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AJC updates from the world of high school sports in metro Atlanta and Georgia

Lacrosse: A preview of Saturday’s championship games

  • 10:26 am Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

On Saturday, the GHSA state champions of lacrosse will be determined after hard-fought regular seasons and postseasons. This will be the 10th season since the GHSA officially began recognizing lacrosse state champions.

On the boys side, the No. 2-ranked Northview Titans (20-1) will travel to play the No. 3 Lovett Lions (18-3) at 4 p.m. for the AAAAA-A title game. In AAAAAA, the No. 3 Roswell Hornets (16-3) will host No. 5 Lambert Longhorns (17-4) at 7 p.m.

In the AAAAA-A girls title game, the No. 1-ranked Kell Lady Longhorns (19-1) will host the No.2 Westminster Lady Wildcats (17-4) at 3 p.m. [More]

Lacrosse: Semifinals set for Tuesday, Wednesday

  • 9:14 am Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

The GHSA lacrosse state semifinals for both classifications are set for Tuesday and Wednesday (schedules linked below), with all championship games being played Saturday. Here’s a quick look at how the tournament is shaping up:

AAAAA-A boys

If the No. 1-ranked Westminster Wildcats are going to repeat as state champions, they’re going to need a road victory over the No. 3-ranked Lovett Lions. Both teams are No. 1 seeds, but Area 1 – the Lions’ area – has home-field advantage this year. The Lions have beaten Riverwood (17-5) and Marist (13-4) to reach the semifinals, while the Wildcats have beaten [More]

Lacrosse: Postseason nears

  • 1:21 pm Friday, May 2nd, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Here is some basic information concerning lacrosse as the postseason approaches.

Today is the day the GHSA has designated as the final day to complete Area play to determine seeding for the postseason. Here is the calendar for the lacrosse state playoffs:

5/6 – 5/7 State Lacrosse Playoffs – First Round
5/9 – 5/10 Quarterfinal Round State Lacrosse
5/13 – 5/14 State Lacrosse Tournament – Semifinals
5/17 State Lacrosse Finals

Below are the teams looking to defend their 2013 state titles:


A-AAAAA Westminster
AAAAAA Centennial


A-AAAAA Westminster

Here are the playoff bracket alignments for the 2014 state playoffs.



In the coming weeks, we will be previewing [More]

Lacrosse: Lee sets Peachtree Ridge boys’ all-time scoring record; No. 1 Kell girls beat No. 2 Northview

  • 9:14 am Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Here are some highlights from top teams and performers in GHSA lacrosse:

Boys: The Centennial Knights lost to No. 5 Lambert 10-8 in AAAAAA action. The No. 6-ranked Knights were led by Nathan Solomon and Brendan Spence, who each scored 3 goals. … The Roswell Hornets picked up a pair of wins over AAAAA-A’s No. 6-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian and Walton to improve to 11-3 and 6-1 in Region 2-AAAAAA. Junior attacker Preston Tippett scored 6 goals and 4 assists and leads the team with 42 goals and 34 assists on the season. … AAAAA-A’s No. 2-ranked Westminster Wildcats beat Riverwood [More]

Lacrosse: Former Milton coach building new powerhouse at Northview

  • 9:00 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Adam Krohn

The Milton boys lacrosse program is one of the state’s best, but didn’t exist before Michael Ryan built them up. Milton is now the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Class AAAAAA. In 2009, Ryan left to build up the Northview Titans. Today, the Titans are the state’s No. 1 team in AAAAA-A and seeking their first state title.

The Titans are off to a 15-0 start – 10-0 in Region 3 – a year after reaching the state title game. It was the farthest the Titans have ever advanced in the state playoffs after years of reaching the semifinals [More]

Lacrosse: Knights edge Lassiter; West Forsyth girls dominate Norcross

  • 9:28 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Adam Krohn and Adam Krohn

Here are some highlights from top teams and performers in GHSA lacrosse:

Boys: The Centennial Knights are AAAAAA’s No. 5-ranked team and defeated Lassiter 10-9 to improve to 11-3 and 7-3 in Region 3. They were led by junior attackers Nathan Solomon (3 goals, 2 assists) and Brendan Spence (3 goals). Junior goalie Austin Skorb had 9 saves. … AAAAAA’s No. 8-ranked Peachtree Ridge Lions improved to 10-3 and 7-0 with a pair of wins over Parkview and Grayson. They were led by junior attacker Ben Briggette (7 goals, 4 ground balls), senior midfielder Jacob Lee (6 goals, 15 faceoff wins) [More]

Lacrosse: Lady Longhorns trending upward

  • 8:46 am Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Ever since Todd Utt took over the Kell Lady Longhorns lacrosse team in 2013, his team has only improved. In his first season at the helm, the Lady Longhorns ended a seven-year state playoff drought and have advanced to the second round in each of the past two seasons.

Now they’re thinking beyond the second round.

The Lady Longhorns stand at 11-1 overall (6-0 in Region 2-AAAAA-A) and are the state’s No. 1-ranked team in AAAAA-A. Based on the way they’ve played their competition thus far, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest a trip past the second round could be a [More]

Lacrosse: Westminster boys beat a pair of top 10 teams

  • 9:22 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Here are some highlights from top teams and performers in GHSA lacrosse:

Boys: The No. 2-ranked Westminster Wildcats had a big week, defeating then-No. 3-ranked Lovett 7-6 in a AAAAA-A showdown, then beat AAAAAA’s No. 4-ranked Walton 7-6 in overtime. Sophomore attacker Logan Devereaux had six goals on the week to lead the Wildcats (12-2, 4-0 in 2-AAAAA-A). … The Lambert Longhorns are ranked No. 5 in AAAAAA and beat a pair of Florida teams, Jacksonville’s Bolles and Gainesville’s Oak Hall to improve to 9-3 (3-0 in Region 3). The Longhorns got 4 goals each from Sean Carruthers and Spencer Wilson, [More]

Lady Eagles off to another championship-caliber start

  • 10:30 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

The Milton Lady Eagles are the state’s undisputed No. 1-ranked team. A quick look at their resume makes their case as the state’s best very easy. They’ve won a state championship the last four seasons and have won eight in the last nine seasons. The other four state titles were also won consecutively. They haven’t lost to a team in the state of Georgia since 2009. And they’ve never lost a region game under coach Tim Godby, who has coached the Lady Eagles since 2005.

“There’s not really a secret to our success,” Godby said. “We just have girls who are [More]

Lacrosse: Milton girls beat No. 2 team from Florida

  • 9:57 am Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Here are some highlights from top teams and performers in GHSA lacrosse:

Boys: The Peachtree Ridge Lions, ranked No. 8 in AAAAAA, defeated Riverwood 17-3 and improved to 7-2 and 5-0 in 4-AAAAAA. They were led by Steven Lee’s 4 goals and 5 assists. Michael Pinkstaff, Rob Peterson and Ben Briggette had 3 goals apiece. … AAAAAA’s No. 6-ranked Centennial Knights are 8-2 (7-0 in Region 3) after a 15-11 win over Chattahoochee. attackers Nathan Solomon had 5 goals and 3 assists and Ryan Carvin had 5 goals and 2 assists. … The Westminster Wildcats (10-0, 5-0 in Region 2) are [More]