Three-time 800-meter and one-time 400-meter state champion Devin Dixon of Eagle's Landing is co-boys runner of the year for 2015-16. (File)

Champions of Champions: Henry County 2015-16 awards

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com It was a great year for athletics in Henry County in 2015-16 as county schools produced several state champions in both team and individual competition. Here is a look who made the grade for top honors in the county for 2015-16.   GIRLS TEAM OF THE YEAR: ELCA Softball The ELCA

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Griffin's Terry Fuller was named Region 4-AAAA Player of the Year. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP BASEBALL: Griffin’s Terry Fuller grabs Region 4-AAAA POY honors while Locust Grove coach, pitchers stand out

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com Surprise, surprise. Locust Grove baseball racked up major honors as the All-Region 4-AAAA teams were released Wednesday. The Wildcats became the first team from the four-county Southern Crescent area to win a state baseball championship since Jason Hayward-Led Henry County Warhawks did it in 2006 after defeating a Lee County squad

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Furman-bound scoring guard Jordan Lyons has wrapped-up his high school career, but not before leading McIntosh to another fantastic season as a senior (File)

Fayette County 2015-16 awards: Star-producing Starr’s Mill and McIntosh ‘chief’ among the winners

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com With the school year completed, here is a look at Fayette County’s top athletic performers of 2015-16. Not surprisingly, McIntosh and Starr’s Mill are well represented.   GIRLS TEAM OF THE YEAR: McIntosh Soccer With a playoff run that culminated in the Lady Chiefs taking home the Class 5A State Championship,

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Sophomore Jacob Stevens has been a key contributor to the McIntosh soccer team in his team seasons of play. He looks to help the Chiefs capture a state title this season. (PHOTO: CD Photography)

Springing to the top: 10 Southern Crescent spring teams in the best position for a state championship

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com Excluding track and field teams, there are a little less than 20 Southern Crescent spring sports teams still alive for a state championship this season. When looking at the teams most likely to take home a state title among the spring sports besides track and field, one school boasts several championship-caliber

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McIntosh Chiefs pitcher Tyler Biltmier. (PHOTO: Michael Clifton | kombatkamera.com)

The run home: a look at the Southern Crescent’s top baseball state playoff contenders

  By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com With roughly three weeks remaining in the GHSA baseball regular season, the Southern Crescent is looking to put 10-plus teams into the state playoffs. Teams like Class 5A’s Ola and Starr’s Mill are expected to make the state field, along with a possible deep run, while some other area clubs

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Whitewater baseball coach Rusty Bennett once again has a competitive team. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Spring sports update: Fayette County teams among state, nation’s best

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com   The spring sport season is getting ready to enter its home stretch and the Southern Crescent has been home to some outstanding teams and individuals thus far in 2016. Fayette County schools Whitewater, McIntosh, and Starr’s Mill have seen teams do well in multiple sports.   The Whitewater boys soccer

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ELCA 2016 student-athlete Signing Class

ELCA produces another big class: 15 athletes from six sports makeup 2015-16 signees

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com MCDONOUGH Ga. – With four new signees on Wednesday, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy has had 15 student-athletes to sign Letters of Intent this school year. The school’s 15 signees thus far this season are participants in football, baseball, wrestling, softball, golf, and volleyball. A pair of players from ELCA’s 2015 Class A

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Former Whitewater ace pitcher Jake Lee is ready to make the leap in earnest to Georgia Tech. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GEORGIA TECH BASEBALL: Jake Lee, Austin Wilhite transitioning from baseball foes to friends

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — It’s been just a little over two months since Jake Lee played his last high school baseball game at Whitewater, and he’s already getting accustomed to the college life. He’s learning all of the skills necessary for making it as a pitcher at a big time Division I

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ELCA's Daz Cameron was selected by the Houston Astros organization with the 37th pick Monday during the opening day of the MLB Draft. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

MLB DRAFT 2015: ELCA’s Dazmon Cameron’s second-round selection to the Houston Astros makes ELCA coaches proud, relieved

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com McDONOUGH, Ga. – As the first round picks came and went Monday night during the Major League Baseball Draft of 2015, Doug Campbell found himself scooting further and further toward the edge of his seat. He didn’t expect to still be watching for the name Dazmon Cameron, arguably the top baseball talent

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The acronym slogan that set the tone for Whitewater baseball's team chemistry, on its way to a second straight state runner-up finish. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Whitewater baseball lost the Class AAAA title on the scoreboard but won according to the sign in the dugout

APIVEO. That’s been the mantra. That’s been the theme for the 2015 Whitewater Baseball Wildcats. Always Play For Each Other. The sign hangs in the home team’s dugout. It’s been there all season. It’s been the rallying cry. A source of encouragement to help navigate through the doldrums that come with every regular season, no

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