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WEEKEND RECAP

See below for our recaps of the girls track and field championships and the first round of the
baseball playoffs. Also, check the left panel for our
pre-playoffs lacrosse rankings.


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Question: 
How many Class AA regions advanced all four of their state playoff baseball teams to the second round? 
 
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Chattahoochee boys lacrosse won seven straight games to end the season and make the state playoffs.
PRE-PLAYOFFS LACROSSE RANKINGS

 

BOYS

Class AAAAAA

 

1. Milton

2. Harrison

3. Roswell

4. John's Creek

5. Lambert

6. Centennial

7. Chattahoochee

8. Walton

9. Peachtree Ridge

10. North Gwinnett

 

Class A-AAAAA

 

1. Westminster

2. Northview

3. Lovett

4. Decatur

5. Marist

6. Greater Atlanta Christian

7. Blessed Trinity

8. Allatoona

9. McIntosh

10. St. Pius X

 

GIRLS

Class AAAAAA

 

1. Milton

2. Lassiter

3. Chattahoochee

4. Walton

5. Centennial

6. Harrison

7. West Forsyth

8. Mill Creek

9. Etowah

10. John's Creek


Class A-AAAAA

 

1. Kell

2. Westminster

3. Pope

4. Cambridge

5. Northview

6. St. Pius X

7. McIntosh

8. Blessed Trinity

9. Starr's Mill

10. Holy Innocents' 

 







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BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
By Ricky Dimon
Three regions dominate AA playoffs
 

Class AA is already being dominated by three regions that have put all four of

Photo by Perry McIntyre

their state tournament representatives in the second round. Last year's championship series was an all-Region 6 collision between Lovett and Westminster, powerhouses that are once again looking good. Lovett, Westminster and region rivals Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan all advanced to last 16 as playoff action got underway last Friday. Region 7, which will play the four teams from Region 6 this week, has Calhoun, Coosa, Pepperell and Model still alive. Region 2 is unblemished with Benedictine, Jeff Davis, Metter and Toombs County having progressed through the first round.
                  A second-round showdown between Buford and St. Pius X is in the cards for Class AAA after the two teams swept past North Murray and North Oconee, respectively. Buford, which failed to get out of the first round in 2013, scored twin 14-0 routs of North Murray. Austin Wilhite and Nick Wilhite starred offensively for the Wolves in both games.
                  "(After) the bitter taste of the first-round loss last year, I think they're hungry to prove something this year," Buford head coach Tony Wolfe told the Gwinnett Daily Post. "Everybody is back and they feel like we have something to prove. The mark of our team is that we're pretty good up and down through the order. We liked the way we played today."
                  In Class AAAAAA, Mill Creek pulled off a pair of hard-fought wins to sweep visiting Roswell. The Hawks prevailed 8-7 in Game 1 and 5-3 in Game 2 to book their spot in the second round alongside Lambert, which took care of Dacula with two blowouts. Mill Creek's Kyle Abernathy drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth in the opener and he went 3-for-4 in the nightcap at Roswell's expense. The Hornets were the only team from Region 5-AAAAAA to get knocked out in the first round. 

 


TRACK AND FIELD NOTEBOOK
By Brian Jones
Westlake, Miller Grove eke out state titles
 

The Girls Track and Field State Championship took place over the weekend in Albany and it was a three-day event that did not disappoint.

 

In AAAAAA, Westlake was able to edge McEachern for the title by a score of

Photo by Walter Pinion

61-52. It's the second consecutive title for the Lions.

 

It was a challenging win for Westlake because the Lions were not in the top 10 going into Saturday's finals due to some disappointing finishes in a couple field events. But the 400-meter relay teams finished second and fifth, respectively, which gave them 12 points. Then Ariel Terrell and Jenee Nichols finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the 400 meters and Kevia Gonzalez finished second place in the 100 meters. The Lions were able to score in every event on Saturday which was good enough to slide past McEachern.

 

In AAAAA, Miller Grove beat Pope 60-59 for the state title. Miller Grove was led by Tiffany Flynn who set a state record for triple jump, won the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles.

 

In AAAA, Marist won its second consecutive title with 96-67 win over second-place Albany. Caitie Faust won the 800 meters while Morgan Ilse and Kendall Nelson finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters.

 

Woodward Academy won the AAA title with a 61-56 win over St. Pius X. Summer Thompson led Woodward by winning the long jump. They were able to clinch the title in the last event with a sixth place finish in the 1,600-meter relay.

 

Lovett was able to win the AA title with ease with a 92-48 score over Thomasville. Nicole Teague led the way with a win in the triple jump.

 

In A Private, ELCA won its first title thanks to T'Aja Cameron won the 100 and 200 meters. In A Public, Gordon Lee knocked off defending-champion Marion County by taking control in field events. Anna Pettigrew won the triple jump and high jump while Katelyn Lee won the discus. 

 


LACROSSE RANKINGS
By Craig Sager II
Milton No. 1 in both 6A pre-playoffs polls
 

  

No. 1 Milton earned the boys Area 2 title and finished the season with just

Photo by David Weaver

one in-state loss (13-11 to Lambert). The Eagles grabbed a 15-9 win over Alpharetta on Thursday in its regular-season finale. No. 2 Harrison clinched the Area 1 title and sits at 16-1 heading into the postseason. North Gwinnett fell three spots to No. 10 after suffering a 14-5 loss to Peachtree Ridge on Friday. Chattahoochee jumped to No. 7 and Walton improved to No. 8. The Lions take over at No. 9 after their win over North Gwinnett.

 

The final week of the regular season did not produce any shifts in the top 10. The Class A-5A No. 1 Westminster boys closed their season with a 15-7 win over Pope on Wednesday. No. 2 Northview survived a 13-11 win over No. 7 Blessed Trinity and No. 3 Lovett outscored Northgate and Grady by a combined 25-4 margin. No. 8 Allatoona beat No. 9 McIntosh 9-8 in its season-finale on Thursday and these two teams will meet again this Tuesday in their first-round playoff matchup. 

 

Class 6A girls No. 1 Milton won their battle with No. 2 Lassiter on Friday and heads into the playoffs at the top of Class AAAAAA. No. 3 Chattahoochee beat No. 8 Johns Creek 10-11 on Tuesday and Walton remains at No. 4 after suffering a 10-9 loss to No. 2 Lassiter last Saturday. Etowah fell out of the top five to No. 9 after consecutive losses to Blessed Trinity (14-12) and Pope (18-15) to close its regular season. Centennial takes over No. 5 and Harrison improved four places this week to No. 6. They Hoyas enter the playoffs with the top seed out of Area 1 and an 11-game win streak. 

 

The No. 1 Kell girls finished their record-breaking regular season at 16-1. Westminster improved one spot to No. 2 after Northview lost 16-12 to Cambridge in its regular-season finale on Tuesday. Pope takes over No. 3 and Cambridge jumped to No. 4. Northview settles in at No. 5. St. Pius X remains at No. 6 and holds a 12-game win streak heading into the playoffs. McIntosh edged Blessed Trinity for No. 7 and Starr's Mill beat out No. 10 Holy Innocents' for No. 9. Both Starr's Mill (11-7 loss) and Holy Innocents' (14-12 loss) fell to No. 7 McIntosh this past week, but Holy Innocents' lost the head-to-head with Starr's Mill earlier this season 16-14 (March 26) and sit behind the Panthers at No. 10. 

 

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