Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

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

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]

Lacrosse: Milton boys clicking, surge to No. 1

  • 9:48 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Adam Krohn

Everything is coming together right now for the Milton Eagles. In the past few weeks, they’ve uncovered a star goalie, knocked off the state’s No. 1 ranked team and, in the process, claimed the No. 1 ranking themselves.

They’re now 8-1 and 7-0 in Region 2-AAAAAA play.

“We knew from the beginning we had good players,” said Eagles coach Tom Dell, now in his sixth season as coach. “It was a matter of playing as a team and everyone buying in to what we were doing. We’re starting to come together.”

Though the Eagles had put some good games together to start the [More]

Lacrosse: North Gwinnett girls off to best start in school history; Lovett boys still undefeated

  • 10:20 am Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

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

Boys: The No. 7-ranked team in Class AAAAA-A, the Blessed Trinity Titans, are off to a 7-3 start (3-1 in Region 3) with a win over Allatoona and a loss to Pope this week. They are led by senior goalie Sean Dever, who had 32 saves on the week (64% save percentage on the season). … The St. Pius X Golden Lions, ranked No. 8 in AAAAA-A, were 3-0 on the week with wins over Southwest DeKalb, Benedictine and Collins Hill, pushing their record to 8-2 and 3-0 in [More]

Lacrosse: Westminster girls excelling with youth

  • 9:36 am Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Adam Krohn

When the Westminster Lady Wildcats’ season began, they had four freshman in the starting lineup. It marked the first time any freshman started for the Lady Wildcats since 1999. In addition, the Lady Wildcats have suffered a slew of injuries to begin the season, forcing an additional three role players into the lineup.

Though youth, inexperience and injuries aren’t the recipe for success, there’s plenty of good news for the Lady Wildcats. They’re the four-time defending state champions. They have four returning starters from last year’s title run. And they’re the state’s No. 1-ranked team.

They’re off to an 8-1 start including [More]

Lacrosse: Centennial boys on a roll; Northview girls struggle

  • 10:42 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Adam Krohn

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

• The Centennial Knights – ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA – beat Region 3 opponent South Forsyth 15-1 on Thursday to improve to 6-0 overall, all region games. Junior Austin Skorb had 10 saves at goal and attackers Nathan Solomon, Ryan Carvin and Brendan Spence each scored three goals. Senior midfielder Cole Woodward finished with 11 ground balls, also scoring a goal; senior midfielder Alex Prescott had 9 ground balls and 2 goals; senior defenseman Jake Sadd had 5 ground balls and 5 forced turnovers; freshman midfielder Austin [More]