Prep Roundup: Locals prosper in Area 4A meet
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Several local track and field athletes advanced to the Class A sectional through their top-four finishes at the Area 4A championships.

Whitefield Academy’s Naomi Grand Pierre won the girls 1,600-meter run, while Morgan Landers placed second in the girls triple jump. Evan Johnson finished fourth in the boys long jump, Austin Joseph was fourth in the triple jump and Robby Keough and Holt Merkle finished first and fourth, respectively, in the boys 1,600.

Keough also won the 800, while Everett Pollard was the runner-up in the boys high jump and 300 hurdles.

Whitefield Academy’s girls 400 and 1,600 relay teams took home titles, and the boys finished fourth in the 400 relay and third in the 1,600.

James Johnson finished fourth in the boys 400, while Alice Fugate (second, girls 100), Corey Johnson (third, girls 200) and James Johnson (third, boys 200) also stood out.

North Cobb Christian’s Megan Gavin was third in the girls 800 and 1,600, while Olivia Gamadanis placed third in the girls discus. John Towne captured the boys long jump, triple jump and 100 dash. Chase Carroll ran away with the boys shot put and discus titles, and Hunter Delashmit was fourth in the boys discus.

North Cobb Christian’s boys 400 relay was third, while the 1,600 relay placed fourth. Emily Buwalda captured the girls 400 run, and Chandler Moeller was third in the boys 110 hurdles.

Walker’s Courtney Rhule won the girls high jump, with teammate Meredith Wright third. Collier Middleton won the girls triple jump — with Rhule fourth — then added titles in the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Anna Chocallo finished second in the shot put, and Molly Hardie and Sarah Syrop placed second and fourth, respectively, in the discus. Teammates Mike Ramsey and Colin Mitchell were second and third, respectively, in the boys shot put. Ramsey was also third in the discus.

Walker’s Alexis Bruton was runner-up in the girls pole vault, while Eric Flint placed fourth on the boys side. Karmin Shute placed fourth in the girls 200, George Litchfield finished third in the boys 3,200 and Annabelle Mathis finished fourth in the girls 3,200.

Mount Paran Christian’s Wally Johnson was third in the boys long jump, Josh Brownsworth placed fourth in the boys 100 and Joey Carr placed fourth in the boys 3,200.

Region 5AAAAA: Allatoona completed the first day of events at its region championship at New Manchester on Wednesday.

Emily Dunn was fourth in the girls 1,600, Dessaa Legros won the girls high jump and Brianna Middleton placed fourth in the girls triple jump. Wesley Trussell won the boys 3,200.

Allatoona finished 1-2 in the boys pole vault behind the efforts of Tray Oates and Hunter Arnold. D.J. Ezzell placed second in the boys long jump.

Competition will conclude today, with the top four finishers in each event advancing to the sectional at Starr’s Mill on April 27.


Walton 9, Cherokee 0:
The Raiders hit three home runs and cruised to the Region 5AAAAAA win.

Stephen Wrenn, Henry Rowling and Chase Burks homered for Walton (16-6, 7-3). Wrenn finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Avery Roberts was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Caleb Bohan (2-0) got the win with a five-inning start. Bohan struck out two and scattered two hits and three walks.

Walton will travel Friday to Milton for a battle of the region’s top two teams.

Kell 2, Riverwood 1: Avery McReynolds pitched a complete game, helping the Longhorns keep pace in the top half of Region 7AAAAA.

McReynolds (7-2) struck out seven, walked one and held the Raiders to five hits.

Brady Smith and Ryan Losito provided Kell’s RBIs, with Smith’s coming on a home run. Smith had two hits on the day, while Bradley Taylor, Kerrigan McManigal and Carson Hughes also contributing hits.

Kell (14-8, 11-5) will travel to Cambridge on Friday.

South Cobb 11, Campbell 1 (6 inn.): The Eagles fell down 1-0 in the opening inning, but they rattled off five runs in the third, one in the fifth and five in the sixth to end their contest against the Spartans.

Allen Few led South Cobb with three hits and two RBIs, while Avery Williams and Thomas Laffew each had two hits, a double and two RBIs.

Alex Rodriguez (2-0) pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits.

South Cobb (11-12, 5-9 Region 4AAAAAA) will host Harrison on Friday.

Whitefield Academy 8, Mount Zion-Carroll 5: The Wolfpack trailed 4-2 but returned the favor with two runs in the third and fourth innings, as well as the sixth, to take an 8-4 lead into the final inning.

Ryan Wesley went 3-for-3 at the plate and also pitched five innings of relief with four strikeouts. Nile Ball went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Bradley Davidson had two RBIs on a single.

Whitefield will play today against King's Ridge Christian.

Pope 7, North Springs 0: Patrick Wiseman (6-1) went six innings for the Greyhounds, only allowing a hit to the second batter and striking out 11.

Stephen Skruck went 2-for-4 at the plate with a single, double and two RBIs. Carl Williams went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two steals. Nathaniel Lowe also had two RBIs.

Pope (17-6, 15-2 Region 7AAAAA) will play at Sprayberry today.

Marietta 8, Harrison 4: The Hoyas evened the score at 4-4 with four runs in the top of the sixth inning, but the Blue Devils pulled away when Travis Wildermuth hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the frame.

Miles Wilson went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Eric Henderson went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Henderson also went six innings on the mound and earned the win.

Marietta (17-5, 10-2 Region 4AAAAAA) will host North Cobb on Friday.

Hillgrove 2, North Cobb 1 (11 inn.): The Hawks won in walk-off fashion when what would have been a routine double play to end the inning turned into a throwing error and a run by Triston DeLozier, who reached on a single.

Chase Adkins pitched 7 2/3 innings with just one earned run and eight strikeouts. Nick Andrews entered for the Hawks and finished the game, allowing no hits.

For North Cobb, Luis Barros went 10 2/3 innings with 13 strikeouts.

Hillgrove (12-10, 9-3 Region 4AAAAAA) will host Pebblebrook today.

Kennesaw Mountain 10, Pebblebrook 1: Ryan McGill and Ed Lott were both 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Cole Buffington had a double and an RBI.

Will Griffin (4-3) went five innings with nine strikeouts and no walks.

The Mustangs (14-9, 9-3 Region 4AAAAAA) will play at West Forsyth on Saturday.


Walker 4, North Cobb Christian 1:
The Wolverines captured the Area 4A title with a win over the Eagles.

Derrick Brown won in the top singles slot 6-1, 6-0, followed by a 6-0, 6-0 shutout from Alan Norsworthy. In the doubles, Will Chocallo and Daniel Sosnovsky won 6-0, 6-0, as did Austin Newsome and Sloan Coolbroth in the second slot.

Walker (15-3-1) will wait for its opponent from Area 2A when the private-school Class A state playoffs begin.

Mount Paran Christian 3, Whitefield Academy 1: Three straight-set wins allowed the Eagles to wrap up the No. 3 seed of Area 4A.

Davis Nelson won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Sam Fulkerson won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 2. The No. 2 doubles team of Brent Foster and Drew Renno also won, by a 6-1, 6-1 margin.

Whitefield got its lone point from the No. 1 doubles team of Bennett Schilling and Jay DeShong, who won 6-1, 6-2.

Mount Paran (12-6) and Whitefield won’t play again until the private-school Class A state playoffs begin, with first-round matches required to be played by April 30. They will play the No. 2 and No. 1 seeds, respectively, of Area 2A.


Allatoona 3, Woodland-Bartow 0:
The Buccaneers won the Region 5AAAAA title, beating North Paulding 3-0 in the morning, then Woodland in the championship.

In the title match, Kennedy Craig led off with a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Allison Whitley followed in the singles (6-2, 6-0), and Melanie Whitley and Kristie Cooper won 6-1, 6-1 in the doubles.

Allatoona (17-1-1) will face the No. 4 seed of Region 8AAAAA in the first round of the state playoffs next week.

Walker 3, Excel Christian 1: The Wolverines were led by Carly Bloom (6-2, 6-0) in the second singles slot, followed by Mia Patillo (6-0, 6-0). Leigh Norsworthy and Audrey Cunningham won in the doubles (7-5, 6-4).

With the win, Walker (9-9) earned third place in the Area 4A tournament.


Walton 17, Cherokee 1:
The trip to Canton was a bountiful one for the Raiders, who scored 9 seconds into the Area 2AAAAAA game.

Andrew Ashmore led Walton (17-1, 5-2) with four goals, while Tim Winans had three goals and an assist. Nick Sposito and Luke Holly each had two goals, with Sposito contributing an assist.

Six other players finished with a goal, with Ryan Jones also assisting on four scores.

Walton will host Roswell on Friday, with a win keeping the Raiders in contention for a postseason berth. A loss would keep Walton short of the playoffs for the first time in four years.


Sprayberry 14, Woodward Academy 9:
The Lady Yellow Jackets led 9-2 at halftime and cruised to the non-area home win.

Gaby Lohner led Sprayberry (8-6) with five goals. Ashley Russo had four, while Taylor McGhee and Sam Joe each netted two. Jennie Racher chipped in two assists, and Abby Stotz finished with a goal and an assist.

Julia Abney totaled 16 saves for Sprayberry, which will host Pope on Tuesday.

Lassiter 20, Kell 9: The Lady Longhorns led 7-6 at halftime, only to see the Lady Trojans run away in the second half.

Emily Swift scored four goals for Kell (9-4), while Leslie Ferguson chipped in three goals and an assist. Haley Swift had a goal and an assist and Jessica Armstrong added a score.

Hannah Rosen stopped 15 shots for Kell, which will be at Blessed Trinity on Friday.

GIRLS GOLF Sprayberry 178, Lassiter 203: Carly Ridge led the Lady Yellow Jackets with a 49.

Hannah Sidner carded a 62, followed by 67s from Brittany Swann and Courtney Powell.

Sprayberry finished the regular season 5-4 and will play in the Region 7AAAAA tournament Tuesday at Bentwater Golf Club.
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