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GHSA PLAYOFF PAIRINGS


 

GIRLS

Tuesday, Feb 24

(Quarterfinals)                     

Class AAAAAA

R3 #1 Westlake at R7 #1 Norcross (Wednesday)

R4 #1 Osborne at R8 #1 Parkview

R7 #2 Mountain View at R4 #2 McEachern

R4 #3 Harrison at R8 #2 Archer

Class AAAAA                      

R6 #3 Stephenson at R7 #1 Sequoyah

R8 #1 Salem vs. R4 #1 Forest Park

R8 #3 Gainesville at R6 #1 Mays

R4 #3 Dutchtown at R8 #2 Loganville

Class AAAA             

R5 #2 Fayette County vs. R1 #2 Monroe

R6 #2 St. Pius at R8 #1 Buford

R6 #1 Marist at R2 #1 Veterans

R5 #1 Carrollton vs. R1 #1 Americus-Sumter

Class AAA               

R3 #1 Laney vs. R7 #1 Dawson County

R2 #2 Kendrick at R4 #1 Decatur

R7 #2 East Hall at R6 #1 Calhoun

R5 #1 Central-Carroll vs. R1 #1 Beach

Class AA                  

R6 #3 Lovett at R7 #1 Model

R1 #3 Brooks County at R6 #2 Wesleyan

R6 #1 Holy Innocents' at R2 #1 Vidalia

R5 #1 Manchester vs. R1 #1 Pelham

Class A-Private

#8 Mt. Paran at #1 St. Francis

#5 Stratford Academy at #4 Tattnall Square

#6 Calvary Day at #3 Savannah Country Day

#7 Eagle's Landing Christian at #2 Southwest Atlanta Christian

Class A-Public

#8 Treutlen at #1 Taylor County

#12 Terrell County at #4 Commerce

#11 Randolph-Clay at #3 Mitchell County

#7 Dooly County at #2 Turner County


 

BOYS

Wednesday, Feb. 25

(Quarterfinals)           

Class AAAAAA

R3 #1 Pebblebrook at R7 #1 Norcross

R6 #2 Alpharetta at R8 #1 Shiloh

R4 #2 Hillgrove at R2 #1 Tucker

R2 #4 Newton at R5 #1 Wheeler

Class AAAAA                      

R2 #3 Jones County at R3 #1 Brunswick

R6 #2 M.L. King at R8 #1 Cedar Shoals

R6 #1 Miller Grove at R2 #1 Warner Robins

R1 #1 LaGrange at R5 #1 Allatoona

Class AAAA             

R1 #2 Americus-Sumter at R3 #1 Liberty County

R4 #1 Jonesboro vs. R8 #1 Johnson-Gainesville

R1 #4 Cairo at R6 #1 Lithonia

R2 #4 Upson-Lee at R5 #1 Carrollton

Class AAA               

R3 #1 Laney at R7 #1 East Hall

R4 #1 South Atlanta vs. R8 #1 Morgan County

R4 #2 Cedar Grove at R2 #1 Rutland

R5 #1 Callaway at R1 #1 Jenkins

Class AA                  

R3 #1 Swainsboro vs. R7 #1 Model

R1 #3 Thomasville at R4 #1 Crawford County

R2 #1 Vidalia at R6 #1 Pace Academy

R5 #1 Manchester vs. R1 #1 Seminole County

Class A-Private

#9 Aquinas at #1 St. Francis

#5 North Cobb Christian at #4 Whitefield Academy

#6 Landmark Christian at #3 Athens Christian

#7 Stratford Academy at #2 Greenforest Christian

Class A-Public

#9 Dooly County at #1 Calhoun County

#5 Turner County at #4 Treutlen

#6 Wilkinson County at #3 Hancock Central

#7 Portal at #2 Greenville


 


 

BASEBALL RANKINGS


 

Class AAAAAA

1. Lambert

2. Milton

3. Kennesaw Mountain

4. Parkview

5. Johns Creek

6. Walton

7. Woodstock

8. Lassiter

9. Harrison

10. Valdosta


 

Class AAAAA

1. Whitewater

2. Houston County

3. Gainesville

4. Greenbrier

5. Hardaway

6. Loganville

7. Starr's Mill

8. East Paulding

9. Harris County

10. Allatoona


 

Class AAAA

1. Carrollton

2. Alexander

3. Veterans

4. Walnut Grove

5. Crisp County

6. Marist

7. Wayne County

8. Mary Persons

9. Columbus

10. Worth County


 

Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Buford

3. Pierce County

4. Cartersville

5. Hart County

6. Callaway

7. Pike County

8. North Hall

9. Southeast Bulloch

10. Ringgold


 

Class AA

1. Wesleyan

2. Lovett

3. Westminster

4. Calhoun

5. Benedictine

6. Jefferson

7. Greater Atlanta Christian

8. Bryan County

9. Berrien

10. Bremen


 

Class A

1. King's Ridge

2. Mt. Paran

3. Emanuel County Institute

4. ELCA

5. Charlton County

6. First Presbyterian Day

7. Hebron Christian

8. Clinch County

9. Gordon Lee

10. Marion County


 


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015




BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
By Kyle Sandy
Georgia's star-power highlights 2015 season

The grass is cut, the dirt has been raked and baseball season is here again. Lambert enters the season as the number one ranked team in not only Class AAAAAA, but in the entire nation. Perfect Game and MaxPreps are two of many baseball outlets that have recognized Lambert as their number one ranked team after winning the state
Photo by Whitney Reddin
championship going 36-2 last season. A dearth of college commits lead the Longhorns.  Georgia Tech-commit Kyle McCann gets the nod behind home plate, while Georgia Southern-signee Eric Furphy slides over to shortstop. Ian Kimbrell and JD Dutka man the corners of the infield. Seth Beer will be relied upon to have another big year. The No. 12-ranked player nationally in the Class of 2016 finished 6-0 with a 0.53 ERA while smacking .589 with 10 long balls and 56 RBIs.

After losing to Houston County in the state championship last season, Whitewater looks poised to make another deep run into the state tournament this year. Through three games the Wildcats have outscored opponents 28-3. In an 8-0 win over Griffin, pitchers Ethan Gillis (KSU-commit) and Jake Lee (GT-signee) combined to strike out 14 batters.


 

Carrollton won its first state title since 1962 and will try to replicate its success. Roury Glanton, Jackson Hesterlee, Mitch McLendon, and Cooper Criswell were all named Pre-Season First Team All-Region. After going 26-9 last season, Veterans has started off slow dropping three of its first four games, each loss by one run.


 

AAA's defending champion Blessed Trinity shutdown West Forsyth on opening night this Monday. Brad Spinner, Francis Sugrue, and Cody Roberts combined for a 1-hit shutout of the Wolverines. Roberts along with Jake Bogosian plated the lone two runs scored. Pierce County has come out of the gates strong after a successful season saw the Bears make it to the quarterfinals a year ago. Every starter returns this year with great postseason experience. Stetson Smith, an Armstrong State-signee, returns as the ace after finishing 10-1 with a 1.85 ERA. Kyler Allen calls the game from behind the plate and has a powerful stick to carry the Bears offense, batting .457 last season. Pierce County currently is 4-0 with its latest victory a 10-2 win over Berrien County.


 

In AA, Lovett shutout Appling County 1-0 on opening day. UGA-commit Aaron Schunk pitched well and also hit the eventual game-winning homerun. Defending champ Benedictine sits at 1-3 after losses to Woodstock and Glynn Academy. Wesleyan has used its pitching to start 2-0 this year while allowing just two runs. In the Wolves' opening game, Christian Stark drove in two runs and Will Collins knocked in the other to lift Wesleyan to a 3-1 win over Jeff Davis.


 

Former Major Leaguer Dallas McPherson leads defending Class A Private state champ King's Ridge into another season with lofty expectations. Much like Lambert, the Tigers have a plethora of college talent. Georgia Tech-signee Brandt Stallings anchors the offense after hitting .545 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. Ace Austin Higgenbotham (Austin Peay), Adam Moore (Mercer), and Tarez Miller (Georgia Southern) all star on the diamond and make the Tigers the odds on favorites to repeat.

 

 



TENNIS NOTEBOOK
By Ricky Dimon
Roswell braves weather to start 2015 strong

No sport is more vulnerable to weather conditions than tennis, so an early February start to the high school season is always a dicey proposition. Countless matches last week, not surprisingly, were cancelled due to rain, extreme cold or wind.

 

Nonetheless, a few schools managed to get in a decent amount of action. The Bremen boys in Class AA and Roswell's boys of Class AAAAAA both played three matches last week. Bremen came out on the losing end each time, but it was always competitive with setbacks of 3-2 against Berkmar, 3-2 against East Coweta and 4-1 against McIntosh. Roswell swept aside its opponents by beating Berkmar 5-0, McIntosh 4-1 and Heritage School 4-1.

 

The Roswell girls are off to a similarly fast start this season. Last week they took down Berkmar 5-0, Bremen 3-1 and Rockdale County 4-1. Despite the loss to Roswell, Bremen's girls got the best of Allatoona and McIntosh in a pair of 4-1 decisions.

 

One of the most dominant powers in the state, the Walton girls have won 12 state titles since 2001. Now the boys are hoping to join them as a powerhouse in 2015. The Raiders, whose state finishes the last six years include two runner-ups, a semifinal and a quarterfinal, return six starters. They also welcome back Santa Clara commitment Morgan Stone, who skipped the two previous seasons of high school tennis and is ranked in the top 10 among junior boys in Georgia (tennisrecruiting.net).

 

"It's always a possibility," coach John Evans told the Marietta Daily Journal, referencing his team's title chances. "We have a good group coming back, and a good group of young kids. It's a long season, so we'll have to take it one match at a time. I like the team chemistry and feel good about our capabilities.

 

Away from the court, some news around the state was made earlier this month in the form of college signings. Stratford Academy's Kenji Yoshida is taking his talents to Wofford College. Yoshida, who helped Stratford to a 17-0 season and a state championship in 2014, has overcome an early-life health setback in which doctors told him he would have complications in breathing and athletics because of heart and chest issues that resulted in inward-growing ribs.

 

"They said I'd probably never be able to play sports in college or compete with my peers, but I get to prove that wrong," Yoshida told the Macon Telegraph. "You can really do whatever you put your mind to, but you're going to have to make some sacrifices. But I can personally say it's definitely worth it."

 

 



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