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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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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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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Union Grove grappler Justin Ruffin's second-straight state title helped him be crowned top wrestler in the county. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

Q&A With Union Grove State Wrestling Champion Justin Ruffin| VIDEO

Union Grove sophomore Justin Ruffin celebrates with coaches Matt Ferrari, right, and Chad Kollert, left, after Ruffin won his second straight state championship. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)   McDONOUGH, Ga. — Justin Ruffin did it again.  With a 5-2 decision win over Camden County senior Adrian Hughes in February’s state tournament, Ruffin took one more

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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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Southern Crescent Christmas Wish List: What James Butler would like to see happen in the sports world.

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com With Christmas here and gifts already given, I thought this was the perfect time to write a Southern Crescent Christmas list of some of the things I would like to see happen in the next 365 days. So, the list is as follows: 1. An all Southern Crescent Class AAAA Boys

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Union Grove's Justin Ruffin became the first UGHS freshman to win gold at the 2015 traditional state wrestling meet this past February. (Jeff Hurndon Photography)

PREP WRESTLING: Union Grove defending state champion to battle Archer’s Chris Diaz in Who’s #1 All-Star Meet

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com McDONOUGH, Ga. — While the high school football is turning the corner into the all-important region play highway, wrestling is getting ready to open the book for the 2015-16 season. And one defending state champion from the Southern Crescent area is prepping for a huge preseason meet. Union Grove (McDonough) sophomore

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Union Grove's Justin Ruffin became the first UGHS freshman to win gold at the 2015 traditional state wrestling meet this past February. (Jeff Hurndon Photography)

SOUTHERN CRESCENT BUZZ WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Union Grove freshman Justin Ruffin

Union Grove’s Justin Ruffin began a path toward a very rare achievement in the world of Georgia High School wrestling. He did it by winning a state championship during February’s Georgia High School Association state traditional wrestling meet. And he did it as a freshman — the first freshman at Union Grove to perform such

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From left, Morgan Alexander, coach Connor Campbell, coach Tim Creamer, Dalton Hardeman, Chase Burdette, Trent Johnson, Griffin Alexander, coach Eric Johnson and coach Jay Johnson. (Special Photo)

GABRIEL STOVALL: The Family element found in Henry County’s wrestling community is second to none

            By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com It may not have looked like it, but Eric Johnson was not in his most tip-top, celebratory mood last weekend. The ELCA wrestling coach had reasons to celebrate though, while in last weekend’s traditional state tournament in Macon — two, in fact. Their names: Chase

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