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Today, we look back at fall's busiest weekend with roundups from the volleyball and softball state championships. Also, check out the final football poll before the state playoffs.


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Alpharetta has won 21 consecutive region games. 




1. Colquitt

2. Grayson

3. Valdosta

4. Dacula

5. McEachern

6. Lee County

7. North Gwinnett

8. Milton

9. Peachtree Ridge

10. Westlake



1. Ware County

2. Coffee

3. Allatoona

4. Kell

5. Northside-WR

6. Lanier

7. Houston County

8. Harris County

9. Creekside

10. Mays


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Griffin

3. Mary Persons

4. Woodward Academy

5. Sandy Creek

6. Marist

7. Cartersville

8. St. Pius

9. Cairo

10. Pickens


Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Peach County

5. Jefferson

6. Central-Carroll

7. Hart County

8. Westminster

9. Cook

10. Adairsville


Class AA

1. GAC

2. Vidalia

3. Lovett

4. Benedictine

5. Fitzgerald

6.Lamar County

7. Brooks County

8. Darlington

9. Thomasville

10. Macon County


Class A-Private

1. Aquinas

2. Mount Paran

3. Calvary Day

4. Savannah Christian

5. Tattnall Square

6. Pacelli

7. Prince Avenue

8. Mount Pisgah


10. Landmark Christian


Class A-Public

1. Marion County

2. Irwin County

3. Hawkinsville

4. Charlton County

5. Emanuel County

6. Commerce

7. Lincoln County

8. Dooly County

9. Claxton

10. Clinch County


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Monday, November 3, 2014

By Craig Sager II
6A poll shuffles entering regular season finale

Colquitt County remains the lone undefeated team in Class AAAAAA after Archer toppled Dacula 24-10 on Friday. The lost dropped Dacula two spots to No. 4. Grayson returned to No. 2 with a 38-3 win over Brookwood to improve to 8-1 overall. In Class AAAAA, no
Photo by Sonny Kennedy
teams lost and the polls remain the same. Class AAAA saw movement with Woodward Academy's 31-28 loss to unranked Whitewater. 

The loss dropped Woodward Academy to No. 4. Mary Persons profited most from the War Eagles' loss and jumped two spots to No. 3. Thomas County Central fell to Worth County on Friday and was replaced by 8-1 Pickens at No. 10.


Class AAA has remained intact for most of this season, but Adairsville finally found room in the poll and debuts at No. 10. Adairsville replaces Westside-Macon, which fell 49-16 to No. 4 Peach County. In Class AA, Lovett fell 14-7 to No. 1 GAC but remains at No. 3. Thomasville lost to Brooks County 28-18 and dropped to No.  9. Dublin knocked Screven County out of the rankings with a 27-7 win on Friday and Macon County replaced the Gamecocks at No. 10.


Class A-Private did not see any shifts and the only movement in Class A-Public came from Dooly County. Claxton and Clinch County both lost and Dooly County jumped the two teams to No. 8



By Craig Sager II & Ricky Dimon
Three first-time state champs crowned

North Cobb's Savanna Gonzalez closed out the fifth set with three straight kills as the Warriors edged North Gwinnett Saturday for the school's first volleyball state title, taking the Class AAAAAA championship (25-21, 24-26, 18-25, 25-13, 15-9). North Gwinnett

took the second and third set to gain a 2-1 lead but the Warriors heated up in the fourth set. With it knotted at 3-3 tie, North Cobb used two 10-3 scoring bursts to force a fifth set. North Cobb trailed 5-2 in the final set before taking its first lead at 7-6 and finishing off the Bulldogs.


Class AAAAA 

Sequoyah edged defending Class AAAA state champion Columbus in five sets (17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11) to capture the school's first state title. The Chiefs dropped the opening set and trailed 2-1 heading into the fourth frame. Ten ties and eight lead changes highlighted the fourth set before Sequoyah's Logan Page found open court and dropped in a winner on set point. Sequoyah used a 6-1 run in the fifth set to build a 9-6 lead and hold off the Blue Devils.


Class AAAA

Marist won in five sets (22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 20-25, 15-12) to claim its first state title since 2006. Buford took the first set but Marist evened it up and carried the momentum into the third frame to take a 2-1 lead. Buford tied up the fifth set 12-12 but Sydney Leimbach and Marist stuffed Buford's attack to take the final three points. Marist's Leimbach notched a team-high 24 kills and Hanna Weiland led with 54 assists.


Class AAA 

After finishing state runner-up last year and also runner-up to Westminster in this season's Region 4-AAA championship, it was Blessed Trinity's time on Saturday. The Titans avenged their recent loss to the Wildcats by cruising to the sweep (25-17, 25-22, 25-13). Amber MacDonald recorded 20 digs, while Blessed Trinity also got 11 kills from Annie Dempsey and 16 assists from Maggie Rick.


Class AA

It was a new classification but the same story for the Holy Innocents' volleyball team. Despite moving up to Class AA, the Bears secured back-to-back state championships for the first time in team history by beating Lovett (25-22, 25-20, 30-28). In the third set, Lovett took a 24-21 lead after Bears' head coach Taylor Noland incurred a point penalty for an illegal substitution. Holy Innocents' answered, saving all three set points to even things at 24-24 before finally capitalizing on their fifth championship point at 29-28. The Bears once again relied on the leadership and defensive skills of lone senior Sarah Joe.


Class A

Hebron Christian captured its first volleyball title by triumphing over Savannah Christian in four sets (25-20, 13-25, 25-19, 25-18). Hoping to avenge last year's semifinal defeat to the Lions, Savannah Christian had no trouble dominating the second set. A battle-tested Hebron Christian squad, however, had won all four of its previous tournament matches in four sets and quickly regained control. Hebron Christian was led by seniors Alli Johnson's (13 kills) and Courtney Civelli (28 digs).


By Craig Sager II

Barnhill lifts Pope with 20th career no-hitter



Pope 4, Hillgrove 0: Kelly Barnhill pitched a no-hitter in Pope's 4-0 win over Hillgrove and gave the Greyhounds

Photo by Greg Spell

their first softball state championship in school history on Saturday. Offensively, Hannah Rogers went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Barnhill is a Florida commit that finishes her varsity career with 20 no-hitters.


Greenbrier 10, Cambridge 4: Greenbrier exploded to a nine-run sixth inning and clinched its first state title since 2004 with a 10-4 victory. Greenbrier and Cambridge faced three times in the double-elimination format with Greenbrier winning the first game 11-7 and Cambridge forcing the third game with a 11-6 win Saturday morning.


Class AAAA

Buford 9, Thomas County Central 1: Buford captured its eight straight state title and first in Class AAAA with a lopsided victory over Thomas County Central. Buford finishes the season 37-1 and will enter next season riding a 28-game winning streak. Sydney Stavro and Breanna Gutierrez combined for four runs to lead Buford.

Class AAA

Calhoun 12, Ringgold 7: Ringgold forced the if-necessary championship game with a Saturday morning win, but the Yellow Jackets were lifted by a Jana Johns homerun to take the deciding game. Johns' blast fueled a four-run fourth inning. Calhoun's Madison Green crossed the plate three times in the victory.

Class AA

Heard County 6, Gordon Lee 2: Cali Harrod led Heard County to its first-ever softball state championship on Saturday. Harrod hit a home run and scored three runs to spark the offense. Gordon Lee's steak of four straight championships ended.

Class A-Private

ECLA 14, Prince Avenue Christian 7: ELCA captured its second consecutive state championship with an explosive performance over Prince Avenue Christian. The Chargers were led by Casey Durham's five hits. Durham's teammate Brooke Echols had three hits and five RBIs.

Class A-Public

Georgia Military 11, Wilcox County 2: Georgia Military opened up the game with four-run fourth inning and cruised to its first state title. Whitley Dunn capped off a five-run fifth inning that ultimately ended the game by forcing the run rule.




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