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South Paulding's Brittany Havenner was named girls athlete of the week. See her story below as well as the softball notebook and rankings. 


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How many consecutive games has the Buford softball team won? 

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Monday's Answer: 
Region 1-6A teams are a combined 28-0 thus far in the season. 




1. Lassiter
2. Collins Hill

3. Brookwood
4. Archer
5. Harrison
6. Lambert

7. Hillgrove

8. Pope

9. South Forsyth
10. Kennesaw Mountain



1. Ola
2. Greenbrier

3. Northgate
4. Woodland-Henry
5. South Effingham
6. Effingham County
7. Cambridge
8. Allatoona
9. Creekview
10. Union Grove


Class AAAA

1. Buford
2. Heritage-Catoosa
3. Walnut Grove
4. Wayne County
5. Madison County
6. Whitewater
7. Marist
8. Mary Persons
9. Carrollton

10. Perry

Class AAA

1. Central-Carrollton

2. Ringgold
3. Calhoun
4. Rockmart

5. Pierce County
6. Blessed Trinity
7. Dodge County
8. Morgan County
9. Jackson County
10. Westminster


Class AA
1. Gordon Lee

2. Harlem
3. Heard County
4. Wesleyan

5. Armuchee
6. Berrien
7. Jeff Davis
8. Bryan County
9. Social Circle

10. Vidalia


Class A-Private

1. Prince Avenue Christian


3. First Presbyterian Day
4. Mount Vernon Presbyterian
5. Athens Christian
6. Strong Rock Christian

7. Brookstone
8. Tattnall Square Academy

9. Savannah Christian
10. Stratford Academy

Class A-Public

1. Georgia Military
2. Schley County

3. Echols County
4. Hawkinsville
5. Treutlen
6. Telfair County
7. Commerce
8. Charlton County

9. Emanuel County Institute
10. Baconton Charter


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By Ricky Dimon
Wolves extend win streak to 13


Buford, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA, won three games at last week's Elite

Photo by Jennifer Stavro

Sports Classic to extend its winning streak to 13. Last Wednesday, senior Bria Bush tossed her seventh complete game and third shutout of the season as the Wolves cruised past Woodstock 7-0. Bush capped off the tournament last Saturday by improving to 10-0 in 2014 with another complete game in Buford's 9-2 victory over Northgate. Earlier in the day, Buford took care of Jones County 8-0. Junior Kennedy Kotula (8-0) hurled her fourth complete game and second shutout of the year while giving up just three hits and no walks. Sophomore Samantha Thomas went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Jones County and 3-for-3 with a two-run homer against Northgate. 


Last Saturday's Elite Sports Classic proceedings also featured a pitchers' duel between Grayson and Jeff Davis. In the end, Grayson pitcher Conner Batchelor got the one run of support she needed in a 1-0 win. Batchelor pitched all seven innings for the Rams while allowing only four hits and striking out seven Jeff Davis batters. Sierra Smith hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh to score Anna Newell with the game-winning run. It must have been an extra-sweet result for Grayson, which had come out on the losing end of a 1-0 decision against Pope two days earlier. 


In that Thursday contest at Georgia Gwinnett College, Pope played small-ball in the first inning to score the only run. Lindsey Monkiewicz got the first of her three hits with a single, stole second, reached third on an error and crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Megan Metzinger. Kelly Barnhill fired a no-hitter and mowed down 14 Rams. Last Wednesday and Thursday proved to be an incredible two-day stretch for Barnhill and the Greyhounds. Prior to their shutout of Grayson, they erased a 2-1 deficit to edge Marist 4-2.


Metzinger knocked a go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning before Monkiewicz provide an insurance run with an RBI in the sixth. Barnhill picked up the win after surrendering two runs on four hits and striking out 13. 


At last week's Brookwood Invitational, the host Rams bounced back from an opening loss to West Forsyth for three straight victories over Collins Hill, Newnan and Columbus. Amanda Ablan earned wins in each of the last three games, striking out 10 Newnan batters in a 3-0 shutout and 17 Columbus hitters in a 3-2 win. 

By Lauren Goldstein
South Paulding kicker at home on gridiron


The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Girl's Athlete of the Week is South

Photo by Deedra Kerlin

Paulding High School's kicker, Brittany Havenner. The senior is 10-for-10 on PATs and 4-for-6 on field goals this season. The squad is 3-0 overall, which includes the Spartans' 24-14 triumph against their biggest rival, East Paulding, a couple weeks ago. In the win over the Raiders, Havenner was 3-for-3 on PATs and kicked a 27-yard field goal that gave the Spartans a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter. 


"She's handling all our kickoff duties now," said South Paulding head coach Ed Koester. "She's an extremely valuable member of our team and played a tremendous role in our success."


As for being the only girl on a high school football team, "She enjoys the fact that she has 95 big brothers," exclaimed Koester. "She does the same thing the boys do, she works hard, takes care of her position, doesn't ask any favors and doesn't expect any in return."


After kicking a total of 66 points last season and already racking up 22 points in the three games played this season, Havenner is off to a successful start.


"The kids have a lot of confidence in her. She goes on the field, and it's going to go through the uprights and we're going to score points," said Koester. "The kids love her, they work hard and they expect her to do her job just like she expects them to do theirs."


Coaching Havenner seems to be a great enjoyment for Koester. "She's just been a great pleasure to be around and always has a smile on her face, never complains, it's always just pleasant to see her," he said.


Koester said the game-winning field goal against Villa Rica in overtime earlier this season was a memorable one.


After having a bye week last week, the Spartans venture to Allatoona High School to take on the Buccaneers, who also remain undefeated.


By Ricky Dimon
Pope appears in AAAAA rankings


The top three teams in Class AAAAAA took turns beating each other, leaving the rankings unchanged but vulnerable to fluctuation in the immediate future. No. 1 Lassiter lost to No. 2 Collins Hill, but Collins Hill lost to No. 3 Brookwood. However, Brookwood hurt its chances to move up by falling to unranked West Forsyth.

Pope is making a new appearance in the top 10 at No. 8 after beating Marist and Grayson last week. Kelly Barnhill picked up the wins in both games and she tossed a no-hitter against Grayson.

In Class AAAAA, Greenbrier is up to No. 2 and Union Grove is a new arrival at No. 10. Class AAA saw Ringgold and Calhoun swap spots in second and third, respectively, after Ringgold won a head-to-head showdown last week.






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