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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



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


Class AAAA

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


Class AAA

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

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







1. Duluth
2. Brookwood
3. Parkview
4. Alpharetta
5. Marietta
6. Habersham Central
7. Milton
8. Chattahoochee
9. Roswell

10. Tucker



1. Dalton
2. Allatoona
3. Greenbrier
4. Riverwood
5. Houston County
6. Gainesville
7. Clarkston
8. Heritage-Conyers
9. McIntosh

10. Starr's Mill


Class AAAA

1. St. Pius X
2. Cross Keys
3. Woodward Academy
4. Southeast Whitfield
5. Whitewater
6. North Oconee
7. Johnson-Gainesville
8. Northwest Whitfield
9. Spalding

10. Mary Persons


Class AAA

1. West Hall
2. Calhoun
3. Oconee County
4. Westminster
5. Decatur
6. East Hall
7. Dawson County
8. Blessed Trinity
9. Islands

10. Coahulla Creek


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian
2. Wesleyan
3. Pace Academy
4. Riverside Military
5. Thomasville
6. Benedictine
7. Lovett
8. Darlington
9. Long County

10. Union County


Class A

1. Atlanta International School
2. Stratford Academy
3. Fellowship Christian
4. Pacelli
5. Mount Paran Christian
6. Aquinas
7. Savannah Christian
8. Paideia
9. Athens Academy

10. Pinecrest Academy




1. Grayson
2. Harrison
3. Lambert
4. Lassiter
5. Peachtree Ridge
6. Walton
7. Parkview
8. Collins Hill
9. South Forsyth

10. Pope



1. Starr's Mill
2. Northgate
3. Greenbrier
4. McIntosh
5. Columbus
6. North Atlanta
7. Richmond Hill
8. Evans
9. Gainesville

10. Alexander


Class AAAA

1. St. Pius X
2. Marist
3. Woodward Academy
4. Buford
5. Whitewater
6. Veterans
7. Chestatee
8. Pike County
9. Spalding

10. Cartersville


Class AAA

1. Westminster
2. Blessed Trinity
3. Decatur
4. Dawson County
5. Lumpkin County
6. Savannah Arts
7. Calhoun
8. Oconee County
9. Adairsville

10. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe


Class AA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian
2. Lovett
3. Wesleyan
4. Holy Innocents'
5. St. Vincent's
6. Bremen
7. East Laurens
8. Union County
9. Social Circle

10. Fitzgerald


Class A

1. Hebron Christian
2. Fellowship Christian
3. Stratford Academy
4. First Presbyterian Day
5. Atlanta International School
6. Paideia
7. Savannah Christian
8. Aquinas
9. Savannah Country Day

10. Athens Academy

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

By Craig Sager II, Kyle Sandy & Seth Ellerbee

Parkview takes Game 1 in walk-off fashion



Parkview 3, Pope 2: Visiting Pope had Josh Lowe on first with one out in the top of the 7th inning before a lightning delay paused the action for and hour. Parkview got out of the inning once play resumed, but in the top of the 8th Pope took a 2-1 lead after Jacob Ramos

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drove in Jake Praigo on a sacrifice fly. Parkview opened the bottom of the 8th with a Brandon Hill walk and Austin Biggar doubled to advance Hill to third. Jason Awtrey came in to pinch run for Biggar and Pope intentionally walked David Draper to load the bases, setting up a chance for Parkview to sacrifice fly its way to victory. Parkview's Johnathan Whitmer tied it 2-2 after driving in Hill on a sac fly and the winning run came on a walk-off sac fly by junior Will Etheridge that plated Awtrey. Game 2 was rescheduled for Tuesday at 4:00 pm at Parkview.



Gainesville, Jones County 4-3, 5-4: Gainesville grew an early 4-0 lead in Game 1. Red Elephants starting pitcher Jonathan Gettys launched a three-run home run in the first inning and Caleb Whitenton added an RBI on a ground-out. Jones County cut it to a one-run game in the 6th inning with a two-run home run from Walker Juhan and a RBI single Keever Walker but Gettys got the win and recorded 10 strike-outs. In Game 2, Gainesville overcame a late-charging Greyhound team to win 5-4 and secure their ticket to the state championship. Jones County's Keaton Gordon notched two RBIs, while Caleb Whitenton led the way for the Red Elephants going 2-4 with 2 RBI and a home-run. Fedrick Cardona went 4-3 with an RBI to pad the lead for Gainesville. Gainesville clung to a 3-2 lead after the sixth until Mikey Gonzalez laid down a squeeze bunt for the score. Gainesville will play the winner of Allatoona v. Greenbrier which was postponed until tomorrow due to inclement weather.


Class AAAA

Whitewater 1-5?, Veterans 0-1: In a true pitchers' duel, the Wildcats edged past Veterans in eight innings in Game 1. Jake Lee threw a one-hitter through seven innings and struck out 11 before giving way to Colby Taylor who closed out the game for Whitewater. Preston Sparks was equally as dominant for Veterans allowing two hits and one run in his complete-game effort. Nick Weinstein hit the game-winning sac fly in the eighth for the Wildcats. The Warhawks' season ended in Game 2 after a 5-1 loss. Ethan Gillis hurled a complete-game and racked up 11 K's for the Wildcats. Jabari Richards supplied the offense with three RBIs on a 1-for-2 night at the plate. Brandon Bell and Miles Jones also picked up RBIs. Tyler Daughtry plated the lone RBI of the night for Veterans.


Class AA

Darlington, Rabun County 5-2, 12-2: The Darlington Tigers swept the visiting Rabun County Tigers and will play for the school's first state title since 1984. Jay Shadday gave up one earned run off four hits in Game 1's seven-inning victory and crossed the plate for two of the five runs after batting 2-of-3 with a walk. Burton Dulaney drove in four runs in the bottom of the fifth to give Darlington a 5-1 lead. Dulaney took the mound for Game 2 and gave up two earned runs in five innings pitched as Darlington made quick work of Rabun County with a 10-run victory. Drake Frix batted 3-for-4 in Game 2 and drove in four runs. Jake Maxwell hit a solo home-run and Tripp Flournoy and Dulaney each drove in two runs.


Wesleyan, Fitzgerald 10-0, 4-3: Andrew Sauer struck out nine Fitzgerald batters in Wesleyan's Game 1 shutout. The host Wolves led 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth before a three hour rain delay. Jake McCleskey and Christian Stark each batted in 2 runs before Wesleyan forced mercy rule. In Game 2, Wesleyan went up 1-0 in the top of the 3rd and extended the lead to 2-1 in the top of the 5th. Fitzgerald plated two runs in the bottom of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead, but Wesleyan's Christian Stark opened the seventh with a homer to tie the game before the winning run crossed the plate. The Wolves face Darlington in the finals and are searching for the program's first state title since their three-peat from 2008-10.




By Ricky Dimon

Dalton, St. Pius go wire-to-wire atop polls

The Dalton boys got the job done as the No. 1 team heading into the playoffs, capping off an undefeated 2015 campaign with the Class AAAAA state championship. The Catamounts have an undisputed dynasty in progress, owners of three consecutive titles to go along with a 64-0-1 record during that span. Class AAAA also featured an undefeated champion, as St. Pius X prevailed over Woodward Academy in the semifinals (5-2) and Cross Keys in the final (1-0). Cross Keys' improbable run through the bracket included defeats of Carrollton, Jonesboro, Johnson-Gainesville and Southeast Whitfield.


Previously ranked No. 3 in the state, Duluth triumphed in the highest classification.

Surprises were plentiful, as former No. 1 Chattahoochee (the top seed from Region 6) lost in the first round to Milton (the fourth seed out of Region 5). Brookwood, the No. 3 seed in Region 8, went all the way to the championship match before succumbing to Duluth. Other state champions included West Hall (Class AAA), Greater Atlanta Christian (Class AA) and Atlanta International School (Class A). Both West Hall and Atlanta International School entered the state tournament ranked No. 4 in their respective classes.


Upsets were abundant in the girls soccer state playoffs, as only two of the six top-ranked teams in the state heading into the tournament managed to take care of business. In Class AAA, region rivals Westminster and Blessed Trinity squared off in an unsurprising final matchup, with No. 1 Westminster triumphing 3-0. Region mates also battled for the title in Class AA, where No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian got the best of previously third-ranked Lovett by a 2-1 margin.


Class AAAAAA saw undefeated Harrison, which had been the wire-to-wire No. 1 team all season long, run into a Grayson buzzsaw and fall 2-1 in a quarterfinal upset. Grayson ultimately parlayed that momentum into the title, beating Lambert 5-0 in the championship match. Rounding out the list of state champions are Starr's Mill (Class AAAAA), St. Pius X (Class AAAA), and Hebron Christian (Class A). The state's smallest classification produced the biggest surprise, as Hebron Christian went into the state tournament ranked No. 9.






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