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The soccer playoffs get started tonight as boys Class 4A-6A
teams clash throughout the state. In today's newsletter,
you can find the boys rankings on the left panel and a
girls track preview as the feature story.

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Boys Soccer Rankings
Rankings Rundown
Girls T&F Preview
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How many girls track team state champions repeated at last year's state meet? 
Today's answer can  
be found in the newsletter!


Monday's answer:

Marietta's Benson brothers combined to win four events at track and field sectionals over the weekend. 

Rankings released April 27



1. Brookwood

2. Mill Creek

3. Campbell

4. Walton

5. Lassiter

6. Douglas County

7. Central Gwinnett

8. Duluth

9. Lambert

10. Peachtree Ridge



1. McIntosh

2. Greenbrier

3. Glynn Academy

4. Clarke Central

5. Lakeside-DeKalb

6. Gainesville

7. Starr's Mill

8. Riverwood

9. Houston County

10. North Atlanta


Class AAAA

1. Dalton

2. Johnson-Gainesville

3. Spalding

4. Chamblee

5. Grady

6. Southeast Whitfield

7. LaGrange

8. Perry

9. Jonesboro

10. Columbus


Class AAA

1. Woodward Academy

2. St. Pius X

3. Cartersville

4. Dawson County

5. Oconee County

6. West Hall

7. Coahulla Creek

8. North Murray

9. North Hall

10. Jackson County


Class AA

1. GAC

2. Calhoun

3. Westminster

4. Westside-Augusta

5. Jefferson

6. Bremen

7. Murray County

8. Spencer

9. Toombs County

10. Coosa


Class A

1. Hebron Christian

2. AIS

3. Pinecrest Academy

4. Fellowship Christian

5. Paideia

6. Brookstone

7. Our Lady of Mercy

8. Mount Paran

9. First Presbyterian

10. Pace Academy


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Scores, schedules, brackets on

Go to tonight for updated final scores from the playoffs as well as schedules and brackets. We will be adding scores throughout the night and updating the brackets and schedules as well. We will also do this throughout the soccer, baseball and lacrosse playoffs. 


By Stephen Black
Hebron Christian earns top ranking as teams head to the postseason 

The state's smallest classification saw a change at the top this week as AIS fell to No. 2 after being upset by Paideia. Hebron Christian, which has not yet lost to a Class A team all season, took over at No. 1. Paideia used its big win to jump into the top five of this week's rankings.


Class AAAAAA saw just a couple changes as Lambert fell to No. 9 after a loss to Habersham Central while Peachtree Ridge made the rankings at No. 10.

Class AAAAA saw a bit of a shakeup in the top five as Gainesville fell to Clarke Central causing the Red Elephants to fall to No. 6. The Gladiators climbed to No. 4.


Grady dropped to No. 5 in Class AAAA after losing to Chamblee, which moved into the top five after winning six of seven matches. Columbus slid to No. 10 after getting beat by Carrollton.


Oconee County's loss to Jackson County was the big news in Class AAA this week and the Warriors fell to No. 5 while Jackson County debuted at No. 10. North Murray lost to Coahulla Creek, which jumped to No. 7 having won six straight.


Jefferson made the Class AA top five after Spencer and Murray County each took losses last week.





By Craig Sager II
Newcomers again headline girls state championship meet


In 2013, there was not one defending team champion to take the podium at

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

the Georgia girls track and field state meet. In fact, Westlake's four-year gap between its last state title in 2009 was the shortest time period between any of the seven schools' last state championships. There is depth of state contenders in this year's field and impressive newcomers that could once again fashion a historic weekend in Albany.


In Class AAAAAA, North Cobb senior Shanel Burr placed first in Sectional A with a 14.14 in the 100-meter hurdles. A total of five runners out of the Sectional A 100-meter hurdles bested Sectional B's fastest time, which was a 14.89 by Kendra Purifoye of Peachtree Ridge.


In the 100-meter dash, keep an eye out for the young guns. Rockdale County's Candace Hill paced the field with a 11.51 and freshmen Caitlan Tate (Brookwood) and Shania Evans (McEachern) each finished with top-five times. Hill is a multi-event competitor who also posted the fastest time in her class with a 23.34 in the 200-meter dash.


In Class AAAAA, Miller Grove senior Tiffany Flynn is one of the top individuals to watch. Flynn scorched the field with a 13.98 in the 100-meter hurdles and won the sectional by a comfortable 1.15 seconds. Flynn's impressive performance in the 100-meter was followed up by an incredible leap in the long jump finals. The Mississippi State signee stuck a 19-05.75. Flynn won the triple jump at sectionals with a 41-03.50 over the next best jump of 39-10.25 by Forest Park's Bria Matthews.


Defending Class AAAA-champion Marist will use its prowess in the distance races to bid for its second-ever girls state title. The War Eagles posted a one-two finish in the 1,600-meter run at Sectionals. Junior Morgan Ilse paced the field with a 5:02.41 and was followed by freshman teammate Kendall Nelson's second-place time of 5:20.51. This duo took first and second in the 3,200-meter run as well with Morgan clocking an 11:48.13 and Nelson crossing the finish line in 11:57.61.


Jackson freshman Courtney Jackson edged the field in the 100-meter hurdles at the Class AAA sectionals with a 14.73. Jones also took a fifth-place finish in the high jump and a fifth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles, and will have a busy weekend in her state meet debut. Defending Class AAA-champion Cedar Grove houses one of the best discus throwers in the state. Senior Daimer Gordon threw a 124.800 at sectionals, beating second-place North Hall's Harper Seymour (118.0800) by nearly seven feet.



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