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GABRIEL STOVALL: A Q&A with Jonesboro senior USA Basketball U18 player MJ Walker fresh off of his time in Chile

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO, Ga. — After M.J. Walker got the gold for the USA Men’s U18 Basketball team, he came back from Chile to his South Metro Atlanta home and received gold star treatment from his family. “When I came down the street to our driveway, they had (American) flags in the grass,

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Drew head coach Dorwyn Lyles has no visions of grandeur as to what his team needs to replace in order to have a successful 2016 season. (File)

On script: Despite new leaders, Drew Titans hope to remember keys to success

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com RIVERDALE Ga. – A few months removed from its most successful season in program history, if the Drew Titans football team wants an encore performance in 2016, it’ll have to do so with a largely new cast of performers. Coach Dorwyn Lyles returns just three offensive starters and four defensive starters from

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M.J. Walker and the top-ranked Jonesboro Cardinals defeated Pike County by over 100 points Saturday night. (File)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Jonesboro’s James “MJ” Walker is a rising star who deserves everything coming to him

In a fast-paced, social media driven world that’s ever changing, and ever promoting the need for us to change with it, it’s refreshing to see when someone can navigate through its crowded corridors unscathed by the bumping and jostling and pressure to conform. This is especially encouraging in the sports world, where, thanks to instant

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Former Drew tailback Quarderman Sloan ran wild on defenses all last season, helping the Titans to the Class 5A quarterfinals. (PHOTO: Dave Williamson)

Clayton County Awards: A look back at Clay Co.’s best of 2015-16

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com   All eyes in Clayton County high school athletics are now aimed at the upcoming 2016-17 school year, but now is also a perfect time to look at who excelled in the 2015-16 in this county superlative list.   GIRLS TEAM OF THE YEAR: Mount Zion Basketball The Lady Bulldogs went

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From left, WR Marquese Taylor, coach Edgar Carson and LB Michael Harris believe Lovejoy has what it takes to get back to championship form. (PHOTO: Tyree Brown)

PREP FOOTBALL: Lovejoy Wildcats haven’t forgotten success of early 2010s, looking for a 2016 resurgence

By Tyree Brown tyree.brown25@uga.edu LOVEJOY, Ga. — The Lovejoy Wildcats have tried to prove they still have some of that state championship fight left in them, despite declining win-loss records over the last few seasons. Since reaching its second consecutive Class AAAAAA championship game in 2012, Lovejoy football has gone further and further from reaching

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Wesley Guilford Jr. Kirby Smart in line at Camp

Touchdown: Minority Coaches Association of Georgia’s satellite camp hits target

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com   STOCKBRIDGE Ga. – With the recent debate in the NCAA concerning football satellite camps hovering in the background, Woodland High School played host to the Minority Coaches Association of Georgia Football Academy Camp on Friday and Thursday. Woodland High School head coach Steve Davenport was pleased that his school could

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If the Jonesboro Cardinals are to return to the playoffs in 2016, offensive guard Destin McMillian, left, and 3-star DE/TE Calder Marria will need monster seasons. (PHOTO: Tyree Brown)

JONESBORO FOOTBALL: Cardinals hope to exceed expectations with young, talented group

  By Tyree Brown tyree.brown25@uga.edu LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — The Adidas’s 7v7 Championship Series was one of Jonesboro High School’s first moments back on the field since last year’s region championship run. Head coach Tim Floyd used this opportunity to start rectifying the key losses from the 2015 Cardinals’ high-tempo offense and aggressive defensive. Last

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A pair of promising rising sophomores in QB Rayshawn Meiser, left, and WR Jacquez Bailey could  show a sign of things to come for beleaguered Forest Park. (PHOTO: Tyree Brown)

Forest Park coach Dale Myers hoping summer work, simpler schedule will translate to wins

  By Tyree Brown tyree.brown25@uga.edu LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — Recently hired head coach Dale Myers hopes his scheduling plan rebuilds a hurting Forest Park football program. “Someone in the county decided that we will be playing 6A football when we are really a 5A school.” Myers said.” We weren’t even competitive at 5A (last season).”

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The Lovejoy Wildcats won the first Adidas 7-on-7 State Championship Tournament, formerly known as the Southside Shootout, at Warren Holder Park in Locust Grove last summer. Longtime tournament host Clint Satterfield says he's glad to see it grow. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

Adidas brings State Championship 7-on-7 football action comes back to Locust Grove with growth

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — Clint Satterfield and his 7-on-7 passing league aspirations have come a long way. When the Southside Shootout began back in 2007 at the Lovejoy soccer complex, it was just a handful of football coaches bringing their teams together to practice and bond. “At one time, we were

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