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)

LOCAL OPINION: McIntosh hooper Jordan Lyons understands de-commitments of Tookie Brown, Roquan Smith

    By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com Athletes decommitting has been a pretty hot topic locally lately. And, of course, the obvious big news about de-commitment is resurfacing out of Macon County this week regarding Roquan Smith who chose UCLA over Georgia, and then refused to submit his letter of intent on National Signing Day back

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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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You'll be hard pressed to find another boys basketball player in Georgia who meant more to their teams' unprecedented success than McIntosh junior Jordan Lyons, left, and Jonesboro sophomore M.J. Walker. (PHOTOS: Jason Mussell and Gabriel Stovall)

Southern Crescent Buzz Boys Co-Players of the Year: M.J. Walker (Jonesboro), Jordan Lyons (McIntosh)

Jonesboro’s M.J. Walker and McIntosh’s Jordan Lyons share the Southern Crescent Buzz’s first boys basketball Player of the Year Award. Both players led their respective teams in scoring, but they also led their teams in making history. Walker guided Jonesboro to back-to-back Class AAAA championships, while Lyons paced the Chiefs to an undefeated (25-0) regular

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Jonesboro's Austin Donaldson, a Chattanooga signee, was the engine that ran two-time state champion Jonesboro's offense. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

ALL-SOUTHERN CRESCENT BASKETBALL: Fayette, Clayton County players dominate first Crescent Buzz all-area teams

  BOYS Co-Players of the Year: M.J. Walker (Jonesboro) an Jordan Lyons (McIntosh). FIRST TEAM Tracy Hector, Jonesboro M.J. Walker, Jonesboro Jordan Lyons, McIntosh Will Washington, McIntosh Austin Donaldson, Jonesboro SECOND TEAM Elias Harden, Sandy Creek Maleek Taylor, Drew Darius Alexander, Stockbridge Christian Turner, Sandy Creek Dishon Lowery, Mcintosh DeAntre Mack, Jonesboro HONORABLE MENTION Demaree

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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)

GACA ALL-STAR GAME: Seven Southern Crescent players, one coach find spots on all-star game rosters

  A total of eight athletes and two coaches from the Southern Crescent area have been tabbed to participate in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star games. The eight players will pepper the rosters of four teams divided into north and south designations. All-star games for both junior boys and girls and senior boys and

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

STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: Southern Crescent team capsules

  It’s state basketball tournament time, and we’re giving you a quick snapshot look at all 23 Southern Crescent teams that will be starting postseason play this week. The Jonesboro Cardinals boys and girls squads, McIntosh Chiefs and Forest Park Lady Panthers probably give the four-county area the best opportunity at a state championship. But

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The McIntosh Chiefs celebrate their first ever region championship in basketball Saturday night. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

REGION BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: Jordan Lyons goes for 43, McIntosh routs Drew for Region 4-AAAAA title

                        By Gabriel Stovall gcmstovall3@gmail.com RIVERDALE, Ga. — It’s not that Jason Eisele didn’t appreciate what McIntosh basketball had accomplished before Saturday night’s Region 4-AAAAA final against Drew. It’s just that he knew it would all ring hollow if somehow they allowed another opportunity

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McIntosh guard Will Washington is playing strong in his final season of high school basketball.

GABRIEL STOVALL: McIntosh boys basketball has learned the art of leaving no doubt

  McIntosh has a chance to keep stockpiling wins on top of an already record-breaking undefeated season. The Chiefs have a chance to take one step closer to winning a highly coveted Region 4-AAAAA tournament championship. The Peachtree City school also has an opportunity to get revenge on Mundy’s Mill. But don’t confuse the order.

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McIntosh coach Jason Eisele has taken the Chiefs from a 9-14 2005-06 season to a 25-0 mark this season. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

McIntosh boys basketball resolute to avoid repeat of last season’s heartbreak

    By Gabriel Stovall gcmstovall3@gmail.com PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Apologies to Northgate, but when the McIntosh boys’ basketball team easily dispatched of the Vikings 71-37 Friday night, it wasn’t really that particular game that meant the most to coach Jason Eisele’s team. Sure, it was the clincher to 25-0, the Chiefs’ first undefeated regular

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