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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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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James "M.J." Walker has turned his game up a notch and Jonesboro is as dangerous as ever. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

PREP BASKETBALL: Five things to watch as the Jonesboro Cardinals start its second straight title defense season

        By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com ATLANTA, Ga. — No matter how you look at it, it’s game day for the Jonesboro Cardinals. The Clayton County school boasts arguably two of the state’s best programs in football and basketball, and while the Cardinals’ football team will be in Cartersville facing the No. 3

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

Basketball standouts from Jonesboro, Stockbridge compete in slam dunk contest | VIDEO

Two Southern Crescent ballers will are vying for votes that will determine who will emerge as Atlanta’s best high school dunker. Jonesboro sophomore M.J. Walker and Stockbridge senior Javon Smith are part of a list of five Atlanta area athletes involved in the 2015 Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Slam Dunk Contest. Each player had the opportunity

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