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In today's SHSSN, you can find our volleyball roundup from last night's semifinals as well as the cross country notebook. Also, see who the Falcons chose as their Captain in the Community. 


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In what volleyball classification has none of the semifinalists won a state title?

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Wednesday's Answer:
Buford is the only volleyball semifinalist in Class AAAA that has not yet won a state title. 







North Cobb 3, East Coweta 1 (25-27, 25-16, 25-16, 26-24)

North Gwinnett 3, Johns Creek 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)



Columbus 3, Dunwoody 1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-13, 25-22)

Sequoyah 3, River Ridge 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-13)



Class AAAA


Buford 3, Sandy Creek 1 (25-20, 30-28, 23-25, 25-20)

Marist 3, Woodward Academy 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-23)


Class AAA

Blessed Trinity 3, Oconee County 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-12) 

Westminster 3, Sonoraville 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-19)  



Class AA

Holy Innocents' 3, St. Vincent's Academy 0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16)

Lovett 3, Wesleyan 1 (14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24



Class A

Hebron Christian 3, Fellowship Christian 1: (25-13, 14-25, 25-15, 26-24)

Savannah Christian 3, Eagle's Landing Christian 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23):




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By Craig Sager II, Lauren Goldstein and IJ Rosenberg
North Gwinnett completes epic run to finals 


North Cobb 3, East Coweta 1 (25-27, 25-16, 25-16, 26-24): The Warriors had to turn in an outstanding performance to get past East Coweta's Jessica Bartholomew and company, but Taylor Parish and Christiana Matacotta helped lead host North Cobb to victory. Parish posted 47 assists and Matacotta combatted the Indians' power at the net with 47 of the Warriors' 114 digs. Savannah Gonzales led North Cobb's attack with 20 kills and teammates Abby Miller and Simone Maxwell turned in 16 and 12, respectively. North Cobb will play for its first volleyball state title on Saturday.

North Gwinnett 3, Johns Creek 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19): Class AAAAAA was the only classification with all four semifinalists in search of their first-ever state titles. The visiting Bulldogs pulled off another impressive victory and took straight sets over Johns Creek to reach the finals as the No. 8 seed in the championship bracket. Carson Nevels and Taylor Spence each posted a dozen kills for North Gwinnett and Nevels and Alyssa Munlyn dominated defensively with six blocks apiece. Junior Claire Saindon handled the ball effectively and posted 30 assists in the swift three-set match.


Columbus 3, Dunwoody 1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-13, 25-22): Playing in front of a raucous student body at home, Dunwoody struggled with the height of the Blue Devils and went down in four games. Behind middle blocker Shardonee Hayes, Columbus won the first game before senior striker Paige McKnight pulled the Wildcats together to tie the match. But with three players over 6-foot which included Hayes and sophomores Jha'Meisheia Griffin and Tatyana Wyatt, Columbus was just too strong and benefited from several unforced errors in the last two matches. The Blue Devils came in seeded fourth to Dunwoody's No. 2 slot ,but Columbus won the state title in Class AAAA last season and their postseason experience showed in the semifinals match.

Sequoyah 3, River Ridge 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-13): Eighteen days after the

Photo by Mike Hartman

Knights upset Sequoyah in the Area 7-AAAAA championship match, the Chiefs got revenge in front of a massive home crowd and swept the Knights in straight sets. Sequoyah's Kelley Hartman stuffed the stat sheet with 13 kills, three blocks, two digs and two of the Chiefs' six aces. Kali Jones posted seven kills and 16 digs, while Kulil Smith posted a game-high 19 digs to go with two kills. Lauren Hartman had five of the Chiefs' 14 blocks. Sequoyah faces Columbus on Saturday for a shot at the program's first state title.

Class AAAA

Buford 3, Sandy Creek 1 (25-20, 30-28, 23-25, 25-20): After defeating Sandy Creek in a hard-fought four-set classic, the Lady Wolves advanced to the state championship for the first time in program history. Freshman Tatum Shipes led the team with 24 kills while sophomore teammate Gabby Curry had 20 kills and led the team with 25 digs. Underclassmen have shone throughout Buford's historic season and sophomore Morgan Mitchell continued the trend with 46 assists and four blocks in the victory. Buford will play Marist in the Class AAAA championship Saturday at Marietta High School.

Marist 3, Woodward Academy 0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-23): After splitting regular-season games with Woodward, the War Eagles came out on top in the semifinals by sweeping their archrival in three games. Sophomore libero Alena Cashdan led Marist in digs with 28 on the night. Sydney Leimbach had 14 digs. Juniors Kate Connolly had 11 kills and Leila King had eight. Marist looks for its seventh state volleyball title on Saturday.

Class AAA

Blessed Trinity 3, Oconee County 0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-12): The Titans are back in the finals for the third straight year after cruising past the Warriors. The Titans were led with a collective effort at the net with Sarah Parker, Emma Simonsen and Maggie Rick each posting eight kills. Annie Dempsey had nine kills. Emma Simonsen served four of the Titans' nine aces and added a team-high 11 assists. Rick handled the ball 52 times and collected 20 assists to go with just three errors. Blessed Trinity improved to 51-11 overall and Oconee County finished the season with a 30-16 mark.

Westminster 3, Sonoraville 0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-19): Westminster returns to the state championship in search of a seventh state title after stamping a 3-set victory over visiting Sonoraville. Freshman Gabrielle Dolan led the Wildcats with 13 kills and Kerrie Greene and Mason Rooney each posted three aces. Rooney (10) and Caroline Welsh (15) combined for 25 of Westminster's 43 digs. Rooney also finished with a team-high 18 assists, while teammate Kerrie Greene turned in a 12-assist performance.

Class AA

Holy Innocents' 3, St. Vincent's 0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16): Defending Class A champion Holy Innocents' returned to the state championship in its new Class AA home. The Golden Bears overwhelmed the visiting Saints in the serving game with 13 total aces. Sarah Porter had 27 assists and Sarah Joe led the defense with 18 of Holy Innocents' 56 digs. Junior Haley Collins posted a team-high 15 kills.

Lovett 3, Wesleyan 1 (14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 26-24): The host Lions took the

Photo by Perry McIntyre

final three sets and will be looking for their second state title in three years. Harley Sebastian notched 20 of Lovett's 47 kills. Defensively, Sarah Carpenter led the Lions with 18 digs. Sophomore Kirby Ellis tallied an outstanding 46 assists in the victory.

Class A

Hebron Christian 3, Fellowship Christian 1: (25-13, 14-25, 25-15, 26-24): The Lions advanced to the state championship for the second straight year with a hard-fought, four-set victory over the visiting Paladins. Hebron had 113 total digs in the four sets and the match featured long rallies and a lot of defense. For the Lions, Courtney Cievelli posted 26 digs and Anna Katherine Wilson led with a team-high 33 assists. Alli Johnson posted 22 kills and Regan Long finished with 11.

Savannah Christian 3, ELCA 0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-23): The Raiders traveled 223 miles to ELCA and made quick work of the Chargers. Madison Cooler had a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs in the victory, putting Savannah Christian one win away from its first volleyball state championship. For the Raiders, Lainey Aenchbacher notched 10 kills and 16 assists and Abby Simon had four kills, 16 assists and three aces.


By Stephen Black
Lakeside sweeps Region 2 meet

Lakeside-DeKalb swept the Region 2-AAAAAA Championships in Decatur

Photo courtesy DeKalb County athletics

Saturday. The boys (19 points) easily finished ahead of runner-up Rockdale County (43). Tucker and Newton rounded out the top four. The Vikings' Davis Stockwell won the race in 16:15.91 ahead of Rockdale's Dax Willette who turned in a time of 16:15.99. Including Stockwell, Lakeside had six of the top seven finishers and seven of the top eight. 

Lakeside had a similarly easy time in the girls race as it took just 15 points to runner-up Rockdale's 54. Led by Morgan Mihalis' first-place finish (20:15.71), the Vikings took seven of the top eight spots.


Blessed Trinity won the boys race and Westminster won the girls race at the Region 4-AAA meet in Buckhead. The Wildcats girls took 21 points to runner-up Blessed Trinity's 43. Decatur came in third. Freshman Delaney Graham (19:03.95) won the race for Westminster and was trailed by BT's Mary Claire Solomon (19:10.29). Five of the top seven racers were Westmnster girls.


The Titans won the boys race with 25 points to Westminster's 41. The Wildcats' Graham Huff won the race in 16:28.88 ahead of Ben McCoy of BT, who turned in a time of 16:31.36. Decatur's Sam Ellis came in third with 16:58.86. The Titans finished four of the top six racers.


Marietta dominated the boys meet at the Region 4-AAAAAA meet at Harrison. The Blue Devils took just 15 points and finished the top six racers. Khayvonn Benson won the race in 15:29.88 ahead of teammate Jack Henderson (15:40.24). North Cobb came in a distant second and Kennesaw Mountain took third.


Harrison won the girls race with 27 points ahead of Marietta's 35. Mary Jeanne Assinzo of Marietta won the race in a time of 18:11.35. Harrison's Mattie Rountree came in second with a time of 18:44.60. 


Ni leads in the community and classroom

The Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community presented by Ford is Andy Ni, a linebacker and fullback at Islands High School in Savannah, GA.  Ni has made several contributions to his community, including volunteering his time to the local homeless shelters, a youth football camp director and the President of the National Honor Society.


The Captain in the Community program recognizes outstanding high school football student-athletes around the state of Georgia that demonstrate strong leadership skills both on-and-off the field.  Winners are selected by USA Football, the Official Youth Football Development Partner of the NFL. Additionally, each winner's high school will receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support community initiatives courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL's Youth Football Fund.


To submit a nomination for the Atlanta Falcons Captain in the Community Program, please visit




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