Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

North Oconee’s Bertran wins Davis Cup match

  • 9:10 am Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Peter Bertran of North Oconee made a successful Davis Cup debut. Bertran was playing for the Dominican Republic and defeated Robert Farah of Colombia 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Bertran was born in the Dominican Republic, but attends North Oconee High. He is rated as the No. 5 prospect in the state. In 2013 he won ITF tournaments in the Dominican Republic, Aruba and Barbados. He has a career-best ITF singles ranking of 112 and has a 44-19 record on that circuit.

Boys tennis: Spalding won the Region 4-AAAA championship for the third straight season by beating Eagle’s Landing 3-2 in the final. The [More]

Golf/Tennis: Coach Baskin honored for developmental work

  • 8:59 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Jerry Baskin, who has coached numerous high-profile players from Georgia, was honored as a Team USA Coaching Legend at the inaugural Team USA Coaching Awards.

His students include U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri of Wheeler, Bobby Reynolds of Harrison and Brian Vahaly of Lovett..

Baskin is regarded as one of the best junior development coaches in the country over the last 40 years. He was the 2002 U.S. Olympic Committee Tennis Coach of the Year and a 2004 inductee into the Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame. He has helped more than 300 players earn college scholarships.

Baskin was joined by fellow legends Nick [More]

Golf/Tennis: Calhoun boys complete unbeaten season

  • 9:19 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Calhoun earned the No. 1 spot in the Region 7-AA playoffs and completed a perfect regular season by closing the year with a 5-0 win over Dade County. The Yellow Jackets (16-0, 7-0) are led by Morgan Bird at No. 1 singles and Adrian Lively at No. 2 singles.

Girls tennis: Calhoun wins regular season title

Calhoun finished the season unbeaten in Region 7-AA play and earned the top seed in the postseason. The Yellow Jackets (13-2, 7-0) finished the regular season with a 5-0 win over Dade County. Sam Stewart and Caroline Tarpley play the top two singles spots for Calhoun. [More]

Dunwoody, Arabia Mount share DeKalb golf title

  • 9:05 am Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

They went three extra holes, but no one could break the tie at the DeKalb County Golf Championships at the Sugar Creek Golf Course. That left Dunwoody and Arabia Mountain tied at 316 and co-champions.

Dunwoody, which had won the county title for five straight years, was led by freshman Will Bentson with a 77 and senior Raul Oviedo with a 78. Corey Sullivan shot 71 and Lain Barclay added an 82 for the Wildcats.

Arabia Mountain was led by senior Darius Davis, who shot 74 to finish second overall. Freshmen Noah Kuranga and Nylan Washington hat 76 and 78 and senior Miles [More]

Brookstone wins at Atlanta Athletic Club … Tardy medalist in Girls Invitational

  • 8:00 am Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Hunter Chapman admitted his Brookstone golf team was pretty stoked about playing in the 10th annual High School Invitational at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course. Throughout the two-hour drive the players kept talking about some of the great shots and foibles they’d see at the historic course during the 2011 PGA Championship.

Once the Cougars arrived, they made a little history of their own. And when Chapman loaded everyone on the van for the ride back to Columbus, they were toting the first-place trophy with them.

Brookstone, the defending Class A Private school champion, shot a 218 [More]

Five state golf champs to compete at Atlanta Athletic Club … Tardy, Dai leads Girls Invitational

  • 9:21 am Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Five of the state’s defending golf  champions will compete in the annual High School Invitational on Monday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Marist is back to defend the title it won last year on the Highlands Course. The War Eagles are the defending Class AAAA champion and has won nine state titles.  Marist is led by Will Chandler, Will Duma, Jack Larkin and Sean Murphy; Chandler was medalist at state last year and the other three were among a five-way tie for second.

The other champions in the 18-team field include Norcross (Class AAAAAA), Woodward Academy (Class AAA), Westminster (Class AA) and [More]

Union Grove boys ready for run?

  • 8:00 am Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The Union Grove boys were second in Class AAAAA a year ago, but may have the depth and experience needed to take the next step this spring.

Junior Rachel Dai shot a 1-under 70 and was medalist for the third straight week. Cambridge also counted 74s from juniors Sabrina Long and Payton Schanen. Tiffany Elam also had a 79.

Boys golf: Peachtree Ridge take title

Charles Huntzinger shot a 69 to earn medalist honors and help Peachtree Ridge win the Grizzly Classic at Woodmont Country Club in Canton. The Lions shot a 306 to claim the championship.

Slaughter sparks Brookwood girls to fast start … Golf notes, too

  • 10:07 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The Brookwood girls are off to a great start in the tennis season. The Broncos started the season with a 12-4 start and have potential to challenge for a state championship.

The Broncos are led by Liz Slaughter at No. 1 singles. The senior has already committed to Dallas Baptist and won three of four matches at the Blue Angel’s Southern Invitational in Pensacola, Fla.  Freshman Christina Bugg, the No. 2 singles player, was the only player to go undefeated in Pensacola.

Brookwood’s No. 1 doubles team of Alex Adams and Sheridan Schuster are undefeated, including a win against a [More]

Golf/Tennis: Bremen girls whip bigger schools to take Granger Invitational

  • 8:00 am Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The Bremen girls tennis team won the Division II Championship of the Granger Invitational Tournament of Champions last weekend. Bremen defeated AAAAAA North Cobb 5-0, AAAA River Ridge 5-0, AAAA Columbus 3-2 and AAAA Carrollton 3-2 in the finals. Bremen, which improved to 11-1, finished third the previous week at the Marietta Spring Classic.

Bremen is led by junior Meg Cummings, a three-year starter at No. 1 singles, and Charli Allen, a sophomore starting for her second season at No. 2. Junior Emily Cheshier (12-0) is a three-year starter at No. 3. The No. 1 doubles team is Alexis [More]

Buford, Morgan boys to settle score

  • 4:49 pm Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Rarely do you find two top-ranked teams from different regions who are willing to play each other during the regular season. But the Morgan County and Buford boys were able to hook up to start the season and again near the end. Now, after splitting those two games, they meet in the Class AAA championship game.
Morgan County got there by beating defending state champion Johnson in the semifinal round. The Bulldogs (25-5) have been motivate all year by its second-round expulsion by North Hall. “That left a bitter taste in our mouth,” coach Charlemagne Gibbons said.

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