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Congrats to the St. Pius X and Walton boys and the Woodward Academy and Lambert girls for winning the state swimming championships Saturday. See below for all the weather delays. 

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Prior to this weekend, when was Walton's last boys swimming state title? 
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Friday's answer:
Brookwood has won five state titles in the past 12 years. 



1. Westlake

2. Norcross

3. Wheeler

4. Tift County

5. North Gwinnett

6. Walton

7. Milton

8. Pebblebrook

9. Douglas County

10. McEachern



1. Allatoona

2. Miller Grove

3. Jenkins

4. Sprayberry

5. Stephenson

6. Clarke Central

7. Tucker

8. Warner Robins

9. Drew

10. Heritage-Conyers


Class AAAA

1. Columbia

2. Alexander

3. Eagle's Landing

4. South Atlanta

5. Fayette County

6. Eastside

7. Glenn Hills

8. Statesboro

9. Westover

10. Riverdale


Class AAA

1. Johnson-Savannah

2. Savannah

3. Cartersville

4. Washington County

5. Buford

6. Morgan County

7. St. Pius X

8. Elbert County

9. Blessed Trinity

10. Cedar Grove


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Vidalia

3. Laney

4. Manchester

5. Calhoun

6. Model

7. Jefferson

8. Pelham

9. Taylor County

10. Northeast-Macon


Class A

1. Whitefield Academy

2. Greenforest Christian

3. St. Francis

4. Landmark Christian

5. North Cobb Christian

6. Aquinas

7. Mount Vernon Presbyterian

8. Calhoun County

9. Athens Christian

10. Holy Innocents'

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Region basketball tourney postponements


As of mid-morning, Cobb, and Fulton counties and the cities of Marietta and Atlanta have called off school today, meaning region basketball tournament games involving those schools have been postponed. 


Also, Region 8-AA will play its games today, but will not play games Tuesday and Wednesday. 


According to the GHSA, region tournaments have until next Monday to finish games. Accordingly, the start of the state tournaments has been pushed back a day until Wednesday, Feb. 19. 


Go to for weather updates throughout the day. 

By Craig Sager II
Walton, St. Pius X boys surprise at state meet



Two first-time team state swimming champions were crowned in the A-

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

AAAAA state meet on Saturday and multiple individual state records were set. The St. Pius X boys scored 199 points and edged second-place Marist (191.0) while the Woodward Academy girls accumulated 229.0 points to top second-place Westminster (203.0).


St. Pius X had to place ahead of Marist in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, in order to clinch its state championship.


"We knew we were in the hunt and we knew everything needed to go right," said St. Pius X coach Scott Carter.


UGA-signee Gunnar Bentz was the anchor of the four-man relay and punched the wall at 3.12.24 to give the Golden Lions their state championship. Bentz swam a state record 1:45.55 race in the 200 medley and scored another first place finish for St. Pius X and a state record in the 100 butterfly with a 48.60 time.


North Hall's Paul Powers broke his own record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.19 and Dalton sophomore Ethan Young broke a 14-year state record in the backstroke on Friday and then broke his one-day state record with a 47.54 finish on Saturday.


The Woodward Academy girls were paced by Caitlin Cooper, who was involved in three state records on Saturday. Cooper broke two individual records, previously set by Olympian Amanda Weir. In the 50 meter freestyle, Cooper clocked a 22.75 before posting a record-setting 49.78 in the 100 freestyle. In the 450 freestyle relay, Cooper was the opening leg of the relay and teammates Joelle Borchers, Charlotte Bernot and Kathleen 

Cook followed Cooper's fast start and set a new state record at 1:34:87.

North Paulding's Stephanie Peters won individual state titles in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.


In the Class AAAAAA state championship meet, the Walton boys scored 224.5 points and ended a streak of 14 years in which a Gwinnett County school has won the boys state championship in Georgia's highest classification. The Raiders' last boys state swimming title came in 1983, and it took a come-from-behind second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (the final event) to gain the crucial points needed to hold off runner-up Chattahoochee. The Cougars, led by triplets Mick, Jay and Kevin Litherland, finished with 218.0 total points and multiple state records. In the 400 freestyle relay, the UGA-bound triplets and Jacob Rubin broke the previous state record by more than two seconds and clocked a 3:04.08. Jay Litherland won the individual state title in the 100 backstroke and set the state record in the 100 breaststroke minutes later.


Kevin Litherland won the 200 freestyle state title with a 1.37.36 time and grabbed first place in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:22.91. Walton's state championship was a result of depth and the Raiders did not place first in any of the 12 events on Saturday. Second-place finishes in the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle were supported by four third-place finishes, three fifth-place and one eight for the state champion Raiders.


The Lambert girls won a second consecutive state title in Georgia's top class and scored 279.0 total points to outscore second place Johns Creek's total of 246.5. The Longhorns won the 200 medley to open the meet and also placed first in the 450 freestyle relay. The decisive moment came in the relay, as Megan Bestor, Emma Fish, Aubrey Jones and Katherine Aikins edged second-place Milton by two one-hundreths of a second (1:35.65) and gave the Longhorns one of their two 20-point events.

Wheeler, Tift fall; Westlake, Norcross top 6A



In Class AAAAAA, No. 1 Wheeler dropped to No. 3 after suffering a 48-41 loss to Milton on Saturday. No. 2 Tift County was handled by Valdosta 65-51 and slid down to No. 4 after the loss. Westlake (24-2) reclaims No. 1 in Class AAAAAA and bounced back from its only in-state loss of the season last week (76-75 to Tri-Cities) with wins over East Coweta, Hughes and Newnan


Milton moved up two spots to No. 7 after the win over Wheeler and a 68-63 loss to No. 6 Walton earlier last week. Hillgrove dropped two losses in region play

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

to Pebblebrook (48-42) and Kennesaw Mountain (73-70) and exited this week's poll. Pebblebrook (19-5) debuts in the poll at No. 8.


In Class AAAAA, Stephenson moves into the top 5 with its 45-42 win over Tucker and Heritage-Conyers makes its debut at No. 10. The Patriots replaced Villa Rica, which lost consecutive games to South Paulding and New Manchester.


Columbia remains No. 1 in Class AAAA, but Alexander is the new No. 2 after South Atlanta's 68-56 loss to Grady this weekend. Rutland dropped out of the top 10 after its 78-65 loss to West Laurens and Riverdale makes its debut at No. 10.


In Class AAA, St. Pius X moved up two spots to No. 7 after a 63-61 win over Blessed Trinity. Cedar Grove replaces Woodward Academy at No. 10 after beating the War Eagles 49-41 this weekend.


No. 10 Taylor County topped No. 9 Crawford County this week 77-69 and moves up to No. 9 in this week's poll. Crawford County was bumped out of the top 10 and was replaced by Northeast-Macon.


In Class A, North Cobb Christian dropped one spot to No. 5 after a 67-62 loss to No. 3 St. Francis. Landmark Christian moved up into the No. 4 spot with an impressive win 83-75 win over Mount Vernon. Randolph-Clay fell out of the top 10 after its 64-53 loss to Calhoun County and was replaced by Athens Christian, who debuts at No. 9.


An SEC showdown will take place at Centennial High School on Friday, February 21st at 7pm. The University of Georgia will be hosting the University of Alabama under the lights for the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Men's Lacrosse game "under the lights."  Defending Champions, The University of Georgia, is the pick to repeat in the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference Division I 2014 Preseason Poll. The game will feature many players who have played high school lacrosse across the greater Atlanta area. Tickets are $5 at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available.




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