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Today, we release this week's baseball rankings and highlight Holy Innocents' volleyball coach Taylor Noland's national honor.

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What team handed Tattnall Square its first loss of the season?

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Monday's Answer:
The Lambert girls lost to four ranked opponents and fell out of the poll.





1. Parkview

2. Kennesaw Mountain

3. Lambert

4. Milton

5. Brookwood

6. Walton

7. North Gwinnett

8. Archer

9. Newnan

10. East Coweta



1. Starr's Mill

2. Greenbrier

3. Gainesville

4. Allatoona

5. Union Grove

6. East Paulding

7. Ola

8. Loganville

9. Stephenson

10. Jones County


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Whitewater

3. St. Pius

4. Troup County

5. Pike County

6. Locust Grove

7. Liberty County

8. Wayne County

9. Mary Persons

10. North Hall


Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Pierce County

3. Jackson

4. Westside-Augusta

5. Jefferson

6. Westminster

7. Decatur

8. Hart County

9. Washington County

10. Franklin County


Class AA

1. Wesleyan

2. Lovett

3. Greater Atlanta Christian

4. Benedictine

5. Bacon County

6. Jeff Davis

7. Darlington

8. Rabun County

9. Thomasville

10. Bremen


Class A

1. King's Ridge

2. Mt. Paran

3. Tattnall Square

4. Whitefield Academy

5. Eagle's Landing Christian

6. Treutlen

7. Charlton County

8. Emanuel County Institute

9. First Presbyterian Day

10. Brookstone


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

By Kyle Sandy

Grayson shakes up Region 8 standings

Region 8-AAAAAA saw Grayson (9-9, 5-3) down the No. 8 Archer Tigers (13-5, 6-2) and help shape the race for the region lead. The Rams used a David Stinson complete-game pitching performance to grab a 5-2 victory. Nick Clarno and Oscar Serratos powered the Grayson offense with Clarno blasting a homer and Serratos providing three hits. Elsewhere in the region, No. 5 Brookwood (14-3, 7-1) who is tied with No. 1 Parkview (15-2, 7-1) for the region lead, blasted Central Gwinnett (2-16, 0-8) 17-0. Davis Tovey, Jonathan White and Brock Baughcum combined to drive in nine runs. North Gwinnett (13-5, 6-0) debuts in the polls at No. 7 after nine consecutive wins and sole possession of first place in Region 7. Ben Carswell finished 2-4 with 2 RBIs to lead the charge for the Bulldogs in a 7-6 win over Collins Hill (10-7, 4-2).

Class 5A's former top ranked team Greenbrier (14-1, 5-1) fell to No. 2 in the rankings after dropping 3-0 to Lakeside (8-10, 3-4). A two-run homer from Raekwon Bennett in the fourth inning gave the Panthers a lead they wouldn't let go of as they shocked the Wolfpack. Brandon Hensley would add an insurance run in the fifth. Junior Daniel Wiggins hurled a complete-game shutout to pick up the win. Starr's Mill (17-1, 8-0) is riding a 13-game win streak and now ascends to the top spot in 5A.  The Panthers' latest win came against Northgate (8-6, 6-3) 4-3. Starr's Mill broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the sixth on an Allan Shad RBI single. Chad Green did the damage for the losing Vikings with a three-run homer in the fourth.

No. 1 Buford (16-2, 8-0) disposed of No. 10 North Hall (11-7, 6-4) in consecutive games in a battle of Region 8-AAAA frontrunners. The Wolves edged the Trojans 3-2 on Wednesday at home then followed it up with a 6-0 win on the road on Friday. Connor Bennett was the story on the mound tossing a complete-game shutout with 14 K's. While Bennett was dealing on the bump, it was Joey Bart who supplied the offense at the plate picking up three RBIs to go along with his two hits.

The No. 2 ranked team in AAA is Pierce County who has now won 13-straight games. The Bears are 18-1 overall and 13-0 in Region 1. After a 4-5 start to the season and a departure from the top ten, No. 6 Westminster reenters the poll on fire picking up nine straight victories and now hold a 13-5 overall record with a 10-1 Region 4-AAA record. The Wildcats are coming off of back-to-back 15-0 wins.

Lovett (13-3, 6-1) has switched places in the rankings with No. 3 Greater Atlanta Christian (13-3-1, 3-1-1) after the No. 2 Lions handed No. 1 Wesleyan (15-3, 6-1) its first loss in region play, 7-6. Wesleyan would soon rebound with a 13-7 win over GAC. Hard charging No. 4 Benedictine (14-4, 8-0) extended its win streak to 10 games after picking up a 5-0 win over Bryan County (5-7, 0-5) on Thursday. Al Pesto allowed one hit and struck out 10 in his complete-game shutout. Ryan Woiwode paced the Cadet offense with two hits and two RBIs.

Previously undefeated No. 3 Tattnall Square (14-1, 7-0) was upended by No. 5 Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (12-3, 6-0) in Class A, 8-2 last Friday. Nick DiPonzio was the lone bright spot for the Trojans finishing 4-4 with two RBIs. 

By Craig Sager II

Noland recognized for championship success

Holy Innocents' volleyball head coach Taylor Noland's list of accomplishments grew longer as the 2-time state champion was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's 30 under 30 awards. The list consists primarily of college-level coaches but the level of success Noland has seen with the Golden Bears has drawn well-deserved national attention.


The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) created the award to honor 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old at all levels of the game. Noland is the only female high school coach to make the list.


"It's humbling to be named by an organization like the AVCA," Noland told the Sandy Springs Patch. "I just want to add, however, that this wouldn't be possible without all the hard work from my players over the years, not to mention the support from the athletic staff and parents at Holy Innocents'."


In 2013, Noland led Holy Innocents' to its first-ever state title and the team repeated this past season by capturing the Class AA title. The 2013 championship made Noland the first person in state history to win state titles as a player and coach. Noland starred at Woodward Academy where she took home three state titles (2001, 2002, 2003) before graduating and heading to the University of Tennessee.


Holy Innocents' played one of the toughest schedules in the state the past two seasons and has finished 34-14 each of the last two seasons. Noland's other honors include 2013 A Coach of the Year, 2014 AA Coach of the Year, 2013 Area 7A Coach of the Year and Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Region Coach of the Year in 2012.

"Volleyball has made a huge impact on my life and I feel that I need to give back to the sport that has done so much for me," explained Noland. "It's never a "job" as long as you love what you do."






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