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From left, Marist’s Timmy Bleekrode battles Wesleyan’s Alex Cardile for possession of the ball in a contest earlier this season.

The second-to-last week of April has brought about the conclusion of the prep soccer regular season and the start of the state playoffs in tennis.

Starting with soccer, Wesleyan’s boys’ team completed an undefeated run in Area 8A play with a 9-0 home win over Towns County April 17. The Wolves also picked up a 4-0 road win over Providence Christian April 12. Abraham Lopez scored two goals for Wesleyan while teammates Jonathan Lopez and Liam Coxhead each had a goal.

Wesleyan’s girls’ team also defeated Towns County April 17 2-1 with Ashley Cowart scoring both goals in the victory. The Wolves also earned a 9-0 area road win at George Walton Academy April 10. Cowart notched a hat trick (three goals) while teammate Sadie Prince had two goals. Caroline Hayes, Lilly Tapp, Sarah Kate Brown and Ashley Binney each scored a goal as well for Wesleyan.

Both Wolves’ programs await their first-round opponents in the state playoffs.

Atlanta International School (AIS) also saw its boys’ team finish perfect in area play with a 5-0 road win at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) April 13. The Eagles have won all six matches in Area 4A play this season. AIS’ girls’ team dropped its game against ELCA 6-2 but had a 5-1 record in area play. Both AIS teams await their first round playoff opponents.

The Weber School will have its boys’ team in the postseason after its 4-0 home win over Galloway in Area 6A play April 12. Weber’s girls’ team fell to Galloway 3-1 the same day.

Staying in Area 6A, The Holy Innocents’ girls’ team secured its spot in the state playoffs with a 1-0 road win at Paideia April 13. Caroline Belisle scored the goal while goalkeeper Lucy Brown posted the shutout for the Golden Bears. Holy Innocents’ followed it up with a 5-0 area home win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian April 17. Collette Campbell had two goals while Shea Fleming, Setareh Khani and Belisle each had one. Abbie Reams and Brown combined for the shutout at goalkeeper.

The Golden Bears’ boys’ team also earned a win over Mount Vernon, picking up the 7-0 victory against the Mustangs on the same day. Patxi Risinger and Blake Dobbs each scored two goals while Griffin Collier, Ford Morgan and Liam Love each had one score. Both Holy Innocents’ teams await their first-round playoff opponents.

Lovett’s girls’ team picked up a 5-0 home win over North Hall in non-region action April 13. Lauren Moore scored the first goal in the 18th minute. The Lions took a 2-0 lead later in the first half on Schuyler Simond’s goal. Two second-half goals by Sophie Elve and one by Chandler Kenny concluded the scoring in the victory.

The Lions’ boys’ team won its game against North Hall 3-2 the same day. Gabe Arango scored the first goal of the contest for Lovett to give the home team the 1-0 advantage. North Hall held a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes remaining in regulation before two goals by Brooks Mauldin, the second one assisted by Lucas Hyman, gave the Lions the victory. Both Lovett teams will be in the state playoffs.

Westminster will also see both of its soccer programs in the postseason after each one finished first in Region 5AAA play. The Wildcats’ boys’ team secured the top spot with a 2-1 home win over Lovett April 17 to improve its overall record to 16-0-1 and undefeated in region play. Westminster’s girls’ team also defeated Lovett the same day 2-1 to also complete a perfect region record.

Staying in Region 5AAA, Pace Academy’s boys’ team dropped its contest to Tucker 3-1 April 17. The Knights’ girls’ team won its game the same day against Tucker 10-0.

North Springs will see both of its teams in the state playoffs. The Spartans’ boys’ squad won at Adairsville 10-0 in a non-region contest April 17. First-half goals came from Osman Ruzayev, and Simon Ben-Moshe, who both scored twice, Anthony Resendiv and Moises Solorio for the 6-0 advantage. Ben-Moshe completed his hat trick early in the second half with his third goal of the contest. Edgar Ulloa also had a second-half goal for North Springs.

The Spartans girls’ team dropped its game to Adairsville 3-0 on the same day but is postseason-bound.

Both of Riverwood’s teams will also be the state playoffs. The Raiders’ boys’ team won at Lassiter 4-2 in a non-region game April 17. Rivewood’s girls’ team fell to the Trojans 3-0 the same day.

Marist boys’ team picked up a 3-1 road win at St. Pius X April 17 and will be in the state playoffs. The War Eagles’ girls’ team is also postseason-bound after a 2-1 win over the Golden Lions the same day.

North Atlanta’s boys’ team fell at Northview 3-2 in Region 7AAAAAA action April 17. The Warriors’ girls’ team emerged with a 1-0 region home victory over Cambridge April 13. Ellie Hankin’s first-half goal in the 13th minute and goalkeeper Lily Mason’s five saves proved enough to secure the shutout.

Whitefield Academy’s boys’ team stayed undefeated in Area 5A play with a 3-0 road win at Walker April 17 while the girls’ team fell 1-0 the same day to the Wolverines. Both WolfPack programs will be in the playoffs.

Woodward Academy’s boys’ team defeated Whitewater 2-1 in a non-region contest April 18. The War Eagles’ girls’ team dropped its contest to Whitewater 2-1 the same day. Both Woodward programs will be in the playoffs.

In the boys’ tennis state playoffs, Lovett won its first-round road match at Murray County 5-0 in Class AAA action April 17. The Lions visited Jackson County for its second-round match.

Westminster won its first-round home match against North Murray 5-0.

In Class AAAA, Marist won its first-round home match against Oconee County 5-0. The War Eagles faced LaGrange for their second-round contest. Woodward Academy defeated Thomson 3-0 in the first round and will face Mary Persons in the second round.

In girls’ tennis, Westminster defeated Haralson County 5-0, Pace Academy beat Bremen 4-1 and Lovett defeated Murray County 5-0 in the first round.

Marist defeated Madison County 4-0, Woodward beat Cross Creek 5-0 in Class AAAA.

The Class AAAAA playoffs included North Springs defeating Southwest DeKalb 3-0 and Riverwood beating Columbia 3-0.

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