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What volleyball team upset Sequoyah to earn the No. 1 seed out of Area 7?

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1. Walton

2. Harrison

3. North Cobb

4. East Coweta

5. Johns Creek

6. Roswell

7. Lassiter

8. Etowah

9. South Forsyth

10. West Forsyth




1. Sequoyah

2. Dunwoody

3. Columbus

4. River Ridge

5. Northside-Columbus

6. Cambridge

7. Allatoona

8. McIntosh

9. Camden County

10. Ola



Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Marist

4. St. Pius X

5. Woodward Academy

6. North Hall

7. North Oconee

8. Ridgeland

9. Heritage-Catoosa

10. Northwest Whitfield



Class AAA

1. Westminster

2. Blessed Trinity

3. Oconee County

4. Sonoraville

5. Savannah Arts

6. Decatur

7. Rockmart

8. East Hall

9. Morgan County

10. Jefferson



Class AA

1. Holy Innocents'

2. Wesleyan

3. Lovett

4. Gordon Lee

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. Coosa

7. St. Vincent's Academy

8. Pace Academy

9. Model

10. Darlington



Class A

1. Hebron Christian

2. Savannah Christian


4. Walker

5. Mt. Paran

6. Fellowship Christian

7. Athens Academy

8. Landmark Christian

9. Prince Avenue Christian

10. Calvary Day



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By Craig Sager II
Westminster, Holy Innocents' reclaim No. 1


Area 4 and Area 5 sent 10 total teams into the Class AAAAAA playoffs and dominate the pre-playoff poll with six of the top eight teams. No. 4 East Coweta and No. 5 John's Creek

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won their Area Tournaments and round out the top five. South Forsyth used a 3-1 win over West Forsyth to climb into the poll at No. 9. West Forsyth dropped to No. 10 and bumped out Pope, which failed to qualify for the state playoffs out of Area 5.


In Class AAAAA, Sequoyah was upset by River Ridge, but remains at No. 1 despite wearing a No. 2 seed into the playoffs. The win moved River Ridge up to No. 4. McIntosh entered the poll at No. 8 after grabbing the top seed out of Area 4. Ola plunged to No. 10 after consecutive losses to McIntosh and Starr's Mill in the Area 4 Tournament. 


In Class AAAA, Heritage-Catoosa debuts at No. 9 after earning the No. 2 seed out of Area 7. The Patriots replace Southeast Whitfield after Northwest Whitfield dominated in a (25-14, 25-17) sweep over the Raiders in the Area 7 Tournament.


Westminster unseated Blessed Trinity for the top spot in Class AAA and topped the Titans (13-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-22) in the Area 2 championship. East Hall replaced Fannin County in the poll and debuts at No. 8. Class AA saw Holy Innocents' reclaim No. 1 from Wesleyan and Athens Academy dropped four spots to No. 7 in Class A. ELCA and Walker jumped to No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.




By Craig Sager II
Top 10 showdowns highlight first-round action


Class AAAAAA's 32 playoff teams will square off Thursday and the winners

Photo by Trey Schwartz

will get four days of rest before the second round resumes on Tuesday. After the second round, the final eight teams will be re-seeded and placed into a championship bracket. Top-ranked Walton hosts Chattahoochee in a rematch of last year's Class AAAAAA state championship. The four-time defending state champion Raiders are the No. 1 seed after taking the Area 5 crown, and Chattahoochee is the fifth seed out of Area 6. West Forsyth at Roswell, Lassiter at South Forsyth and Etowah at John's Creek are the three top 10 showdowns in Class AAAAAA that we'll see in the opening round.


Sequoyah failed to take a No. 1 seed into the playoffs and will host Miller Grove as a No. 2 seed to open the first round. The Chiefs fell 3-1 in the Class AAAAA championship to McIntosh last season and this rematch could manifest itself early this postseason. McIntosh took the Area 4 championship and will host Alexander in the first round. The winner of McIntosh vs. Alexander will take on the winner of Miller Grove and Sequoyah.


In Class AAAA, Buford cruised through the regular season and earned the top seed out of Area 8. The Wolves lost 3-1 to eventual Class AAA state champion St. Pius X last year and will host West Laurens in the first round on their road to the program's first state title. The Golden Lions host Northwest Whitfield in a No. 4 vs. No. 10 ranked showdown.


Decatur's place in the top-heavy Area 2 could cost them in the Class AAA playoffs. Westminster took the top seed and Blessed Trinity took the No. 2 seed as a result of the Wildcats' triumph over Blessed Trinity in the Area 2 championship. Decatur earned the No. 3 seed and will visit No. 2 seeded Morgan County in the opening round. Decatur has been one of the biggest turnaround programs this year and compiled a 29-11 record after failing to make the playoffs last year. Meanwhile, Blessed Trinity sits in familiar territory as a No. 2 seed. The Titans entered last year's playoffs as the No. 2 seed after St. Pius X edged Blessed Trinity in last year's Area championship. 


The Golden Lions would meet Blessed Trinity again in the state championship and serve up a 3-1 defeat to the Titans. St. Pius X is in AAAA now and it will be Area-rival Westminster that could end up in a winner-take-all rematch with the Titans.


Class A shapes up to be one of the most competitive slates out of the six classifications. Hebron Christian, Fellowship Christian, Savannah Christian, Walker, Brookstone, Aquinas and ELCA are the six schools wearing the No. 1 seeds in the 24-team pool and once the first round narrows the field to 12 teams we are set to see a second round packed with top 10 matchups.


Reclassification thinned out Class AA and the playoffs open with a seeded 16-team bracket on Oct. 21.  Lovett, Brooks County, Coosa, Gordon Lee, Holy Innocents' and St. Vincent's Academy were the six Area Champions. Area Runners-up Pace Academy, Model, Chattahoochee County, Wesleyan, Darlington and Harlem earned playoff berths. Hapeville Charter, Lamar County, Greater Atlanta Christian and Chattooga are the four "At Large Teams" to qualify the for the state playoffs. 



By Craig Sager II
Manior honored in third year with Tigers


Mundy's Mill head coach Gregory Manior is this week's Falcons Coach of the Week winner. Manior's impact on the Tigers' program has brought noticeable transformations in just three short seasons. Manior has been a head coach in Georgia for 11 years and took over the Tigers' program in 2012. As a program, Mundy's Mill's first varsity season was 2003 and it had seen four head coaches in its young history prior to Manior's arrival. With all the changes and lack of continuity, Manior set out to build tradition and earn the trust and support of the community.


Mundy's Mill went 4-6 in Manior's first year, but improved to a school-record 8-5 finish last year. The Tigers defeated Lee County 41-35 in the first round of the state playoffs, stamping the first playoff win in school history. This year, the Tigers opened with losses to Class AAAAAA's Lovejoy and Central Gwinnett, but have won their last five games and sit at 5-2 heading into their home contest with region-rival Drew on Friday.


Winning has certainly helped the program, but the winning attitude shared by the community and football team stemmed from Manior, who made it his mission to build a team and community that believes in themselves. Manior has helped the program overcome financial obligations that took a hit with the recession and substantial amounts of resources and funds have since been invested into securing the mental and physical health of the players.


His attitude and efforts to strengthen the program have changed the way the community and athletes both think and believe in themselves. The positive changes carries over to the teamwork and sportsmanship seen when the Tigers take the field each Friday night. Mundy's Mill has also become active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Community improvement organization since Manior's arrival.





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