Prep Roundup: Kulik leads Walker to area crown
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The Walker boys clinched the Area 4A golf title Monday at Coosa Country Club, with a team score of 309.

Mount Paran Christian was a close second at 312.

Walker gained an automatic entry into the Class A private-school tournament May 19 at Augusta’s Forest Hills Golf Club. Mount Paran, Mount Pisgah Christian and Darlington will first have to play through a May 5 sectional at Eagle’s Brooke Golf Club in Locust Grove.

“We’re feeling great,” Walker coach Bill Schreiner said. “We’re very positive about state. We have high hopes of doing well there. We have a very focused and mature group.”

Barrett Kulik shot 73, finishing one stroke behind medalist JonErik Alford of Mount Pisgah. Kulik’s round was highlighted by a birdie on No. 1, a chip-in for birdie on No. 6 and a birdie on No. 14 that followed a bogey on 13.

Joe Reich finished with a 75 for Walker, while Bradley Filkins shot 80 and Jonathan Hsu 81.

For Mount Paran Christian, Tyler Young shot 76. He had a strong front nine and was even-par at the turn before getting into a bind with a bogey on 10, double bogey on 11 and a bogey on 12.

Davis Hall and Mack Alford both shot 78, and Jamison VerSteeg shot 80.

Kell finishes second in region: Matthew Hines won the individual title with a 71, helping the Longhorns finish second in the Region 5AAAAA tournament at Eagle Watch Golf Club in Woodstock.

Hines’ younger brother, Ryan, shot 78 and finished in the top eight. Mark Decoster ended up with an 83, while P.J. Varner shot 86.

Kell shot 318 as a team — 10 strokes behind champion Cambridge —and qualified for the May 5 sectional at White Oak Golf Club in Newnan. Creekview (321) and Pope (334) also advanced to the sectional.

Daniel Edmondson led the Greyhounds at 79, which tied for 10th individually. Alex Reed chipped in with an 83, Brady Kupersmith shot 84 and James Gruber finished with an 88.

BOYS TENNIS

Pope 4, South Paulding 0:
The Greyhounds took care of business in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament, winning three matches without giving up a single game.

Austin Bates and Michael Busby each won 6-0, 6-0 in singles play. Harrison Watkins and Mark Fisher also prevailed with a shutout at No. 2 doubles.

Ryan Heins and Dom Allen ended up with the toughest victory, winning 6-3, 6-0.

Lassiter 3, Mill Creek 0: The Trojans got through its first-round Class AAAAAA state tournament match in less than an hour.

Daniel Yun won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Christopher Yun won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 and Jonathan Jemison won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.

Lassiter will host either Chattahoochee or Parkview in the second round.

BASEBALL

Allatoona 15, New Manchester 0 (4 inn.):
The Buccaneers cruised to victory, wrapping up the Region 5AAAAA championship in the process.

Allatoona (22-2, 17-1), which last won a region title in 2011, set the tone early, scoring six runs in the first inning.

Spencer Sherer was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Clarke Schmidt and Cooper Murphy also had 2-for-3 nights. Drew Swanson had a two-run home run.

Michael Dzurenko (3-0) pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and striking out two for Allatoona, which will travel to South Paulding on Thursday.

Harrison 7, South Cobb 2: The Hoyas pulled away to win the Region 4AAAAAA game and stay in contention for the region’s final state playoff berth.

Tanner Weeks and Cole Austin each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Ross Neely drove in a pair of runs. Jacob Jones only had one hit, but he drew three walks.

James Williams (2-3) went four innings, striking out four. He also contributed an RBI.

With the first three seeds having already clinched by Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb and Marietta, the trio of Harrison, Hillgrove and McEachern are all vying for the No. 4 seed.

Harrison (15-7, 8-6) and Hillgrove (9-5 in the region) will face one another Wednesday and Friday, while McEachern (8-5) faces Campbell today before entering a series with Kennesaw Mountain.

Hillgrove 6, Pebblebrook 0: The Hawks broke loose in the later innings, scoring twice in the fifth and three times in the seventh.

John Devine had a productive game on the mound and at the plate. He struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings and recorded his first win of the season, while also going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Carter Landreth had a two-run double, while Alex Garland and Tristan DeLozier each drove in one on a double.

McEachern 10, Campbell 0 (6 inn): The Indians scored in every inning against their Region 4AAAAAA opponent.

Jared Walker hit for the cycle and totaled six RBIs in the game. Trey Harris was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, Brent Alford was 2-for-4 and Zach Smith was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

T.J. Clark threw all five innings for the Indians and had nine strikeouts to four hits.

McEachern (13-9-1, 8-5) will play at Campbell today.

Walton 6, Lassiter 2: Trailing 2-0 through 3½ innings, the Raiders rallied back to take the Region 5AAAAAA game.

Walton (17-6, 8-3) scored four runs in the fourth, then added two more in the sixth.

Carter Kieboom had two RBIs for the Raiders, while Parker McCoy and Jason Rooks each had one.

Logan Barnette (5-1) allowed three hits and struck out four over six innings for Walton, which will travel to Lassiter (9-14, 6-5) today.

Grant Berry, Nate Dupree and Nick Esposito had hits for Lassiter.

Mount Paran Christian 6, Walker 3: The Eagles scored three runs in the sixth inning to break a 3-all tie and win the Region 6A game.

Jake Palomaki hit a two-run double in the sixth to help Mount Paran pull away, and Taylor Trammell hit a double to bring Palomaki home.

Trammell was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Landon Faulkner, who led off the sixth with a hit, went 2-for-2 and an RBI in the third inning. Jake Landon was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Graham True was also 1-for-3.

Walker’s Gaines Lahue and Kevin Bray were each 2-for-4. Cameron Bloebaum was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, and James Pittinger was 1-for-2 with a double.

Mount Paran (21-3, 18-0) will play at Whitefield Academy tonight.

North Cobb 13, Marietta 8: The Warriors had the upper hand throughout the high-scoring game and held off Marietta in a Region 4AAAAAA game.

Nolan Greckel was 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Warriors, while Eli Sepnieski was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Chad McClanahan was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and Tre Kirklin was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Noah Hahlbohn was the winning pitcher for North Cobb (15-8, 9-4). He threw six innings, gave up seven hits and three runs.

Evan Steele was 3-for-4 for Marietta. Trey Mathis was 2-for-3 and Miles Mitchell had two hits.

North Cobb will host Marietta today.

Pope 14, Osborne 3 (6 inn): Pope scored six runs in the first and five more in the sixth to pull away in the abbreviated Region 7AAAAA game.

Jacob Culberson had a two-run single in the first inning and Josh Lowe had an RBI double. In the sixth inning, Brady John had a two-run single, and Ted Chambers came through with an RBI double.

Culberson ended up 2-for-3 with four RBIs and two stolen bases. Mason Shifflet was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Brett Lyle was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Stephen Skruck was 2-for-2 with two doubles.

Pope (13-10, 12-6) has two games left and is currently tied for third in the region. It will host Creekview on Wednesday.

King’s Ridge Christian 8, Whitefield Academy 3: The Wolfpack committed six errors, which contributed greatly to the Region 6A loss.

Starting pitcher Luke Miltner allowed all eight runs, but only two were earned.

Bradley Davidson was an offensive highlight, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI. Jimmy McCarthy was 2-for-3.

Whitefield (13-9, 10-7) will host Mount Paran Christian today.

Tatnall Square 11, Dominion Christian 4: Errors haunted the Knights as they committed six in all.

Despite the defensive struggles, Dominion (9-6) was still in the game before Tatnall scored six runs in the sixth inning.

Luke Lewallen was 2-for-4, while C.J. Copeland went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Knights, who will travel to Trinity-Sharpsburg today.

BOYS SOCCER

Kennesaw Mountain 3, Walker 1:
Edgar Martinez accounted for all the scoring on his own as the Mustangs won the non-region home game.

Alejandro Aguilar made three saves for Kennesaw Mountain (7-10), which will travel to Mount Paran Christian on Wednesday to close out the season.

GIRLS SOCCER

Kennesaw Mountain 7, Walker 0:
The Lady Mustangs continued tuning up for the state playoffs.

Olivia Guajardo had a hat trick and assisted on a fourth goal. Tayler Hartrampf scored twice, while Vannah Moreland and Jasmin Lanuza each had a goal and an assist.

Meredith Bailey and Taylor Parker combined to record the shutout for Kennesaw Mountain (10-6-1), which will close the regular season Wednesday, making the short trip to Mount Paran Christian.

Marietta 4, Chapel Hill 3: Ashton Adams scored the game-winner with 5 minutes to play in the game when she received a through ball and dribbled past several defenders to finish.

Marietta used the game as a tune-up for the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

It was Adams’ second goal, while Kennedy Folse also had two goals for Marietta (7-8), which will play at Lithia Springs on Wednesday.

BOYS LACROSSE

Kennesaw Mountain 15, Newnan 4:
The Mustangs raced out to an 8-1 halftime lead and dominated the Area 1AAAAAA game.

Dennis Bell and Ryan Clark each had four goals, while Clark also added an assist. Scott Shultz had two goals and two assists, while Brad Basnett had a goal and two assists.

Josh Ehrlich saved five shots through three quarters for Kennesaw Mountain (11-4, 3-3), which will host North Paulding on Thursday.

Chattahoochee 12, Walton 7: Chattahoochee jumped out to a 5-1 lead and Walton couldn’t bounce back.

The Raiders got within three goals at 9-6 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Cougars responded with three unanswered goals to pull away.

Jack Whittaker scored five goals to lead Walton, Nick Sposito scored two and Ryan Jones and Justin Peterman each scored one. Michael Gernatt assisted on five of Walton’s seven goals.

Jake Hornberger had 10 saves at goal for Walton, which will play at Roswell on Wednesday for second place in Area 2AAAAAA.
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