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 and a girls soccer notebook. Also, check out our piece on the free football clinic coming to 
Roswell on March 30 that will allow kids to learn 
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Boys Soccer Rankings
Rankings Rundown
Kids and Pros
Score Poll
Top Stories
What is the only boys soccer defending state champion not ranked in the top 10?
Today's answer can  
be found in the newsletter!


Tuesday's answer:

Forsyth Central gymnastics defeated defending state champion Lambert in its first meet of the season.





1. Brookwood

2. Walton

3. Lambert

4. Mill Creek

5. Duluth

6. Centennial

7. Parkview

8. Harrison

9. Peachtree Ridge

10. Johns Creek



1. McIntosh

2. Pope

3. Gainesville

4. Lakeside-DeKalb

5. Glynn Academy

6. Greenbrier

7. Clarke Central

8. Allatoona

9. Houston County

10. Northside-Warner Robins


Class AAAA

1. Dalton

2. Southeast Whitfield

3. Grady

4. Johnson-Gainesville

5. Chestatee

6. Columbus

7. Perry

8. Northwest Whitfield

9. Spalding

10. LaGrange


Class AAA

1. St. Pius X

2. Woodward Academy

3. Blessed Trinity

4. North Murray

5. Oconee County

6. Coahulla Creek

7. East Hall

8. North Hall

9. Dawson County

10. West Hall


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian

2. Westminster

3. Calhoun

4. Wesleyan

5. Murray County

6. Benedictine

7. Bremen

8. Thomasville

9. Atkinson County

10. Vidalia


Class A

1. Atlanta International

2. First Presbyterian

3. Hebron Christian

4. Fellowship Christian

5. Pinecrest Academy

6. Mount Paran

7. Pace Academy

8. Paideia

9. Darlington

10. Holy Innocents'


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hoyas make climb in Class AAAAAA


Centennial dropped out of the top five in Class AAAAAA after two straight losses. Defending-champ Berkmar dropped out as did Grayson after recent defeats, clearing

Photo by Billy Wright

the way for Johns Creek and Parkview to debut in the top 10. Parkview's win over Grayson got the Panthers in while Johns Creek profited from a recent three-game winning streak. Harrison, meanwhile, has gone 4-0-1 in its last five and climbed to No. 4.


Glynn Academy moving into the top five was the lone change in Class AAAAA while Class AAAA saw Lanier drop out and LaGrange enter the rankings having won seven of eight.


In Class AAA, East Hall (to North Oconee) and Coahulla Creek (to North Murray) dropped out of the top five after recent losses while North Murray and Oconee County climbed into the top five.


Bremen, which is off to a 7-1 start, debuted in the rankings and replace Toombs County, which lost to Bryan County.


Class A saw the most movement of any classification besides AAAAAA as six teams saw dramatic alterations in their status. Fellowship Christian improved to No. 4 after beating Pinecrest Academy, which fell to No. 5. Paideia dropped after two straight defeats and Walker fell out completely after losing four straight. Darlington, meanwhile, has a four-game winning streak and Mt. Paran debuted after beginning the year 7-1.





By Ricky Dimon
Region 6 dominating AA once again


Last year's Class AA state semifinal lineup featured a clean sweep by Region 6 representatives: Greater Atlanta Christian, Lovett, Wesleyan and Westminster. All four schools have reloaded and are once again monopolizing the top four spots in the rankings.

Region play is already underway and Greater Atlanta Christian geared up for it with a tough early-season schedule. The Spartans lost to Parkview, tied Marist and crushed Buford before kicking off region competition with a 1-0 loss at Lovett earlier this month. They bounced back last Tuesday with a 2-1 victory at Wesleyan. Greater Atlanta Christian faced former region foe Blessed Trinity last Friday and prevailed 2-0 at home. The game was tied heading into the final five minutes, but Perry Bitzer scored twice down the stretch on assists from Reagan Glisson and Danielle Marcano. Keeper Melissa Gray recorded the shutout.

Wesleyan also returned to the field following its game against the Spartans with a shutout of its own. Keeper Vivian McCoy stymied Northview from start to finish while T.J. Anderson provided for the game's only offense on an assist from Taylor Panther as the Wolves won 1-0. 

A Class AAAAAA showdown took place last Friday at Grayson, where Parkview experienced a rare and unwelcomed occurrence. The Panthers had not allowed more than two goals in a game since 2012 and they had not surrendered more than three in a game since 2010. Grayson, however, notched five to win the Region 8 battle with Parkview 5-4. Sophomore Jennifer Westendorf, a U.S. Under-17 National Team member, scored three goals and hit either a post or the crossbar with three other shots to lead Grayson. The Rams scored four unanswered goals to take a 5-2 advantage in the second half before hanging on for their first-ever win over Parkview.

Parkview's setback means the door could be open for Harrison, ranked second last week, to assume the top spot in Class AAAAAA. The Hoyas rolled over Allatoona 6-0 last Thursday. Three players-Treva Aycock, Carly Rich and Lizzy Sieracki-tallied two goals apiece. With that kind of offense, Harrison could be tough to beat this season because it boasts a pair of stellar keepers in senior Allison Leone and junior Kelsey Daugherty. Leone has signed with Western Kentucky and Daugherty is committed to Alabama-Birmingham. They Hoyas have now posted three straight shutouts. 

By Stephen Black
Clinic gives kids a chance to learn from current and former Falcons

North Atlanta Youth Football and Cheer Day will take place Sunday, March 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Roswell Area Park. The event, which will be hosted by Kids and Pros, provides local aspiring youth football players, cheerleaders and their parents with a chance to participate in information sessions and training clinics. Former Atlanta Falcon Buddy Curry is the founder of Kids and Pros, which holds camps like this around the southeast.


"We are going to do basically three things," said Curry. "First of all, we're going to teach the kids the fundamentals of the game: how to pass, run and block, and we're going to put them through drills. Second, we're going to have a parent-informational session. We're going to bring the parents to an inside facility and we're going to have a Riddell (representative) talk about equipment, we're going to have a doctor talk about concussions and I am going to teach them the tackling circuit so the parents know what a good hit looks like. Then we actually go back outside and conduct the tackling circuit on the field so we get the youth coaches on the field and engaged so they can actually see it. The last thing we're going to do is have an NFL player share his life story. These are compelling stories that really help inspire kids to do great things and be achievers in the world. "


Curry is a master trainer in USA Football, and is a pro at teaching youths the "heads up" tackling technique, which helps reduce head and neck injuries in football. This safer method of tackling promotes the usage of the shoulder in making tackles as opposed to the head or neck.


At the event on March 30, parents and prospective youth players will be coached and instructed on what a clean "heads up" hit looks like. Players will get a chance to be coached by current and former Atlanta Falcons, Curry being one of them. At similar camps, current Falcons Zeke Motta, Malliciah Goodman, Cliff Matthews, Jonathan Massaquoi and Patrick DiMarco turned up to help instruct. Curry indicated at that two or three of them will be on hand for the North Atlanta event. Also, former Falcons Bobby Butler, Robert Moore, Floyd Hodge and Ken Oxendine will be on hand to coach, in addition to Curry.


The clinic is free for all who attend. The goal is for more than 250 players and 100 cheerleaders to take part. Falcons cheerleaders will also be on hand to meet with aspiring youth cheerleaders, who will have a clinic of their own.


Registration for the event can be done HERE




Dear Coach,

We wanted to provide an update regarding the 2014 Atlanta Falcons Coaches Clinic hosted by Head Coach Mike Smith. Due to the NFL Draft which is now in May and required commitments, the next Coaches Clinic will be held in March 2015. Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


Please save the date for the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football reception for Georgia high school football head coaches on Saturday, December 13 at the Georgia Dome. 


For other Atlanta Falcons youth and prep football program information, please visit or on twitter @AFPlayFootball


Thanks so much for your support of the Atlanta Falcons. 


All inquiries should be directed to David Quiroga, Youth and Prep Football Coordinator at 770-965-4310 or



Atlanta Falcons Community Relations Department 

DIRECT PHONE: 770-965-4310  





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