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Hillgrove kicker Rachel Palazzo has been chosen as the girls athlete of the week. Read her story below along with our softball notebook, which covers the first round of the playoffs.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

By Lauren Goldstein
Palazzo becomes Hillgrove's first female football player, converts seven extra points


This week's Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Girls Athlete of the Week is Hillgrove kicker Rachel Palazzo. Until last Friday night, Palazzo was just a student trainer for the football team, as she had been for the past three and a half years. During this time, the senior had already built relationships with the coaches and players. Due to her powerful striking ability from being apart of the Hawks' girls soccer team throughout high school, kicking field goals through the crossbar looked as though it would be an easy transition for Palazzo.


Throughout the week leading up to the game against Kennesaw Mountain, head football coach Phil Ironside told Palazzo at practice she would likely get her chance to kick in the second quarter after he had seen her belt field goals from the 20-yard line and the 25-yard line during practice. That promise came to fruition after quarterback Matt Wilson's 16-yard touchdown pass to Richard Hallman early in the second quarter. With the support of her team rallying behind her and the encouragement of the crowds in the stands, the extra point went through and Palazzo became the first female in Hillgrove history to score points for the football team. It is still unknown whether or not Palazzo is the first female football player in all of Cobb County to score points.


She ended up kicking six more extra points during the game, finishing the night a perfect 7-for-7. With the senior kicker's help, the Hawks dominated the Mustangs 52-20, and Palazzo will likely see the 20-yard line again this season.


By Ricky Dimon
Kachell's no-hitter highights first-round action

Harrison sophomore Emily Kachel threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the Hoyas'

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

first-round series against Westlake last Wednesday. Kachel recorded 13 strikeouts in six innings of work as Harrison prevailed 8-0. The home team finished off the sweep with a dominant 13-1 performance in Game 2. Emily Fitchjarrell went 2-for-3 in the opener and had two RBIs in the clincher. The Hoyas will host Tift County in the round of 16 beginning on Wednesday.

A brutal Class AAAAAA second-round matchup will pit Pope against defending state champion Collins Hill. Pope booked its spot in the showdown by taking care of West Forsyth 5-1 and 7-2. Kelly Barnhill pitched each of the two games and went the distance on both occasions while striking out a total of 34 batters. Barnhill helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 with a three-run homer in Game 1.

Another top individual performance in the first round came from Collins Hill's Brea Dickey. The senior, who owns the school's all-time hits record, went 9-for-9 with two RBIs and four runs as the Eagles swept Shiloh by scores of 12-3 and 17-5. Winning pitchers were Amanda Chance in the opener and Aeshia Miles in the clincher.

Elsewhere in Class AAAAAA, Archer survived a three-game series against visiting North Gwinnett by taking the decider 2-0 last Friday. Archer's Madison Abell hurled a complete game while allow just three hits as she improved to 14-4 for the 2014 campaign. Brittany Maresette went 2-for-4 with a home run and Andria Booth had an RBI double and a run scored. The Tigers are into the round of 16 for a fifth consecutive season and will host Etowah in a best-of-three series starting on Wednesday.

In Class AA, Wesleyan is through to the last 16 after beating Manchester 12-4 and 10-0 last week. The Region 6 champions were led by sisters Riley and Cassie Henning. Riley had two hits in Game 1 before Cassie took the mound for Game 2 and got the win by allowing no hits in five innings. Alyssa Bedard also enjoyed a two-hit performance in the opener and she added three RBIs in the nightcap. Next up for the Wolves is Union County, which got past Darlington in round one.

Three Region 4-AAA representatives advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. Blessed Trinity rolled over Laney, Westminster cruised past Washington County and Decatur swept Hephzibah. The top two Region 6-AAAA teams are still alive. Marist swept Troup County and St. Pius X battled past Woodward. 




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