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What two events did track standout Candace Hill of Rockdale County set state records in last year?

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South Effingham upset top-ranked Starr's Mill in the first round of the baseball state playoffs.



GHSA Playoffs (First round)



Tuesday, May 5, 2015


(R3 #2) Greater Atlanta Christian 15, (R2 #3) Pace Academy 10

(R1 #1) Lovett 9, (R4 #4) Marist 7

(R2 #2) Allatoona 22, (R3 #3) Wesleyan 7

(R1 #4) McIntosh 13 (R4 #1) St. Pius 6

(R4 #2) Benedictine 17, (R1 #3) Woodward Academy 6

(R2 #1) Westminster 18, (R3 #4) Blessed Trinity 0

(R1 #2) Starr's Mill 8, (R4 #3) Decatur 6

(R3 #1) Cambridge 17, (R2 #4) Kell 6


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


(R2 #3) Walton 20, (R3 #2) Northview 10

(R1 #1) Harrison 23, (R4 #4) Grayson 7

(R2 #2) Lassiter 12, (R3 #3) West Forsyth 5

(R4 #1) North Gwinnett 19, (R1 #4) Newnan 4

(R4 #2) Collins Hill 20, (R1 #3) North Paulding 8

(R2 #1) Milton 18, (R3 #4) Lambert 6

(R4 #3) Mill Creek 13, (R1 #2) Kennesaw Mountain 11

(R3 #1) Chattahoochee 24, (R2 #4) Pope 13


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

By Craig Sager II

Reclassification adds to wide-open title hunt

Last year's field would see three of its seven state champions take the podium as first-ever state champions (Miller Grove, ELCA and Gordon Lee) and this year's reclassification has added even more storylines to look forward to this weekend. 

In Class AAAAAA, Rockdale County's Candace Hill is back after breaking state records in the 100 meter dash (11.440) and 200 meter dash (23.21) last year. Hill is right at her record-setting pace and posted a 11.47 at  sectionals in the 100meter and a 23.35 in the 200 meter run.

Aliyah Abrams of  Grayson will look to run with Hill and impressed by clocking a 23.61 at sectionals. 

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Two-time defending champion Westlake's Anriel Howard is the athlete to watch in the triple jump this weekend. After placing first with a 39-11.00 jump in last year's finals, the Westlake stand-out improved with a 41-00.25 jump in sectionals last weekend. Westlake team-mates Ra'breekia Harrison (17-06.00)and Mia Phillips (17-02.50) finished first and third, respectively, in the long jump over the weekend. 


Returning state champions and finalists dot this year's field but there are plenty of fresh faces that also have a chance to capture individual state titles this weekend. Tiffany Flynn was a huge part of Miller Grove's run to its first state cham-pionship last year but the 2013-14 AJC Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year is at Mississippi State now. Flynn won the state title in the 100 meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump last year and thosethree events are now wide-open. 

Chapel Hill freshman Kayla Alexander posted the best time over the weekend in the 100 meter hurdles at 14.20 asshe enters her first championship meet. Forest Park's Bria Matthews placed four that state last year in the long jump with a17-08.50 but has improved drasticallyand landed a 19-02.25 this past weekend,which would've topped Flynn's state-winning jump of 18-08.75 last year. Matthews placed second in the triple jump behindFlynn's 41-11.00 with a 38-09.50 but onceagain displayed her all-around improvement by landing a top finish at sectionals with a 40-10.50 this weekend.


Class AAAA looks to be one of the most competitive classifications this weekend as defending champion Marist and Class AAA's defending championWoodward Academy look to lead thefield. Marist is going to be hard to beatwith its ability to crowd the podium in several different events. Senior Morgan Ilse should dominate the 1,600 meter run andfinished nearly 20 seconds faster than the next best time in both Class AAAA sectionals this weekend with a 4:56.88 finish.Her freshman teammate Josie Wirtz hadthe next fastest time (5:15.90) and will beable follow Ilse's pace in Albany.  The duo dominated the field in the 3,200 meter run with the two fastest times at section-als with Ilse finishing 12 seconds faster than Wirtz with a 11:40.49. In Class AAA, Maynard Jackson sophomore Cortney Jones led the 100 meter hurdles during sectionals with a14.09. Decatur's Onyx Simpson was the second fastest time at 15.10.

The 1,600 meter run in Class AAA will be a must-see race as underclassman Sue Anne Moralis and Audrey Honiotes go head-to-head. Moralis is a freshman from East Jackson and edged Honiotes, a sophomore from Hart County, by less than two-tenths o fa second (5:11.52 to 5:11.72) to record the fastest time at sectionals.


Defending Class AA champion Lovett will rely heavily on sophomore Serena Tripodi this weekend. She posted the fastest time in the 1,600 meter run with a 5:13.25 and followed it by burning the field in the 3,200 meter run with an 11:37.17 finish, morethan 25 seconds ahead of second-place Abby Kettle of Greater Atlanta Christian. 

In Class A-Public, a deep Georgia Military lineup will be hard to beat if se-nior Kita Aycock can follow up her clutch finishes in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash during the sectionals. Aycock topped Twiggs County's Desiree Blunt by five-one hundredths of a second in the 100 meter dash and held her off by 19 hundredths of a second in the 200 meter dash. Senior Syndey Spencer and sophomore standout T'aja Cameron help lead defending Class A-Private champion ELCA. 

This year's team champion could come down to the relays. Our Lady of Mercy took the 4x400 meter relay over ELCA at sectionals after ELCA edged the Bobcats for first in the 4x100 meter relay. A sweep of the two relays would give either school valuable space in a competitive A-Private field.


By Kyle Sandy

Top seeds falter in higher classifications

Class 6A's No. 1 ranked team heading into the playoffs, Chattahoochee, was upended by Milton in round one. The Eagles held on 1-0 and stunned the Cougars. Fellow one-seeds East Coweta and Central Gwinnett also lost in their first round matchups. McEachern slipped by the Indians 3-1, and Meadowcreek edged the Black Knights 2-1. Defending state champion Brookwood meets No. 1 seed Lakeside-DeKalb in round two.


The nation's top-ranked team

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resides in Georgia's Class 5A. Dalton is undefeated and romped its way to a 7-0 victory over Flowery Branch in round one. 


The Catamounts have successfully transitioned from 4A where they won the past two state titles. Clarkston, Allatoona, Houston County and defending 5A champion McIntosh all picked up impressive wins as No. 1 seeds. The Indians will attempt to three-peat as state champs, but with the addition of Dalton, the field has gotten much tougher. Hardaway and Effingham County both lost their opening matches as No. 1 seeds.


St. Pius seeks its fifth title in seven years and enters as the No. 1 ranked team in 4A. The Golden Lions jumped from 3A to 4A and replaces Dalton as the perennial power in the classification. Every No. 1 seed handled its business except Wayne County who fell to Eastside, 4-1.

In Class 3A, fourth-seeded Sonoraville blew past Cedartown 5-0 and will now visit third-seed Decatur. The Bulldogs hammered Washington County 11-1 in round one. No. 1 ranked Westminster blew by Johnson-Savannah 9-0 while No. 2 in the pre-playoff polls Calhoun defeated Callaway 3-0.

Greater Atlanta Christian's road to a repeat began smoothly with an 11-1 victory over Manchester in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. A strong threat to dethrone the reigning champ is Riverside Military. The Eagles shutout Model 10-0 and will host Long County on Wednesday.

Paideia enters the Class A playoffs in search of its third consecutive state championship. The Pythons easily handled Mt. Pisgah 7-0 to start their quest for championship number three. Top-ranked Savannah Christian received a Bye in round one. The Raiders have gone undefeated and will try to knock off Paideia from its perch. Athens Academy is another undefeated team that received a first round Bye. They will host First Presbyterian Day who is coming off a 1-0 win over Savannah Country Day. 





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