ATLANTA — Playing on the big stage at Turner Field on an overcast Saturday morning, Duluth used strong pitching from senior left-hander John Clark and some timely hitting to defeat North Gwinnett 5-1 in a Region 7-AAAAA game.
MARIETTA — Everything about Douglas Lipscomb Gymnasium states the obvious.
MABLETON — It was a game of intensity with surges back and forth by two talented teams.
MARIETTA — The famed Marietta Garden has been tough on opposing teams over the years. For the Mill Creek girls, it felt pretty comfortable Friday night.
Veteran Greater Atlanta Christian basketball coach Eddie Martin has four state championships and more than 600 wins on his resume, but he looked as if he had won his first game Saturday night as his team celebrated at midcourt after winning the Region 6-AA championship.
ATLANTA — It wasn’t as easy as the score might indicate and it definitely won’t get easier for defending boys state champion GAC in the finals of the Region 6-AA boys tournament tonight.
ATLANTA — Gasoline is not cheap these days, but it might be well worth the cost to load up and head to Atlanta tonight for some exciting girls basketball.
NORCROSS — When Savannah Christian’s Taylor Ivey intercepted a fourth-down pass from Andrew Frerking and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown with just less than a minute to play, it was apparent that Wesleyan’s 2010 season and march to the Georgia Dome was over.
DULUTH — The two schools of Five Forks Trickum dominated the Region 8-AAAAA cross country meet Saturday at River Green Park.
COVINGTON -- Shiloh moved the ball effectively and played good defense in its opener Saturday night at Newton but untimely mistakes and turnovers were too much to overcome in a 24-6 loss.
LILBURN -- Entering downtown Lilburn, the sign says the home of champions. And Parkview's girls soccer team showed Saturday evening that it has every intention of keeping it that way.
It was approaching midnight and the dew was heavy on the Whitewater baseball diamond. This was not the way any of the seven seniors on Heritage's perennially successful baseball team envisioned the end of their high school playing days. It was an emotional team meeting in the middle of the infield as Coach Casey Teal spoke to each play individually.
Wesleyan used more speed and a wealth of depth to win the team championship by almost 20 points with a 175.5 total to Eagle's Landing's 156.
ATLANTA -- Ignoring a one-hour weather delay and blustery conditions, Greater Atlanta Christian's girls track team, led by seniors Jessica Tuggle and Claire Goodson, turned back a challenge from defending champion Decatur to win the Region 6-AA championship Tuesday evening at Westminster.
Led by senior goalkeeper Melissa Drish, the Heritage girls took a 2-0 win over visiting AAAAA team Chapel Hill in a non-region match Saturday afternoon.
COVINGTON -- Making a push toward the upcoming playoffs, the Eastside girls and boys soccer teams posted Area 8-AAA wins Friday evening over Franklin County.
Salem shortstop Levi Bonilla fielded a sharp ground ball off the bat of Apalachee's Clint Ashe, stepped on second to force the runner for the final out of a tight 7-6 Region 8 AAAA win Wednesday night.
The Berkmar boys' surprising push at the end of the basketball season nearly added another stunning chapter Saturday night.
ATLANTA - Playing on a treacherously slippery field that resembled a brown hockey rink, and in a constant drizzle, Greater Atlanta Christian entrusted its running game to sure-footed freshman Kyle Scales to grind out its first win of the season, 48-6, over Cross Keys on Saturday night at Adams Stadium.
ATLANTA - In a game that seemingly would never end, Greater Atlanta Christian fought back from a 30-0 deficit but suffered its fourth consecutive loss, 39-20, to Westminster at Maloof Field on the campus of St. Pius.
NORCROSS - New Meadowcreek head coach David Ward's debut was spoiled Friday night by a fine-tuned Luella team that scored on its first five possessions for a 47-0 rout.
NORCROSS - Conor Welton proved to be the ultimate lead-off hitter Friday night, leading Wesleyan to a two-game sweep of Hebron Christian in the Class A playoffs. And he did so with symmetry and panache.
NORCROSS - Seventh-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian got off to a slow start Friday night, but a full-court press and Clarke Boards took care of those issues.
NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian's Taylor Bruner returned the opening kickoff 66 yards and Stephen Atwater scored three plays later to set the tone for a 62-0 blowout of Cross Keys on a cool and crisp Friday night at Spartans Stadium.
JOHNS CREEK - The Norcross girls volleyball team had their hopes for a state title doused by Lassiter in a closely contested match Saturday afternoon in Class AAAAA playoffs at Chattahoochee.
LOGANVILLE - Despite wet and chilly weather, the mood was decidedly upbeat and festive Friday night at Grayson's Britt-Moody Stadium as the Rams clinched their first-ever Region 8-AAAAA title with a convincing 46-0 win over Meadowcreek.
NORCROSS - Greater Atlanta Christian overcame numerous penalties to explode for two quick touchdown passes in the span of 40 seconds late in the first half and then cruised to a 34-21 victory over Avondale on Friday night at Spartan Stadium.
ATLANTA - Top ranked Buford scored on all seven of its first quarter possessions enroute to a 63-0 win over Cross Keys at Adams Stadium.
DECATUR - Top ranked AA Buford took control of a defensive struggle to put away a determined Decatur team in the second half, 31-0, before some 2,000 fans at the Bulldogs' new downtown stadium Friday night.
DULUTH - Junior Fullback Chris Sawdey took a handoff and popped through the line to race 60 yards for a touchdown, sparking Peachtree Ridge to a 25-14 win over Northview in the teams' Region 7-AAAAA opener on Friday night.
SNELLVILLE - On an ideal evening for football, Shiloh won its home opener with a come-from-behind effort in the second half 21-13 over Mt. Zion.