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The March To Macon

GPB Sports is in the basketball state of mind, getting prepped and ready for next week’s GHSA girls and boys state basketball championships. We'll spend three days in the midst of "Macon Madness", live from the coliseum for close to 31 hours of wall-to-wall coverage...capturing every shot, rebound, and basket.

At the start of the year, over 800 teams held a dream of making it to the final dance on March 5, 6, and 7. But this week, only 28 teams: 14 girls squads, and 14 boys squads will battle it out for seven state titles.

National Signing Day For The Rest Of The State, The Rest of The Country, and The Ess-E-Cee

SEC Rules Recruiting

Once again the SEC has shown they are the conference to beat when in it comes to National Signing Day and recruiting.

There are several ranking services, but most agree that the Crimson Tide of Alabama once again has the number one recruiting class in the country. Nick Saban strikes again. Butch Davis did an outstanding job at Tennessee and hauled in the fourth ranked class. Auburn was ranked number 7, and the Georgia Bulldogs #8.

Mark Harmon and Jon Nelson have more on SEC Recruiting.

Georgia And Georgia Tech Have Huge National Signing Days

Another Top 10 Class For Georgia.

Coach Mark Richt has another top ten recruiting class heading to play between the hedges in years to come. The Bulldogs signing 27 players this season including the highest overall rated player,

Trent Thompson of Westover High School. There were twists and turns as the day wore on with eyes glued to the Georgia Football office FAX machine. And in the end, it is another five star
class for the Bulldogs. Here is Mark Harmon and Jon Nelson breaking down the Bulldogs 2015 Signing Day.

Historical Piece Revitalized

Here at GPB Sports we live, think, and breathe high school sports all year long. So this week, Director of Operations Kevin Gerke and I hit the trail to Marietta High School to check in on the renovation job going on at historic Northcutt Stadium.

Now, just to bring everyone up to date, Northcutt Stadium was built 75 years ago, commissioned as a work project for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program. The workers graded the field to help with drainage, they built stands, installed lights, and most uniquely of all, built a reticulated rock wall around the entire stadium.

The Gold Standard In High School Hoops

When you talk about the Miller Grove Basketball program the question I always have is: What do you do for an encore? Coach Sharman White’s Wolverines are the gold standard in the realm of Georgia high school hoops. Miller Grove High School has won an incredible six straight state titles. Six.....straight. That is a commitment to excellence that has to be admired.

More Than The Boxscore

For my final column capping off the 2014 football season, I wanted to introduce you to a couple of people.
There are champions...and there were seven named in the Georgia Dome: Mount Paran Christian, Hawkinsville, Benedictine, Calhoun, Buford, Northside, and Colquitt County. First, I want to congratulate them and all their fans about having titles taken to your homes, hometowns, and fan bases.

The Final Stop For Single A

The prep football championship train has pulled into the Georgia Dome and now it’s time to get down to the serious business of crowning seven football teams as the top high school football teams in the state of Georgia for 2014. Five weeks ago over two-hundred teams began this difficult journey, and now there are fourteen which remain.

The Breakdown: A Tigers, Packers Finale

A new program knocking on the state championship door for the first time plays one a century old and who’s been on the doorstep for the last six years as the Archer Tigers play the Colquitt County Packers for the AAAAAA State Championship Saturday night at Georgia Dome.

In just its fifth full season of football, Archer has advanced to the state finals for the first time in program history. It has been a meteoric rise for Coach Andy Dyer’s Tigers from 13-18 Archer’s first three full seasons to 22-4 the last two.

The Biggest Weekend Of The Year

This Friday and Saturday is Christmas coming early for high school football fans. Starting Friday at 1pm, 14 teams will collide in seven classifications to decide this year’s GHSA state football champions. GPB will be ready.

Jon's Georgia: State Finals Edition

So, now we’re here…
Fourteen survivors from the first field of 405 have made it to the Georgia Dome for the GHSA Championships on Friday and Saturday.
There are some interesting story lines; the opportunities for some firsts along the way if one team wins one of the seven games at the end of the year… some teams can reclaim their place as a champ that haven’t had the chance in a while…