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Norcross boys not No. 1

Norcross is ranked No. 9 in the nation by Sports Illustrated and No. 13 by USA Today. But the Blue Devils are no longer Georgia's top boys basketball team in one of the state's two polls.

While Norcross remains No. 1 in the Georgia Sportswriters Association poll, the two-time defending Class AAAAA champs dropped to No. 2 behind Savannah in the Ga.Sports.com coaches poll.

Savannah is 16-0 and Norcross 16-1, but the Blue Jackets haven't played the same caliber of out-of-state competition as the Blue Devils.

The loss by Norcross came to Florida power Lakeland Kathleen at the Amare Stoudemire Invitational near Orlando just before Christmas. The Blue Devils won their other three games in that tournament and also own a home victory over Louisiana power Helen Cox.

Savannah's out-of-state victories have come against Irmo, S.C., and two Tallahassee schools - Godby and Lincoln.

The Blue Jackets get a big test this weekend, when they play at Johnson of Savannah on Friday and Mundy's Mill on Saturday.

Norcross has three Region 7-AAAAA games coming up before going to Beckley, W.Va., for the Mountain State Coal Classic. After playing Bridgeport, W.Va., on Jan. 31, the Blue Devils will compete in a four-team tournament that includes defending national champion Oak Hill Academy.

Norcross will play Veritas Christian Academy from Fletcher, N.C., on Feb. 1, while Oak Hill, ranked No. 13 by SI and No. 19 by USA Today, faces Virginia's Roanoke Catholic. The championship game is Feb. 2.

Norcross received nine of the 10 first-place votes in the Georgia Sportswriters poll. The Blue Devils are followed by Wheeler (17-2) and Savannah. Both of Wheeler's losses came out of state.

Gwinnett County has two girls teams ranked No. 1 and they hold the spot in both polls. Mill Creek (18-1) is the top team in Class AAAAA and Wesleyan (17-2) is No. 1 in Class AA.

The Wesleyan boys (15-3) are ranked No. 2 in the Class AA coaches poll and No. 4 in the writers poll. Greater Atlanta Christian (17-2) by ranked No. 3 by the writers and No. 4 by the coaches.

The GAC girls (16-2) are No. 2 in the writers poll and ranked No. 3 by the coaches, while Buford (16-3) is No. 8 and No 4 in Class AA.

In Class AAAAA girls, the Parkview (16-2) and Berkmar (16-2) are ranked No. 5 and No. 7 in both polls behind Mill Creek.

In boys, Dacula (19-1) is ranked No. 4 in Class AAAA by the writers and No. 5 by the coaches. The Meadowcreek boys (12-5) are ranked No. 9 by the writers in Class AAAAA.