Mary Persons do-everything senior Akebren Ralls has committed to Kennesaw State.
Ralls made two All-Middle Georgia teams and was a two-time all-state selection.
He helped lead Mary Persons to a 29-8 record during the past three seasons, a span that included four playoff wins.
He played primarily in the secondary for the Bulldogs, but he also saw snaps at tailback and receiver as a senior. He was also a lethal kick returner.
Ralls had 36 tackles and four interceptions as a senior and added seven touchdowns on offense and three kick return touchdowns. He had eight other touchdowns called back because of penalties. Ralls was named the GHSA Region 2-AAAA all-purpose player of the year.
Ralls also received interest from Ball State, Charleston Southern, Charlotte and Georgia Southern.
Kennesaw State was on quite the roll, as Griffin quarterback Jaquez Parks also committed to the Owls. Parks, who had offers from Air Force, Harvard and Mercer, was named the Georgia Sports Writers Association All-Classification Player of the Year after leading the Bears to the GHSA Class AAAAA state title. He passed for more than 300 yards and rushed for more than 200 in the championship game win over Carrollton.
Kennesaw State will begin football in 2015, competing in the Big South Conference.
Weather wreaked havoc on the prep basketball schedule on Tuesday night, but a number of those games have been scheduled.
The first of those makeup games will take place Saturday.
Saturday: Westfield at Stratford, 6:30 p.m.; Mount de Sales at Tattnall Square, 4:30 p.m.; John Milledge at Bulloch Academy.
Wednesday: Veterans at Baldwin, 5 p.m.; Howard at Mary Persons, 6 p.m.; Southwest at Central, 6 p.m.; Brentwood at Edmund Burke, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Rutland at West Laurens, 3 p.m. Taylor County at Bleckley County, 3 p.m.; Perry at Westside, 4 p.m.; Young Americans at Mount de Sales, 5:30 p.m.; Lamar County at Putnam County, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Windsor at Covenant, 4:30 p.m.
Canceled: Windsor vs. Southwest Georgia; Jones County at Twiggs County; Crisp Academy at Westfield.
Crucial game for FPD, Wilkinson girls
Both FPD and Wilkinson County will have plenty on the line when they meet Friday night in Macon. The winner would earn the regular season sub-region championship and earn the top seed heading into the Region 7-A tournament.
FPD was in a similar position one year ago.
The Vikings hovered around the cutoff for the state playoffs through the GHSAs Class A power rankings. They found themselves outside of the top 16 heading into the region tournament and needed to win the tournament to earn a playoff spot. The Vikings lost to Wilkinson County in the championship game.
FPD is currently ranked No. 17, one spot out of the automatic qualifying number for the state tournament. It remains 0.09 points behind Prince Avenue Christian, but the Vikings have been climbing the rankings during the past two weeks.
FPD (12-6, 5-1) has won six straight games, including wins over Hancock Central and Putnam County (17-2).
Wilkinson County, which earned an automatic playoff bid a year ago by winning 7-A even though it qualified through the power rankings, is also in a precarious position this season.
The Warriors are No. 15 in the public school rankings.
Both power ratings are questionable, however, because a number of schools havent entered in results on Maxpreps.com, the website that tabulates the results.
Wilkinson County (13-6, 5-1) enters the game coming off back-to-back losses to Hancock Central and Portal. The Warriors beat FPD 52-45 at home on Jan. 15.
GISA swim meet this weekend
The GISA swimming championships will take place Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Among those competing from area schools:
Covenant: Erica Chester, Michael Cooper, Melanie Durden, Miranda Henderson, Sebastian Hoenisch, Emily Sims, Lauren Sims, Calista Watson.
Gatewood: Matthew Dent, McKenzie Evans, Spencer Rabb, Camden Roper, Emily Schneider, Lena Visser.
John Milledge: Mark Martino, Michael Martino, Dustin Minshew, Maggie Watkins, Morgan Watkins.
Mount de Sales: Kike Afolabi-Brown, Naa Adorkor Allotey, Dallas Armstrong, Antonio Ayerdi, Madison Baima, Miranda Brown, Will Glawson, Mandy Huang, Madison Kosater, Davis Kunsleman, Lauren Kunselman, Sean McMahon, Corley Peth, Margaret Peth, Alex Poland, Payton Poland, Florrie Santos, Abigail Smith, Isiah Stilwell.
Stratford: Lucas Brewer, Noah Cole, Drew Daws, Carter Eddlemon, Abby Ellison, Laurel Ferrari, Devyn Gaton, Sean Grossnickle, Ella Hall, Katherine Hall, Cole Ham-West, Gus Hughes, Kaylee Jellum, Ben Jorgensen, Adam Kacsoh, Dori Kacsoh, Uswa Khan, Ellie Minette, Matt Newberry, Ally Raymond, Joseph Slappy, Morgan Sowell, Madelyn Stephens, Laney Tuck.
Tattnall Square: Ben Barwick, Aubrey Bloodworth, Madison Elliott, Rachel Forehand, Perry Hamlin, McCaleigh Harris, Jack Haughawout, Chuck ONeal, Ashleigh Owens, Matthew Owens, Stone Waddell, Loftin Whiddon.
Trinity Christian-Dublin: Johnathan Davis, Claire Gay, Elizabeth Heard, Kathryn Heard, Benjamin Howard, Chase Kight, Taylor King, Harper Kinsey, Laura Beth Mason, Krystal NeSmith, Anna-Grace Orr, Lika Schaaf, Caitlyn Stephens, Sydney Stephens, May Williams.
Westfield: Camille Ayer, Mackenzie Black, Rickly Black, Laura Liz Bryan, Luke DeMers, Noah DeMers, Hunter Hancock, McGee Isgett, Adam Jones, Addie Lee, Eva Catherine Parnell.