Woodland rising senior corner Yusuf Corker Is one of Georgia's most sought after recruiting targets. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Woodland, Woodward Academy, Lovejoy, Jonesboro represented in Spring Southern Crescent Super Six

    By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com   We’re about a fast three-and-a-half months away from the kickoff of the 2016 football season, but Spring Ball is in full effect. Many teams will be engaging in their spring ball finale, Spring Football Game this Friday, which will give coaches and fans one last opportunity to see

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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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STATE BASKETBALL: GABRIEL STOVALL: GHSA has some explaining to do regarding allowance of non-regulation baskets during state championship games

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com So I’m getting ready to go to bed so I can be on time for church in the morning, and my ever-popping Twitter feed delivered this gem to me from Atlanta’s own high school hoops guru Kyle Sandy: Interesting that the backboards are off line at the Centreplex. Hoop is too

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Despite the championship game loss, Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman has found significant meaning in this basketball season. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Life teaches Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman to treasure relationships over trophies

MACON, Ga. — Dan Maehlman tried, but he couldn’t hold it back. The spring of emotions characterized by tears broke through the dams of resiliency, resolve and championship focus Thursday night in a cramped locker room in Macon Coliseum. And all it took to trigger the waterfall was one mentioning of his mom and dad

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Jonesboro's MJ Walker, right, and Liberty County's Will Richardson, left, provided some of the biggest highlights in Thursday's Class AAAA championship game. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

BUZZ BREAKDOWN: Five Things We Learned, Five Things We Still Don’t Know from the Class AAAA Championship Game

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com MACON, Ga. — The Jonesboro Cardinals came up on the losing end of things Thursday night as the Liberty County Panthers knocked off Class AAAA’s No. 1 team 58-52. Here’s my knee-jerk analysis from Thursday night’s state championship game. FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED 1. Liberty County’s win was no fluke. From

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Jonesboro head coach Dan Maehlman helped build the Cardinals from an also-ran to a juggernaut. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Jonesboro’s Dan Maehlman said he remembers when his program looked more like Pike County than state contenders

    ZEBULON, Ga. — The ride home on the bus from Pike County was much less awkward for Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman than his walk to the bus from the school’s locker rooms. Maehlman’s top-ranked Cardinals had just put the finishing touches on a ridiculous 115-14 win against the Pirates, and while some folks

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Eagle's Landing coach Elliot Montgomery and his 16-1 boys basketball squad could be on the verge to something great. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Under coach Elliot Montgomery, Eagle’s Landing seems to be following Jonesboro path to success

How’s this for irony? As I was getting ready to Facebook tag a few Eagle’s Landing coaches, parents and supports to this article by James Butler this article by James Butler regarding the boys basketball team’s resurgence, the tagging mechanism glitched, and instead of tagging Golden Eagles track and cross country coach Claud Spinks, my cursor

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Jarrett Laws was dismissed Friday as Griffin's head football coach after just two seasons with the program. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Griffin football fans would do well to settle down and let Jarrett Laws coach

    RIVERDALE, Ga. — Griffin Bears coach Jarrett Laws is the kind of guy who wears his emotions on his sleeves. This isn’t a journalistic observation, either. He admitted as much Friday while recapping his team’s performance in a season-saving 27-0 win at Riverdale. And he did it while soaking wet. The shutout win

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