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Georgia HS Basketball Team Tops National Rankings

ALPHARETTA, GA -- USA TODAY has released their preseason national rankings for high school basketball and one Georgia team is certainly well-represented. Milton is ranked as the number one basketball team in the country.

Here is what Jim Halley, the man who compiles the Super 25 rankings, had to say about Milton:

"The defending 5A champion Eagles are loaded, with five returning starters and a roster of Division I players, led by Georgia Tech signee Julian Royal, a 6-8 F (17.0 ppg, 8 rpg); G Shannon Scott (13.0 ppg, 8.0), a Ohio State signee; and Vanderbilt signee Dai-Jon Parker, a 6-3 G (14.0 ppg, 4.0 apg)."

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. One

SUWANEE, GA -- With 46.9 percent of the online vote, Hiram at Lambert is 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week. And now that the postseason has started, the stakes are higher than ever.

Hiram and Lambert are both relatively new schools. Hiram's football program kicked things off in 2000 and the 8-2 Hornets are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Lambert, only in its first full year of varsity play, is also 8-2 and looking to make a splash in the postseason.

Hiram has given up more points than Lambert this season, but the Hornets have also scored more points.

Lambert has scored more than 30 points only once this year; Hiram has reached that mark six times.

11Alive will broadcast live from Lambert during the 6 pm newscast.

Georgia High School Football Playoffs: 4A Preview



Favorite: Clarke Central

Predicted Final Four: Flowery Branch, Chattahoochee, Northside-Warner Robins, Clarke Central

Easiest Draw: Chattahoochee. Chattahoochee's matchups are favorable because of the types of teams they will play. Up until the quarterfinals, the Cougars should be able to outscore whoever the face.

Toughest Draw: Flowery Branch. Of all of the three seeds in 4A, Southwest DeKalb is the one with the best shot at beating Flowery Branch. If the Falcons survive that, they get to play undefeated Kell in the second round.

Best Round One Matchups:

Under Armour Athlete of the Week: Week 11 Winner

ALPHARETTA, GA -- This week's winner of 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Under Armour Athlete of the Week is only a sophomore, but his performance in Week 10 was good enough to beat out two seniors in the online vote.

Alpharetta wide receiver Carlos Burse caught three touchdown passes en route to his team's 48-28 road win over Centennial. Burse, who is also a talented basketball player, will try to help the Raiders win their first playoff game in school history this Friday.

To get that playoff win, Burse and company will have to face off against another Athlete of the Week nominee: Brookwood linebacker Cameron Lynch.

Santa Plans Visit to Three More Metro Malls

ATLANTA -- Santa Claus makes his grand entrance at three more metro Atlanta malls this weekend, with stops planned at Perimeter, Gwinnett Place and North Point on November 13.

If the wait is longer than 15 minutes at Perimeter, parents will receive a pager allowing them to shop until it's their turn at the big chair.

Gwinnett Place and North Point malls are among those offering special times for pet lovers to have their pet's picture taken with Santa Claus.


Inexpensive Dental Care

     If you live in Fulton County you may qualify for a big discount on dental care.  Dr. Kimberly Lewis has been taking care of Fulton County's teeth for decades.  "we see a lot of decay among certain populations.. For that reason our programs start at a very early age," she said.

     She wants to get the word out that families who qualify can get six months of dental treatment for just 25 dollars.  "To be eligible for the Fulton county program you must not have dental insurance, you have to meet income guidelines.  They are similar to the guidelines to qualify for free or reduced lunch at school," Dr. Lewis said.

A Marathon on Wheels Fueled by Smiles

ALPHARETTA, Ga.--The young screams and sporadic cheers coming from the baseball field in Alpharetta sound like any other fall diamond. As you take a step closer to the North Metro Miracle League field, you're confronted with joyous chaos.

Wheelchairs, walkers, and volunteers crowd the rubberized field. Each special needs child is accompanied by a volunteer, affectionately called a buddy. Enthusiastic cheers greet Jason Thomas as he is wheeled to the plate.

"Jason is twelve years old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy and seizure disorder," his mom, Andrea, introduces him.

"He IS those other kids," his triplet-sister Erica says. "People don't see him and think he's just a kid in a wheelchair and that he can't do anything. He can do anything."

At this special baseball field five years ago, a life was changed. It wasn't Jason's.

"That day in 2005, that trip I took in 2005, it changed my life forever," Kyle Thomas says.