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Harrison volleyball star Caroline Ostman is committed to what university? 

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Newly-promoted GHSA program Tattnall Square is ranked in the top five of a GHSA poll for the first time in school history. 





1. Lassiter

2. Collins Hill

3. Brookwood


4. Lambert


6. Pope

7. Archer

8. South Forsyth

9. Hillgrove

10. Alcovy


1. Greenbrier


2. Northgate

3. Ola

4. South Effingham

5. Cambridge

6. Effingham County

7. Union Grove

8. Woodland-Henry

9. Houston County

10. Creekview



Class AAAA


1. Buford

2. Heritage-Catoosa

3. Walnut Grove

4. Wayne County

5. Marist

6. Madison County

7. Veterans

8. Carrollton

9. Whitewater

10. Perry 

Class AAA

1. Central-Carrollton

2. Calhoun


3. Ringgold

4. Blessed Trinity

5. Dodge County

6. Pierce County

7. Westminster

8. Jackson County

9. Cedartown

10. Rockmart



Class AA

1. Gordon Lee


2. Harlem

3. Heard County

4. Wesleyan


5. Armuchee

6. Bacon County

7. Jeff Davis

8. Berrien

9. Social Circle

10. Vidalia



Class A-Private


1. Prince Avenue Christian



3. Athens Christian

4. Mount Vernon Presbyterian

5. First Presbyterian Day

6. Tattnall Square Academy

7. Brookstone


8. Stratford Academy

9. Calvary Day

10. Strong Rock Christian 

Class A-Public


1. Georgia Military

2. Schley County

3. Wilcox County

4. Charlton County


5. Echols County

6. Hawkinsville

7. Treutlen

8. Commerce

9. Telfair County

10. Trion 




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Greenbrier the new No. 1 in pre-playoffs rankings

Region tournaments took place last week and the state playoffs will begin on Wednesday. Greenbrier, which became No. 1 in Class AAAAA, was the only top-ranked team in real danger of falling in the rankings. The Wolfpack lost to Houston County in the Region 2-AAAAA tournament but bounced back to take the three-game series and the title. In Class AA, where Gordon Lee has a stranglehold on the top spot, the Trojans dropped one game to Armuchee but still won that best-of-three series.

The biggest shakeup came in Class AAA. Calhoun and Ringgold swapped spots at second and third following the Region 6-AAA final. Ringgold won the first game but the Yellow Jackets responded with two routs. Blessed Trinity surged to No. 4 by avenging a loss to Westminster with two straight blowout wins and the Region 4-AAA title. Dodge County used defeats of Tattnall County and Pierce County to reach No. 5. Cedartown moved into the top 10 thanks to a pair of victories over Rockmart.

Alcovy is a newcomer to the Class AAAAAA rankings on the strength of a seven-game winning streak that includes an upset of Archer. Trion's four-game streak has it ranked in Class A-Public for the first time this season.






By Lauren Goldstein
Harrison volleyball star honored 

Standout Harrison High School senior and UGA-volleyball commitment Caroline Ostman is our Girls Athlete of the Week presented by Children's Health Care of Atlanta. Ostman is being recognized for her exceptional individual accomplishments this season and throughout her career. In addition to racking up 365 kills and 288 digs in 93 sets played this season, she is an outstanding student with a 4.3 + GPA.


Harrison's head volleyball coach Clay Taylor awarded Ostman with the golden spike and shovel symbolizing her career accomplishment of 1,000 kills and digs. She currently has 1,365 kills and 1,288 digs, and is the only Harrison volleyball player to ever accomplish this.


"Caroline's work ethic and drive are unlike any player I have coached. She never seems satisfied with a performance, always acknowledging the positive but striving to improve her shortcomings in her game," explains Taylor. "She takes it as a challenge if another player is perceived as out working or out hustling her in practice or a match."


Although having several memorable moments of coaching the senior, Taylor reminisces about his strongest memories of Ostman. One came during the Final Four match in her freshman year when Ostman took it upon herself to help lead her team to victory. In the final set of a battle against rival North Cobb the team was down by two late in the set, Ostman had a solo block followed by three straight kills to bring them to match point against the Warriors, which they ended up winning. The other was during another Final Four match against John's Creek, when the volleyball star was called in the net after an impetus turning attack. She was positive she had not touched the net, but with determination to prove her innocence, Ostman went on to score the next two points with dramatic and powerful terms. The Hoyas took four of the next six points to finish the game.


Ostman's drive, attitude and leadership exemplify what it means to be a leader both on and off the court. 


"Caroline carries such a powerful presence that her teammates are simply drawn to her, allowing her a natural leadership position," added Taylor. "She genuinely cares and looks out for them."


With an overall record of 43-5 and 7-0 in region play this season, we expect to see Ostman and her Hoya teammates make their presence known in postseason play.



By Ricky Dimon
Titans beat Westminster in three, Buford narrowly avoids a Game 3


Blessed Trinity battled its way to the Region 4-AAA title last week despite dropping the first game of the final series to rival Westminster. The visiting Wildcats pulled out the first contest via a 5-4 decision before the Titans forced a decider on Friday by dominating the second game 9-1. With momentum in hand, Blessed Trinity scored 10 unanswered runs in Game 3 to prevail 10-1 and thus take the last two meetings by a combined score of 19-2.

State tournament action gets underway on Wednesday, with potential third games to be played on Thursday. Blessed Trinity is hosting Laney and could eventually have an intriguing second-round series against Pierce County on its hands. Westminster will entertain visiting Washington County in the opening round.

The Region 8-AAAAAA tournament also ended with a winner-take-all showdown. Brookwood had emerged from the winners' bracket, but Archer

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

advanced out of the losers' bracket and took the first game against the Broncos 2-1 to force a decider in the double-elimination event. Undaunted, Brookwood had an ace in the hole for last Friday's contest. Star pitcher Amanda Ablan took the mound a hurled a complete-game shutout while striking out 10 Archer batters and allowing only three hits in a 2-0 Broncos' victory. Brookwood scored both of its runs in the bottom of the sixth, first on an error and then on a single by Danna Downs.

Wednesday will see Brookwood play two games at home against Mountain View in the first round, while Archer is hosting North Gwinnett. Other opening series in the highest classification include Mill Creek vs. Parkview, Lassiter vs. Northview and Hillgrove vs. South Cobb.

In Region 8-AAAA, Buford just barely avoided a do-or-die date with Madison County by sealing the deal with a thrilling 4-3 win last Thursday. Madison County erased a 3-0 deficit to force extra innings, but Buford's Tessa Daniels came up with heroics just in time. Daniels tagged a Red Raiders runner out at home plate in the top of the eighth then hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame, scoring Samantha Thomas. Bria Bush improved to 14-0 on the mound this season for the 29-1 Wolves.

They will host Pickens County in the opening with the possibility of running into either St. Pius or Woodward immediately thereafter. Madison County will begin its state tournament campaign against Northwest Whitfield. Additional Class AAA action includes Carrollton vs. Chamblee and Marist vs. Troup County.




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