052219_MNS_GOTW_Javy_Martinez Javy Martinez Ethan Ekpenyong

Marist’s Ethan Ekpenyong (17) battles Wesleyan’s Javy Martinez (7) for the ball in a game earlier this season.

The culmination of the prep spring sports season is upon us, and several local programs are still in contention for championships.

Results of all state tournament games and matches starting May 16 were not available at the Neighbor’s deadline.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) soccer state championships will start with two local teams facing each other. The Class A Private boys’ final May 16 in Powder Springs pits Wesleyan against Whitefield.

The Wolves are the top seed from Area 8 and defeated King’s Ridge and Mount de Sales through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Wesleyan advanced to the finals with a 2-1 victory against Atlanta International May 8. The WolfPack is the top seed from Area 6 and earned wins over Riverside Military and St. Anne-Pacelli to reach the semifinals. Whitefield punched its ticket to the final with a 5-0 win over Walker May 8, led by two goals each from Jason Dinschel and John Johnson. West Peterson had a goal as well while goalkeeper Jack Krahel posted a shutout with four saves.

Westminster will see its boys’ team in the Class 3A final against Coahulla Creek in Powder Springs May 17. The Wildcats are the top seed from Region 5AAA and defeated Hart County, Calhoun and Islands before picking up a 3-0 home victory against Jefferson in the semis May 14.

Wesleyan’s girls’ soccer team is also in the finals and faces Pinecrest Academy in Powder Springs May 16. The Wolves are the second seed from Area 8 and defeated Mount Pisgah Christian and First Presbyterian to reach the semifinals, where they blanked Holy Innocents’ 3-0 May 7. Lucy Mitchell had two goals, Ashley Cowart notched a score and goalkeeper Izzy Larsen secured the shutout for Wesleyan.

Atlanta Classical’s girls’ soccer team has reached the Class A Public state finals against the Academy of Classical Education in Macon May 16. Atlanta Classical is the top seed from Area 5 and defeated Crawford County, Atkinson County and Georgia Military to reach the finals.

The Class 3A girls’ final May 17 will add another chapter to the rivalry between Westminster and Lovett. The Wildcats are the top seed from their region and defeated East Jackson, Lumpkin County and Islands to reach the semis. Westminster secured its spot in the finals with a 4-1 home win over Greater Atlanta Christian May 14.

Lovett is the second seed from its region and earned wins over Morgan County, Calhoun and Southeast Bulloch through the first three rounds. The Lions shut out Jefferson 1-0 at home in the semis May 14.

St. Pius X girls’ team is in the Class 4A championship game against Flowery Branch in Macon May 17. The Golden Lions are the top seed from Region 8AAAA and defeated Chapel Hill, Marist and Northside (Columbus) and didn’t give up a goal through their first three state playoff matches. St. Pius X defeated Blessed Trinity at home 3-2 May 14 in the semifinals to reach the finals.

The GHSA lacrosse state championships are taking place May 18 in Kennesaw. The Class A-5A boys’ final will pit Lovett against Westminster. The Lions are the second seed from Area 2 and earned wins over Carrollton, Marist, Fellowship Christian and Buford to reach the finals. The Wildcats are the top seed from the same area and earned their spot in the finals with wins against Mount Paran, Wesleyan, Starr’s Mill and Blessed Trinity.

Pace is in the GHSA baseball Class 3A title series against Pike County, which will start May 21 in Macon. The Knights are the top seed from Region 5AAA and earned wins over East Jackson, Calhoun and Crisp County to start the postseason.

Pace swept North Hall two games to none in the semifinals May 14. The Knights won the first contest 9-1, led by a game-high four hits and four RBIs from Brian Zeldin. T.J. Rafeedie threw a complete game and posted 10 strikeouts for Pace on the mound. The second game went to the Knights by the score of 8-4 as Andrew Jenkins and Darian Howard each had three RBIs in the victory.

The GHSA golf state championships will be held at various locations throughout the state May 20 and 21.


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