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 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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ELCA quarterback D.J. Hammond, III feels like a seasoned veteran in his second year running the Chargers' offense. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Friday’s ELCA-Stockbridge football game could become a battle of seasoned quarterbacks

By James Butler STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — The two current giants in Henry County football will meet Friday night as Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy travels to Stockbridge. ELCA, the only Henry County football team to win a state championship, lost in the state title game a season ago — despite starting the season with an 0-6

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The Sandy Creek Patriots will charge out of the gate in 2015 with two tough matchups, one of which against Southern Crescent foe Jonesboro. (PHOTO: Michael Clifton |

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Five games you must see in 2015

  Here’s a football appetizer for you — Georgia High School Association football schedules have recently come out. So be honest. How many of you knew that already, and have already taken a gander at your team’s schedule, or at the schedules of some of your school’s biggest rivals? Yeah, we thought so. We at

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Ole Miss commitment Charles Wiley is one piece of evidence of the success of Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley's football program building project at the school. (Special Photo)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Stockbridge football coach Kevin Whitley is a program changer, but not a magician

Try this stat on for size. In the past six seasons since coach Kevin Whitley has been at the helm of the Stockbridge football program, the Tigers have won exactly 50 games, with three consecutive 11-win seasons to help bolster their five-year total. And yet the second oldest school in Henry County is still 109

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      We’re still five months away from kicking off the 2015 high school football season and about six weeks away from the start of spring football. But the gridiron vibe is definitely in the air, especially after this past weekend with the Nike Combine and The Opening Regionals in town. A little more

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Sandy Creek rising junior and Duke commit Marvin Hubbard is one of the Patriots' fastest players at the tailback position.  (PHOTO: Michael Clifton,

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Southern Crescent athletes dotting the landscape at Nike Combine and The Opening camps

  ATLANTA, Ga. — It’s camping season for high school football athletes. Despite being a full five months away from the kickoff of the 2015 high school football season, the time for football athletes to start thinking skill improvement and skill showcase is now. Few camps are bigger than this weekend’s “The Opening,” which held

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