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Today, we release our Week 6 lacrosse rankings and highlight the Centennial girls team, which started 9-1 and is ranked No. 8 in the latest 6A-7A Top 10. Also, visit for Q&As with the head coaches of budding basketball stars E.J. Montgomery (Wheeler) and Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow). Montgomery is currently uncommitted, but UConn signee Nelson-Ododa made headlines Monday by garnering a perfect 100 score on her one-handed dunk at the Powerade Jam Fest.
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Allatoona 13, Osborne 0
Appling County 7, Long County 2
Auburn, AL 14, Harris County 3
Bacon County 4, Benedictine 2
Banks County 4, Elbert County 4
Blessed Trinity 5, Marist 1
Burke County 10, Richmond Academy 0
Callaway 10, Lamar County 0
Calvary Christian 15, Fullington Academy 0
Central-Macon 10, Kendrick 0
Charlton Co. 6, Telfair Co. 1
Chattooga 4, Model 3
Cherokee Christian 11, Horizon Christian 0
Coahulla Creek 3, Calhoun 1
Cook 10, Thomas Co. Central 0
Dade Co. 13, Gordon Central 0
Dalton 4, Sequoyah 3
Deerfield-Windsor 9, Southland Academy 4
Dodge County 12, Dublin 2
Dominion Christian 3, Loganville Christian 2
Emanuel County Institute 3, Calvary Day 0
George Walton Academy 12, Hebron Christian 0
Gordon Lee 12, Christian Herit. 0
Heritage-Catoosa 12, Southeast Whitfield 2
Jeff Davis 11, Toombs County 7
Jenkins 2, Islands 1
Johnson County 7, Jenkins County 1
Lakeview Academy 6, Towns County 5
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 9, Murray County 4
McIntosh 12, Fayette County 1
Mt. Paran Christian 6, Pinecrest Academy 4
Mundy's Mill 17, Mt. Zion-Jonesboro 2
Northside-Col. 6, Hardaway 2
Northwest Whitfield 3, Gilmer 2
Pierce Co. 15, Liberty Co. 0
Prince Avenue 2, Greater Atlanta Christian 1
Providence Chr. 4, St. Francis 2
Rabun Gap 9, Rabun County 6
River Ridge 6, Sprayberry 0
Rockmart 10, Armuchee 1
Seminole Co. 13, Webster Co. 1
Shaw 10, Carver-Columbus 0
Starr's Mill 16, Griffin 0
Stockbridge 2, Eagles Landing 1
Swainsboro 8, Bryan County 7
Taylor Co. 8, Crawford Co. 1
Terrell Co. 16, Randolph-Clay 1
Therrell 12, Washington 2
Thomasville 4, Fitzgerald 3
Thomson 12, Baldwin 3
Toombs Christian 8, Citizens Christian 7
Valdosta 2, Madison County 1
Vidalia 5, Metter 0
Washington-Wilkes 9, Glascock County 1
Westside-Augusta 13, Laney 0
Wheeler 6, Campbell 0
Windsor Forest 15, Johnson-Savannah 13
Woodward Acad. 10, Eastside 6
Worth Co. 7, Baconton Charter 1

Boys Soccer

Aquinas 2, Prince Avenue 0
Athens Academy 10, Washington-Wilkes 2
Buford 10, Banks County 0
Community Christian 6, Creekside Christian 1
Hillgrove 9, Marietta 0
Jefferson County 10, Glenn Hills 0
Jefferson County 10, Glenn Hills 0
Locust Grove 3, Jones County 1
Milton 3, North Forsyth 0
Putnam County 12, Jackson 2
Richmond Academy 5, Baldwin 1
South Cobb 4, Campbell 1
Southeast Whitfield 2, Pace Academy 1
Thomasville 6, Brooks County 1
Weber School 6, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 0
Whitewater 1, Fayette County 0
Woodward Academy 3, Luella 0

Girls Soccer

Alexander 3, Douglas County 1
Allatoona 3, Sprayberry 0
Athens Academy 10, Washington-Wilkes 0
Dacula 9, Gainesville 0
Decatur 4, North Springs 0
Fellowship Christian 1, Whitefield Academy 0
Greenbrier 5, Alcovy 1
Habersham Central 3, Winder-Barrow 1
Harlem 10, Laney 0
Harrison 10, Osborne 0
Heritage-Conyers 4, Grovetown 1
Jefferson County 3, Glenn Hills 0
Johns Creek 6, Chattahoochee 0
Lakeside-Evans 1, Evans 0
Lakeview Academy 9, George Walton Academy 0
Lamar County 4, Callaway 0
Landmark Christian 3, Drew Charter 0
Lanier 2, Apalachee 1
Locust Grove 3, Jones County 2
McIntosh 3, St. Pius X 0
Milton 6, North Forsyth 1
Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 10, Weber School 0
Murphy, NC 6, Tallulah Falls 3
Murray County 3, Ringgold 1
North Atlanta 2, Holy Innocents' 2
Oconee Co. 5, Clarke Central 0
Pierce County 7, Appling County 1
Pope 3, Alpharetta 0
Prince Avenue 4, Aquinas 3
Richmond Academy 10, Baldwin 0
Screven County 5, Treutlen 0
Sonoraville 4, Coahulla Creek 1
Spalding 7, West Laurens 0
Statesboro 4, Wayne County 0
Swainsboro 10, Bacon County 0
Towns County 3, Providence Christian 0
Union County 9, Tri-County 0
Westminster 2, Peachtree Ridge 0

Boys Lacrosse

Cambridge 15, Harrison 8
Centennial 19, Peachtree Ridge 7
Greater Atlanta Christian 10, Woodward Academy 5
Hammond 12, Lakeside-Evans 5
Meadowcreek 7, Norcross 5
North Springs 12, Lakeside-DeKalb 5
Pinecrest Academy 17, North Forsyth 7
Riverside Military 11, Sequoyah 8
Savannah Christian 11, Effingham County 8
South Forsyth 20, Alpharetta 9
Walker 13, North Cobb 11

Girls Lacrosse

Creekview 14, Harrison 10
Dunwoody 15, SW DeKalb 12
East Coweta 17, Pace Academy 3
Kennesaw Mtn. 14, Hillgrove 12
Mountain View 20, Gainesville 0
North Atlanta 17, Wheeler 7
North Paulding 17, Sequoyah 10
Northview 17, Lanier 1
Parkview 11, Buford 7
Roswell 17, Centennial 12
Walker 16, North Cobb 6
Wesleyan 19, Marist 8
Woodland-Stockbridge 22, Hampton 2

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Montgomery, Nelson-Ododa ready to shine on national stage

Score Atlanta spoke with the head coaches for Wheeler's E.J. Montgomery and Winder-Barrow's Olivia Nelson-Ododa, two of Georgia's four McDonald's
E.J. Montgomery. Credit: AJC
All-Americans along with Thomasville's Reggie Perry and Lovett's Jenna Brown. Nelson-Ododa and Brown will play at Philips Arena this evening on ESPN2, and Montgomery and Perry will play at 7 p.m. on ESPN. 

The 6-10 Montgomery is one of three uncommitted players in tonight's boys game, and the 6-5 Nelson-Ododa will be taking her talents to UConn to play for the sport's premier powerhouse.

Wheeler head coach Larry Thompson on Montgomery : "He's  probably one of the most unselfish kids that I've seen in a while that had that kind of hype."

Winder-Barrow head coach Kimberly Garr en on Nelson-Ododa: " Olivia's an impact player. People see her sheer height and obviously know she's going to be a force to be reckoned with."

By Craig Sager II
Lambert, Milton remain on top of 6A-7A

The Lambert boys continued their dominance this week, adding three more emphatic wins to their perfect 11-0 start (over Chattahoochee 14-3, Johns Creek 16-3, Milton 12-1). No. 2 North Gwinnett topped a strong Mill Creek squad 18-10 and moved to 10-0, and No. 3 Centennial scored a 17-15
The 6A-7A No. 4 Lassiter boys (left) defeated Walton (right) on March 16. Credit: Matt Tallman
victory over Starr's Mill and cruised past Peachtree Ridge 19-7. Defending state champion Lassiter is also heating up, serving Lovett its first loss of the season (10-6) and defeating Roswell 7-4. No. 5 Walton fell 11-6 to Westminster after defeating Cherokee 17-5, and No. 6 Johns Creek was one of top-ranked Lambert's three victims this week (16-3). Grayson lost 14-12 to a 4-7 North Paulding team, but only dropped to No. 8. Unranked Pope beat North Paulding 17-7 earlier this season, but the Greyhounds' current three-game losing streak wasn't enough to replace the Rams in this week's poll.

Class A-5A entered the week with two unbeaten teams, but No. 1 Lovett's 10-6 loss to Lassiter and No. 9 Woodward Academy's 10-5 loss to No. 6 Greater Atlanta Christian leave just Lambert and North Gwinnett unbeaten on the boys side. No. 5 Marist also held off Greater Atlanta Christian 13-12 in OT.


Class 6A-7A
1. Lambert (11-0)
2. North Gwinnett (10-0)
3. Centennial (10-1)
4. Lassiter (6-3)
5. Walton (10-2)
6. Johns Creek (8-2)
7. Roswell (5-3-1)
8. Grayson (9-3)
9. Cambridge (7-5)
10. Milton (6-6)

Class A-5A
1. Lovett (8-1)
2. Westminster (9-2)
3. Kell (8-1)
4. Blessed Trinity (10-1)
5. Marist (4-2)
6. Greater Atlanta Christian (8-3)
7. Starr's Mill (11-2)
8. Wesleyan (5-3)
9. Woodward Academy (7-1)
10. Whitefield Academy (8-1)

In Class 6A-7A, No. 1 Milton remains unbeaten in the state of Georgia but lost its fourth contest to an out-of-state opponent this past week. Centennial dropped to No. 8 after falling 17-12 to Roswell, and Cambridge took over No. 2.
Class A-5A No. 1 Blessed Trinity was dominant this past week, defeating Kell 16-2, North Gwinnett 16-1 and Mill Creek 15-6. Marist replaced Westminster in the top five, and McIntosh climbed to No. 6.


Class 6A-7A
1. Milton (6-4)
2. Cambridge (10-2)
3. Walton (4-3)
4. Lassiter (10-2)
5. Northview (7-2)
6. West Forsyth (9-2)
7. Starr's Mill (8-1)
8. Centennial (9-1)
9. Mill Creek (8-4)
10. Alpharetta (6-6)

Class A-5A
1. Blessed Trinity (10-1)
2. Wesleyan (8-1)
3. Kell (7-3)
4. Starr's Mill (8-1)
5. Marist (4-1)
6. McIntosh (5-5)
7. Pinecrest Academy (7-1)
8. Westminster (2-7-1)
9. St. Pius (2-4)
10. Woodward Academy (4-3)
By Graham David
9-1 start propels Centennial girls lax into second half of season

The Centennial girls lacrosse team's 17-12 loss to Roswell on Tuesday marked the first blemish of their 2018 season. The Knights started their 2017 season off with nine straight wins before ultimately losing the majority of their remaining games. Now, after putting together another 9-0 run before their loss yesterday, the No. 8 Knights are out to prove that they can keep up their strong play for the rest of the year.

"This season we have really been focused on our goals," said head coach Emily Perling. "We have team goals and individual goals that are set before each game. I think this helps us to stay focused on improving every moment
Credit: Centennial HS
we are on the field.  When we achieve one goal, we celebrate it and then we add another. This season our seniors chose the team theme to be 'accept the challenge.' This has helped us stay focused that every practice and every game is a time to get better and a challenge to be won. We have been successful doing what we are doing, so if we can stay focused on our plans and play our style of lacrosse, we will continue to do well."

Since taking over for longtime head coach Jill Irwin, Perling has led Centennial to two winning seasons and a 2016 playoff appearance after a two-year drought away from the postseason. Now, well into her third season as head coach, Perling and the Knights are looking primed for another playoff push.
The Centennial offense has been a force to be reckoned with, averaging just under 20 goals each game while allowing just a bit above six.

"Our team is very close this year," Perling said. "Team chemistry is something I spend a lot of time on, and their chemistry off the field definitely translates on the field."

"We also have a very strong sophomore class," Perling continued. "Many of them played on varsity last year, and now they have gained confidence to truly be game-changers. The draw has been a big part of our success. We have a handful of girls who can take the draw and those who can be on the circle.  Having so many strong choices allows us to quickly adjust if one is not working. Those extra possessions that we are winning have translated into our successful offense."

The Knights' most recent win came after an 18-11 outing against Creekview, displaying quality offensive performances from several players. One standout performance came from junior Christina Fabrizio, who was leading the Knights offense with 35 goals and 12 assists heading into Tuesday's game. Her five goals against Creekview helped fuel the offense, along with Haleigh Allario, Maria Fabrizio and Amelia Wright, who all scored three.

The responsibility of holding down the midfield has been left to sophomores Ella Hancock and Abby Teffeteller.

"Hancock and Teffeteller have been forces all over the field," said Perling. "Ella has accumulated 48 draw controls, 21 goals, 15 assists and 14 caused turnovers. Her speed and lacrosse IQ make her a huge threat on defense, where she leads the team in caused turnovers. Teffeteller is second on the team in draw controls with 25 and then has 10 goals, eight assists and 12 ground balls. Offensively our biggest strength is our balanced attack. Every game we have played in we have had at least six different scorers, and we have tallied 11 different goal scorers in multiple games."

While the offense has been playing lights-out, the defense has stood strong as well.

"Defensively they all work really well as a unit," said Perling. "We have made some changes this year to our defensive mindset and we are seeing the rewards. We have three juniors starting on our defense in Kamryn McNeil, Callie Rigsbee and Libby Wehr. Their vocal leadership and willingness to try new things has allowed our defense to use our speed to create turnovers."

At the halfway point of the season, Centennial's undefeated streak is over, but the Knights have no intention of letting one loss throw them off their course.

"In that game we did not do the things that have made us successful so far," said Perling. "We will watch film and learn from it. I think this loss will help us refocus on the mindset we set for the season. I know we will come back stronger on Thursday. I tell the girls every day that we have to be better than the day before. It is simple but true. We have to continue to have the determination and focus on making ourselves better.  If we do what we need to do, it does not matter who we are playing.  We have such a talented group of girls, and if they continue improving throughout the season, I know we can be unstoppable."

The Knights' next game is Thursday as they take on Brookwood.

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