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How many goals did Roswell's Preston Tippett score in the lacrosse Class 6A championship?

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Westminster previously beat Lovett 7-6 in the regular season before Saturday's 7-4 win in the A-AAAAA boys lacrosse championship.



Championships (Game 3)


Class A-Private 

(T #10) Hebron Chr. at (T #4) King's Ridge






(R8 #1) Parkview at (R5 #2) Pope

(R5 #1) Walton at (R4 #2) Kennesaw Mountain



(R8 #1) Gainesville at (R2 #3) Jones County

(R5 #1) Allatoona at (R7 #2) Greenbrier


Class AAAA

(R8 #1) Buford at (R7 #1) Cartersville

(R5 #1) Whitewater at (R2 #1) Veterans


Class AAA

(R4 #1) Blessed Trinity at (R3 #1) Westside-Augusta

(R8 #2) Jefferson at (R4 #2) Westminster


Class AA

(R8 #1) Rabun County at (R7 #1) Darlington

(R1 #1) Fitzgerald at (R6 #1) Wesleyan


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Monday, May 18, 2015

By Craig Sager II

Roswell wins back-to-back 6A boys titles


Roswell took a 9-3 halftime lead before answering Pope's third quarter rally and clinching back-to-back Class AAAAAA state titles with a 12-9 victory. No. 1 seed Roswell jumped to a 5-0 lead before visiting Pope found the net with two late first quarter goals to make it 5-2.


"We just worked on placing our

Photo by Craig Sager II

shots because we knew they [Pope] had a fantastic goalie," explained Roswell head coach Alex Chrzanowski. "Not letting our passes fall early and not allowing their goalie to get hot early really helped us."


Roswell senior Preston Tippett netted a hat-trick in the first half and scored two of Pope's three second half goals to finish with a team-high five goals. Pope tightened up its defense in the third quarter and Parker LaVelle began to spark the offense and provide the Greyhounds with much-needed goals. LaVelle finished with three goals in the third quarter and after scores by Tyler Borko and Josh Wells, the Greyhounds cut the deficit to 10-8 and outscored Roswell 5-1 in the period.


In the fourth quarter, the teams went scoreless for the first 8:27 before Roswell's Tanner Schneider found the net to make it an 11-8 Hornets' lead. Tippett added his fifth goal just 27 seconds later before Pope got on the board a final time with a Wells goal.


"This is a great community for lacrosse and we have a dynasty going," said Chrzanowski as the fans stormed the field, "And we are looking to keep growing from these back-to-back titles."


Class AAAAAA Girls

Milton 9, Walton 6: Milton held off visiting Walton in the Class AAAAAA title game for the second straight year and captured the program's 10th state title in 11 seasons. The teams were tied 2-2 early before Milton took control and closed out the half with a 6-2 lead. Lexie Morton, Grace Peterson and Maddie Langley led Milton with two goals apiece. Walton cut the deficit to 6-4 in the second half with goals from juniors Carly White and Kylie Holthaus but Milton answered with Morton's second score and a goal by Hannah Davis to push the lead back to 8-4 with 12:21 left in the game. White led Walton with a game-high three goals.


Class A-AAAAA Boys
Westminster 7, Lovett 4: Westminster's all-state defense held Lovett to just two goals in the first three quarters as the host Wildcats built a comfortable 7-2 lead. Jack Patton sparked the offense with two first half goals and completed the hat-trick in the third quarter as he gave Westminster a 5-1 lead. Westminster's Cole Haverty netted two goals and teammates Blake Davis and Chip Wray each finished with one. Westminster outscored its four opponents this postseason 51-6. This is the program's fourth state title.


Class A-AAAAA Girls
Kell 16, Westminster 14: Leslie Ferguson scored five of her six goals in the second half to lead Kell to the Class A-AAAAA title for the second straight year over the visiting Wildcats. Kell scored four goals in the final 3:19 of the first half to overcome a 3-1 deficit and take a 6-4 lead. The Longhorns' lead grew to as much as 10-4 in the second half. Kell's Izzy Palermo and Haley Swift each netted hat-tricks and sophomore Talen Francis finished with two goals and an assist.

By Kyle Sandy

A-Private splits; Schley sweeps A-Public crown


No. 4 seed King's Ridge Christian edged No. 10 seed Hebron Christian in Game 1 of the Class A-Private finals behind the arm of ace Austin Higginbotham, 2-0, but fell in Game 2, 7-5, forcing a state championship deciding Game 3 on Monday. Higginbotham, an Austin Peay-signee, held the Lions to three hits in his complete-game shutout gem. The senior struck out seven and allowed just one free pass. Connor Burns singled home Adam Moore in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead after Moore doubled to lead off the inning. Lawson Hill would plate Carter Buchanan with a single in the sixth to provide an insurance run. Ben Coker suffered the tough-luck loss after pitching six innings and allowing two runs.


In Game 2, Hebron Christian used a five-run first inning and held on 7-5. Caleb Martin and James Civelli both went 2-for-3 on the night with Martin cashing in two RBIs and Civelli one. Tigers starter Adam Moore was chased after two innings of work.


The defending champs began to claw back scoring in innings three through six, but saw their rally come up short. Georgia Tech-signee Brandt Stallings hit a double and a triple in his four plate appearances, but struck out with two men on to end the top of the sixth. Tyler Calvert picked up the save after striking out Austin Campbell with two runners on in the top of the seventh.


*Game 3:  Monday, 5:30 pm, at King's Ridge


Class A Public


Schley County, Emanuel County Institute (4-0, 7-5): No. 4-seeded Schley County captured its first state championship in baseball after defeating No. 7 seed Emanuel County Institute 4-0 and 7-5 in the Class A-Public finals double-header. Blake Howell set the tone for the series in Game 1 with a complete-game shutout for the Wildcats. Howell scattered seven hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. Michael Leeder went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base. Georgia Southern-signee Zach Cowart allowed four runs in six innings for the Bulldogs.


In Game 2, Emanuel County Institute held an early 4-1 lead thanks to Zach Cowart, who finished 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs. Schley County battled back to tie the game at four in the top of the fourth on a Knox Theus two-run single. In the sixth inning, Leeder cracked a two-run single to break the tie. Leeder finished 3-for-4. Brett Usry went 6.2 innings and allowed 11 hits and five runs in the win.





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