Norcross girls basketball team beat Langston Hughes 64 - 16 and is headed down to Macon for the third (they won the last two they went) run at a state championship in four years. They are led by #22 Diamond DeShields, this year's Naismith Award winner and are opposed by Lexie Brown, a nationally recognized player in her own right, and the #1 ranked North Gwinnet Lady Bulldogs. They have played three times already this year as they are in the same region. They split the home games and NG wont the regional championship, which went down to the end. It should be an exciting game.
They will be joined by the boy's team (I posted about that here) that is also competing for a state championship.
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#2. "RE: Lady Blue Heads Back to State" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 05-Mar-13 04:42 PM | edited Tue 05-Mar-13 05:00 PM by Bob Chadwick
Did I mention that we won the state football championship this year at the largest AAAAAA classification.
I just read an article on high school basketball parity in Georgia, but it applies to football, baseball and other sports as well. The elite programs feed on themselves. They get the athletes scholarships, so the biggest and fastest kids keep coming to the schools (one year we had an African prince) and the circle of winning repeats itself. You really can't blame the the parents. A lot of these athletes come from low income families, can change jobs readily and any financial loss they incur will be more than made up by any scholarship they can get.
We have at least three basketball players since 2006 in the NBA; Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu, Jody Meeks and Jeremy Lamb. Gani Lawal was drafted by the Phoenix Suns and is currently playing for the Chinese Basketball Association's Xinjiang Flying Tigers.
The sad thing about it is that a lot of times the kids that grew up in the neighborhoods are pushed out by the kids that transfer in.
#3. "RE: Lady Blue Heads Back to State" | In response to Reply # 2kuzzy Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005Thu 07-Mar-13 09:40 PM
Nice shots Bob. It is amazing how the athletic prowess of a school system seems to come in waves although based on that transfer in comment I am not sure what is going on there. Do you have a number of kids transferring into the school system because of the athletics?
Good luck the rest of the way.
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#4. "RE: Lady Blue Heads Back to State" | In response to Reply # 3Thu 07-Mar-13 11:48 PM | edited Thu 07-Mar-13 11:49 PM by Bob Chadwick
We absolutely do. It's impossible to know who will be there one year to the next. As an example, Chris Bolden (a Georgia Tech player) started at Parkview, played two seasons with Norcross and finished at North Gwinnett. This was all within the county, but we get kids transferring in their junior or senior year that come from all over.
The Milton coach was canned for recruiting violations this year but didn't do anything that others don't do. And the standard for a violation is subject to interpretation that it is difficult to know what is and isn't recruiting. You get a rep as a scholarship coach, talk to a few players and the nect thing you know you are being investigated for recruiting violations.