New ELCA coach Derrick Mason, far right, called the McDonough school a perfect fit for himself and his family. (Special Photo)

GABRIEL STOVALL: New hire could signal new era of success for ELCA boys basketball

For every coaching hire that happens on any level of athletics, there’s always someone who likes it and others who don’t. The reasons vary. Sometimes those reasons — on either side of the coin — make sense. Other times they’re pretty irrational. Regardless, coaching hires often bring a sense of euphoric freshness. New coaches, no

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Creekside Christian Academy's Qui'Yante Burroughs poses with the trophy after helping the Cougars win the 2015-16 state title. (PHOTO: Susan Jackson)

New Jersey ‘son’ shining bright in the South: Creekside Christian’s Qui’Yante Burroughs blazing new path in Southern Crescent

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com MCDONOUGH Ga. – When Creekside Christian Academy’s Qui’Yante Burroughs helped the Cougars’ retain their GICAA Division I-AA Championship this past basketball season, the accomplishment was neither a beginning nor an endpoint for the Patterson, New Jersey native. Instead, it was just one more stop along the road of life and basketball

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Tennessee's newest women's basketball signee Kamera Harris, right, poses with her former high school coach April Tate during Wednesday's signing day ceremony. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

SIGNING DAY: Dutchtown’s Kamera Harris kept no secret about her love for Tennessee

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com HAMPTON, Ga. — There was no need for Signing Day drama for Kamera Harris. Not just because the Dutchtown senior center, and national high school shot blocking record holder had already made known her commitment to the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols basketball program a week ago, but because her signing the

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Drew senior Jada Hargrove will play basketball for Alcorn State next season. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

STUDENT SECTION: Jada Hargrove writes her experiences at Drew, expectations at Alcorn State

Wednesday night, one of the better girls basketball players in Drew High School’s short history stepped onto a Clayton County court for the last time as a high school student-athlete during the Annual Clayton County All-Star game.  Hargrove ended her career in style, despite having her senior season shortened by knee injury, when she accepted

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GHSA STATEMENT: State championship basketball games ‘to stand as they were played and competed’

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com An official statement released early Friday afternoon by the Georgia High School Association says there will be no change or alteration of the results in last week’s state championship basketball games in Macon. GHSA Statement on Basketball State Championships. https://t.co/8jrZLB3tCA — GHSA (@OfficialGHSA) March 11, 2016 At the same time, another

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No three-peat, but Jonesboro remains No. 1 in final Southern Crescent Buzz Boys Basketball Power Rankings

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com The final 2015-2016 Southern Crescent Buzz Boys Basketball Power Rankings do not feature a state champion as Jonesboro failed to three-peat and McIntosh and Sandy Creek state tournament runs fell just a little short. This scenario put more drama into ranking the No. 1 team. Jonesboro’s loss to Liberty County opened

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Mount Zion head coach Tiesha Wilson oversaw the best girls basketball team in the Southern Crescent in the 2015-16 season. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Final Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Mount Zion on top

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com   The competition was fierce for both ends of the final Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Rankings. While Region 4-AAAA champion Mount Zion did enough to convincingly earn the No. 1 spot and title of best girls team in the Southern Crescent, it was a mad dash for the final few

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