Boys Basketball: Wheeler takes over No. 1 in AAAAAA

Photo by Ty Freeman

Wheeler’s lone loss came to West Linn (OR) over the holidays (70-62, Dec. 29) but the Wildcats have been on a tear inside state lines and take over No. 1 in Class AAAAAA with a 13-1 start to the season. Wheeler dominated region foe Milton 83-35 on Saturday and has now won its last four region games by at least 35 points, following a close 51-48 victory over Cherokee to start December. Shiloh dropped one spot to No. 2 and Tift County improved to No. 3 in Class AAAAAA with a 78-69 win over Lowndes on Saturday that moved the defending state champs to 15-0.

In Class AAAAA, Miller Grove swept its way through the Iolani Classic and Chick-Fil-A Classic over the holidays and remains at No. 1. Gainesville fell to No. 3 after dropping a game to rival Johnson. McIntosh used its winning streak at the Lake City Classic and a 68-63 victory at rival Whitewater on Saturday to remain undefeated and take over No. 2.

Johnson-Gainesville’s 76-63 win over Gainesville allowed the Knights jump Lithonia for No. 2 in Class AAAA and also to remain undefeated at 13-0. Burke County debuted in Class AAA at No. 8 and Sandy Creek dropped out of the top 10.

In Class AAA, Jenkins improved two spots to No. 3 and Westminster replaced Peach County at No. 10 after the Trojans lost consecutive games (Rutland 83-79, Perry 50-47) to start the New Year.

Pace Academy remains No. 1 in a wide-open Class AA field and Holy Innocents’ jumped two spots to No. 2 while Thomasville used a leap from No. 7 to crack the top 3 for the first time this season.

In Class A, Wilkinson County slid to No. 7 and Greenforest took over No. 2. Turner County replaced Randolph-Clay at No. 10.



1. Wheeler

2. Shiloh

3. Tift County

4. Pebblebrook

5. Tucker

6. Douglas County

7. Pope

8. Norcross

9. Hillgrove

10. Duluth



1. Miller Grove

2. McIntosh

3. Gainesville

4. Allatoona

5. Tri-Cities

6. M.L. King

7. Drew

8. Northside-Columbus

9. Brunswick

10. Richmond Hill


Class AAAA

1. Jonesboro

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Lithonia

4. Columbia

5. St. Pius

6. Bainbridge

7. Carrollton

8. Burke County

9. Liberty County

10. Stone Mountain


Class AAA

1. Laney

2. Cedar Grove

3. Jenkins

4. North Clayton

5. Morgan County

6. Johnson-Savannah

7. Butler

8. Savannah

9. Rutland

10. Westminster


Class AA

1. Pace Academy

2. Holy Innocents’

3. Thomasville

4. Vidalia

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. Bryan County

7. Seminole County

8. Model

9. Harlem

10. Early County


Class A

1. St. Francis

2. Greenforest

3. Athens Christian

4. Hancock Central

5. Treutlen

6. Whitefield Academy

7. Wilkinson County

8. Calhoun County

9. Greenville

10. Turner County



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