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WEEK 8 SOFTBALL RANKINGS

  Today, we release the Week 8 softball rankings and post last night's softball and volleyball scores in the left panel. Also, we look at which Class 7A team has become the team to beat on the gridiron this season .

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TUESDAY SCORES

SOFTBALL

Alexander 8, Northgate 3
Arabia Mountain 17, Southwest DeKalb 0
Alpharetta 2, Chattahoochee 1
Armuchee 1, Chattooga 0
Bainbridge 4, Worth County 2
Bleckley County 16, Dublin 1
Brantley County 12, Long County 0
Brunswick 6, Effingham County 4
Buford 8, Flowery Branch 1
Calvary Day 7, Emanuel County Institute 4
Calvary Day 8, Portal 0
Charlton 9, Telfair County 7
Columbus 14, Americus-Sumter 0
Crisp County 18, Dougherty 0
Decatur 9, North Springs 2
Dodge County 6, Bleckley County 2
Dodge County 8, East Laurens 3
Dublin 12, East Laurens 0
Dunwoody 10, Johns Creek 2
Eagle's Landing Christian 8, Landmark Christian 0
Eagle's Landing Christian 5, Strong Rock Christian 1
East Jackson 5, Morgan County 3
Emanuel County Institute 8, Wheeler County 2
Echols County 6, Irwin County 0
Hardaway 13, Shaw 1
Hillgrove 8, North Paulding 2
Holy Innocents' 3, Galloway 1
Jackson County 2, Franklin County 0
Jefferson 4, Oconee County 1
Kennesaw Mountain 9, North Cobb 1
Lamar County 17, Temple 0
Lambert 9, Milton 2
Lanier County 12, Clinch County 0
Miller Grove 7, Chamblee 6
Morgan County 7, Jackson County 3
Norcross 15, Lakeside-DeKalb 2
Northside-Columbus 17, Westover 0
Northwest Whitfield 2, Heritage-Catoosa 1
North Springs 4, Decatur 3
Oconee County 8, Madison County 4
Peach County 10, Kendrick 0
Pepperell 2, Armuchee 0
Pepperell 18, Coosa 0
Pierce County 6, Tattnall County 0
Portal 11, Treutlen 10
Portal 14, McIntosh County Academy 2
Riverwood 10-15, Lithia Springs 7-7
Rutland 8, Peach County 0
Starr's Mill 6, Whitewater 2
Stephenson 6, Lovejoy 1
Treutlen 11, Jenkins County 3
Turner County 22, Macon County 0
Veterans 10, Harris County 7
Wesleyan 10, Holy Innocents' 3
West Forsyth 8, North Forsyth 0
Whitewater 3, Starr's Mill 0
Wilcox County 14, Atkinson County 0
 
VOLLEYBALL

Alpharetta 2, Centennial 0
Blessed Trinity 2, White County 0
Buford 2, Clarke Central 0
Cambridge 2, North Atlanta 0
Camden County 3, Lowndes 0
Centennial 2, Northview 0
Clarke Central 2, Flowery Branch 1
Eagle's Landing 2, Upson-Lee 1
Fannin County 2, LaFayette 0
Gainesville 2, Dacula 1
Gainesville 2, Habersham Central 0
Gilmer 2, Sonoraville 1
Greenbrier 3, Aquinas 1
Etowah 3, Roswell 0
Henry County 2, Newton 1
Johns Creek 2, Cambridge 1
Kell 2, Rome 0
Kell 2, Woodland-Cartersville 0
Lambert 2, North Forsyth 1
Laney 2, Butler 1
Lanier 2, Apalachee 1
Lanier 2, Jackson County 0
Locust Grove 2, Mary Persons 0
Lovett 2, Pike County 0
Marist 2, West Hall 0
Milton 2, West Forsyth 0
Mt. Pisgah 2, Pinecrest Academy 0
North Cobb Christian 3, Marietta 0
North Forsyth 2, Forsyth Central 0
North Hall 2, Dawson County 0
Pope 2, Centennial 0
Redan 2, McNair 0
Richmond Hill 2, Statesboro 1
River Ridge 2, Dalton 0
River Ridge 2, Sprayberry 0
Savannah 2, Groves 1
Sonoraville 2, Coaahulla Creek 1
South Forsyth 2, Milton 0
St. Pius 2, Madison County 0
St. Pius 2, North Oconee 0
St. Vincent's 3, Savannah Country Day 2
Toombs County 2, Josey 0
Upson-Lee 2, Riverdale 0
Villa Rica 2, Haralson County 1
Walnut Grove 2, Flowery Branch 0
Westminster 2, Redan 0
Westside-Augusta 2, Putnam County 0
Woodland-Henry 2, Mary Persons 0

 
 
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WEEK 8 SOFTBALL RANKINGS
 

Region tournaments put rankings to test
 
We are in the middle of region tournaments with a bulk of region championships already set. The No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAAAA is up for grabs after Lassiter slips to No. 3 following losses to South Forsyth (2-0) and Etowah (8-2) over the past week. No. 1 North Gwinnett meets No. 2 Mill Creek in the Region 6 Championship. The series has been as even as it gets, both teams earning 5-4 wins at home during the regular season. Another momentous Gwinnett County showdown takes place in the Region 7 Championship with No. 8 Parkview clashing with last year's state runner-up No. 10 Brookwood, who is peaking at the right time, winning five straight games and reentering the top 10 for the first time since they dropped out after the opening week of the season.
 
In Class AAAAAA, Harrison is red-hot with nine straight wins, moving the Hoyas up to No. 3. They face Region 6 leader No. 2 Creekview for a chance to cement themselves as a state title contender. The Region 7 Championship sees No. 4 Pope kick off a three-game set with No. 1 Cambridge. The Greyhounds have been up and down lately, going 3-3 in their last six games. The bottom of the poll sees Chattahoochee and River Ridge replaced by No. 9 Alexander and No. 10 Richmond Hill.
 
Walnut Grove takes over No. 1 in Class AAAAA with a 7-0 shutout of bitter rival No. 2 Buford. The Region 3 title is on the line as new No. 10 Starr's Mill has forced a championship deciding Game 3 with No. 4 Whitewater. No. 5 Thomas County Central skyrockets back into the top 10 after sweeping No. 9 Wayne County 5-4, 10-7.
 
In the Region 5-AAAA championship, No. 4 Central-Carroll has a rubber match with No. 5 Chapel Hill after the Panthers scored a 6-5 victory in nine innings to force Game 3. Heritage-Catoosa has struggled mightily down the stretch and is now out of the top 10, replaced by region rival No. 10 Northwest Whitfield.
 
No. 2 Westminster leap frogs No. 3 Lovett in Class AAA after serving up a 10-2 beat down. The Wildcats also dispatched of Class A-Private power Wesleyan, 4-1. No. 9 East Jackson is back in the top 10 after beating No. 5 Morgan County 5-3. Pierce County is back as well at No. 10, replacing Union County.
 
No changes in Class AA except for Pepperell replacing Bleckley County at No. 10.
 
The bottom of Class A-Private has been a revolving door. Spots 6-10 now read: No. 6 Athens Christian, No. 7 ELCA, No. 8 Strong Rock Christian, No. 9 Mt. Paran and No. 10 Prince Avenue. Tattnall Square rises to No. 2 as Wesleyan falls to No. 3.
 
Schley County continues to come on strong and is now ranked No. 3. The Wildcats are riding a nine-game winning streak with an 8-1 win over No. 9 Marion County. No. 1 Gordon Lee is still the heavy favorite to win it all. They took care of No. 8 Bowdon 8-0, 7-4. No. 10 Trion takes over the last spot in favor of Emanuel County Institute, who lost to Calvary Day 7-4.
 
 
AAAAAAA
1. North Gwinnett
2. Mill Creek
3. Lassiter
4. Lambert
5. East Coweta 
6. Grayson
7. Cherokee
8. Parkview
9. Archer
10. Brookwood
 
AAAAAA
1. Cambridge
2. Creekview
3. Harrison
4. Pope
5. Dalton
6. Houston County
7. Mundy's Mill
8. Lee County
9. Alexander
10. Richmond Hill
 
AAAAA
1. Walnut Grove
2. Buford
3. Locust Grove
4. Whitewater
5. Thomas County Central
6. Carrollton
7. South Effingham
8. Union Grove
9. Wayne County
10. Starr's Mill
 
AAAA
1. Northside-Columbus
2. Marist
3. Jefferson
4. Central-Carroll
5. Chapel Hill
6. Stephens County
7. Ridgeland
8. Mary Persons
9. Columbus
10. Northwest Whitfield
 
AAA
1. Calhoun
2. Westminster
3. Lovett
4. Pike County
5. Morgan County
6. Ringgold
7. Cook
8. Jenkins
9. East Jackson
10. Pierce County
 
AA
1. Vidalia
2. Rockmart
3. Harlem
4. Heard County
5. Bacon County
6. Dodge County
7. Berrien
8. Monticello
9. Social Circle
10. Pepperell
 
A-Private
1. First Presbyterian Day
2. Tattnall Square Academy
3. Wesleyan
4. Mt. Pisgah
5. Stratford Academy
6. Athens Christian
7. ELCA
8. Strong Rock Christian
9. Mt. Paran
10. Prince Avenue Christian
 
A-Public
1. Gordon Lee
2. Georgia Military College
3. Schley County
4. Glascock County
5. Seminole County
6. Baconton Charter
7. Wilcox County
8. Bowdon
9. Marion County
10. Trion


WHO'S THE BEST
By Kyle Sandy
 

Roswell remains Class 7A's team to beat
 
The toughest question to answer in the state each year is who is the best football team in the GHSA? The newly established Class AAAAAAA houses 48 teams, some regarded as national powerhouses meaning the competition is as good as it gets in the Peach State. Colquitt County staked its claim as the best-of-the-best the past two seasons, repeating as state champions in the midst of a dynasty. This year, however, it looks like the Packers have passed the torch. But to who?
Grayson brought in a stable of Division-I recruits, putting a target squarely on their back. On paper, the Rams might have the most talent in the state and are off to a 4-1 start, the No. 3 ranking in the state and are coming off a 60-0 shutout of Rockdale County. Grayson's only loss has come to IMG Academy, Fla., 26-7 on ESPN.
If you like flash and sizzle, Grayson is your pick for the state's best. But for me, that's not my style.
How about No. 2 Mill Creek? The Hawks sit at 6-0 and defeated the Wicked Witch of the East, also known as Colquitt County in the Corky Kell Classic, 34-27. Coach Shannon Jarvis' team is a true no-nonsense, get the job done type unit. They don't put up monster individual stats, instead grinding teams out by spreading the wealth around on offense and thoroughly dominating teams physically with their defense. Cameron Turley made some big throws against Colquitt County and is steady veteran under center.
I love what the Hawks are doing, but are they the best in the state? They very well may be, but let's see who else is out there.
Colquitt County is still Colquitt, shaking off an unfathomable 0-4 start and winning three straight. If there's one coach you don't want to bet against come playoff time, it's Rush Propst. But alas, I'm a real riverboat gambler and I'll take that bet this year.
So who's the best team in the state? Is it No. 4 McEachern paced by Florida State-commit Bailey Hockman? Is it No. 5 Norcross, a program with a rich history of hanging championship banners?
No, no, no.
My pick is No. 1 Roswell.
The Hornets are 5-0 and ranked No. 6 in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll. You want the resume? You got it. A dominating 24-7 Corky Kell Classic victory over Class AAAAA No. 1 Buford.  A 34-3 shellacking at No. 8 Colquitt County, yes, at Colquitt. A 47-0 win at Archer and wins over Central Gwinnett and Milton.
Through five games the Hornets have allowed only 16 points. That's a 3.2 point per game average. Defense wins championships right? Justin Ellis has emerged as a feared pass-rusher with five sacks with Mitch Stone tallying four himself. Roswell has eight interceptions with blue-chippers LeAnthony Williams Jr. and Xavier McKinney powering the secondary.
Offensively? Dual-threat dandy Malik Willis is elusive, throwing for 739 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 320 yards rushing and two scores. Bowling ball Sheldon Evans has 652 yards on the ground and seven scores. And through the air, Corey Reed Jr., Jayden Comma and Kentrell Barber give Coach John Ford more than enough weapons.
Right now, Roswell is the team to beat.













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