South Atlanta Hornets! -- NEWS & NOTES--

HORNETS ARE 2018-19 REGION 6AA CHAMPIONS! 2018-19 Hornets Region 6AA Champs

Your South Atlanta Hornets mounted a furious comeback against Therrell High, after falling behind early in the Region 6AA Championship game at Douglass High School. South Atlanta used defensive intensity to overcome adversity and regain their rightful place as Region Champs, with a final score of 61-58.


61-50 Playoff Victory over Swainsboro High Earns Hornets their second State Title

Determined to start fast against their 2016-17 State Championship opponent, the South Atlanta Hornets jumped out to a big lead and never looked back as they cruised to victory against Swainsboro High, 68-33, to win the 2016-17 State 2AA Championship game Saturday, March 11,2017, at Georgia Tech University.

The South Atlanta Hornets are FOCUSED, and looking forward to another great season! ... Click this Link for COACH MIKE REDDICK'S 2017-18 PRESEASON INTERVIEW at


61-50 Playoff Victory over Josey High Earns Hornets a Final Four Berth in 2016-17 State Tournament

After a slow start, the Hornets dominated the second half of the semi-final State Playoff game against Josey High at Georgia College and State University, 61-50, to advance to the State AA Championship game Saturday, March 11,2017, at Georgia Tech University.

The South Atlanta Hornets are LOCKED IN, and chasing destiny once again! ... Click this Link to WATCH ONLINE via NFHS Network

ALUMNI FLASHBACK GAME! 2012-13 hornets alumni

South Atlanta's George High / Fulton School Squad



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92-79 Playoff Victory over Central High Schedule Earns Hornets a Final Four Berth in 2015-16 State Tournament

The Hornets delivered a solid performance in the quarter-final State Playoff game at Augusta University's Christenberry Fieldhouse, ousting Central High 92-79, to advance to the Final Four in their quest for another State Title.

The South Atlanta Hornets are in PLAYOFF MODE! Semi-final game is set for Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4:45 pm at Augusta University. Christenberry Fieldhouse is located at 3109 Wrightsboro Road on the Forest Hills Campus of Augusta University. Click this Link to WATCH ONLINE via NFHS Network

IRONY OF DESTINY? hornets vs jhs

2015-16 Playoff Schedule Begins with Hornets Battling Coach Reddick's Hometown High School Squad

In a case of subtle irony, in order to advance past the first round of State Playoffs, Coach Mike Reddick must take his Hornets on a mission to defeat the team he played on as a youth, the Johnson High Atomsmashers of Savannah, GA.

The South Atlanta Hornets are in PLAYOFF MODE! First game is set for Wednesday, February 17, 2016 @ 6pm. @ Johnson (Savannah, GA)



2013 Champs 6AAAA

Champions Again!! Hornets Win 2012-13 Region 6-AAAA Title!

After trailing by double-digits at halftime, the determined Hornets used defense and determination
to bring the high-flying Columbia Eagles down to Earth.

The next goal of another State Title begins February 20th as the Hornets host in the first round of State Playoffs.


Offseason update. Memorial Services for Nicholas Byrd were held, July 9, 2011, at South Atlanta High Gymnasium.


savannah classic champs 2010

Road Warriors Again!! Hornets Win 2010-11 Savannah Classic Tourney!

After official cancelation denied the Hornets a chance for a 10th consecutive Atlanta Public Schools Holiday Tournament title, the team proved their worth by traveling to Savannah, Ga., and bringing home more hardware for Christmas.


4AAARegion Champs

Hornets win 2009-2010 4AAA Regional Title!

Champions!!! Hornets Win 2008-09 4AAA State Title!

Hornets win 2008-2009 4AAA Regional Title!

Dateline 12-20-2009

Hornets Win Ninth Consecutive Atlanta Public Schools Tournament Championship!

Nicholas Byrd shows off the APS Prize



Favors Wins MVP in McDonald's All-American Game ESPN Highlights

Derrick Favors chooses Georgia Tech! -- See video report on

CBS Properties Showcases Hornets at T-Mobile Invitational - December 29-30th!

* Important News for Student Athletes! (link to Recruiting Advantage©)

South Atlanta's Derrick Favors joined the elite players of the nation for the 3rd Annual Boost Mobile Elite 24", in Rucker Park, Harlem, New York, on August 22, 2008.    Link to ESPN RISE FEATURES
Hornet stars, Nick Watkins, Derrick Favors, and Andre Malone, receive All-State honors
Derrick Favors: Rated #1 Senior in America: Link to MaxPreps
Derrick Favors is Mr. Georgia Basketball 2009
Favors Delivers Victory at T-Mobile Invitational
Link to Atlanta Journal feature on Derrick Favors


Link to feature
Hornet Senior Andre Malone flashes a confident smile after signing his committment to Auburn University.

Nick Watkins shows Flight Basketball Team Camp hardware with NBA star Vince Carter

Hornet's Win 2008-09 4-AAA Regional Championship!

The Hornets flexed their muscles once again and defeated Spalding High 104-45 to win the 4-AAA 2008-09 Regional Tournament!

Hornet's APS Dynasty Continued in 2008 with 8th Title!

Hornet's APS Dynasty Continued in 2007 with 7th Title!

Hornet's Score 6th APS Title in 2006!




Hornets APS 2006 MVPs



APS Dynasty! 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Atlanta Tournament Champs!!!!!
South Atlanta won its 6th consecutive APS Tournament Championship, 56-42,
as Tournament MVP Sophomore Derrick Favors dominated Douglas High in the
championship game with 17 points, 18 rebounds, 7 blocks, 4 assists and 4 steals.
Junior forwards Robert Jones and Bernard Kelly made the all tournament team.
Derron Durham scored 39 points in the tournament making eight 3-point shots
and Mike Dantzler dished out 17 assists in the tournament. It has been another
great season--now on to the State Tourney!


Hornets Building "A Legacy of Winning" in 2005"


APS Dynasty! • 2001, 2002, 2003,2004,2005 Atlanta Tournament Champs!!!!!
(click for "4Shots Sports" article)


Rapheal Wimby wins 2nd MVP award in 2005!!


Vincent Banks voted 2003 Mr. Georgia Basketball by Atlanta Journal/Constitution
Your South Atlanta Hornets took on the Griffin Bears in a winner-take-all contest for the State AAAA crown Friday, March 7th at Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

In front of state television coverage and national webcast by Georgia Public Television, the Hornets took an early lead and dominated the first half... Unfortunately, foul trouble on 6'7" senior, defensive specialist, Slyvania Watkins and cold perimeter shooting, caused the Hornets to stumble in the 4th quarter -- falling one game short of the State AAAA championship.

Senior All-Star, Vincent Banks, exhausted himself in a great game with a valiant attempt to carry the load for the Hornets - scoring a team-high 32 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.


After falling behind by 11 points in the second quarter, the Hornets awakened and proceeded to blow out Statesboro in the State AAAA Semi-final game, 83-55!


Hornets Slam Statesboro - Advance to Championship Game

Kudus Ogbara named to Atlanta Tipoff Club Metro Atlanta Team of the Month

Kudus rises up to slam Creekside!
Vincent Banks scores 2000th point in Victory over Creekside!


Vincent Banks is interviewed by Derrick Mahone of the Atlanta Journal
following his 27- point performance, and 2000-point career milestone.

National Rankings
Georgia rankings
2001-02 Season News & Notes
Atlanta Journal Honors Hornets: Coach and Player of the Year!

In recognition of a great basketball season, Coach Michael Reddick and junior guard Vincent Banks were honored by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution as the 2001-2002 season's “City Life Boys Basketball Coach of the Year” and “City Life Boys Basketball Player of the Year”. Congratulations on a job well done! For more info check the newspaper articles:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 03.17.2002


1st Team
Vincent Banks, South Atlanta

Honorable Mention
Sylvania Watkins, South Atlanta

Hornets Bow Out in Second-round Controversy

(left) Before his early 1st quarter ejection, starting center Sylvania Watkins scores over Cedar Shoals' "overly dramatic" Quentin Moses.

(right) Vincent Banks is comforted by Coach Reddick after he became the fifth Hornet to foul out of the playoff game. Banks scored 29 points inspite of injury. But it was not enough to compensate for the loss of Watkins.

South Atlanta's brilliant season came to an end 93 - 76 in the "Sweet Sixteen" of the State Playoffs, after starting center Sylvania Watkins was ejected five minutes into the second-round State Playoff game against Cedar Shoals for allegedly throwing a retaliatory punch after receiving a hard elbow from Cedar Shoals' Quentin Moses.

Cedar Shoals was awarded 57 free throws and the Hornets were severely hampered as five players fouled out, including the team's leading scorer, Vincent Banks, who registered 29 points in a valiant attempt to carry the load.

The 2001 South Atlanta Hornets and their 26 - 3 season, was one of the best in school history. Onward and upward next season!

Hornets Rout Lakeview-Ft.Ogl. 80 - 29 in 1st Round
Jeffrey Hayes (left) and Marcel Brower led all scorers with 12 points each. Lenorris "Truck" Storey (right) contributed 10 points as South Atlanta easily advanced to the second round of State Playoffs held in Dalton, GA., by defeating Lakeview-Ft.Oglethorpe 80 - 29.



South Atlanta Hornets claim their trophy after winning the Lake Mary, Florida Classic in December 2001.


Mission Accomplished!! The Swarm of Hornets claim another Tourney Title after defeating Grady High
77-62 in the APS Title Game!!!