SWD names interim football coach

SWD football helmet

Fletcher Salter has been appointed interim coach for the Southwest DeKalb High School football team following the death of head coach Michael Tanks, the DeKalb County School District announced Aug. 12. Salter, who coached under Tanks and former head coach Buck Godfrey, is a retired educator. Salter is a graduate of Carver High School in […]

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How coaches help prepare student-athletes for college life

Chauncey Rivers, left, and Jonathan Ledbetter

Two years ago, Stephenson defensive end Chauncey Rivers and Tucker defensive tackle Jonathan Ledbetter were two of the top defensive recruits in the state and nation. Both players were ranked on ESPN’s Top 300 prospect list and had committed to the University of Georgia with hopes of becoming major contributors for Georgia’s defense. However, off-the […]

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Family, SWD community remember late football coach


Michael Tanks, described as an outstanding teacher and coach, was remembered Aug. 7 during a vigil at Southwest DeKalb High School. Tanks, 48, died Aug. 3—a day before his birthday—after suffering a stroke at his home on July 25. Tanks, a 1985 Southwest DeKalb graduate, was the head football coach for three years. Tanks’ family, […]

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UPDATE: SWD football coach Michael Tanks dead at 48

SWD football coach hospitalized after stroke

Southwest DeKalb High School football coach Michael Tanks died Aug. 3 of complications related to a stroke he suffered at his home. Tanks, 48, has been on a ventilator since having the stroke on July 25. According to the school’s athletic liaison Kathy Walton, Tanks was at home with his son when he had the […]

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SWD football coach hospitalized after stroke

SWD football coach hospitalized after stroke

Southwest DeKalb High School football coach Michael Tanks was hospitalized July 25 after suffering a stroke at his home. The school’s athletic liaison Kathy Walton told The Champion that school principal Dr. Thomas Glanton gave the faculty and staff an update Aug. 1 on Tanks’ condition. “He’s still on a ventilator and they got limited […]

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Tucker Lions get free football gear

Tucker Lions get free football gear

The Tucker Lions youth football programs received some much-needed help before the start of the season. The North Atlanta Football League, in partnership with Born To Compete, donated more than 50 helmets and shoulder pads to the Tucker Lions. Alex Benson, co-founder of Born To Compete—a media website for youth sports—delivered the equipment to the […]

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New season, new regions

St.Pius X Golden Lions

Coaches discuss changes at annual football media day     The new classification and region alignments were hot topics at the annual DeKalb County Football Media Day at Tucker High School on July 20. The Reclassification Committee of the Georgia High School Association released the region alignments Dec. 1, 2015 for the 2016-18 term. The […]

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Big man on campus

Offensive lineman John Krahn, who is 7-foot-tall and 400 pounds, is enrolled at Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Decatur. Photo by Carla Parker

7-foot, 400-pound John Krahn to suit up for GPSA   Last year, John Krahn, a senior offensive lineman at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Riverside, Calif., made national headlines. Not for anything bad or necessarily good, but he gained the spotlight because he was probably the biggest football player in the world at […]

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