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PEACHTREE RIDGE COACH RESIGNS

See the breaking news on Lions coach Ryan Hanik below as well as our preview of the soccer semifinals, which begin tonight. 


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Class A Baseball Semifinals
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Question: 
How many times have Dalton's and SE Whitfield's boys soccer teams played this season?
 
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Monday's Answer: 
All four girls soccer teams from Region 6 made the semifinals. 
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FROM LAST NIGHT

CLASS A BASEBALL SEMIFINALS


Gordon Lee 10-4, 
Treutlen 2-2

Charlton County 4-1, ECI 2-9
 
King's Ridge Chr. 11-7, ELCA 3-2
 
Mt. Paran 8-11, Hebron 6-0

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


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BREAKING NEWS
Peachtree Ridge baseball coach resigns

Peachtree Ridge baseball coach Ryan Hanik turned in his resignation this past week after six seasons of leading the program. The Lions reached the postseason four times during Hanik's tenure, which all marked the first playoff appearances in the school's short history. Peachtree Ridge fell in the opening round of this year's playoffs to Walton (3-1, 5-0) and the early exit gave Hanik time to think about this position as head coach and his role as a father according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

 

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SEMIFINALS SOCCER PREVIEW
By Stephen Black
Region rivals highlight semifinals
 

Familiarity breeds contempt. The old saying rings true a lot more than people like to admit sometimes. But that is the case with several semifinals opponents at this year's GHSA state soccer finals.

            For example, 14 girls semifinalists saw region rivals also make the Final Four in their classifications. In Class AA, all four girls semifinalists were from Region 6, making the final four into what boiled down to a region tournament with the highest stakes. Greater Atlanta Christian, Westminster and Lovett make up the top three in the state while Wesleyan came in at No. 8 in the final regular-season rankings. The foursome played each other twice each during the regular season. Buckhead residents Lovett and Westminster will butt heads for the third time this year in the semis as will Norcross neighbors GAC and Wesleyan. 

            While metro Atlanta has typically dominated the state's soccer scene, Classes AAA, AAAA and AAAAA in the boys' brackets have a decidedly non-Atlanta feel.

            The two finalists in last year's boys Class AAAA tournament, Dalton

Photo courtesy Dalton HS

and Southeast Whitfield, are on opposite sides of the bracket again, setting up what could be another finals matchup between the two county neighbors and region rivals. While the defending state-champion Catamounts have outscored their playoff opponents 24-1, Southeast Whitfield has won five of six games after starting the season 9-4-2. The teams met on the pitch three times during the season with Dalton winning all three.

            In Class AAAAA, defending-champion McIntosh has dominated the season, but is joined by Clarke Central, Greenbrier and Houston County in the final four. The Gladiators from Athens won the state championship in 1999 while McIntosh has won it four times dating back to 1992. Greenbrier and Houston County are looking for their first championship each.

            St. Pius X is a traditional power in AAA, but is joined by three non-metro Atlanta squads in the semis. The nine-time champion Golden Lions are joined by Oconee County, West Hall and North Hall in the final four. The Trojans are the No. 4 seed out of Region 7, but qualified for the semis after eliminating Region 5-champ North Murray, North Oconee and Islands. North Hall is the lone No. 4 seed to make the semifinals.

            The Mill Creek boys made the semis for the first time in school history after eliminating 3-1 Friday. The Hawks have just two losses this year, including one to Johns Creek in February, which they avenged with a 4-3 win in the second round. Mill Creek has won 12 straight games coming into the semifinals.

            Harrison, the 2007 champ, and Brookwood, the 2001 and 2004 titlist, also made the Class AAAAAA semis along with Douglas County. The Tigers scored three goals with 1:47 of each other after a scoreless 64 minutes of action in the quarterfinal against South Gwinnett.

            In Class A, defending-champ Paideia threw its weight around in the quarterfinals by upsetting No. 1 Hebron Christian, which entered the game with just three losses - all to Class AAAAAA teams. The Lions, in fact, had beaten Paideia 3-1 in February. The Pythons, however, emerged with a 2-1 victory Friday. Paideia has come alive at the right time, entering the semifinals with five straight wins despite starting the season 7-7-1. Fellow Region 5 representative AIS joins the Pythons in the semifinals as does Brookstone and Our Lady of Mercy.

             Two undefeated teams highlight the girls Class AAAAAA semis as

Photo by Richard Craine

Harrison and Grayson lived up to their respective rankings in the top two of the final regular-season rankings. However, the two programs have combined for one state title (Harrison, 2011) while Parkview, Region 8's No. 3 seed, has won it all eight times, including last year. East Coweta is the surprise team in the final four this year. The Indians were not even in the final rankings.

            Like Class AA, one region dominates the semifinal landscape in the Class AAAAA tournament. Region 4 will have three teams in the semis joining Pope. While other classes feature Cinderella's and newcomers, all four participants in the semifinals have won state titles: McIntosh leads the way with eight, Starr's Mill has five, Pope has four and Northgate won its lone state title in 2013.

            Class AAA also has four semifinalists from the same region, as St. Pius X, Decatur and Blessed Trinity advanced from Region 6. St. Pius X is the defending state champs and has won titles in four of the past five years.

            Class A is a different story as teams from four different regions populate the semifinals.

            In Class AAAA girls, defending champ Marist is back along with newcomer Veterans and region rivals Columbus and Alexander


CLASS A BASEBALL SEMIFINALS
By Ricky Dimon
King's Ridge sweeps No. 1 ELCA

 

The King's Ridge Christian baseball team has been playing like kings of late,

Photo courtesy Charlton Co. HS

no matter the competition. On Monday the team ousted Class A-Private No. 1 Eagles Landing Christian Academy by surprisingly routine scores of 11-3, 7-2. The Chargers went into their semifinal doubleheader on a 28-game winning streak, their longest such run in school history. They were, however, no match for fifth-seeded King's Ridge. Brandt Stallings of the visiting Tigers set the tone for the series with a two-run homer to pace his team to a quick 2-0 lead in the opener. Stallings also homered in the sixth inning for a comfortable 10-3 margin. Lawson Hill delivered a two-run blast in the second game to maintain the momentum for King's Ridge.
            Up next for the
Tigers starting on Saturday is the championship series against Mt. Paran Christian (29-3), which got past Hebron Christian by scores of 8-6 and 11-0. The Eagles' trademarked power hitting is exacerbated by an extremely small field that measures 310 feet down each line, 335 feet to each power alley and 350 feet to straightaway center. As the No. 2 seed, they will enjoy home-field advantage once again on Saturday and for a Game 3 if necessary on Monday. The Eagles went deep six times and mustered 10 extra-base knocks during the two-game sweep of Hebron Christian.              Mt. Paran Christian is led by Boston College signee Jake Palomaki. The senior second baseman and pitcher tossed a complete game in the semifinal opener before belting two dingers and tallying four RBIs in the clincher. Junior first baseman Jack Rowan homered in each of the two contests for the Eagles, who are 2-0 this season against King's Ridge Christian. They rolled to wins of 7-0 and 9-1 on March 25 and April 10, respectively.
            In Class A-Public, Gordon Lee is the only team through to this weekend's title series after Monday's proceedings. The fifth-seeded Trojans picked up 10-2 and 4-2 victories over No. 9 seed Treutlen. As usual, they showcased a style of play that has now taken them to the championship round on two consecutive occasions (they finished runner-up to Charlton County last year). Gordon Lee likes to play small ball, manufacture runs on offense and back up a stellar pitching staff with rock-solid defense.
            "To me, from the beginning of the year to now, the guys are buying in," head coach Mike Dunfee told the Chattanooga Times Free Press following the semifinals. "We're getting better at-bats throughout the lineup and we're being what I call patiently aggressive. In the second game, what won it were the bunts. We work on bunting a lot and in that game we laid down some pretty ones. Earlier in the year I felt we had to do it, and though we've swung the bats better late in the year, we never stop practicing it."
            The Trojans' pitching staff includes Chaney Rogers, Jake Rogers and Conrad Broom. Through six games of their postseason run (all three series have been 2-0 sweeps), the team has not allowed more than two runs in any contest. Gordon Lee features only one senior, shortstop Zack Cobb. Dunfee saw 10 seniors graduate from the 2013 squad, but his team clearly put to rest any ideas that this might have to be a rebuilding year.
            The Trojans await either Emanuel County Institute or a rematch with Charlton County. Game 1 of that semifinal series went the way of No. 3 seed Charlton County 5-2 before host ECI forced a decisive showdown with a 9-1 victory. Gordon Lee will be the visitor on Saturday regardless of Tuesday's outcome.

 


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