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How many hits did Kennesaw Mountain pitcher Ryley Gillam allow in their 3-0 win over Lambert?

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UGA-signee Derek Ogbeide had 22 rebounds in the 6A title game.




1. McEachern

2. Norcross

3. Archer

4. Parkview

5. Osborne

6. Westlake

7. Mountain View

8. South Forsyth

9. North Forsyth

10. Woodstock



1. Stephenson

2. Mays

3. Forest Park

4. Sequoyah

5. Brunswick

6. Greenbrier

7. Effingham County

8. Gainesville

9. Salem

10. Dutchtown



1. Buford

2. Carrollton

3. Veterans

4. St. Pius

5. Americus-Sumter

6. Jonesboro

7. Marist

8. Fayette County

9. Mary Persons

10. Bainbridge



1. Laney

2. Beach

3. Dawson County

4. Decatur

5. Kendrick

6. South Atlanta

7. Washington County

8. East Hall

9. Central Carrollton

10. Calhoun



1. Wesleyan

2. Holy Innocents

3. Pelham

4. Lovett

5. Vidalia

6. Manchester

7. Model

8. Thomasville

9. Darlington

10. Putnam County


A- Public

1. Taylor County

2. Turner County

3. Randolph Clay

4. Terrell County

5. Commerce

6. Treutlen

7. Mitchell County

8. Dooly County

9. Claxton

10. Atkinson County



1. St. Francis


3. Stratford Academy

4. Tattnall Square

5. Calvary Day

6. Savannah County Day


8. Mt. Paran

9. Paideia

10. Lakeview Academy

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015








By Ricky Dimon

Walton girls once again making noise

The Walton girls, who are two time defending state champions in Class AAAAAA, are off to a strong start in 2015 after winning their second consecutive Region 5 match last Wednesday. Walton hosted Milton and swept all five matches. The Raiders got victories from Suzanne Zenoni, Johanna Keeline and Anna Leigh Nielsen in singles in addition to successful doubles performances by Jessica Cramer and Sophia Guldberg and by Kristen O'Brien and Sheena Mookerji. Walton's previous defeat of Cherokee came with a slightly different lineup, as that effort was joined by Bella Kuse in singles and by Emily Gaskins and Grace Gaskins in doubles. 

Both the boys and girls at Peachtree Ridge came out on top at Greater Atlanta Christian's expense last week. The boys really made their mark in doubles, where Niki Makarenko and Taylor Galloway prevailed at No. 1 while Colin Greeff and Nicholas Allison got the job done at No. 2. Taylor Foote earned a victory in the top singles position to give Peachtree Ridge a necessary third point. On the girls' side, the Lions beat Greater Atlanta Christian 4-1. Deepa Dhore and Sreeja Choppara won in singles for Peachtree Ridge. 

Familiar foes Brookwood and Grayson also squared off last Wednesday and neither the boys nor the girls for Brookwood showed any mercy. The Lady Broncos triumphed 5-0 on the strength of a singles lineup featuring Clarissa Jolley, Esther de Miguel and Laticia Coelho. For the boys, Zach Jennings, Stephan George and Ben Chong took care of Grayson. The Broncos also got doubles wins from Alzaeem Ukani and Nick Porcelli and from Austin Ryan and Jacob Mallow. Brookwood is 4-0 for the season and 2-0 in its region.

Kell's girls improved to 4-1 this year after pocketing its first victory in Region 7-AAAAA action last week. The Longhorns dominated North Atlanta 5-0 while losing a total of two games in the two doubles matches. Kysia Katsoudas and Claudia Casanova rolled 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 and Meela Patel and Shelby Nyberg scored a 6-2, 6-0 win in the second spot. Singles wins came off the rackets of Samantha, Katie Tarbell and Jada Robinson.

By Kyle Sandy

Mustangs shutout top-ranked Lambert

Last Friday Lambert, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and defending state champs, fell to Kennesaw Mountain 3-0. Mustang pitcher and Clemson-signee Ryley Gillam hurled a one-hit complete game shutout as Kennesaw Mountain picked up another signature victory and remained undefeated. Gillam struck out 11 batters in the dominant

Photo by Whitney Reddin

performance against Class AAAAAA's team to beat. The Mustangs are loaded with talent and are poised to make a deep run this season. Zach Goodman (Clemson), Tyler Stephenson (Georgia Tech), Cole Buffington (The Citadel) and Reggie Pruitt (Vanderbilt) all are division-one signees. Elsewhere in 6A, Archer has rolled along to start the season at 7-0 while allowing just seven runs.


The defending Class AAAAA champions Houston County have struggled out of the gate starting just 3-5. The Bears lost seven games all season a year ago and are in jeopardy of matching that mark not even halfway through the season. Their latest defeat came to rival Veterans, 7-4. Rome, who finished 20-8 last season, has started the season with a bang going 4-0 and outscoring its opponents 46-3. The Wolves scored 11 runs in the first inning on Friday as they downed Armuchee 15-0. Dylan Beasley, Connor Reed and Zach Cook all knocked in runs in the lopsided win.


Heritage-Coosa defeated defending AAAA state champion Carrollton 10-4 on Saturday. Dylan Bice limited the Trojans to three runs (two earned) in six innings of work while Logan Haga knocked home two runs with a double and Isaac Miller collected one RBI with his two hits. Hephzibah, just a seven win team a season ago, has already won five games and is undefeated. The Rebels have powered past opponents in dominating fashion, scoring 62 runs and allowing just two. Senior Darryl Hammond has yet to allow an earned run in his 12 innings of work and has struck out 29 batters while surrendering just two hits. He has also mashed at the plate hitting .562 with seven RBIs. Teammate Stephen Justice leads the team with nine RBIs and is also hitting .562.


In AAA, Pierce County suffered its first loss of the season last Tuesday at the hands of Berrien, 7-6 and now sit at 5-1 overall. The Buford Wolves finished a four game set at the LaGrange Toyota Invitational Tournament winning three of their four games. The Wolves placed third in the tournament and had Jake Higginbotham, Kevin Coulter, and Joey Bart selected to the All-Tournament team. St. Pius shutout Blessed Trinity 1-0.


Wesleyan advanced to 7-1 after beating Darlington 9-4. Jake McCleskey went 2-3 with 3 RBIs and Andrew Sauer also went 2-3 while driving in two runs.


Class A saw former big leaguer Mike Cameron get his jersey retired at LaGrange, but his son Dazmon soured the night for Granger fans going 2-4 with a 2-run homer. In the end, LaGrange pulled out a 4-3 victory after a Ben Anderson walk off single.




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