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Who scored all three of Grayson's goals in its 3-0 win over the Brookwood girls in a Monday night Region 8 showdown? 
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1. Brookwood

2. Mill Creek

3. Campbell

4. Walton

5. Lassiter

6. Douglas County

7. Lambert

8. Central Gwinnett

9. Duluth

10. Collins Hill



1. McIntosh

2. Gainesville

3. Lakeside-DeKalb

4. Glynn Academy

5. Greenbrier

6. Clarke Central

7. Starr's Mill

8. North Atlanta

9. Riverwood

10. Houston County


Class AAAA

1. Dalton

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Grady

4. Spalding

5. Columbus

6. Southeast Whitfield

7. LaGrange

8. Perry

9. Jonesboro

10. Chamblee


Class AAA

1. Woodward Academy

2. Oconee County

3. St. Pius X

4. North Murray

5. Cartersville

6. Dawson County

7. North Hall

8. West Hall

9. Pike County

10. Blessed Trinity


Class AA

1. GAC

2. Calhoun

3. Westminster

4. Westside-Augusta

5. Murray County

6. Spencer

7. Jefferson

8. Bremen

9. Toombs County

10. Coosa


Class A

1. AIS

2. Hebron Christian

3. Pinecrest Academy

4. Fellowship Christian

5. Brookstone

6. Our Lady of Mercy

7. Mount Paran

8. First Presbyterian

9. Pace Academy

10. Aquinas



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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


by Stephen Black
Woodward Academy is season's first new No. 1


There is a new No. 1 for the first time this season. Woodward Academy

Photo by Warren Bond

toppled St. Pius X on the pitch 1-0 Thursday to submit their claim to the No. 1 spot in Class AAA. The War Eagles have won five of six (with one draw) while St. Pius X has lost three of five games. Oconee County rose to No. 2 with a 14-2 overall record, a six-game winning streak and a big-time quality win over Class AAAAA-power Clarke Central.


Walton and Lambert lost, which tossed the Class AAAAAA rankings up in the air. Mill Creek, which hasn't lost since March 11 and carries an impressive 13-2 record, rose to No. 2 and Campbell, at 14-2, took the third spot. Lassiter climbed to No. 5 after defeating Lambert.


In Class AAAAA, Starr's Mill moved up to No. 7 after a big win over Walton, but a loss to Northgate capped the Panthers' upward movement. North Atlanta entered the poll at No. 8 and neighborhood rival Riverwood debuted right behind them at No. 9. North Atlanta and Riverwood play Monday night in an intriguing ranked clash.


Perry, Jonesboro and Chamblee entered the Class AAAA poll at Nos. 8-10, respectively.


Class AA saw Jefferson move to No. 7 and Coosa enter the rankings at No. 10.


In the state's smallest classification, Aquinas debuted at No. 10. Meanwhile, Brookstone climbed to No. 5 with a 6-0-2 record in its last eight games, including a quality win over First Presbyterian, which tumbled to No. 8 as a result.

By Ricky Dimon
Grayson dominates in Region 8 showdown


In terms of regular-season matchups, they do not get much bigger than

Photo by Richard Craine

Brookwood vs. Grayson on Monday night. The region rivals played for the 8-AAAAAA title and Grayson snagged it by powering its way to a 3-0 road victory. Jennifer Westendorf scored all three of the Rams' goals, getting assists from Brittney Montgomery, Chelsea Norton and Ella Stevens. Westendorf's scoring barrage took place in a span from 12 minutes remaining in the first half to 13 minutes into the second half. With the region's No. 1 seed already locked up for the state tournament, Grayson will conclude its regular season at Etowah on Tuesday.

            In Region 7-AAAAAA, Peachtree Ridge battled past host Mill Creek 5-2 last Wednesday. The game was tied 2-2 with 20 minutes remaining, but the Lions finished incredibly strong by finding the back of the net three more times. Amanda Ferry, Allie Hoxie, Courtney Miller, Jordyn Missel and Sydney Kohne scored for Peachtree Ridge. The Hawks got both of their goals from McClaine Logsdon. The Lions will wrap up their regular season at Collins Hill on Tuesday, while the Hawks will host West Forsyth.
            Marist's girls had a successful and surprisingly routine week on the pitch as they played their way into a Region 6-AAAA title match while also crushing Class AAAAA No. 1 McIntosh 6-0 last Wednesday. Region action saw Marist get a forfeit victory against Booker T. Washington before beating Carver-Atlanta 10-0. Next up for the War Eagles on Tuesday is Grady, which scraped past Chamblee 3-2 last Thursday. Chamblee will face Carver-Atlanta for the No. 3 seed in the region.
            The top team in Class AAA also took care of business, as St. Pius X beat visiting Woodward Academy 2-0 last Thursday. Grace May scored each one of the Golden Lions' two goals on assists from fellow senior Amanda Vocelka.

            Region 6-AA, which hosts arguably the three top contenders for the state title, continued a busy schedule last week. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the classification squared off last Thursday, with Greater Atlanta Christian maintaining its hold on the highest spot by blanking Lovett 2-0. Danielle Marcano had a hand in both goals for the Spartans, assisting on the first tally by Reagan Glisson and scoring the second on an assist from Abbie Abrahart. Head coach Troy Bendickson praised his defense, which has allowed only five goals in Greater Atlanta Christian's current eight-game winning streak since a loss at Lovett earlier in the season. Third-ranked Westminster bounced back from a shootout loss to Lovett when it took care of visiting Wesleyan 6-0 last Tuesday. Eighth-ranked Wesleyan suited right back up a day later edged host Pace Academy, the No. 9 team in Class A, by a 1-0 margin. T.J. Anderson of the Wolves scored the match's lone goal on an assist from fellow freshman Abbey Mitchell and goalie Vivian McCoy made five saves. Region action wraps up on Tuesday with Greater Atlanta Christian hosting Westminster and Lovett paying a visit to Wesleyan.


By Craig Sager II
Buford preps for second state appearance


Buford's gymnastics squad has been successful since its inaugural 2013 season. The Wolves qualified for state and went on to place fourth. With a year of experience under their belts, the Wolves enter Saturday's preliminary state qualifying meet at Dunwoody with a perfect regular season record and five gymnasts that will spend the remaining days leading up to the meet adding new skills to their routines according to head coach Amanda Allen.


"Overall, having the second year and knowing what to expect has helped this year's team. Their peers are getting a little more involved and they are getting more support this season so that has made it more exciting for them. As far as competition goes. We've had bigger meets this season and that has built energy and helped in our preparation," said Allen.


Brei Butts is the only senior out of the group heading to Dunwoody this Saturday and Caroline Davis (junior), Logan Nugent (sophomore) and freshmen Berkely Berrett and Kryslyn Moore will be joining her.


Nugent is a favorite for this year's state title on floor and the sophomore scored a first-place finish 9.750 at the 15-team Lassiter House of Troy Invitational in March. Berrett will be key to the team score and the great all-around gymnast received marks of 9.3 on both bars and beam this year. Bars were the only event at the House of Troy that Buford did not place first in but the freshman has been hard at work according to Allen. Moore will be huge for Buford on the vault and she turned in a 9.1 this season. Sisters Carolina and Claudia Goyco will be unable to compete at Area, but Allen is still confident with her team heading in.


"We are fortunate that all the girls are good competitors," said Allen. "We have a really strong team this year. Unfortunately we won't have everyone at area but we have enough depth to do well."





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