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CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: WHAT TO WATCH FOR
 

Today, we look at the biggest storylines heading into state championship weekend and give you the latest boys and girls soccer rankings. Visit scoreatl.com for more playoff coverage and track the upcoming semifinals live on the scoreboard at AJC.com, the scoreboard on ScoreATL.com and the Score Atlanta High School Scoring APP. To get the APP, search ga hs scores in the Apple or Android stores.


 


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Trivia
Question: 
What is the only finals matchup with two teams both searching for first-ever state titles?

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Wednesday's Answer:
Taylor County and Wesleyan are the only girls teams in the state with double-digit basketball state titles.


FINALS SCHEDULE


 
Finals (all in Macon)


 
Boys

AAAAAA

Pebblebrook vs. Wheeler, 8:45 p.m. Saturday


AAAAA

Brunswick vs. Allatoona, 8:45 p.m. Friday


AAAA

Jonesboro vs. Carrollton, 8:45 p.m. Thursday


AAA

Morgan Co. vs. Jenkins, 4:45 p.m. Saturday


AA

Crawford County vs. Seminole County, 4:45 p.m. Friday


A-Private

St. Francis vs. Greenforest Christian, 12:45 p.m. Saturday


A-Public

Calhoun Co. vs. Greenville, 4:45 p.m. Thursday


Girls

AAAAAA

Norcross vs. McEachern, 7 p.m. Saturday


AAAAA

Stephenson vs. Mays, 7 p.m. 

Friday


AAAA

Buford vs. Carrollton, 7 p.m. 

Thursday

 

AAA

Laney vs. Beach, 3 p.m. 

Saturday


AA

Holy Innocents' vs. Wesleyan, 3 p.m. Friday


A-Private

SW Atlanta Christian vs. St. Francis, 11 a.m. Saturday


A-Public

Taylor Co. vs. Turner County, 3 p.m. Thursday


 

BOYS SOCCER RANKINGS



 

Class AAAAAA

1. Brookwood
2. Walton 
3. Campbell
4. Chattahoochee
5. Lambert
6. Duluth
7. Central Gwinnett
8. Osborne
9. Harrison
10. Meadowcreek


 

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh
2. Dalton

3. Greenbrier

4. Gainesville  

5. Heritage-Conyers
6. Houston County
7. Starr's Mill 
8. Sequoyah
9. Clarke Central

10. Riverwood

Class AAAA

1. St. Pius X
2. Woodward Academy
3. Johnson
4. North Oconee 
5. Spalding
6. North Hall
7. Carrollton  
8. Whitewater
9. Southeast Whitfield
10. Northwest Whitfield

Class AAA
1. Dawson
2. Westminster
3. Calhoun
4. West Hall
5. Oconee County
6. Blessed Trinity
7. East Hall
8. Coahulla Creek
9. Jackson

10. Islands


 

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian 
2. Thomasville
3. Wesleyan
4. Holy Innocents'
5. Lovett 
6. Pace Academy
7. Dublin
8. Riverside Military
9. Benedictine 

10. Long County


Class A
1. Paideia
2. Atlanta International School
3. Fellowship Christian

4. Hebron Christian

5. First Presbyterian Day
6. Our Lady of Mercy
7. Brookstone
8. Stratford Academy
9. Savannah Christian

10. Savannah Country Day


GIRLS SOCCER RANKINGS



 
Class AAAAAA

1. Harrison
2. Grayson
3. Parkview
4. East Coweta
5. Walton
6. Collins Hill
7. Lassiter
8. Pope

9. John's Creek

10. South Forsyth


 

Class AAAAA

1. McIntosh

2. Starr's Mill

3. Northgate
4. Columbus

5. Gainesville

6. Heritage-Conyers
7. River Ridge
8. Alexander
9. Union Grove

10. Greenbrier


 

Class AAAA

1. Marist
2. St. Pius X

3. Woodward Academy

4. Veterans
5. Buford
6. Whitewater
7. Spalding
8. Locust Grove
9. Grady

10. Mary Persons


Class AAA
1. Blessed Trinity
2. Westminster
3. Dawson County
4. Decatur
5. Savannah Arts
6. Adairsville
7. Calhoun
8. Lumpkin County
9. Oconee County

10. Jefferson


 

Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian
2. Lovett
3. Wesleyan
4. Pace Academy
5. Holy Innocents'
6. St. Vincent's
7. Vidalia 
8. Temple
9. Bremen

10. Lamar County


 

Class A

1. First Presbyterian Day
2. Fellowship Christian
3. Paideia 
4. Hebron Christian
5. Savannah Christian
6. Savannah Country Day
7. Providence Christian
8. Athens Academy
9. Brookstone

10. Pinecrest Academy

 


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WHAT TO WATCH FOR
By Craig Sager II
Must-see storylines pack championship slate
 

  

Sweeping boys and girls basketball titles in the same season is one of the rarest accomplishments in Georgia high school athletics and is a favored storyline each year as we anticipate championship weekend. In the 69 seasons since the GHSA began crowning boys and girls state champions, this has only been accomplished 13 times. Columbia's sweep in 2012 and Norcross' in 2013 are the most recent schools to write history. This weekend, St. Francis and Carrollton will have a shot to complete the sweep.


 

The All-Cobb County matchup between

Photo by Ty Freeman

Wheeler and Pebblebrook for the Class AAAAAA state title is another one of the top stories heading into the weekend. While Wheeler searches for its sixth state title, Pebblebrook will be looking for its first boys state title in any sport. A girls cross country championship in 1977 is Pebblebrook's only state title.


 
On the girls side, Norcross and McEachern share the last five state titles in Georgia's highest classification but this will be the first time the teams have met in the finals since 2011.


 
NEW KIDS IN TOWN....


 
Class AAAAA Miller Grove's quest for a seventh straight state title was ended by Warner Robins in the quarterfinals and opened the door for either Allatoona or Brunswick to win first-ever state titles on Friday while playing for the AAAAA trophy.


In the girls AAAAA title game, Stephenson is the only No. 3 seed left in the playoffs and will face a Mays team that looks to end a 12-year drought following the program's first state title in 2003.


 
The Carrollton boys are a win away from their first state title as they await de- fending champion Jonesboro, which took home its first state championship a year ago. The Carrollton girls will face Buford for the girls AAAA title as the Wolves look for their first state title since completing a three-peat in 2009-11.


 
FOLLOWING FOOTSTEPS...


 
In Class AAA, Beach head coach Olufemi Gordon presents a movie-like script as the Lady Bulldogs face Laney. Gordon played for former Beach head coach Ronald Booker, who coached the school for 35 years until retirement in 2013. Gordon played four varsity seasons under Booker but graduated in 1999, the season before Beach went to the finals for the first time in school history and captured its only state championship. It is 16 years later and two seasons into her head coaching career, Gordon has Beach back in the finals with a chance to join her mentor as the school's two championship coaches.


The boys AAA title game stars Morgan County's Tookie Brown, the unanimous Finals MVP last year as he carried the Bulldogs to their first state title with a 36-point performance. This postseason, Brown dug Morgan County out of an eight-point halftime deficit and went off for 32 points in the second half to give Morgan County a 68-62 victory over top-ranked Laney. Another big performance would likely result in Brown earning the coveted 2015 Mr. Georgia basketball award.


LIGHT IT UP...


 
In Class AA, Seminole County and Crawford County will pin two of the most explosive scorers in the state against one another. Seminole County's Jordan Harris scored 32 of his 42 points after halftime in the quarterfinals and Crawford County's William Jarrell opened his postseason with a 48-point game against Dublin.


 
The girls AA title game pins region rivals Wesleyan and Holy Innocents'. Wesleyan has been the most consistent powerhouse in the state and is making its 12th straight finals appearance but Holy Innocents' returns to the finals for the second straight year with an unblemished record. Holy Innocents' has already escaped victorious in its three battles with Wesleyan this year and would be the first team to ever beat the 10-time state champion Wolves four times in the same season.


 
In Class A-Private, the St. Francis boys aim for back-to-back titles, where the girls are playing for their second state title in two seasons. Southwest Atlanta Christian is back in the finals after upsetting Holy Innocents' for the title last year and joins McEachern as the only girls teams with a chance to repeat this season.


The 10-time state champion Taylor County girls face Turner County on Thursday in the girls A-Public finals and with a win would become the first girls basketball team in state history to win 11 state championships. Wesleyan could join the Vikings as 11-time state champions with a win Friday. 



SOCCER NOTEBOOK
By Ricky Dimon
Brookwood boys go out of state, improve record to 7-0
 

The Brookwood boys, who captured their third state championship by triumphing in Class AAAAAA last year, have had no trouble maintaining their momentum this season. Brookwood is 7-0 following a pair of wins this past weekend in Auburn, Ala. The Broncos beat McGill Catholic (Ala.) 2-0 on Saturday morning before getting the best of Auburn (Ala.) 4-1 in the afternoon. Samaan Williams and Ekow Annan found the back of the net in the first game on assists from Jason Stribling and Topher Marshall. Annan scored twice in the finale, Marshall added a goal and Thair Fraser also notched one for Brookwood. The Broncos, who play at Grayson next week, also boast victories in 2015 over Harrison, John's Creek, Collins Hill, Pope and Lambert.


Mt. Paran Christian's boys picked up their first win of the season on the strength of several outstanding individual performances on Tuesday against Galloway. Jake Mezei scored four times en route to an 8-0 success, while Cooper Ingram had three assists. The Eagles also got goals from Kody King, Jackson McLarty and Evan Piper.


On the girls side, Wesleyan (4-0-0) has been dominant this year. The Wolves are undefeated through four contests and have not allowed a single goal. After shutting out Oconee County, Whitefield, and Galloway, they blanked Providence Christian 3-0 on Tuesday. Ellie Hall, Hope Morgan and Sadie Prince scored for Wesleyan and Caroline Cannon was once again flawless in front of the net. The team will wrap up its week by hosting Dunwoody on Friday.


Another Tuesday showdown pitted the Peachtree Ridge girls against Buford. The host Lions took care of business in the form of a 5-2 win while getting a hat-trick from Kinsey Dziwura and two goals courtesy of Allie Hoxie. Jordy Missel, Ashley Patrick and Erin Harris recorded assists for the victors. 


 
Wednesday's slate of action is highlighted by St. Pius vs. Westminster (both boys and girls), two of the top programs in Class AAAA and Class AAA, respectively. Westminster's girls and boys are coming off twin 10-0 defeats of Therrell on Tuesday.


 

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