Elite 8! Riding the strength of its singles, the boys tennis team has advanced to the Final 8 in the state for the fourth consecutive year. They topped St. Francis 3-2 Monday behind wins from Zach Reece, Owen Brock and Keaton Anderson. Anderson has only one loss all season. The win pits them against Walker, a team they beat 3-2 earlier this season. The two meet Thursday at 4 p.m. at Fair Oaks Tennis Center in Marietta.
Running to state! The boys track team competed at region Monday and Tuesday and qualified in four events as region champs! O’Neal Wanliss won the 200 and 400-meter runs, breaking the school record in the 400; Zane Trott won the 100, and the 4 X 400 relay team of Adam Wypyski, C.J. James, Trott and Wanliss captured the 5A crown in school record time. Also advancing to state is Christian Rasmussen (2nd in pole vault). State is in Jefferson May 7-8th. The girls varsity 5A region meet is Monday.
Swinging for a state crown! Girls golfer Casey Farrell and the entire boys golf team are headed to Augusta Monday for the Class A State championships! Casey was the low medalists in Region 5A for the girls; ditto for Lucas Erlacher in the boys. The boys are coming off of a school record 301 in winning the conference crown. Good luck!
Playoff win! The boys lacrosse team won its first playoff game in school history Tuesday with an exciting 10-9 overtime win over Wesleyan on the road. They play Milton Tuesday in the 2nd round of state. In OT, Joe Byrd scored his third goal of the day on a feed from Darius Bowling. Price Barnett won 17 of his 20 faceoff attempts; Andy Watts scored twice, Connor Randall had a goal and an assist and Robert Margeson two goals and an assist to lead the offense. …MS lax topped Lovett 6-5 Saturday and Whitefield 12-2 Monday.
A sweet ending: The girls lacrosse team ended its season with a convincing 17-10 win over Lovett. Chandler Hartley (six goals, six assists), Kyle Keenan (four goals, four assists) and Mac Brehm (three goals, two assists) led the offense while Elandria Thurmond had six takeaways on defense. Before that, they faced Blessed Trinity (lost 10-8) and North Cobb Christian (won 9-1). They played well against BT, led by three goals each from Keenan and Hartley. Amelia Fugitt picked up 15 saves. In the NCC contest, Keenan, Hartley and Sarah Venable all scored twice each. Fugitt picked up five saves…The JV tied BT 8-8; Kelly Armstrong and Bailey Wilkie scored two goals each. They ended their season at 6-4-2 with a 5-3 win over North Cobb. Kate Lowe amassed nine saves; goals were from Caroline Keenan, Armstrong, Alex Champion, Morgan Brock and Erin Peck.
Big win: The baseball team shutout Pace Tuesday 8-0 for a huge 5A victory; they face Walker Thursday at Walker for the 5A championship. Kevin Kyle threw six innings, allowing only three hits and striking out six. He also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Others with key hits included Travis Stout, Jack Farrell, Whit Woodring, Joe Austin and Jackson Davis. Last week, they edged North Cobb Christian 6-5 but followed with a 10-4 loss to Mt. Paran. Against NCC, Stout picked up the save, while Wills Aitkens went 2-for-3, Kyle 3-for-4 with the game-winning home run, Farrell 2-for-3 with a homer, Stout went 2-for-4 and Woodring 1-for-3 with a double. Woodring also pitched four-plus solid innings. In the loss to the Eagles, Davis hit a double and played solid defense. ...The JV edged Mt. Paran 5-4 Thursday and Riverwood 13-12 in extra innings over the weekend.
Games of the week: State golf – boys and girls – in Augusta on May 4th. Boys lacrosse playoffs Tuesday May 5th in Milton. Final Four in boys tennis Friday May 8th in Clayton County. Baseball, Thursday April 30th at Walker, 5:30 p.m. for region title!
Until next time,
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