Prep Roundup: McEachern puts down challenge from Hoover
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After falling behind 10-6 at the end of the first quarter, McEachern turned things up in the second, outscoring Hoover (Ala.) 31-8 as they rolled to a 75-53 victory Saturday at the Wesleyan School.

Cooper paced the Lady Indians

(16-2) with 31 points. Jada Lewis had 19, including three 3-pointers, and Taylor Gordon finished with 10. Cooper, Lewis and Gordon combined for 25 of McEachern’s 31 second quarter points.

Caliya Robinson had eight points for the Lady Indians, who connected on seven 3-pointers and went 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Hoover made 27 of 40 free throws.

McEachern will host South Cobb on Tuesday.

Mount Paran Christian 42, Pace Academy 32: Que Morrison scored 15 points as the Lady Eagles gradually pulled away for a non-region victory.

Caroline Ethridge added five points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Mount Paran (15-3) will travel to Fellowship on Tuesday.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Lassiter 60, Woodstock 42:
Lassiter broke a 21-all halftime tie by outscoring Woodstock 15-8 in the third quarter and 39-21 in the second half to pick up another Region 5AAAAAA victory

Justin Jackson made four 3-pointers, was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and finished with 23 points for the Trojans (5-16, 2-8).

Derrick Lloyd had 11 points and Austin Cheatum had eight points and nine rebounds.

Lassiter, which made 21 of 27 free throws, will host Milton on Tuesday.

Kennesaw Mountain 72, Hiram 59: Alex White, Andrew Jimenez and Josh Craig each scored 12 points to lead the Mustangs to a non-region win.

Kennesaw Mountain (8-12) spent much of the evening at the foul line as it connected on 27 of 49 shots.

The Mustangs will host North Cobb on Tuesday.

Walker 58, Atlanta International 46: Walker jumped out to a 22-12 first quarter lead and 37-22 halftime advantage, en route to the non-region road win.

Robert Baker had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolverines (7-13). Spencer Palladino chipped in 11 points and five boards, while Ahmad McCullough added 11 points. Zach Eikost totaled nine points.

Walker is at St. Francis on Tuesday.

Furtah Prep 44, Dominion Christian 43: After allowing the Falcons a 3-pointer, and a one-point lead with 25 seconds left in the game, the Knights couldn’t get a shot in before time expired.

Dominion (9-8) took a three-point edge into halftime, but it couldn’t get the lead to stick.

Jordan Dorsey had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Tate Cooney added 11 points and six rebounds for the Knights, who will travel to Loganville Christian on Tuesday.

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KM Parent
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January 28, 2014
I can voice my honest opinion because the Mustangs are having a rough year and you know I am unbiased. I think if we have rules we should all play by them. McEachern would most likely kill us without their recruited players, but who knows. The point is, when people break the rules and don't get punished, others start trying to break the rules. The GHSA or whoever is in charge neds to lay down the law now or else get prepared for things to get worse.
The Truth
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January 28, 2014
Look, Cobb didn't anyting wrong, so give it a rest people. They decided not to interview the Kell coaches and they are allowed to do that. Sure, it looks bad for Ms. Roe or whatever her name is but she didn't have to. She spoke with the Kell administrators instead and then decided it wouldn't be wise to talk to coaches who would have direct evidence of the recruiting. That is probably what any good politician would do. So, now the GHSA is given the results of the investigation and has to make a decision. Unlike, Ms. Roe, the GHSA shouldn't have a reason to cover this up. Let's just wait to see what happens and then we can point blame later.
Cobb Lawyer
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January 27, 2014
I was told check out these McEachern articles today, so now I am curious. Best I can tell, someone is trying to cover something up. I am not naïve enough to think all these blogs are accurate, so if someone is truly in the know about all this, let me know. Who is heading up the investigation? Where did it start?
Cobb Coach Three
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January 27, 2014
The GHSA better handle this like you say or else somebody else they are going to look silly. Everyone has been blogging and talking about this for almost 3 months now and it should have been handled already. Instead, Cobb HR takes its sweet time hoping we will go away. I wasn't going to speak up at first, but now I am more upset at our procedures than I am McEachern's recruiting!
Hip Hip Hooray
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January 27, 2014
Thank you GHSA. We heard that are going to finish the McEachern investigation where and interview the Kell coaches when Cobb Schools wouldn't. You are doing the right thing and should be commended for upholding the rules that have been put in place to protect the sport and our athletes. Bravo! Please don't back out.
GHSA
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January 27, 2014
Hello. Schools are government run agencies and therefore full of politicians. It is sad that Cobb didn't do their job, but there is no reason now why the GHSA can't finish it properly.
Cobb Coach Too
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January 26, 2014
I agree with Cobb Coach. The problem is fear of retaliation from our administrators. Everyone wants the other guy to do and nobody is doing it. I personally can't prove anything but it sounds like the Kell coaches can so someone should at least talk to them. I am for discussing this at the next region meeting. What do the rest of you coaches think?
Cobb Coach
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January 26, 2014
I can tell you personally that I am a coach in the region and it pisses me off. I can also tell you in speaking with others in te region that everyone is aware of the recruiting going on and everyone is fed up with it. The problem is our administrators don't want to cause any waves and don't want any negative attention. All the administrators in Cobb and all the county folks protect each other so none of us coaches is gonna put our neck on the line even though t\some of the veteran coaches should.
Old Fart
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January 28, 2014
Coaches, hiding behind the scenes won't get it done and we all know nobody is going to step forward. I have doing this for a lonnggg time and I will be shocked if the GHSA does anyting about this. The only way thing sget done is through enough people speaking up or through the media. Stop wasting your time with the GHSA and Cobb.
Not a Coach
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January 28, 2014
If you are a coach then you know that there are other schools recruiting. Odds are yours in one of them too. Milton, Campbell, McEachern, Buford, Wheeler, Kell, Harrison, Gwinnett, Norcross, just to name a few are all recruiting. Let's just drop the rules and let everyone do it. What is the big deal about letting everyone. Colleges do it, so why not the high schools?

Completely Unfair
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January 26, 2014
As a fan of basketball, what amazes me is that those who play in McEachern's region don't get their region representatives to do something about this. If all of these illegal players are allowed to continue to play for McEachern, they will most likely win region and State this year and next year. Who's gonna stop them? I don't see anyone close other than Norcross and McEachern already beat them.
Life is Unfair
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January 28, 2014
Does it really amze you? Life is unfair and the sooner people realize this the better. It is a good lesson for the kids to learn at this age that there are those who cheat and their are those in positions of authority you are corrupt. There are also those who don't cheat and do uphold the rules. The beauty of sports is that they teach great lessons. Yes, MCEachern illegally recruited playerrs and everyone knows about it, but nothing is going to happen. Nobody wants to runi their dream season. This article is another example of that. Everyone loves a winner even if they cheat. Look at Lance Armstrong. He lied for years before he was caught. Maybe eventually someone will do something about McEachern, but for now, just use it as a teaching tool for your kids.
Waste of Time
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January 26, 2014
Let's do everyone a favor and stop wasting everyone's time. Let's just give McEachern the Region and State trophies and let's have another tournament for everyone else who isn't recruiting all-stars? Why coaches even let their teams play McEachern is beyond me. Everyone knows they are recruiting, everyone knows they are going to lose to them, but everyone still shows up to get their butts spanked by them. Talk about a waste of time. I guess deep down these coaches feel like maybe, just maybe, they can beat McEachern. Well, it aint gonna happen boys. McEachern is beating everyone by 25 or more usually and they aren't even trying yet. I guess they didn't want to make a complete mockery of the sport by winning every game by 60.
Marietta Dad
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January 28, 2014
I agree with much of what everyone is saying, but don't assume McEachern is going to win everything. They are not well-coached, their players have not played hard for an entire game yet, and the Devils have close to beating them twice. Sure if they played hard they could beat everyone by 50, but they don't play hard so don't give up so easily guys.
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