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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.

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

GWINNETT CO | Grayson Rams aim for first state title

GWINNETT CO | Grayson Rams aim for first state title

LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- Competing at the 5A level in football in Gwinnett County is a little like being in the NFC South.  There's always someone waiting who can ruin your day.

But the Grayson Rams feel like their day has come. It's not that they don't respect their state final opponent.  Walton carries the same 14-0 record into the Georgia Dome this Saturday as Grayson. But four other Gwinnett County schools have claimed titles over the years, and Grayson feels it's their time.

"We owe this to coach (Mickey) Conn" said junior defensive star Robert Nkemdiche. Conn has carried this program a long time. In fact he is the only coach the program has ever had, there from the beginning in 2000.

"We played a junior varsity schedule for a couple years, then went in at the AAA level," Conn said. 

Lassiter High PINK OUT to raise funds for breast cancer research

Lassiter High PINK OUT to raise funds for breast cancer research

MARIETTA, Ga. -- For the fourth year in a row, the DECA club at Marietta's Lassiter High School will hold a Friday night PINK OUT to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

During the Oct. 7 football game against Cherokee High, Lassiter DECA members will sell pink T-shirts and spirit items, and the cheerleaders will collect donations to breast cancer research. This year's PINK OUT will be held in honor of Pam Hutchinson Butler, a breast cancer patient and Lassiter alumna.

DECA members hope to collect $3,500 this year.

The Lassiter-Cherokee game will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at Frank Fillman Stadium. All attendees are asked to wear pink and donate to show their support for eliminating breast cancer.

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.

HighSchoolSports.net: Week 3

HighSchoolSports.net: Week 3

ATLANTA -- Week 3 of highschoolsports.net will begin with our Game Of The Week, featuring the new top ranked team in class AAAAA: the McEachern High School Indians.

Our coverage will start during the 6 p.m. news with Fred Kalil reporting live from McEachern. Viewers voted their annual showdown with Marietta High as our Game Of The Week.

McEachern opened the season with wins over North Gwinnett and Lowndes, while the Marietta Blue Devils are still seeking their first win.

We will also look in on a pair of matchups in Cherokee County; Kell High will play at Woodstock High, while unbeaten West Forsyth will visit Etowah.

Last week, Lambert knocked off defending class AAAA champ Chattahoochee. This week, the Longhorns host region rival Creekview.