Prep Roundup: Pope crowns nine region champs
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February 03, 2013 12:51 AM | 2788 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pope produced nine champions as it completing a dominating run through the Region 7AAAAA traditional wrestling tournament Saturday at Creekview.

The Greyhounds, who won the team title with 347.5 points, will have a wrestler in every weight class going to next weekend’s Class AAAAA state sectional at Loganvile.

Creekview was second with 219.5 points, followed by Cambridge (191), Kell (161.5) and Sprayberry (127).

Josh Tazzetta (106 pounds), Preston Markwell (120), Tyler Haskin (126), T.J. Collins (132), Jake Henson (152), Billy Meek (160), Brooks Climmons (182), Trevor Stevens (195) and Joey Tabachino (220) won their respective weight classes for Pope.

Jonny Sexton (145), Davis Burson (138) and Taylor Howard (285) were runners-up, Sam Skinner (113) was third and Zeke Weber (170) was fourth.

The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to sectionals.

Kell produced a campion with Kerry Louis winning at 145. Mathew Springfield (113) was second, Calvin Irby (160) and Jack LeCroy (195) were third and Tristan Smith (152) and David Hall (285) were fourth.

For Sprayberry, Thomas Cook (152) and Darius Burton (195) both took second. Jacob Speeth (132) ended up third, and Alex Labarre (106) and Spencer Byers (182) got fourth.

Though Osborne finished last in the team standings, it will still send two wrestlers to sectionals. Aldair Delidrado (132) and Afernee Coronado (220) both finished fourth.

Region 5AAAAAA: Wheeler and Walton each crowned a champion in the Region 5AAAAAA traditional tournament.

Aaron McGilvery won at 138 pounds for the host Wildcats, who advanced eight wrestlers into next week’s Class AAAAAA sectional at Kennesaw Mountain. Walton’s Jacob Murphy took home the 132-pound title to lead five Raiders into the sectional.

Roswell scored 211 points to take home the team championship. Cherokee (128.5) was second, followed by Etowah (127), Wheeler (123), Woodstock (105), Lassiter (90.5), Walton (74.5) and Milton (41).

Joining McGilvery in Wheeler’s sectional group will be Aslan Kilic (third, 106), Bryce Murray (fourth, 120), Wysmark Chaves (second, 132), Kevin Pluckter (fourth, 145), JaQuan Adams (second, 152), Adanis Basilio (fourth, 160), Felipe Silva (fourth, 195) and K.C. Shaw (second, 285).

Matt Kennedy (fourth, 170), Luke Hendon (third, 182), Eric Smith (third, 195) and George Humphreys (fourth, 285) joined Murphy as Walton’s representatives.

Finishing out his 31st season at Lassiter, retiring coach Steve Day qualified six wrestlers to sectionals — Winston Troughton (fourth, 106), Paul Pelletier (second, 120), A.J. Pelletier (fourth, 126), Zac Daly (fourth, 138), Ryan Shields (second, 145), Marco Bramlett (third, 160) and Connor Shields (second, 170).

Region 5AAAAA: Logan Southard and Cody Webb each won traditional championships for the host Buccaneers, who qualified eight to the Class AAAAA sectional they will host next week.

Southard was the 126-pound champion, while Webb won at 182, helping the Buccaneers (185) to a third-place finish behind Woodland-Bartow (231) and South Paulding (221).

Ethan Benedict was second at 113, as was Jack Woods at 120, A.J. Cagle at 138, and Will Kemp at 152. Brad Scott finished fourth at 132 to qualify and Jack Barlow was third at 160.

BOYS BASKETBALL

North Cobb 66, South Cobb 63:
Jon Beausejour made sure that the Warriors wouldn’t suffer a letdown in the Region 4AAAAAA road game.

Beausejour scored all of his 21 points in the second half — 12 in the fourth quarter — and made three free throws with 19 seconds left in the game to give North Cobb (20-4, 14-1) the lead.

Through the first three quarters, South Cobb (10-13, 7-7) had a 49-41 lead.

Lee Moore added 19 points and eight assists for North Cobb, while Austin Jacobs scored 11. Beausejour had seven rebounds.

Antonio Noland led South Cobb with a game-high 22 points, Jalen Cook had 12 and Arridien Browning 11.

Having clinched a second-straight 20-win season, North Cobb will host Campbell on Tuesday to close regular-season play. South Cobb will host Hillgrove.

Pope 53, Kell 52: The Greyhounds trailed 43-38 entering the fourth quarter, but they outscored the Longhorns 15-9 in the final frame to post the Region 7AAAAA (B) road victory.

Pope (17-7, 10-3), which has won five straight, continued to trail by five with 3 minutes left before pulling it out in the end.

Eli Gruber, who finished with 12 points, made a 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining to put Pope up by one. Kell missed its final attempt with 3 seconds left, securing the Greyhounds’ victory.

Andrew Mendel had 12 points for Pope, which locked up the No. 1 seed from its subregion with the win.

Grant Bryant scored 13 for the Longhorns (7-17, 5-8), who have dropped six straight. Jalen Green has 10 and Maurice Summerour totaled 11.

Pope will host Forsyth Central on Tuesday for its final regular-season game. Kell is at Cambridge.

Mount Paran Christian 65, Our Lady of Mercy 32: Jordan VerSteeg scored 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the Eagles to a non-region victory.

Mount Paran broke the game open by outscoring the Bobcats 36-15 over the second and third quarters.

Emoni Williams led the Eagles with 15 points while Reed Massey, Brandon Barnes and Blake Jones each had eight.

Mount Paran (17-5) will host St. Francis on Tuesday.

Shiloh Hills Christian 47, King’s Way Christian 35: Jason Allen scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Challegers’ defense held King’s Way to one basket in the period, and Shiloh Hills won the GCAA North Region championship.

The game was tied 33-all heading to the fourth quarter, but the Challegers closed the game on a 14-2 run.

Ryan Pierce made four 3-pointers and led Shiloh Hills in scoring with 14 points.

The Challengers (11-9) will host People’s Christian on Tuesday to open the GCAA state playoffs.

Dominion Christian 64, Furtah Prep 50: Harrison Kristofak poured in 21 points to lead the Knights in the non-region GISA game.

Tomae Theriot had 15 points and five steals for Dominion, while Isaiah Primus-Belgrave added 12 points.

Dominion (16-7) shot more than 50 percent from the field for the game, and Kristofak got things started with three 3-pointers in the first half. The Knights were also 90 percent (18-for-20) on the free-throw line.

Dominion will host Weber on Tuesday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

North Cobb 76, South Cobb 14:
Amber Reeves scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Lady Warriors to a Region 4AAAAAA victory.

Kyrie’ Chandler scored 13 points, and Sierra Barrino added 11 on a night where all nine North Cobb players scored.

The Lady Warriors (21-3, 14-1) will host Campbell on Tuesday, while the Lady Eagles (4-14, 4-8) will host Hillgrove.

Mount Paran Christian 61, Our Lady of Mercy 54: The Lady Eagles held on after a quick start and won the non-region home game.

Mount Paran (12-6) led by 10 after the first quarter, only for Our Lady of Mercy to have a three-point advantage the rest of the way.

Brianna Brown led the Lady Eagles with 25 points and six steals, Sarah Kelly added 14 points and Renee VanHorn had 11.

Defensively, Emily Spillane’s 11 rebounds and Shannon McGeary’s eight led the way.

Mount Paran will host Region 6A rival St. Francis on Tuesday to close out the regular season.

King’s Way Christian 55, Shiloh Hills Christian 52 (3OT): Brianna Domalik had 18 points and nine steals, but the Lady Challengers fell in the GCAA North Region championship game.

Hannah Manross finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, while Darby McCosh added nine points and 13 boards.

Abi Hendrix scored only four points, but her basket in the final seconds of the first overtime kept Shiloh Hills’ hopes alive by sending it to a second overtime period.

The Lady Challengers (16-4) will open the GCAA state playoffs Tuesday when they host People’s Christian.

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Sam Bean
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February 03, 2013
Great Job Pope!

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February 04, 2013
Which Twitter link do you mean? Seems to be working on this end.
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