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Lovett lacrosse player Emilio Ferrara handles the ball during a match earlier this season.

The early portion of May has brought about the continuation of several state playoffs for local programs in lacrosse, soccer and baseball.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) lacrosse playoffs have reached the quarterfinals, which were May 9 and 10. Results were not available at the Neighbor’s deadline.

The Class A-5A boys’ bracket includes Westminster, which is the top seed from Area 1. The Wildcats started the playoffs with an 18-4 win over Mount Paran Christian and followed it up a 14-4 home victory against Wesleyan in the second round. Westminster will host Starr’s Mill in the quarters.

Lovett is also in the quarterfinals as the second seed from Area 2. The Lions defeated Carrollton 21-4 at home to start the postseason and than won at Marist 15-8 in their second round contest. Next up for Lovett is a road match against Fellowship Christian.

Woodward has earned the top seed from Area 7 and started the playoffs with a 28-2 home victory against Fayette County and a 15-10 win at home against Mount Pisgah Christian. The War Eagles will now host Buford in the quarterfinals.

The Class A-5A girls’ bracket also features Westminster, which is the top seed from its area. The Wildcats started the postseason with a 19-4 win against Carrollton at home followed by another home victory against Decatur by the score of 10-5. Westminster hosts McIntosh in the quarterfinals.

Wesleyan is the top seed from Area 4 and started off with a 22-5 home victory against Southwest DeKalb. The Wolves followed it up with a 21-11 win at home against Grady. Tabitha Conrad had seven draw controls while teammate Elise Harper won three draw controls in addition to causing two turnovers defensively for Wesleyan. Whitaker Welch, Katie Tanner, Chloe Hangartner, Emma Kate Means, Molly Brown and Anna Rae Copeland each scored goals in the victory. Wesleyan visits Starr’s Mill in the quarterfinals.

Marist is the top seed from Area 1 and defeated Greater Atlanta Christian 10-4 at home in the first round. The War Eagles earned a home win over Lovett 10-7 in the second round and host Fellowship Christian in the quarters.

The GHSA boys’ soccer playoffs has reached the in the Class A Private competition and the semifinals for the rest of the classifications.

The Class A Private finals will include two local squads in Wesleyan and Whitefield. The Wolves are the top seed from Area 8 and picked up a 2-1 win over Atlanta International in the semifinals May 8. The WolfPack are the top seed from Area 6 and defeated Walker 5-0 in the semis on the same day. The state title game will take place May 16.

Westminster is in the Class AAA semis after earning a 6-1 win over Islands May 8. The Wildcats are the top seed from Region 5 and host Jefferson May 14. Results were not available at the Neighbor’s deadline.

Wesleyan’s girls’ soccer team is also in the Class A Private finals. The Wolves defeated Holy Innocents’ 3-0 May 7 at home in the semifinals led by two first-half goals by Lucy Mitchell. Ashley Cowart added a second half goal and goalkeeper Izzy Larsen posted a shutout to secure the victory. The Wolves, who are the second seed from Area 8A, will face Pinecrest May 16 for the state championship.

Lovett and Westminster are in the Class AAA semifinals. The Lions are the second seed from Region 5AAA and defeated Southeast Bulloch 10-0 at home May 7 in the quarterfinals. Lovett hosts Jefferson May 14 in the semis, and results were not available at the Neighbor’s deadline. The other side of the bracket sees the Wildcats as the top seed from Region 5AAA. Westminster secured its place in the semis with a 9-0 win over Islands May 7. Next up for the Wildcats is a home match against Greater Atlanta Christian May 14.

St. Pius X is in the Class AAAA semifinals after a 10-0 home win over Northside (Columbus) May 7. The Golden Lions are the top seed from Region 8AAAA and host Blessed Trinity in the semis May 14.

Riverwood has advanced to the Class AAAAA semifinals following a 2-1 road win against Warner Robins May 7. Murphy Barja and Ellie Mezzio scored the goals for the Raiders who are the third seed from Region 6AAAAA. Riverwood visits McIntosh May 14 for a chance to reach the finals.

In the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) soccer playoffs, Holy Spirit’s girls advanced to the semifinals, where they will face Deerfield-Windsor May 10, with results not available at the Neighbor’s deadline. The Cougars beat Tiftarea 3-0 in the first round and Westminster (Augusta) 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Holy Spirit’s boys are also in the semis and will face the Fugees May 10. The Cougars defeated Brookwood 4-0 in the first round and Augusta Prep 4-2 in the quarters.

The GHSA baseball playoffs have reached the quarterfinals in the Class A Private bracket and the semifinals in other classifications.

Wesleyan reached the quarters after a 2-1 series win over North Cobb Christian in the second round. Next up for the Wolves, who are the third overall seed, is a home series against Fellowship Christian.

Pace is in the Class AAA semifinals after sweeping Crisp County in the quarterfinals May 8. The Knights won the first contest 5-4, led by pitcher T.J. Rafeedie, who struck out seven batters over 5.2 innings of work. Offensively, Mitchell O’Berry, Andrew Jenkins and Jayden Thomas each had two hits in the victory. Pace followed it up with a 14-0 win with pitcher Brian Zeldin posting seven strikeouts in four innings. Zachary Howard, Jae Williams and O’Brien each had two RBIs for the Knights. Next up for Pace, the top seed from Region 5AAA, is a home series against North Hall May 14.

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