Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

State tennis championship roundup

  • 6:57 pm Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The St. Pius boys sent coach Chuck Byrd into retirement with a state championship, but it wasn’t easy.

The Golden Lions beat region rival Woodward Academy 3-2 in the Class AAA championship match that wasn’t decided until Austin Causey fought back from a 3-0 deficit in the third set to win 7-5 at No. 2 singles and clinch the title.

“It’s really all about the kids, but it sure does feel good,” said Byrd, who is retiring after 35 years. “It does feel good to finish with a state championship.”

St. Pius won with Parker Jones at No. 3 singles and Sean Kelly [More]

Tennis: Blessed Trinity girls seek sixth straight title

  • 9:41 am Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

There’s a different set of players, but the results are the same for the Blessed Trinity girls tennis team, which plays for its sixth consecutive state championship on Saturday.

The Titans will play St. Pius for the Class AAA championship on Saturday at the Clayton County International Park in Jonesboro, where state titles in all classifications will be determined.

There are six other teams back to defend their titles from 2013: the Brookwood boys and Walton girls in Class AAAAAA, the Marist girls in Class AAAA, the Westminster boys and girls in Class [More]

State golf sectionals raise level of competition … Sutton Invitational final … Tennis quarterfinals set

  • 12:25 pm Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The golf sectionals to determine the remaining teams for the state tournament will be played on Monday at sites throughout the state. The sectionals were added to enable strong regions to have more participants and prevent a good team from missing the state playoffs because of one bad round.

All region champions must meet a qualifying score standard in order to advance directly to the state championships. Region winners who don’t meet the qualifying score advance to the sectional tournament.

Teams that finish second, third or fourth and meet the qualifying score also advance to the sectionals. But teams that finished second, [More]

North Atlanta golfers make history … Major streaks for Harrison golfers, Athens Academy boys tennis

  • 9:38 am Friday, April 25th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

The North Atlanta golf teams made history this week. The girls won the first region title in school history and the boys won the region and qualified for the state tournament for the first time.

The North Atlanta girls were led by Helen Fialkowski, Elizabeth Ray, Lily Vitgel and Maggie Richardson but will have to survive a trip to sectionals to reach the state tournament.

The boys won Region 6-AAAAA with a 321 to best Dunwoody and avoid a trip to sectionals. Taylor Walstrum shot 78, with Turner Hume and Winston Meshad each shooting 79. Jackson Perkins, Michael Maxey and Nathan Katica [More]

Golf/tennis: Yang repeats as medalist, but Mill Creek wins 7-AAAAAA girls title

  • 7:17 am Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Christina Yang of North Gwinnett was medalist for the second straight year, but the Region 7-AAAAAA championship went to Mill Creek.

Yang, a sophomore, shot a 73 at Northwood Country Club and beat Bailey Tardy of Norcross by one shot.

Mill Creek was led by Annika Blanton, a freshman who shot a personal-best 80, and Grace Choi with an 82. Peachtree Ridge and Norcross tied for second. Peachtree Ridge was led by Jenny Li with a 77. … Madison County won the Region 8-AAAA tournament at Double Oaks in Commerce. … Lambert won the Brookwood Invitational at Summit Chase, beating Gainesville by 14 [More]

Bremen girls win second straight region title

  • 10:24 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Bremen won its second straight Region 5-AA championship by beating Heard County in the final. Bremen has won 15 straight matches since losing to Class AAAAAA Wheeler 3-2 during the Marietta Spring Classic. Bremen is led by in singles by No. 1 Meg Cummings (17-2), No. 2 Charli Allen (18-1) and No. 3 Emily Cheshier (19-0), who has not lost a regular-season match in two years. The Blue Devils (18-1) have not lost a region match in two years. …

Mill Creek defeated North Gwinnett to win the Region 7-AAAAAA championship. The Hawks are led by Madison Hahn, Kayleigh Hahn and [More]

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]