Jonesboro hoists the state championship hardware for the second straight year. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

TWICE AS NICE: Jonesboro outlasts Carrollton, repeats as Class AAAA Champions

By James Butler MACON, Ga. – After a season that was equal parts challenging and dream-like, coach Dan Maehlman’s Jonesboro basketball team was not going to let a less-than-effecient six minutes prevent them from achieving their goal of winning back-to-back Class AAAA state titles. The Jonesboro Cardinals outlasted the Carrollton Trojans 55-50 to claim

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Six-foot-seven senior Jesse Bucknor could see more time in Thursday's championship game against Carrollton and its sizable front line. (File Photo)

Carrollton coach Tim Criswell says Trojans will need ‘superb game’ to knock off Jonesboro

  By Gabriel Stovall JONESBORO — When Carrollton boys basketball coach Tim Criswell finally got around to sitting down and watching some film of No. 1 Jonesboro, it was like being on the set of an old movie. “It made me feel like Gene Hackman in the movie Hoosiers,” Criswell said. “I watched about

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Dutchtown girls basketball coach April Tate said she sees her athletes as if they were her own children. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

GABRIEL STOVALL: The sportswriter’s recap to an emotional state tournament weekend

We’re almost 72 hours past last weekend’s state tournament Final Four round — the next to last week of basketball season — and I’m still thinking about the action. Well, more so the emotions than the actions. The end of a season. That last game. It’s always been an interesting moment in my life as

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The Dutchtown girls basketball team will face No. 2 Mays in the semis today. (Special Photo)

STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Four Southern Crescent teams in action today

  By Gabriel Stovall And then there were four. The four-county Southern Crescent area began the state basketball tournament with 23 schools, and that number has been whittled down to four — three girls squads and the defending boys Class AAAA champion Jonesboro Cardinals. Jonesboro and the Fayette County Lady Tigers will be playing

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Jonesboro senior Austin Donaldson drives past a Johnson High defender (PHOTO: Dave Williamson)

Jonesboro Cardinals hand Johnson its first loss, advance to Final Four

By Gabriel Stovall OAKWOOD, Ga. — When last Sunday’s Georgia High School Association sanctioned coin toss to determine whether Jonesboro or Johnson-Gainesville — both No. 1 seeds in their respective regions — would get home court advantage for the quarterfinals took place, the flip fell in Johnson’s favor. Despite that, there was some discussion

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Fayette County senior point guard Christa Jones will be leading her Lady Tigers, along with Western Kentucky signee Kayla Smith, against a tough Henry County squad. (PHOTO:  Gabriel Stovall)

STATE TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK: 11 Southern Crescent area teams still alive in second round

      By Gabriel Stovall And it’s on to the second round. The first round saw all but three Southern Crescent boys teams eliminated and some bonus basketball drama in the form of the Dutchtown girls’ double OT victory at Effingham. The domination of St. Pius X over Sandy Creek was mildly surprising

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Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman wasn't entirely pleased with his team's performance, yet Jonesboro remains undefeated in Georgia after claiming the Region 4-AAAA title Friday night. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

Jonesboro Cardinals repeat as region champs: Next stop, state title defense

  By James Butler HAMPTON, Ga. – A 19-point win in the game of basketball is considered a blowout 99 percent of the time. But the Region 4-AAAA Boys Basketball Championship Game was likely an example of the one percent of the time that it is not. Nationally-ranked Jonesboro stayed undefeated in the state

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