Jonesboro's MJ Walker, left, has gone through a growing process that's not just about his stat line. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP BASKETBALL: Jonesboro’s MJ Walker discovering leadership during quest for third state championship

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO, Ga. — Flashback to Tuesday night. The moment was drawn up picture perfect for a storybook ending or a nightmarish climax. Two-time defending state champion Jonesboro and 2014-15 Class AAAA state runner up Carrollton were duking it out on the Cardinals’ home floor in a matchup that turned defensive, not

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Jonesboro's James M.J. Walker poured in 30 points in Saturday's semifinal win against Liberty County. (File Photo)

PREP BASKETBALL: Southern Crescent boys basketball state tourney preview

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com In the 10 boys basketball teams from the Southern Crescent to make the state tournament field, four classifications and five regions are represented. There’s no chance for an all-Southern Crescent Final Four in Class 4A, but it, along with our area’s Class 5A schools, leads the way with four area representatives

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Isaac Kellum scored 19 Monday night during McItnosh's 72-61 region win against Drew. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP BASKETBALL BOYS POWER RANKINGS: Jonesboro, Macintosh, Eagle’s Landing hold serve at the top amid lower level shuffling

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com With the regular season winding down this week, this will be our last Southern Crescent Power Rankings before  the region tournaments begin. The top-three teams remain unchanged from the last rankings, but the seven remaining spots all have a different squad filling the space, with one of those teams making a

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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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Jonesboro's Austin Donaldson sent off his papers Tuesday morning that officially made him a member of the Georgia State men's basketball program. (File Photo: Steve Knight)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Jonesboro’s Austin Donaldson signs with Georgia State

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO, Ga. — The secret is now out. Austin Donaldson is a Georgia State Panther. Just 10 days after getting a release from his letter of intent to Chattanooga, and after one workout with his high school teammates with 21 coaches — many from Division I programs — the all-state point

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Jonesboro’s Austin Donaldson released from LOI with Chattanooga, re-opens recruitment

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO, Ga. — Good news for college coaches and recruiters who missed out on the Austin Donaldson sweepstakes. The all-state point guard from back-to-back Class AAAA champion Jonesboro is back on the market again, thanks to the departure of Chattanooga’s Will Wade who was tabbed to two weeks ago to replace

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Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman will try to guide his Cardinals to a third straight Class AAAA title with a win Thursday night against Liberty County. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Jonesboro’s Walker, Maehlman take home top honors on 2015 Georgia Sportswriters Assocation all-state basketball teams

                                                      By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com The Georgia Sportswriters Association’s all-state basketball teams have come out, and 13 players and coaches from the four-county Southern Crescent area dotted its landscape.

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GABRIEL STOVALL: Picking Postseason accolades is no picnic

So after much agonizing, reviewing, number crunching, film watching, writing and erasing, typing and deleting, the first Southern Crescent Buzz  All-Southern Crescent Basketball Teams and Players of the Year have been decided. Let the debates and scrutiny begin. In four years of picking all-county and all-area teams and selecting all-county/all-area players of the year, one

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