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Today, we continue our preview of this weekend's lacrosse and soccer finals. Also, check the left panel for this weekend's playoff schedule. 

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How many combined state titles do the St. Pius X and Blessed Trinity girls soccer teams have? 
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The 18-1 Veterans girls soccer team has not allowed a goal since March 8

Friday, May 16 

Soccer State Championships

At Kennesaw State





Starr's Mill vs. McIntosh 


McIntosh vs. Houston County 


At Emory

Class AA


Lovett vs. GAC 


Westminster vs. GAC 


Saturday, May 17

Soccer State Championships

At Kennesaw State


Class AAAA 

Girls (12 pm)

Veterans vs. Marist


Class AAAA 

Boys (2:30 pm)

Dalton vs. Johnson-Gainesville



Girls (5 pm)

Harrison vs. Grayson



Boys (7:30 pm)

Mill Creek vs. Brookwood


At Emory

Class A Girls (12 pm)

Pace Academy vs. First Presbyterian


Class A Boys (2:30 pm)

Paideia vs. Atlanta International


Class AAA Boys (5 pm)

St. Pius X vs. Oconee County


Class AAA Girls (7:30 pm)

Blessed Trinity vs. St. Pius X


Lacrosse State Championships




Walton at Milton (5 pm)


Lambert at Roswell (7 pm)




Westminster at Kell (3 pm)


Northview at Lovett (4 pm)


Baseball State Championships


Class A-Private

King's Ridge at Mt. Paran

Class A-Public

Gordon Lee at Charlton County



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Friday, May 16, 2014

By Stephen Black
Region 6 floods Class AA championships





St. Pius X has been the story in Class AAA for two solid years. Both the girls and boys teams are the defending

state champs. The boys, who are nine-time state champs, will take on Oconee County in the finals. The Warriors have not yet won a state title.


The lady Golden Lions have taken home seven crowns and will face region-rival Blessed Trinity in the finals. The Titans have won five state championships.




All Class AA finalists are from Region 6. Defending boys champion

Glenn Martin Photography

Westminster has won three straight championships but will have to take on GAC, which has been ranked No. 1 all season and is undefeated. The Spartans beat Westminster twice during the regular season by a combined score of 9-1. Westminster leads the state with 11 state crowns while GAC has won three.


GAC's girls squad is also in the final, having scored a whopping 35 goals in the playoffs. The Spartans face Lovett in the final, a team they split with in the regular season. The Lions won state championships in 2001 and 2005 while GAC took it home in 2012.




First Presbyterian is a proud girls soccer program, having won state championships in 2011 and 2012. The Vikings edged Fellowship Christian 2-1 to make the finals yet again. They are the lone school in the Class A finals to not be from the city of Atlanta. Pace Academy, owner of state championships in 1995 and 1997, opposes First Presbyterian in the finals.


The boys' final consists of the defending state champion, Paideia, and Atlanta International School, a program that was ranked No. 1 for much of the season. In fact, the Pythons defeated AIS on April 23. Despite losing seven games this season, Paideia has rallied to win its last six to make the finals. 

By Craig Sager II
Kell earns first trip to the finals



In Class AAAAAA girls competition, Milton dominated West Forsyth 20-5 to face Centennial and crushed the Knights 18-5 to advance to the finals. The Milton girls have won eight state titles the past nine seasons and own a perfect in-state record this season.

Photo by Dianna Fiveash

Lassiter held off a talented Chattahoochee team 14-12 to make the quarterfinals and played host to Area 2-rival Walton, which exploded to a 23-6 win over Mill Creek in the quarterfinals.


Walton's only in-state losses this year were to Lassiter (10-9) and Milton (18-18) entering the semifinals. Lassiter's only in-state loss was to Milton (14-10). Lassiter, Milton and Walton are 14-0 against Georgia teams outside of Area 2 this season. Walton and Lassiter battled in a rainy overtime thriller in the semifinals and the Raiders prevailed 13-12. Erin McBridge tied the game at 12-12 and Sophia Watkins netted the game-winner in the final minute.


In Class A-AAAAA, the Blessed Trinity girls scored a thrilling 13-12 victory over top-seeded McIntosh to advance to the semis. The Titans visited Kell on Tuesday, which beat Northview 18-12 in the quarterfinals. Kell survived Blessed Trinity with a 12-11 victory and advanced to the program's first state championship.


The second half of the semis featured Westminster and St. Pius X. Four-time defending state champion Westminster dominated St. Pius with a 19-9 win to return to the finals.


Westminster has lost one game to an in-state opponent all season and it was a 14-9 loss to the high-powered Longhorns. Kell's semifinals victory moved the school to a record 19 wins. Leslie Ferguson netted five of Kell's 12 goals in the semis and teammates Haley Swift and Izzy Palermo both tabbed hat-tricks. Swift led Kell in the first round with four goals and six assists and potent Kell is averaging 16.6 goals per game this season.


By Craig Sager II
Hall of Famer to host clinic at Meadowcreek


Meadowcreek High School and Blue Cross BlueShield of Georgia are partnering with USA soccer legend Claudio Reyna to host a free event on Saturday, May 17 (11 am-4 pm) to promote lifestyle changes and healthy living to youth and families. Reyna

Claudio Reyna Foundation

will lead a soccer clinic before a cooking demonstration with celebrity chef Josh Hopkins and well-known dietitian Sylvia E. Meléndez-Kinger.


Hopkins was a finalist for Food & Wine's Best New Chef in the southeastern United States and Sylvia has been on the forefront with food, beverage and pharmaceutical clients to develop recipes that promote healthy eating and wellness. Sylvia has teamed up with Coca-Cola, Gorton's, Ragu, Kellogg's, ACH/Fleischman during her career and prior to founding Hispanic Food Communications, Sylvia was Senior Culinary Development Specialist and Supervisor of Consumer Test Kitchens at the Quaker Oats Company.


The Claudio Reyna Foundation partners with BlueCross BlueShield and its mission is to "improve the lives of inner-city youth."


Knowledge is the vehicle for improving lifestyles and health of the youth and biometric screenings for children and caregivers will be included for Blood pressure, BMI, Growth chart evaluation, Glucose and Cholesterol




Reyna's success as a soccer player and his continued endeavors in the sport give those in attendance a chance to meet one of soccer's best. Reyna is a FIFA World Cup All-Star (2002) and joined the USA Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012. There is a free jersey available for the first 200 children that register for the free clinic.


Reyna made 111 appearances on the U.S. National team and played a total of 282 games as a professional. His skillsets and knowledge of health and proper lifestyle choices stemmed to a remarkable 14-year professional career that followed his days as a collegiate standout at the University of Virginia. Reyna is a prominent figure in the MLS as the current director of football operations for New York City FC. When Reyna is not in the front office of one of the biggest soccer franchises in the country, he is dedicating much of his time to mentoring youth and families through his non-profit foundation.



See more event information HERE



BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia Kick Start Your Health


WHEN: Saturday, May 17th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


WHERE: Meadowcreek Highschool


4455 Steve Reynolds Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093

(888) 485-4226 Registration


WHAT: Kick Start Your Health, a free event to fight diabetes among at-risk communities by educating children and their families about preventive care and proper nutrition


WHO: Children ages 5-17, caregivers, parents and grandparents of children




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