LOGANVILLE -- It wasn't easy, but Grayson's girls tennis team survived and advanced in Thursday's opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament.
Buoyed by singles wins from Alex Clay at No. 1 and Sharon Kim at No. 3, the Rams remained unbeaten on the season and edged Woodstock 3-2 at home.
The Rams (19-0) also got a win from the team of Holly Craig and Caitlin Smith at No. 1 doubles to move into the second round, where they will play host to Milton sometime next week.
Wesleyan 5, Trion 0
NORCROSS -- The Wolves rolled into the second round of the Class A state playoffs with a sweep of the visiting Bulldogs on Thursday.
Norman Chang, Jeffrey Chang and Austin Zackas took their singles matches, while the doubles teams of Ryan Robinson and Zack Taylor and Brooks Prettyman and Andrew Dorman were also victorious.
Wesleyan (14-2) will play either Hebron Christian or Pace Academy in the second round next week.
Harrison 3, Parkview 1
LILBURN -- The Panthers' season came to an end against the visiting Hoyas on Thursday despite at win from Lance Mengel at No. 2 singles.
Hebron Christian 6, Lakeview Academy 3
DACULA -- The Lions (21-1, 13-0) moved a game closer to wrapping up the Region 8-A championship by beating Lakeview on Thursday at home.
Kevin Burgee (8-0) outdueled beat Georgia signee Ralston Cash by scattering six hits and one earned run with three strikeouts over six innings.
Danny Lockhart led Hebron at the plate by going 3-for-4, with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Matt Stephens was 2-for-3 and Ben Mason added a hit and scored two runs for the Lions, who can clinch the region title with a win today aver Towns County.
Wesleyan 16, Fellowship Christian 8
ROSWELL -- Kevin O'Leary had two hits, including his 15th home run of the season, as the Wolves (13-7, 9-0) roared past the Paladins on Thursday.
O'Leary's homer traveled more than 400 feet and tied the single-season school record set by Connor Winn two years ago.
The senior also drove in four runs on the day, while Devin Stanton had three hits and Daniel Cardwell and Alex Thykeson added two hits each, to help Strother White improve to 7-1.
Providence Christian 16, Eagle's Landing Christian 11, 9 innings
MCDONOUGH -- Tyler Brown went 4-for-6 and broke an extra-inning tie with a solo homer in the ninth to help the Stars (12-11, 5-4) pick up the key Region 7-A road win over the Chargers on Thursday.
Christin Stewart was 3-for-4, with a double, an RBI and three runs scored, while Austin Loyd was 3-for-5, with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored as Providence pounded out 20 hits.
Patrick Smith got the win out of the bullpen, going 31/3 innings and giving up just one hit and on run with three strikeouts.
King's Way 7, Killian Hill 5
DOUGLASVILLE -- The Cougars (10-4, 9-1) fell into a first-place tie with King's Way in GCAA Region 1 despite a 3-for-4 day with a homer from Kyle Bailey and a two-run double from Sebastian Thomas.
Austin Parks took the loss despite striking out five in 41/3 innings.
The two teams will square off in a playoff game for the region title today at Shiloh Hills School in Kennesaw at 5:30 p.m.
Collins Hill 18, Norcross 6
SUWANEE -- Danielle Vincent scored six goals, while Cara Knapic, Kaitlyn Scheckler, Madison Tyndall and Darsey Walker each tallied a hat trick as the Eagles (5-6-1) beat the Blue Devils in an opening round game of the Gwinnett County Tournament on Thursday at Collins Hill.
Casey Burd made six saves for Collins Hill, who will take on Wesleyan in a semifinal game at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Wesleyan 24, Duluth 4
SUWANEE -- Courtney Batchelor scored six goals, while Natalie Genthert and Kennington Groff added four goals apiece to lift the Wolves (10-5) past the Wildcats (2-11) in a first-round game of the Gwinnett County Tournament at Collins Hill.
Wesleyan will take on Collins Hill in a semifinal game Saturday.
Paige Falkowski made 25 saves, while Linley Davis, Mariah Hinson, Ajahna Grosvenor and Estelle Ognunmesesan each scored a goal and Noah Holt and Julianne Phan added an assist each in the loss for Duluth.
Wesleyan 14, GAC 4
NORCROSS -- Davis Brown scored six goals as the Wolves (12-4, 4-1) rolled to an Area 3-A/AAAA road win over the Spartans.
Drew Daniels, Harrison Cheeley and Andrew Sunderman each scored twice, while Connor Breslin, and Chase Bartlett also found the back of the net and Taylor Grice made 16 saves.