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Updated: November 20, 2008, 2:49 PM ET
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Boys' Basketball - McEachern



The McEachern boys' basketball team already had several components in place for a run at a state championship this season. But with the acquisition of a pair of senior studs, the Indians' hopes have been considerably bolstered. Former Whitfield Academy stars Colin and Charlie Reddick transferred to McEachern, providing first-year head coach Mike Thompson with a solid interior presence as well as another weapon on the perimeter. "Colin is a great defender and will play forward and center, and Charlie is an athletic 6-foot-6 wing player," Thompson says. The duo will join sensational junior guard Trae Golden, who led the team in scoring at 21.5 points a game last year. "He has a strong body and is just a scorer,"Thompson says. "He would certainly be in the top three or four that we have had here, and we had (Atlanta Hawks forward) Josh Smith and (Utah Jazz swingman) Morris Almond. I think he will own all the records here." Seniors Kadeem Batts and Alioune Diouf form a talented inside-outside combo. Thompson notes that Diouf is an unknown entity in the league and may surprise defenses with his athleticism. Last year, the Indians finished 24-6 and placed fifth in Region 5-AAAAA after being ousted by Wheeler. McEachern's success will hinge on its ability to adapt to the new additions to the roster. "We have a couple new parts that are very big to us," Thompson says. "There's only one ball. The guys will have to get along."



Girls' Swimming - Walton


With the quartet of All-State swimmers that includes senior Amanda Norman and juniors Mary Rose Palermo, Erin Reisinger and Adrienne Pilchard heading back to the water, Walton is primed to improve on last year's third-place finish at state. The foursome composes the Raiders' 200 medley relay team, which last season recorded the seventh-best time (1:48.40) in state history. Reisinger returns after posting the state's best time in the 100 backstroke (54.77) in 2007-08.



Wrestling - Jefferson


A sibling rivalry is brewing on the mat at Jefferson, and head coach Doug Thurmond and the Dragons are reaping the benefits. Sophomore Cason Thurmond and older brother Cam, a senior, pushed each other's competitiveness in helping Jefferson win the Class A state title last winter. The win was the Dragons eighth in a row, setting a new state record. Both brothers won state titles for Jefferson, which captured six individual crowns to go along with five second-place finishes.



Girls' Basketball - Greater Atlanta Christian


The Spartans run at back-to-back titles came to a screeching halt in the second round of the Class AA tourney last year, marking the earliest exit for the team since 2003. GAC hopes to rebound this season behind All-State junior guard Chaney Means. Last season, she averaged 13.1 points a contest and shot 44 percent from the field. The Spartans will also have to find players to replace junior Briana Jordan and senior Anjelica Wilcox, both of whom transferred to Norcross.



BREAK OUT TEAMS



GIRLS' AIR RIFLE  EAST COWETA
The Indians placed fourth overall last year behind senior April Dunn.

WRESTLING  NORTH GWINNETT
Juniors Thomas McConnell, David Singletary and Greg Epps power the Bulldogs on the mat.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL  WESTLAKE
Senior post Tamika Willis will look to advance Westlake past last year's semifinal finish.

BOYS' BASKETBALL  CALHOUN
Forward Tyler Arnold averaged 21.1 points and 8.5 rebounds a game last year as a junior.

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