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Norcross HS tops playoff poll

Norcross HS tops playoff poll

ATLANTA -- USA TODAY has released its latest Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll for high school football.

Norcross HS remains at the top, with Grayson, Sandy Creek, Lassiter and North Gwinnett making up the Top 5.

This week's poll sees two newcomers. Alpharetta HS is now ranked No. 22, while Jonesboro comes it at No. 24.

Walton and Stephenson, meanwhile, fell off the list.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is generated exclusively for 11Alive by USA TODAY.

American Family Insurance Top 5 performances

American Family Insurance Top 5  performances

ATLANTA -- Each week, American Family Insurance presents its Top 5 High School Football performances -- a weekly countdown of some of the best plays from Friday Night Alive.

We start with Marquis Terry from Drew High. His long touchdown run was not enough to hold off Union Grove as the Titans fell 34-33.

Number 4 is Brandon Young blocking the Chamblee field goal attempt to preserve a 24-0 Marist shutout.

Number 3 is South Gwinnett's Coray Keel going up high to make the catch as the Comets beat Brookwood  42-38.

Number 2 is David Spratte with the interception and return for the touchdown as St. Pius beat Blessed Trinity 24-17

Number 1 is Khai Anderson's 90-yard kickoff return for a score as Carver beat Grady 22-19.

Metro Atlanta Super 25 by USA Today

Metro Atlanta Super 25 by USA Today

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll by USA Today is here.

As we head into the final week of the regular season, there is a change in the Top 10, but no change at the very top.

Coming off a bye week, the Norcross Blue Devils are still on top and will face winless Meadowcreek Friday night. Grayson is headed for a showdown with Brookwood this week. The Rams are 2nd, with Sandy Creek, North Gwinnett and Lassiter rounding out the Top 5.

M.L. King, Jr. is 6th, followed by Lovejoy, South Gwinnett and West Forsyth. Parkview rejoins the Top 10 after beating Berkmar last week.

Marist rises from 23rd to 11th after beating Chamblee, and North Cobb returns to the poll at No. 18.

Stephenson and Kell rejoin the poll at 24th and 25th, respectively.

Gainesville and Buford drop out of the Super 25 this week.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced by USA Today exclusively for 11Alive.

USA Today's Super 25 Poll for Metro Atlanta is here

USA Today's Super 25 Poll for Metro Atlanta is here

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- This season, 11Alive.Com and HighSchoolSports.Net will have a weekly Super 25 high school basketball poll for Metro Atlanta schools.  The poll, which is provided by USA Today, will rank both boys and girls teams from all classifications using the Massey Ratings.

With teams from the Atlanta area being ranked among the nation's best again this season, the Super 25 Poll will be a weekly measuring stick. We hope it will spark a conversation about who holds the title of top basketball team in the Atlanta area. We start with the poll for the week of January 2.

Boys Atlanta Super 25 Poll   

1. Columbia

2. Miller Grove

3. Mill Creek

4. Milton

5. Whitefield Academy

6. Douglas Co.

7. North Cobb

8. Shiloh

9. North Clayton

10. Monroe

11. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian

12. Fayette Co.

13. Wheeler

14. Harrison

Dekalb Basketball prepares for a Special Season

Dekalb Basketball prepares for a Special Season

TUCKER, Ga. -- The high school basketball season peomises to be very special in Dekalb County, where three boy's teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation.

The ESPN FAB50 ranked Miller Grove No. 2 in the national preseason poll. The Wolverines have won three straight Class AAAA titles and will feature 6-9 Tony Parker, who averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots per game. Parker is ranked No. 31 among the nation's top college prospects and will team with 6-7 forward Brandon Morris who has already committed to attend the University of Georgia.

Two-time defending state Class AAA champion Columbia is ranked  No.12 in the national poll. The Eagles won their fourth state title in the last six seasons. Junior point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen averaged 13 points, 8 assists, and 3 steals per per game and was Class AAA Player of the Year.

High school sports get a new 'beat'

High school sports get a new 'beat'

ATLANTA -- In just one week, Atlanta-area high school sports will get a new beat.

Beats Battle, the brainchild of atlanta.highschoolsports.net and Patchwerk Recording Studios, will give high school students the chance to use their talents to show pride in their schools and teams.

Each week Patchwerk will provide different beats on atlanta.highschoolsports.net. Students can download the beats, add lyrics that praise their favorite high school teams and upload their products to the Web.

Voters can visit atlanta.highschoolsports.net to select a weekly winner. At the end of the season, one grand prize winner will receive recording time in the legendary Patchwerk Studios.