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The Lambert Longhorns won their third state title this year
Friday as the gymnastics squad upset Tift County. We were
there and have our recap below. As always on Monday during
the spring, we also have our track and field recap, weekend
review and lacrosse rankings. Have a great Monday! 

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How many years has Lambert's gymnastics program been in existence?

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Friday's Answer:
Tift County's Beth Roberts won four individual gymnastics state titles in 2012. 





  1. Lassiter
  2. Milton
  3. Centennial
  4. North Gwinnett
  5. Chattahoochee
  6. Mill Creek
  7. Lambert
  8. Johns Creek
  9. Roswell  
  10. Walton




  1. Northview
  2. Decatur
  3. Allatoona
  4. Westminster
  5. Blessed Trinity
  6. Holy Innocents'
  7. Lovett
  8. Whitefield Academy
  9. McIntosh
  10. Marist




  1. Milton
  2. Centennial
  3. Walton
  4. Mill Creek
  5. West Forsyth
  6. Chattahoochee
  7. Kennesaw Mountain
  8. Lassiter
  9. Peachtree Ridge
  10. Etowah



  1. Westminster
  2. Northview
  3. Cambridge
  4. Kell
  5. McIntosh
  6. Starr's Mill
  7. Woodward Academy
  8. St. Pius X
  9. Columbus
  10. Marist

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By Stephen Black

Lambert upsets Tift County, wins state title 


Photo of Beth Roberts
courtesy of Tift Co. HS

Two times is the charm for Lambert. The Forsyth County school, in its second year as a program, won the state gymnastics championship Friday night at Westminster, edging two-time defending champ Tift County, 109.575-108.9.


"It's incredible," said Lambert coach Christine Naffky. "The girls worked so, so hard every day. They're so passionate about the sport. It's so nice to feel this way this year."


The meet was so close that the teams were unsure of the winner until the official announcement.


"We thought at the end of the third rotation we were up," said Naffky. "We didn't know (the winner) until they announced it."


Lambert came in second in last year's finals behind Tift County, and took third behind the Blue Devils and Lassiter at the House of Troy Invitational earlier this season.


Sophomore Katie Stuart was the Longhorns' top competitor, finishing second overall. Stuart won on the bar, came in second on the floor and was third on the vault. Senior Beth Roberts of Tift County repeated her individual title with a total score of 38.150 to Stuart's 37.8. Sophomore Sydney Goad of Newnan took third place with a 37.2.


Roberts won the vault and floor and was runner-up on the bar. Goad came in second on the vault and fourth on the beam and floor. Cartersville's Sydney Barrett won the beam while Carrollton's Jennifer Brandenburg and Katie Beth Carter took and second and third, respectively.


Logan Nugent of Buford finished fourth after scoring a 36.5 while Libby Barbour of Tift County rounded out the top five with a 36.350. Nugent came in third on the floor and fourth on the vault while Barbour's strongest finishes were third on the bar and sixth on the vault.


Carrollton took third place in the meet with 107.4 points while Buford, in its first year as a program, came in fourth with a 106.725. Newnan scored 106.025 and Lassiter, with a 105.725, rounded out the top six.


Team results

1. Lambert - 109.575

2. Tift County - 108.9

3. Carrollton - 107.4

4. Buford - 106.725

5. Newnan - 106.025

6. Lassiter - 105.725


Overall individual results

1. Beth Roberts, Tift County - 38.150

2. Katie Stuart, Lambert - 37.800

3. Sydney Goad, Newnan - 37.200

4. Logan Nugent, Buford - 36.500

5. Libby Barbour, Tift County - 36.350



By Stephen Black
Marist beats Columbus in 4A showdown 


Class AAAA No. 2 Marist edged No. 3 Columbus 5-4 Friday as the host War Eagles scored five runs in the second and were aided by five Columbus errors. Michael Toner had an RBI for Marist while pitcher Liam Cotter got the win. ... Columbus then traveled up I-85 to Lilburn for a Saturday date with the Class AAAAAA No. 2 Parkview Panthers. Parkview was coming off a crucial 4-3 win over Grayson, which allowed the Panthers to clinch the Region 8 title by one game. Pitcher Christian Vann had a no-hitter through five innings and Josh Hart had the game-winning RBI triple in the eighth for the host Panthers. Super-prospect Austin Meadows led Grayson with a two-RBI single. In the Saturday game against Columbus, Hart again struck late to win the game for Parkview. This time, it was a walk-off homer to help the Panthers to an 11-9 victory, one of four round-trippers hit by the Panthers. Parkview will now host Etowah in the first round of the playoffs. ... Also on Saturday, GAC stifled the Class AA No. 3 Westminster attack in a 1-0 affair. Pitcher Justin Lewis threw seven shutout innings in a one-hit, six strikeout performance. Ross Wood had the game's lone RBI. However, Westminster still won the Region 6 title. ... In Class A action, a crossover private-public battle took place as Class A-Private No. 4 Mount Paran socked No. 1-ranked public Gordon Lee 10-2. Mount Paran clinched the Region 6 title with the win as Keith Jackson struck for a first-inning grand slam. The Eagles also got a homer and two RBIs from Tyler Flowers. ... Class AAAAAA No. 5 Walton beat Roswell 4-3 Friday to clinch second place in Region 5. The Raiders got a run-scoring single by senior Stephen Wrenn in the fifth for the game-winning run. Aaron Rucidlo hit a three-run homer for Walton in the first inning. The Raiders will host Region 8 No. 3 seed South Gwinnett in the state playoffs.



Kennesaw Mountain's boys team eliminated Lowndes (18-3) from the state tournament last week as Joe Kloklow, Matt Osajima and Aaron Barris each won singles matches. The Mustangs split the doubles matches to earn a 4-1 win. ... Lakeside-Evans beat McIntosh 4-1 as Sam Dromsky and Drew Harris won singles matches and the Chiefs swept the doubles matches. ... South Effingham advanced in Class AAAA boys play by conquering Eagle's Landing 4-1. Carl Mesmer and Brent Jenkins each won in singles. ... St. Vincent's girls team swept East Laurens 5-0 as Juliet Salgueiro, Juliana Lupachino and Emma Lively won in singles. ... Irwin County made the quarterfinals in Class A Public in both boys and girls tennis.


By Craig Sager II
Sectionals yield state contenders    


Photo of SheKara Martin
courtesy of Westlake HS

This weekend were the State Sectionals, which mark the final phase before state titles are decided. Each classification splits into two sectionals and the top each qualifiers from each event in its sectionals advance to the state meet. ... Brookwood's Simone Glenn took the top time in the 100-meter qualifier in Class AAAAAA Sectional-B at 12.06. ...Elexis Guster of Berkmar came in at 12.08. ... Westlake's SheKara Martin posted the fastest time in Class AAAAAA, however, at the sectionals at Roswell at a blazing 11.76. ... Martin also came in with the fastest time in the 200 meters at 23.99, with teammate Jenee Nichols coming in second fastest at 24.29. ... Mill Creek's Malaysia George took the top time in her sectional with a 24.56 in the 200 meters and won by more than four seconds as she crossed first in the 400 meter with a time of 54.14. ... Westlake's power continued in the 4x100 and the top two fastest times were anchored Lion quartettes. ...The boys side had a strong showing from Hillgrove's Demetrius Duggans. Duggans clocked a 10.67 in the 100 meters and qualified in the 200 meters with a 21.80. Hillgrove teammate Trevon Simmons qualified in the 400 meters behind McEachern's Rajon Wright who led the field with a 49.07. ... Hillgrove appears as an early favorite in AAAAAA heading into the state meet. ...Walton's Brian Sullivan qualified for state in the 800 meter and earned the top seed in the 1600 with his 4.23.15 finish. ... In Class AAAAA Cassondra Hall from Northside-Warner Robins took the top time in the 100-meter dash (11.67) and 200 meters (24.02). A lot of familiar faces will be in the blocks next to Hall as Jada Martin of M.L. King, Erika Banks of Dunwoody, Ashlan Rosier of Lakeside-Evans, and Dejah Johnson of Loganville all qualified in both events. ...The Dunwoody girls are deep heading into state with Lauren Jackson's grabbing the top times in the 400 meters and 800 meters. The Wildcats also finished with the fastest times in the 4x100 and the 4x400. The 1600 and 3200 meters will also feature the Wildcat's with Alex Cameron finishing second behind Lakeside-Evans' Sarah Bowles in the 1600 meters and taking first in the 3200 in sectionals.


By Fletcher Proctor

Trojans take over top spot 


Lassiter continued to climb in the boys Class AAAAAA poll after a win over No. 9 Roswell last week. The Trojans moved up to No. 1. Mill Creek dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 after a loss to Alpharetta. No. 2 Milton knocked off previous No. 1 Centennial 18-16 Friday, dropping the Knights to No. 3. Walton returns to the rankings at No. 10. In boys Class A-AAAAA, No. 1 Northview kept its spot at the top of the poll with victories over Cambridge and No. 5 Blessed Trinity last week. Holy Innocents' moved up to No. 6 from No. 9 after a win over No. 8 Whitefield Academy while Lovett dropped to No. 7. Decatur stayed at No. 2 in the boys poll.


In the girls Class AAAAAA poll, No. 1 Milton scored a win over No. 10 Etowah while No. 3 Walton handed No. 8 Lassiter a 14-5 decision. No. 2 Centennial, No. 4 Mill Creek and No. 5 West Forsyth round out the top five. The Wolverines knocked off No. 6 Chattahoochee 12-6 last Tuesday. No. 7 Kennesaw Mountain and No. 9 Peachtree Ridge also moved up in the rankings.


New girls Class A-AAAAA No. 2 Northview handed No. 3 Cambridge its first loss of the year last Thursday with a 12-5 final. No. 4 Kell's win over Blessed Trinity knocked the Titans from the rankings. New No. 10 Marist has come on strong since falling to No. 7 Starr's Mill. The War Eagles defeated No. 8 St. Pius X to jump into the rankings. Meanwhile No. 7 Woodward Academy defeated No. 9 Columbus 17-8 Friday.


Falcons reaching out to prep coaches

For years, the Atlanta Falcons have offered unique opportunities to GHSA football coaches and once again, the Falcons are reaching out into the community to give back to the men whose jobs it is to help prepare young men for college and the real world. The Atlanta Falcons organization and Russell Athletic are inviting high school head football coaches and their staffs to the 2013 Atlanta Falcons Coaches Clinic on Friday, June 14. Coaches will be granted exclusive access to watch an OTA private practice from the sidelines at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch.


Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The coaches will be able to observe specialized sessions with members of the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff and other guest coaches until 4:30 p.m.


Coaches must R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 22 to 404-367-2243 or to Liz Reynolds at For more information, click here.


The Falcons give back so much to the community through Read with a Falcon, First Down for Fitness, the FalCan Food Drive, Community Quarterback Award, Youth Weekends and many other programs, but the organization has also done much for Georgia High School Association football. The team unveiled a GHSA Football Helmet Display in the Georgia Dome several years ago featuring football helmets gathered from programs across the state. The team also holds a coaches' luncheon over GHSA championship weekend at the Georgia Dome where coaches of the year are recognized.





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