The spring sports season has reached the state playoffs portion of its schedule with many local programs still in contention for championships.
In the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) tennis state playoffs, the North Atlanta girls’ program is in the midst of a historic run. The Warriors are in the semifinals after a 4-0 win against Glynn Academy in Brunswick April 24 in the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals. Singles victories for North Atlanta included Kate Sharabura (6-0, 6-0) and Leeza Kurtz (6-0, 6-1), and the doubles’ unit of Dannie Evans and Rebie Benedict was also successful with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
North Atlanta is the second seed from 7AAAAAA and started the state tourney with 3-0 victories over Creekview and Lanier in the first two rounds.
“The main factors is the strength of our singles players and overall depth,” Warriors head coach Mike Hutchings said. “Kate and Leeza are top players in the state and have good depth from our third singles and doubles spots.”
North Atlanta’s roster has only one senior in Kate Jern, and six of the 11 players are freshmen. The program has seen growth through coordinated interactions with Atlanta Public Schools and Sutton Middle School, seeing more than 100 players participating in the sport.
“We want our program to have something for players at every level, whether you’ve just started to play tennis and want to play socially or like more and more of our kids you have your sights on (NCAA) Division I tennis,” Hutchings said.
Next up for North Atlanta will be the winner of the Northview vs. Lakeside (Evans) match in the semis.
Three local girls’ programs are still in the running for the Class AAA title. Pace is the top seed from Region 5AAA and defeated Murray County 3-1 in the second round to reach the quarterfinals, where it will host Savannah Arts. Lovett has already secured its spot in the semifinals following a 5-0 sweep of Pierce County in the quarters. The Lions will face the Westminster-Appling County winner in the semis. The Wildcats are the third seed from the region and won at Greater Atlanta Christian 4-0 in the second round.
In the Class AAAA bracket, Marist hosts Woodward in the quarterfinals. Marist is the top seed from Region 7AAAA and defeated St. Pius X 3-1 in the second round. Woodward, the top seed from Region 4AAAA, swept Burke County 4-0 in the second round to advance.
In Class AAAAA action, North Springs ended its season with a 3-0 first-round loss at Kell. Riverwood was the top seed from Region 6AAAA and reached the quarterfinals after wins against Woodland (Bartow) and Clarke Central. But the Raiders’ 2019 campaign concluded with a 3-2 home loss to Bainbridge.
In the Class A Private competition, Wesleyan picked up a 3-0 home win over Atlanta International in the first round but fell at Mount Paran 3-0 in the second round. Whitefield and Holy Innocents’ both dropped their first-round matches 3-2 to First Presbyterian and Hebron Christian, respectively.
Transitioning to the GHSA boys’ tennis competition, Holy Innocents’ earned a 4-1 home victory over Hebron Christian April 23 to reach the Class A Private quarterfinals. Garrett Johns and Will Garner picked up singles wins while the doubles groups of Nicholas Verlander and Richard Johnston and Ryan Wood and Ben Brown were also victorious. Next up for the Golden Bears is a trip to Stratford in the quarterfinals. Wesleyan is also in the quarters after a 3-0 home win against Atlanta International in the first round. The Wolves visit North Cobb Christian in their next match. Galloway fell at Athens Christian 3-0 in the first round.
Pace, Lovett and Westminster are in the Class AAA semifinals. The Knights won at home against Benedictine 3-0, the Lions got past Brantley County 4-1 and the Wildcats swept Pierce County 5-0 in the quarterfinals. Lovett and Westminster will meet each other in the semis while Pace faces either Appling County or Jefferson in its next contest.
In the Class AAAA playoffs, three local teams advanced to the quarterfinals. Woodward, the top seed from its region, defeated Upson-Lee 4-0 in the second round and visits Denmark in its next contest. St. Pius X is the third seed from its region and earned a 3-2 home victory against Flowery Branch in the second round. The Golden Lions visit Columbus in the quarters. Marist won at Cartersville 3-0 in the second round as the third seed in its region. The War Eagles host Americus-Sumter in the quarterfinals.
In the Class AAAAA playoffs, Riverwood won its first-round match at Kell 3-1 but fell at Buford 3-0 in the second round. North Springs also picked up a first-round win at home against Rome 3-0 but dropped its second-round match at Chamblee 3-0.
In the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA) tennis playoffs, Brandon Hall’s girls placed second in the Class AA tournament in Macon April 22, falling to Oak Mountain in the championship match. The Lady Panthers beat Brentwood and Southwest Georgia in the first two rounds. Holy Spirit Prep had both of its teams in the Class AAA playoffs. The girls’ team won its quarterfinals match against Augusta Prep but fell to Valwood in the semifinals. The Cougars’ boys team was also victorious in first round action with a win over Westminster (Augusta) but dropped its semifinals contest to Brookwood.
The GHSA boys’ soccer tournament has started, and the second round will take place May 2. The Class A Private bracket saw Atlanta International pick up a 10-0 home win against Mount Paran in the first round and will next face Athens Academy. Wesleyan defeated King’s Ridge 4-1 at home and will host Mount de Sales. Whitefield was also victorious in first round action with a 6-2 triumph over Riverside Military. The Wolfpack will face St. Anne-Pacelli.
In Class AAA, Westminster won its first-round home match against Hart County 5-0 and will host Calhoun. Lovett defeated East Jackson 2-0 to open the postseason and will visit Coahulla Creek. Rounding out the classification was Pace winning at Morgan County 8-1 in the first round. The Knights visit Greater Atlanta Christian in the second round.
The Class AAAAA playoffs saw Riverwood fall at Villa Rica 3-2 and North Springs defeat at Carrollton 4-0 in the first round.
The Class AAAA postseason opened April 26 with Woodward hosting Northside (Columbus), St. Pius X welcoming Central (Carrollton) and Marist visiting Northwest Whitefield in the first round.
In the girls’ soccer playoffs, the second round take place May 1. Holy Innocents’ earned a 3-1 road win against Mount Paran with Caroline Belisle netting two goals and Sam Siegel scoring one. The Golden Bears will face Lakeview in the second round.
Wesleyan was victorious in a 5-0 road contest against Mount Pisgah. Lucy Mitchell scored two goals while Kris Laurite, Isabel Moratti and Ashley Cowart each had a score. Izzy Larsen posted a shutout for the Wolves, who will next visit First Presbyterian. Whitefield’s season concluded with a 3-1 loss at Pinecrest.
In the Class AAA playoffs, Lovett secured an 8-0 home win over Morgan County in the first round. The Lions next visit Calhoun. Westminster is also in the second round following a 10-0 home victory against East Jackson. Next up for the Wildcats will be a home tilt against Lumpkin County.
Riverwood won its first-round road match against Rome 4-3 in Class AAAAA action, and will visit Buford in the next round. North Springs’ season ended with a 5-1 loss at Carrollton in the first round.
Class AAAA first-round action will feature Woodward hosting Cairo, Marist hosting Lafayette and St. Pius X welcoming Chapel Hill.
In the GHSA baseball playoffs, Mount Vernon Presbyterian and Wesleyan received first-round byes in the Class A Private competition. Holy Innocents’ visits Strong Rock Christian in the first round.
The Class AAA bracket features Pace hosting East Jackson, Lovett welcoming Hart County and Westminster visiting Jefferson.
In Class AAAA, Marist hosts Pickens, Woodward hosts Hardaway and St. Pius X visits Troup County. Rounding out the action, in Class AAAAA, will be Riverwood hosting East Paulding and North Springs visiting Carrollton.
In the GISA Class AA playoffs, Brandon Hall faces Crisp in the first round, with the winner battling Edmund Burke in the second round. Holy Spirit Prep plays Tiftarea in the first round, with the winner meeting the Trinity Christian-Westminster victor in the second round.