
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The postseason is when teams prove they are among the state's elite, and our top 10 did just that as all 10 advanced out of the first round of play. Seven of the squads posted two-game sweeps, while Brookwood, Loganville and Milton needed a third contest to take care of business. Gainesville, Crisp County, Columbus, Greenbrier and Parkview all own spots in both the POWERADE FAB 50 as well as the Southeast Regional rankings.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Gainesville (27-0) — last week No. 1
2. Crisp County (27-0) — last week No. 2
3. Columbus (25-3) — last week No. 3
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia baseball rankings.

Gainesville new No. 1 in baseball rankings

May, 1, 2012
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For the first time this season, neither Columbus and Gainesville occupy the top spot in our local rankings. that honor goes to undefeated Gainesville, which has reeled off 25 wins this season. Columbus dropped another contest and sits behind another unbeaten squad in Crisp County. Parkview has its lowest showing of the season at No. 5. We welcome back Loganville to the rankings after it bested last week's No. 9 Winder-Barrow as well as a resurgent Brookwood team.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Gainesville (25-0) — last week No. 2
2. Crisp County (25-0) — last week No. 3
3. Columbus (23-3) — last week No. 1
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia baseball rankings.

Greenbrier moves into top 5 in rankings

April, 24, 2012
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Admit it, the rankings were getting a little boring the last few weeks since our top 10 didn't see many new faces. Well, that changes today as a pair of teams make their rankings debut this week. Checking in at No. 8 is a Grayson team that has won 10 of its last 11 contests and features junior LHP/OF Austin Meadows, who could emerge as the top pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Rams replace LaGrange, which fell to 17-7 on the season. Winder-Barrow is the other new squad and also features a talented junior expected to make some noise in next year's draft. Travis Demeritte is a stud infielder and his bat has helped power the Doggs to 17-6 mark. They could be a sleeper pick in Class AAAA.

The top four remains intact while Greenbrier and Appling County swapped places at the five and six spots. Despite a loss last week, Darlington is clinging to its spot at No. 10.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Columbus (22-1) — last week No. 1
2. Gainesville (22-0) — last week No. 2
3. Crisp County (21-0) — last week No. 3
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia baseball rankings.

Crisp County moves into top 3 in baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
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For the second straight week, a Class AAAAA was bounced from the top 10 rankings. Last week it was Luella and this time around it's Etowah dropping off of the list. The Eagles have gone cold over the last two weeks, posting a modest 5-3 mark during that stretch after beginning 11-2. With so many other teams playing at a high level, we decided to move out Etowah and add Loganville, one of the top AAAA squads. The only other changes were moving red-hot Greenbrier up to No. 6 and dropping LaGrange down a spot. Columbus and Gainesville check in at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Columbus (19-1) — last week No. 1
2. Gainesville (20-0) — last week No. 2
3. Crisp County (18-0) — last week No. 4
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia baseball rankings.

Class AAA dominates this week's baseball rankings

April, 10, 2012
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Class AAA squads have been beasts on the diamond this year. Need some proof? Just check out our top 10. Columbus, Gainesville, Crisp County and La Grange all occupy spots in the rankings, giving AAA the most teams represented out of the state's five classifications. Tied with two apiece are Class AAAAA and A. Not much changed in this week's rankings as the top seven teams remain intact. Luella dropped its sixth game of the season and fell out of its No. 9 spot in favor of Greenbrier, a team currently on top of Class AAAA. Hebron Christian Academy and Darlington keep pace at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Columbus (16-1) — last week No. 1
2. Gainesville (17-0) — last week No. 2
3. Parkview (13-3) — last week No. 3
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia baseball rankings.

Luella drops, Hebron rises in baseball rankings

April, 4, 2012
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The top five in Georgia remains the same despite losses by top-ranked Columbus and No. 3 Parkview at the National High School Invitational. Both squads dipped slightly in the national polls but maintained their spots locally. Gainesville enjoyed an undefeated week and moves up to No. 11 nationally. The bottom of the rankings experienced some movement as Luella's losing streak slid them to No. 9 and Hebron Academy leaps up to No. 8 with its 11-game streak intact.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Columbus (15-2) — last week No. 1
2. Gainesville (15-0) — last week No. 2
3. Parkview (11-3) — last week No. 3
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' baseball rankings.

FAB 50 Offseason Primer: Grayson

April, 4, 2012
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Nkemdiche ESPNHSRyan Gibson/ESPNHSGrayson (Loganville, Ga.) junior defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche had 18 sacks this season and led the Rams to their first state title.
During the offseason, we’ll check out one team per week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation for next fall.

This week’s team: Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)

2011 Season: 15-0, Class AAAAA state champion, No. 4 in final POWERADE FAB 50.

Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 5. It’s been 20 years since there’s been a Georgia team at the top of a final national ranking and this squad could be the one to do it. Valdosta (Ga.), the winningest program in U.S. history, was the last school from the state to accomplish that feat in 1992. Grayson will not only be playing top teams from Gwinnett County (arguably the best county for football in the state), but it also has stepped up with its scheduling to include a matchup against Miami Central (Miami) on Aug. 31. Miami Central is expected to be one of the highest-ranked preseason teams in Florida.

Team Strengths: Defense, defense and more defense. If there’s a team in America with a better group coming back on that side of the ball than what coach Mickey Conn has at Grayson, it’s a team that just got a bunch of five-star transfers. The best player on defense for the Rams is perhaps the country’s best overall recruit, junior lineman Robert Nkemdiche. The ESPNHS All-American had 18 sacks for the second consecutive year and also scored 17 touchdowns on offense. He’ll be joined up front by fellow junior and all-state selection Jack Banda. Another all-state selection, junior Wayne Gallman, is a standout at running back and linebacker. Junior defensive back Kasey Gaines was named Gwinnett County Defensive Player of the Year (Nkemdiche was the overall Player of the Year) by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, while junior defensive back David Kamara is receiving interest from major programs.

Another intriguing defensive player is junior defensive back/punter Austin Meadows, who joined the team late last year after starring for USA Baseball’s gold-medal winning 16U National Team at the IBAF World Youth Championships.

So just how good were the junior-oriented Rams on defense last year? They only gave up six first downs to previously unbeaten Walton (Marietta, Ga.) in last year’s 24-0 win in the state championship and completely shut down Walton junior running back and Alabama commit Tyren Jones, who had scored 38 touchdowns coming in.

There could be some question marks on offense, especially under center since star quarterback Nick Schuessler signed with Mississippi State.

Another Georgia team to watch: While Walton was shut down by Grayson in the Class AAAAA finals, Colquitt County (Moultrie, Ga.) was not in the semifinals. The Packers (11-3) had upset nationally ranked Camden County (Kingsland, Ga.) in the quarterfinals and lost just 35-31 in a shootout to Grayson. Coach Rush Probst’s program is still looking to take a step up to the level that the program at Hoover (Ala.) had ascended to when he was there, but the squad will return five key defensive starters. Linebacker John Gray is the best of that bunch. On offense, quarterback Cole Segraves (6-4, 220) passed for 2,115 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior and is one of the best in the state. Bobby Hill, who led the team in touchdown catches, also will be back along with three starters on the offensive line.

Crisp County debuts at No. 4 in baseball rankings

March, 28, 2012
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Georgia is flexing its muscle nationally, boasting three teams in the POWERADE FAB 50 and four squads ranked in the Southeast Region. The top three remains the same this week but we welcome undefeated Crisp County (No. 4) to the local mix. Hebron Christian Academy returns to the top 10 led by senior ace Mason Felt (4 wins). St. Pius X and Greenbrier are candidates to enter the top 10 next week should any ranked team falter, but it's clear the state's elite squads have begun to distance themselves from the pack.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Columbus (11-0) — last week No. 1
2. Gainesville (13-0) — last week No. 2
3. Parkview (9-2) — last week No. 3
Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' baseball rankings.

Milton, Columbia tops final hoop rankings

March, 13, 2012
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At the beginning of the season we ranked Miller Grove, Columbia and Milton as the top three teams in the state. The trio held up their end of the bargain by capturing state titles this past weekend, therefore the top three teams remain the same - albeit in a different order.

Milton takes top billing after copping its second title in four years. The win caps the career of Evan Nolte, who was an integral piece in the Eagles playing in four consecutive title games. The team should remain in contention next year with the return of sophomores Jalyn Patterson and Tevin Glass.

Columbia was the most consistent squad in the state, securing a spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 the entire season and falling only once. The squad won its third straight state title and will return several key pieces led by guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen. No. 3 Miller Grove overcame a tough start to complete a four-peat in Class AAAA. Led by McDonald's All-American Tony Parker and the emergence of Justin Colvin, the Wolverines were nearly unbeatable in the state of Georgia.

State champs Laney (AA) and Whitefield Academy (A) also made the final top 10. In all, four of our preseason top 10 squads cut down the nets this past weekend. Congrats to all the teams and we'll see you next winter.

Here's a look at the final top three:

1. Milton (29-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (31-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (24-9) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.


Milton remains No. 1 in hoop rankings

March, 6, 2012
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Milton's title hopes took a significant hit when guard Charles Mann was assessed a pair of technicals against North Gwinnett, which will keep him out the final two games of the postseason. The squad was undefeated this season with Mann in the lineup and appeared a lock to reach the finals. Now, the Eagles face a tough Harrison squad minus its floor general.

No. 2 Columbia continues to steamroll opponents on the strength of its defense, which limited Carrollton to 30 points last round. The win sets up a rematch with Eagle's Landing, which held off Crisp County last round. Top-10 squads Shiloh (No. 8) and GAC (out) drop in the rankings after losing last round.
Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (27-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (29-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (22-9) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Fayette Co. drops out, Berkmar enters this week's top 10

February, 28, 2012
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There was only one major upset to the top 10 this week as Fayette County fell to LoveJoy in Class AAAA bracket. The loss knocks Fayette out of this week's rankings but with 25 wins they remain in consideration for the final top 10. Milton and Shiloh has the makings of a great second round contest with a matchup of Shiloh's size versus Milton's talent and winning pedigree.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (25-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (27-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (19-9) — last week No. 3
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

Region tourney shakes up hoop rankings

February, 21, 2012
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The region tourney usually leads to some surprising upsets, and this year was no different as several ranked teams failed to bring home a title. Among those that fell, Eagle's Landing, North Gwinnett and Jordan all fell out of those rankings, while Fayette County, Shiloh and Westlake all fell a couple of spots. The region tourney also helped many teams, of course, as Miller Grove returned to the top three and GAC crept up to No. 6. Buoyed by region crowns, North Cobb, Alcovy and Carrollton all make their debuts.

Here's a look at the top three teams:
1. Milton (23-4) — last week No. 1
2. Columbia (26-1) — last week No. 2
3. Miller Grove (18-9) — last week No. 6
*Milton had to forfeit three wins for using an ineligible player

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Georgia boys' basketball rankings.

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