For the fourth year in a row, the girls GSA 92 Phoenix Red have won the Georgia state soccer championship in Columbus.
GSA beat North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA) 3-0 to win the U-15 Girls title. This is familiar territory for the GSA team, which has previously won the state championship as U12, U13 and U14.
During the five games, GSA outscored its opponents 14-4, with three shutouts, including the semifinal and final games. The next stop for the GSA team will be Oklahoma City at the end of June, where it will play in the Southern Regional tournament, against the top teams from 12 states.
Team members are: Noreen Alabi, Daniele Au, Alex Ayers, Kansas Bayly, Brittany Beaumont, Emily Bougas, Maureen Buff, Rachel Burke, Emily Cox, Tayler Graves, Ashley Gray, Elena Karakizis, Tori Lopez, Jordan Miller, Alexa Newfield, Kim Spence and Tasia Williams. The team is coached by Campbell Chapman.
The GSA squad is one of three Lilburn area soccer teams to win their U.S. Youth Soccer Georgia championship and to qualify for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III championships.
The GSA 93 Phoenix Red boys team and the GSA 93 Phoenix Red teams also won state titles.
The teams will be among more than 184 of the top boys and girls soccer teams from the 12 state associations competing in the region tournament from June 28 to July 4 in Oklahoma City.
Six Atlanta area soccer teams also won state championships and have qualified for regionals. Those teams are U15 boys Concorde Fire Elite, U17 boys Concorde Fire Elite, U16 girls Tophat 09 gold, U17 girls Concorde Fire South 90 Elite, U18 girls Tophat 07 gold and U19 girls Concorde Fire Elite.
AFU selected to participate in U.S. development academy
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced last week that the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association has been selected to participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League.
AFU will be one of two Georgia-based programs to participate in the newly formed league, which will be comprised of up to 80 clubs nationwide. The league is designed to help prepare U.S. soccer players and helps U.S. soccer coaches identify talent more easily.
Vipers now back-to-back state champs
The Georgia Vipers 16U girls basketball team won the Georgia AAU state title last month for the second straight season, advancing to AAU nationals in July.
Members of the championship team, with their high school in parentheses, are: Megan Basile (Mill Creek), Casey Cavill (Mill Creek), Elana Frank (Peachtree Ridge), Jordan Gustavel (Johnson), Katie Lynn (Buford), Stephanie Owens (North Gwinnett), D'Atra Sawyer (Peachtree Ridge), Moneshia Simmons (Mill Creek), Olivia Towers-Solis (Mill Creek) and Tia Williams (Mill Creek). The team is coached by Jack Lynn and Mike Cavill.
Wesleyan Wrestler wins national grappling title
Andrew Uria, a junior at Wesleyan, took first place in the teen expert division in both the submission grappling (No-GI) and the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (GI) competitions at the North American Grapplers Association on June 9 at Suwanee Sports Academy.
Uria is the first Georgia teen to take both national titles.
Earlier this year, Uria won the Pan American Jiu Jitsu championship in Los Angeles.
Uria is trained by Jacare Cavalcanti, a sixth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Renegades win Greater Gwinnett Baseball League title
The 13-and-under South Gwinnett Renegades, based in Lawrenceville, won the Greater Gwinnett Baseball League AAA championship at Bunten Park in Duluth.
The Renegades went undefeated (4-0) in bracket play, averaging over nine runs a game. They defeated South Gwinnett, Buford and Collins Hill twice for the title.
It was their 17th win in a row and second consecutive GGBL championship.
Team members are: Clint Carr, Michael Gouge, Parker Graves, Austin Loyd, Brian McGrath, Lucas Sims, Steven Slaughter, Austin Smith, Patrick Smith, Drew Thompson, Nicholas Tompkins and Ryan Woodard.
The team is coached by Elliott Thompson, Randy Loyd, Jerry McGrath, Reggie Tompkins, Boyd Smith and Leanne Woodard.
Hebron wins Pee-Wee All-Star title
The Hebron Pee-Wee Silver and Black All-Star team defeated Rehobeth 7-6 on Thursday night to win the Seventh Annual Hebron Church All-Star Tournament for the first time. A third-inning grand slam by Cody Parr and a sixth-inning, game-winning RBI by Andrew Hedgepeth were the key plays.
Hebron, which went undefeated in the tourney, also got contributions from the following players: Austin Britt, Jon-Michael Findlay, Will Harrison, Spence Johns, Evan Oswald, Drew Peevy, Austin Smith, Sylas Taylor, Josh Tanner, Crews Taylor and Brian Whetstine. The team is coached by Scottie Johns and Tom Taylor.
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