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1. Parkview

2. Walton

3. Brookwood

4. Newnan

5. Lambert

6. Milton

7. Kennesaw Mountain

8. West Forsyth

9. Pope

10. Archer



1. Starr's Mill

2. Allatoona

3. Gainesville

4. Greenbrier

5. Union Grove

6. Loganville

7. Stephenson

8. Ola

9. Richmond Hill

10. East Paulding


Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. St. Pius

3. Whitewater

4. Troup County

5. Locust Grove

6. Pike County

7. Crisp County

8. Eastside

9. Columbia

10. Wayne County


Class AAA

1. Blessed Trinity

2. Pierce County

3. Westside-Augusta

4. Jackson

5. Jefferson

6. Westminster

7. Franklin County

8. Ringgold

9. Decatur

10. Calhoun


Class AA

1. Wesleyan

2. Greater Atlanta Christian

3. Lovett

4. Bacon County

5. Benedictine

6. Heard County

7. Darlington

8. Bremen

9. Fitzgerald

10. Union County


Class A

1. King's Ridge

2. Tattnall Square

3. Whitefield Academy

4. Eagle's Landing Christian

5. Mt. Paran

6. Treutlen

7. Providence Christian Academy

8. Brookstone

9. Charlton County

10. First Presbyterian Day

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By Kyle Sandy

Seismic changes across pre-playoff polls


No. 5 Lambert (19-7, 15-3) will try to defend its state title but have dropped from the No. 2 spot after a loss to West Forsyth (17-7, 15-3) who enters the polls for the first time all season at No. 8. No. 1 Parkview (24-2, 15-1) and No. 2 Walton (22-3, 15-1) are two of the hottest teams entering the playoffs currently riding winning streaks of 16 and 10 games.


There will be a new champion in Class AAAAA after Houston County (13-10, 9-3) failed to qualify for the state playoffs. No. 1 Starr's Mill (21-2, 12-1) clings onto the top spot in the state after winning two of three from No. 5 Union Grove (18-4, 15-3). Region 4-AAAAA sends three top ten teams to the playoffs (Starr's Mill, Union Grove and No. 8 Ola). No. 2 Allatoona (24-2, 17-1) rides the longest winning streak into the tournament with 19-straight, while No. 7 Stephenson (17-2, 13-0) enters after a perfect region record.


Reigning AAAA champion Carrollton (10-15, 5-9) scrapes into the playoffs as the No. 4 seed out of the powerful Region 5. The top four teams in the class all seem a cut above the rest in No. 1 Buford (24-2, 16-0), No. 2 St. Pius (24-2, 16-2), No. 3 Whitewater (21-4, 14-1) and No. 4 Troup County (22-4, 12-3).

No. 1 Blessed Trinity (23-2, 16-0) is in the driver's seat in AAA to repeat as state champs. The Titans have ripped off 21-straight games. No. 8 Ringgold (21-6, 16-1) bursts into the rankings after 17 consecutive wins. No. 2 Pierce County (24-2, 19-0) is a strong choice to make a deep run after falling in the quarterfinals a year ago.


Class AA's top three teams all reside in Region 6 with No. 1 Wesleyan (22-4, 12-2), No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian (22-4, 12-2) and No. 2 Lovett (20-4, 12-2) all major threats to dethrone No. 5 Benedictine (18-7, 12-2).


No. 1 King's Ridge (21-3, 15-2) and No. 9 Charlton County (19-4, 15-1) are the defending Private-A and Public-A state champions. No. 4 Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (17-3, 9-0) and No. 7 Providence Christian Academy (22-4, 14-2) are riding 14 and 13-game win streaks respectively. Providence Christian has allowed only six runs in nine region games this season.

By Ricky Dimon

Buford girls down St. Pius in round 2 of state


Buford's girls beat visiting St. Pius 3-0 in the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament last Friday. Annalea Stevens and Maria-Jose Ferreyros won in singles for the Wolves, while Abbey Mitchell and Savannah Whaley powered their way to a doubles victory to account for 

Buford's three points. The Wolves, who also shut out Pickens in the opening round, await either Cartersville or Marist in the quarterfinals. St. Pius' boys, on the other hand, are alive and well. They beat Whitewater then went on the road to defeat North Hall, setting up a showdown with Woodward in the last eight. 

Dunwoody's boys and girls made it through to the Class AAAAA second round last week. The boys blanked East Paulding 4-0 to improve their season record to 18-0. Andrea Ubezio and Brandon Gita picked up singles wins for the Wildcats, while both doubles teams (Matthew Moussouri and Will Munger, Daniel Bynum and J.T. Melton) got the job done. The Dunwoody girls shut out East Paulding 3-0 on the strength of singles victories by Audrey Benson and Paige Borcherding. Jaydra Von Behren and Jordon Kenter added a point in doubles. Round two will pit the Lady Wildcats against Riverwood, with Dunwoody's boys taking on North Springs.

The Walton boys, who are seeded first out of Region 5-AAAAAA, kicked off their state tournament campaign by defeating Lambert 3-1 last week. Walton swept the doubles matches as Trevor Croyder and Crews Enochs prevailed at No. 1 and Jonathan He teamed up with Raymond Zhang to take care of business at No. 2. Francis Young put the winning point on the scoreboard for the Raiders at No. 3 singles. Next up for Walton is Peachtree Ridge with a spot in the quarterfinals at stake. Walton's girls, meanwhile, have already cruised past Chattahoochee and Peachtree Ridge and will face Lambert in the quarters.

Among the local teams with both their boys and girls still in action are Greater Atlanta Christian, Lovett and Westminster. The Greater Atlanta Christian and Lovett girls will battle each other in the quarterfinals, while Lovett's boys are going up against Pace Academy for a spot in the semis.






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