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GABRIEL STOVALL: A Q&A with Jonesboro senior USA Basketball U18 player MJ Walker fresh off of his time in Chile

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO, Ga. — After M.J. Walker got the gold for the USA Men’s U18 Basketball team, he came back from Chile to his South Metro Atlanta home and received gold star treatment from his family. “When I came down the street to our driveway, they had (American) flags in the grass,

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M.J. Walker and the top-ranked Jonesboro Cardinals defeated Pike County by over 100 points Saturday night. (File)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Jonesboro’s James “MJ” Walker is a rising star who deserves everything coming to him

In a fast-paced, social media driven world that’s ever changing, and ever promoting the need for us to change with it, it’s refreshing to see when someone can navigate through its crowded corridors unscathed by the bumping and jostling and pressure to conform. This is especially encouraging in the sports world, where, thanks to instant

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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)

PREP BASKETBALL: One Southern Crescent school rose above the rest in national website recognition

Southern Crescent hoopers have found their way on the hoopseen.com Georgia All-State basketball scene. The national prep basketball website released its by-classification all-state teams Monday night, right after an eventful and controversial weekend at the GHSA state championships in Macon. Headlining the group was a trio of McIntosh standouts named to the Class AAAAA team.

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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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No. 1 Jonesboro came up short against second-ranked Liberty County in Thursday night's Class AAAA championship game. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

STATE BASKETBALL: Liberty County stymies No. 1 Jonesboro, haults Cardinals’ bid for a three-peat

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com MACON, Ga. – Jonesboro bid to win its third consecutive Class AAAA Championship fell short Thursday night in the state title game when the Cardinals fell behind early to Liberty County and could not make up the deficit on their way to a 58-52 defeat. Jonesboro finishes the season at 28-5

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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)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Jonesboro basketball may see a little bit of themselves in its state championship game opponent Liberty County

MACON, Ga. — You’ve come a long way, Jonesboro. I’m not talking about that short drive down I-75 from Clayton to Bibb County. I mean the journey from good to great. From the 78-75 overtime thriller win three seasons ago against No. 1 Alexander and a hot-like-fire Hassani Gravett (he poured in 46 points that

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Liberty County point guard Davion Mitchell (left) is considered one of the state's top prospects. Mitchell is averaging over 24 points per game. (Special Photo)

STATE BASKETBALL: An early look at Jonesboro’s Class AAAA championship game opponent Liberty County | VIDEO

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com So let the state championship talk begin. We’ve been here before, right? It’ll be three times, to be specific. The No. 1 Cardinals breezed by Grady tonight, winning in the Class AAAA Final Four round 77-49. It wasn’t close, much like most of Jonesboro’s postseason — save its second round opponent

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Jonesboro's MJ Walker led all scorers with 16 points in the top-ranked Cardinals quarterfinals win over St. Pius X Friday night in Fort Valley. (File)

STATE BASKETBALL: Jonesboro runs past St. Pius X, sets up semifinal matchup with Grady

    By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com FORT VALLEY, Ga. — In a game that was already teetering on the verge of a blowout at halftime, an early third quarter explosion by MJ Walker, Eric Lovett and Jamari Smith helped the top-ranked Jonesboro Cardinals run past St. Pius X 57-37 in the Class AAAA tournament’s Elite

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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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