Region-by-region review: Who are the leaders?

With one week left in the regular season, here's a look at each region in Class AAA with a focus on who is leading each league. There are still many regions that are undecided and some could come down to the last day.


Region 1, Div. A: Tattnall County (16-7), Brantley County (13-9) and Dodge County (8-13) are all in the picture. Tattnall has home games remaining against Appling and Beach. Brantley, which has lost four straight, finishes at Pierce and at home against Johnson. Dodge finishes against Toombs County and Islands. There come be some serious tie-breakery going on here.

Region 1, Div. B: Jenkins (20-3) can wrap up an automatic spot in the state playoffs by closing with wins over Islands and Appling County. That would give the No. 2-ranked Warriors an undefeated subregion record and automatic passage to the region semifinals. No. 5 Johnson and Savannah each have three losses and split against each other during the regular season.

Region 2: No. 9 Rutland (21-3) will win the regular-season championship if it defeats Peach County (18-4) tonight. A Peach loss leaves the Trojans likely tied for second against Central Macon (16-6).

Region 3: No. 1-ranked Laney (22-1) has clinched first place. Washington County, Butler and Josey are in a tussle for second place; if Laney beats Waco on Friday it will likely end up in a three-way tie.

Region 4, Div. A: No. 3 Cedar Grove (16-3) and No. 6 South Atlanta (19-4) are tied for first place; they split during the regular season. Cedar Grove finishes with McNair and Towers; South Atlanta against once-ranked North Clayton and McNair.

Region 4, Div. B: No. 8 Blessed Trinity (19-4) could wrap up the top seed with a win tonight against Westminster (17-6). A Westminster win leaves them tied at the top.

Region 5: It may all come down to Friday's game between Callaway (14-3) and Rockmart (19-4). Callaway has not lost a region game, with Rockmart's only setback a 79-55 loss to Callaway on Jan. 20.

Region 6: Calhoun (16-3) is the regular-season champion. Ringgold (17-7) and North Murray (17-5) are tied for second; they split during the season.

Region 7: No. 10 East Hall (18-4) has already cliniched first place in the region. The Vikings have a two-game lead over Banks County and have beaten the Leopards twice. Banks (19-4) is a solid second-place team.

Region 8: Defending champion and No. 4-ranked Morgan County (17-7) has not lost a league agme and has a four-game lead over Hart County and Elbert County. The Bulldogs finish their regular season tonight in Hartwell.


Region 1, Div. A: No. 10 Dodge County (18-3) survived a rough patch midway in the season and is two wins away (Tooms County and Islands) from an unbeaten season. That would give them a bye into the region playoffs and an automatic place in the state playoffs.

Region 1, Div. B: Beach (18-5) are one away from a perfect subregion record and an automatic place in the region semifinals. The No. 6 Bulldogs finish the regular season tonight at home against Southeast Bulloch. Once-ranked Johnson (15-6) will finish second.

Region 2: No. 3 Kendrick, last year's Class AA championship, has only one blemish on its 22-1 record. No. 9 Peach County (16-3) is also outstanding, with Rutland (13-8) and Central Macon (14-8) falling in the above average category.

Region 3: No 1 Laney (20-3) has a two-game lead in the region standings, but finished with two tough games – Washington County and rival Josey. No. 7 Washington County (18-4) could theoretically catch them.

Region 4, Div. A: No. 2 South Atlanta (23-0) has used its defense to steamroll all challengers. Jackson (18-5) is above average is an otherwise poor subregion.

Region 4, Div. B: No. 5-ranked Decatur (21-2) has clinched the subregion championship after last week's win over No. 8 Westminster. (18-5). Therrell (15-8) is a better-than-average third seed from this side.

Region 5: Three teams are still in contention for the regular-season championship. Pepperell (15-6) has the lead with a 7-1 region record; the Dragons finish with games at Callaway and at home on Friday against Haralson County and will claim first place with a pair of wins. Central Carroll (21-2) and Haralson County (17-4) each have two region losses. Pepperell split with Central and beat Haralson by 17 on Jan. 20 in Tallapoosa. Central Carroll and Haralson County split their two games. If Haralson beats Pepperell on Friday, that likely means a three-way tie for first place.

Region 6: Calhoun (18-4) has a two-game lead with games remaining against Coahulla Creek and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. Ringgold (20-4) can clinch second place with a win tonight against Murray County. Sonoraville (15-8) is a very solid third-place team.

Region 7: No. 1-ranked Dawson County (23-0) is the runaway winner in the region. But Banks Couty (19-4) is a pretty good team and East Hall (13-9) and Franklin County (14-9) are more than capable. This region could do well at state.

Region 8: Morgan County (14-6) and Jefferson (18-5) are tied with one region loss apiece. The two split during the regular season, with Jefferson winning by two points on Jan. 27. Morgan closes the regular season tonight at Hart County, while Jefferson hosts Jackson tonight and East Jackson on Friday.