050819_MNS_GOTW_Arya_Mishra Arya Mishra

Lovett boys’ tennis player Arya Mishra prepares to hit a forehand in a match earlier this season.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state tennis championships are upon us, and several local programs will compete for glory at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College May 4. Results were not available at the Neighbor's print deadline.

The Class AAA boys’ title match pits together two familiar foes from the same region in the Lovett School and Pace Academy.

The Lions are the defending state champions and entered this postseason as the second seed from Region 5AAA. Lovett opened the state playoffs with 5-0 sweeps over Hart County and Calhoun through the first two rounds before hosting Brantley County in the quarterfinals April 27. The Lions emerged with a 4-1 team victory led by singles victories from Nicholas Kazamias 2-0 (6-1, 6-1) as well as Zachary Freier 2-0 (6-0, 6-0). The doubles units of Harry Kahn and Hunter Fankhauser 2-0 (6-0, 6-0) and Jonathan Milner and Justin Novellas 2-0 (6-3, 6-0) also won their matches. Lovett earned its spot in the state finals with a 3-1 home win over The Westminster Schools in the semis April 29.

The Knights are the top seed from Region 5AAA and swept Franklin County and Murray County through the first two rounds of the postseason. Pace defeated Benedictine 3-0 in the quarters and Jefferson 3-0 in the semis to reach the state title match.

Lovett and Pace will also face each other in the girls’ title game.

The Lions are the second seed from their region and defeated Franklin County and Calhoun in their first two playoff matches. Lovett hosted Pierce County in the quarterfinals and emerged with a 5-0 team victory. Hunter Pullman earned a two-set victory in singles’ competition as well as teammates Breanna Patel and Emma McHale. The doubles unit of Kasey Goldenberg and Campbell Tomlin was also victorious in its match. Lovett defeated Westminster 3-1 at home in the state semifinals April 29.

The Knights are the top seed from their region and defeated Hart County and Murray County in their first two postseason matches. Pace defeated Savannah Arts 3-1 in the quarters and picked up a 3-1 home victory over North Hall in the semis.

Woodward Academy’s boys team will be in the Class AAAA state title game. The War Eagles are the top seed from Region 4AAAA and swept its first two opponents in Shaw and Upson-Lee. Woodward proceeded to win at Denmark 3-2 in the quarterfinals and at home over St. Pius X 3-0 in the semifinals. Next up for the War Eagles is North Oconee who defeated Marist 3-0 in its semifinals’ contest.

The Marist School will have its girls’ team in the Class AAAA state title match. The War Eagles are the top seed from Region 7AAAA and defeated Lafayette and St. Pius X in their first two rounds. Marist earned consecutive sweeps in wins over Woodward and Columbus to reach the finals. The War Eagles will meet North Oconee which defeated Cartersville in its semifinals match.

The North Atlanta girls' team saw its season conclude with a 3-1 home defeat to Northview in the Class AAAAAA semifinals.

The GHSA soccer state tournament had first-round action April 24 and 25 before having second-round contests May 2 and 3. Second-round results were not available at the Neighbor's print deadline.

In Class A Private boys’ action, Atlanta International School earned a 10-0 first round home win over Mount Paran Christian.

“Our boys were really prepared for the match mentally and physically,” Eagles coach Matt Padula said. “Great training sessions leading up to the game and mental focus as we begin what we hope is a deep playoff run. In game the keys to success were crisp passing and movement off the ball, which created lots of scoring chances.”

Next up for Atlanta International is Athens Academy.

Wesleyan School also won its first round match with a 4-1 home triumph over King’s Ridge. The Wolves led 1-0 at halftime off of a goal from Harrison Larner assisted by Jonathan Lopez. Sean Renz’s strike pushed the lead to 2-0 in the second half. King’s Ridge converted a penalty kick to cut the lead in half but consecutive goals from Renz and Lopez secured the win for Wesleyan.

“King’s Ridge was a very good team, very well coached and they made us work for everything,” Wolves head coach Billy Coxhead said. Wesleyan hosts Mount de Sales in its second round match. “It’s a long break between games but we are trying to stay focused at practice,” Coxhead said.

Whitefield Academy was victorious in its first-round home match against Riverside Military Academy by the score of 6-2. Rees PicKell notched a hat trick with three goals, Jason Dinshel scored twice and Luke Wilson had a goal to propel the Wolfpack offense. West Peterson had three assists as well. Whitefield faces St. Anne-Paceli in its next match.

In Class AAA action, Pace won at Morgan County 8-1 in the first round and visits Greater Atlanta Christian in its next contest. Lovett was victorious at home over East Jackson 2-0 in the first round led by Brooks Mauldin’s two goals. The Lions visit Coahulla Creek in their next contest. Defending state champion Westminster shut out Hart County 5-0 in its first round match and now hosts Calhoun in its next match.

The Class AAAA bracket included Woodward, which defeated Northside (Columbus) 9-0 in the first round. The War Eagles host Perry in the second round. St. Pius X was victorious with its 5-0 first round home victory over Central (Carrollton). The Golden Lions host Blessed Trinity in their next match. Marist won at Northwest Whitfield 3-1 in the first round and visits LaGrange in the second round.

Two local teams saw their seasons conclude in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. North Springs dropped its road contest against Carrollton 4-1 and Riverwood fell at Villa Rica 3-2.

The Class A Private girls’ bracket includes Wesleyan which won at Mount Pisgah Christian 5-0 in the first round. Lucy Mitchell had two goals while teammates Kris Laurite, Isabel Moratti and Ashley Cowart also each found the back of the net once in the victory. Goalkeeper Izzy Larsen posted a clean sheet for Wesleyan which will visit First Presbyterian.

Holy Innocents’ was victorious in its opening-round match at Mount Paran 3-1 led by two goals from Caroline Belisle and one score by Sam Siegel. The Golden Bears will face Lakeview Academy in their next contest. Whitefield Academy saw its season conclude with a 3-1 road loss against Pinecrest Academy.

In Class AAA action, Lovett won its first round home match against Morgan County 8-0. Chandler Kenny posted a hat trick with an assist while teammate Leslie Lewallen had two goals and an assist. Gabby Elve notched two goals and two assists, and Elke Gill had a goal. Goalkeepers Kendall Hart and Evy Galbraith combined for the shutout. The Lions visit Calhoun in the next round.

Westminster won its first-round home match against East Jackson 10-0 and hosts Lumpkin County in the next round. Pace saw its season conclude with a 7-6 road loss to Jefferson.

The Class AAAA playoffs includes Woodward, which won its first round home match to Cairo 7-0. The War Eagles will host Howard in their next match.

Marist and St. Pius X will meet in the second round. The War Eagles and Golden Lions each earned 10-0 first round victories over Lafayette and Chapel Hill, respectively.

Riverwood won its first-round match in Class AAAAA action in a 4-2 win at Rome. The Raiders visit Buford for their next contest. North Springs’ season ended with a 5-1 loss at Carrollton.

The GHSA baseball playoffs have reached the second round with the following contests taking place: Mount Vernon Presbyterian hosting Fellowship Christian, Wesleyan hosting North Cobb Christian, Westminster visiting North Hall, Pace hosting Calhoun, Woodward hosting Upson-Lee, Marist visiting North Oconee, St. Pius X hosting Denmark and Riverwood visiting Southwest DeKalb. Results were not available at the Neighbor's print deadline.

In the first round, Mount Vernon and Wesleyan got a first-round bye, Holy Innocents' fell to Strong Rock 2-0 (9-0, 6-0), Westminster beat Jefferson 2-1 (7-1, 0-8, 5-4), Pace defeated East Jackson 2-0 (10-0, 15-2), Lovett fell to Hart County 2-1 (3-2, 2-4, 0-7), Marist beat Pickens 2-0 (6-4, 16-10), St. Pius X tripped Troup County 2-0 (6-2, 3-2), Woodward whipped Hardaway 2-0 (4-0, 8-2), North Springs lost to Carrollton 2-0 (7-1, 12-0) and Riverwood edged East Paulding 2-1 (5-8, 5-4, 12-2).

In the GISA state Class AA and AAA playoffs, Brandon Hall lost to Crisp Academy 2-0 (14-8, 13-1), and Holy Spirit fell to Tiftarea 2-0 (10-0, 22-0), respectively.

The GHSA lacrosse playoffs begin this week with the following boys’ contests: St. Pius X hosting Wesleyan, Westminster hosting Mount Paran, Holy Innocents’ visiting Benedictine, Pace visiting Kell, Woodward hosting Fayette County, Riverwood visiting Whitefield, Lovett hosting Carrollton and Marist hosting Pinecrest.

The girls’ contests will be Westminster hosting Carrollton, Wesleyan hosting Southwest DeKalb, Holy Innocents’ visiting Mount de Sales, Woodward visiting Starr’s Mill, St. Pius X visiting Buford, Pace visiting Kell, Woodward visiting Whitewater, Lovett hosting East Paulding and Marist hosting Greater Atlanta.

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