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Today, we roll out our Week 6 baseball rankings as Class 7A and 5A have new No. 1s. Graham David caught up with Central Gwinnett's first-year boys soccer coach, Mike McLean, at the halfway point of what is shaping up to be a memorable season for the Black Knights.
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Bacon County at Thomas Co. Central, late
Calvary Day 11, Vidalia 1
Colquitt Co. 12, Bacon Co. 4
Columbus 6, Marist 3
Douglas County 12, Tri-Cities 2
Evans 14, Westside-Augusta 4
Georgia Military 12, Portal 2
Heritage-Ringgold 11, East Hamilton (TN) 0
Holy Innocents' 5, Wesleyan 4
Jackson Co. 5, Banks Co. 3
Locust Grove 10, Oak Ridge TN 0
Mount Paran 6, Walker 4
Mountain View 9, Parkview 2
Mt. Vernon 8, Seminole County 1
Putnam County 5, Glascock County 4
St. Francis 4, Whitefield Acad. 3
Veterans 11, McIntosh 1
Veterans 5, McIntosh 3
Westside-Macon 7, Washington County 3

Boys Soccer

Acad. Magnet SC 2, Parkview 1
ACE 3, Pike County 1
Paideia 1, Tucker 1
Southeast Whitfield 1, Whitefield Academy 0

Girls Soccer

Bremen 3, Lithia Springs 0
Hoover (AL) 0, Richmond Hill 0
Parkview 7, Acad. Magnet SC 1
Pike County 4, ACE 0
Westminster 2, McIntosh 1

Boys Lacrosse

Blessed Trinity 15, Pope 12
Centennial 17, Starr's Mill 15
Lassiter 10, Lovett 6
North Oconee 9, Greenbrier 8
Parkview 11, West Florida 7
Savannah Christian 21, Camden Military (SC) 2
Trinity Christian 17, Dalton 7
Westminster 10, Walton 5

Girls Lacrosse

Columbus 16, Eagle's Landing 3
Dalton 11, Trinity Christian 9
Grayson 14, Lakeside-DeKalb 9
Harrison 18, Peachtree Ridge 7
Sacred Heart (KY) 16, Lovett 4
Weddington (NC) 19, Lambert 6

Monday, March 26, 2018
By Alex Ewalt
Mill Creek, Wayne Co. are new No. 1s 
There was a shakeup at the top Class AAAAAAA, as Mill Creek moves from fourth to first after a perfect week and losses by previous No. 3 North Gwinnett (Peachtree Ridge) and previous No. 1 Parkview (Mountain View). Walton also dropped from third to 10th after losing two of three to unranked Etowah. In Class AAAAAA, the top six remain the same, but Gainesville and Northgate drop out of the rankings and Brunswick (No. 8) and Greenbrier(No. 9) enter the poll. A Friday loss to Flowery Branch by
Wayne Co.'s No. 1 in 5A. Credit: Wayne Co. HS 
Loganville let Wayne County take over at No., and Buford fell from No. 4 to No. 6 after a loss to an under-.500 Marist team.

Class AAAA No. 4 Troup County dropped from No. 2 after a 5-0 loss to Cartersville, which moves from third to second. West Laurens (No. 9) and Jefferson (No. 10) enter the rankings this week. Ringgold remains on top of Class AAA as Redan falls from No. 2 to No. 6 after region losses to Pace Academy and Westminster. Thomasville took two out of three from Berrien last week to remain No. 1, but Benedictine is just behind as the No. 2 in Class AA. Gordon Lee stays at No. 1 after splitting with Trion last week, and Commerce (No. 9) and Trion (No. 10). In Class A-Private, Tattnall County is at No. 1 after a big week and a half in which it defeated Class AAAAA Locust Grove twice and took two games from previous No. 4 First Presbyterian.

1. Mill Creek
2. North Gwinnett
3. Parkview
4. Hillgrove
5. Woodstock
6. South Forsyth
7. Brookwood
8. Mountain View
9. Colquitt County
10. Walton

1. Lee County
2. Pope
3. River Ridge
4. Glynn Academy
5. Allatoona
6. Winder-Barrow
7. Houston County
8. Brunswick
9. Greenbrier
10. Richmond Hill

1. Wayne County
2. Loganville
3. Carrollton
4. Ola
5. Veterans
6. Buford
7. Union Grove
8. Jones County
9. Starr's Mill
10. Harris County

Class AAAA
1. Blessed Trinity
2. Cartersville
3. Stephens County
4. Heritage-Ringgold
5. Troup County
6. Columbus
7. Eastside
8. Woodward Academy
9. West Laurens
10. Jefferson

Class AAA
1. Ringgold
2. Jackson
3. Appling County
4. North Hall
5. Cook
6. Redan
7. Lovett
8. Pike County
9. Calhoun
10. East Hall

Class AA
1. Thomasville
2. Benedictine
3. Rockmart
4. Callaway
5. Social Circle
6. Westside-Augusta
7. Jeff Davis
8. Dodge County
9. Elbert County
10. Bryan County

Class A-Public
1. Gordon Lee
2. Irwin County
3. Schley County
4. Charlton County
5. Taylor County
6. Telfair County
7. Bowdon
8. Johnson County
9. Commerce
10. Trion

Class A-Private
1. Tattnall Square
2. Savannah Christian
3. Mount Paran
4. Aquinas
5. Calvary Day
6. First Presbyterian
7. Brookstone
8. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian
9. Wesleyan
10. Stratford Academy
By Graham David
First-year coach McLean leads Black Knights to top of the rankings

The Central Gwinnett boys soccer team has been dormant for several years ever since their strong 2015 season, which resulted in a region championship. Now the Black Knights are ranked No. 1 halfway through their first season under head coach Mike McLean and look as if they could take the next steps toward becoming an elite program out of Class 7A, Region 7.
At the end of the 2017 season, four-year head coach Cory Morgan decided to part ways with Central Gwinnett. Morgan had plenty of experience in soccer, holding the national record for assists in a high school career (163) and playing at Lenoir-Rhyne college in North Carolina. During his time as head coach of the Black Knights, he led his team to four straight state playoffs, was runner-up in the 2014 region tournament and won the 2015 region tournament. It was no secret that the position of head coach would be a tough one to fill, but the hiring of long-time soccer coach Mike McLean proved to be exactly the right fit for the program.
"I was excited," said McLean. "I knew it would be a challenge. We play in a good region and every game is a big contest. [Morgan's] time here was great, I knew I had some pretty big shoes to fill."
The former collegiate player attended Tusculum College in Tennessee for four years where he not only played soccer but acted as placekicker for the football team for a season. After his college career, McLean took up as an assistant soccer coach at Tusculum, where he stayed for four seasons before moving to Knoxville and coaching the Club Impact USA and Karns teams.
McLean experienced prosperity on the pitch in 2009 after he took over as head coach of the newly started Hardin Valley boys soccer team.
"When the spot opened up, I jumped on it," McLean said. "It was an opportunity to create tradition the way that I wanted."
During their inaugural season, the Hawks advanced to the semifinals of District 3-AAA and followed up next year with a second semifinals appearance in Region 2-AAA. The team really hit its stride during the 2011 season, defeating the Farragut Admirals for the first time in school history and winning the state championship in just the third year of the team's existence. He was named the 2011 Knoxville News PrepXtra Coach of the Year. After his success in Tennessee, McLean was eager for the chance to take over the Black Knights program
"I knew they were a good team," said McLean of Central Gwinnett. "They had talent, but it was important to gain good team chemistry among the players too."
The Black Knights hit the ground running in 2018, accumulating a nine-game winning streak since their commanding 7-2 victory over Northview on opening day. Their most recent win over Brookwood, a 3-1 victory on March 20, highlighted some of the team's key players and marks the third time the team has bested the Broncos in four seasons.
Miguel Gonzalez's skill on the ball allows him to create offensive opportunities. His cross in the penalty box created a scoring play for Jose Espinosa, who capitalized by burying the goal to put the Black Knights up early.
"He's the spark of our offense," McLean said of Gonzalez.
Sophomore Milton Alfaro would add to the lead in the 25th minute with a header into the back of the net.
"He's the true workhorse up and down the middle of the field," McLean said.
Brookwood would manage to score 10 minutes into the second half, but a well-timed cross from Gonzalez set up a second goal by Espinosa to secure the win.
Just three days after the electric win, the team was served its first loss on the year after a tough 2-1 loss to second-ranked Norcross in extra time on March 23. But the Black Knights have no intention of letting their one blemish disrupt this promising season.
"Every game is usually a one-goal game," said McLean. "Norcross is a really good team, we have nothing to hang our heads about. We're going to move forward and take on Parkview, another really good opponent and see what we can do."
The Black Knights take on Parkview on Tuesday on the road as they continue to try to position themselves for the school's first soccer state title.

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