Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

8-AAAAAA title at stake when No. 4 Brookwood closes season against No. 3 Parkview, No. 1 Grayson

  • 10:00 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 by Chip Saye

The Region 8-AAAAAA championship and possibly the role of favorite heading into the state tournament will be determined in the next four days when fourth-ranked Brookwood (15-1, 6-0) closes the regular season with matches against No. 3 Parkview (14-1, 6-1) and top-ranked Grayson (14-0-1, 7-0).

“The games with Parkview and Grayson are our two biggest games of the season,” Brookwood coach Jeff Becker said. “We are excited for these games because they will determine our region’s champion and they will be a chance to prove ourselves against the No. 3 and No. 1 teams in the state.  I don’t think there [More]

Tournament play begins for No. 1 Marist, No. 5 Grady

  • 1:53 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Tournament time: Marist and Grady, ranked No. 1 and No. 5 in Class AAAA in the most recent Eurosport rankings, will be looking to secure berths in the state tournament when the Region 6-AAAA tournament begins on Tuesday night. Defending state champion Marist will host Washington in the quarterfinals and would face the Carver-Atlanta/Stone Mountain winner in the semifinals on Thursday. Marist also will squeeze in a non-region game on Wednesday against McIntosh, the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA. Grady will host Redan on Tuesday, with the winner facing [More]

Calhoun, Hebron Christian winning with defense … Milestone for First Presbyterian coach

  • 11:50 am Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Much of the attention in Class AA this year has focused on Region 6 private schools Greater Atlanta Christian, Westminster and Lovett, the top three teams in this week’s Eurosport rankings. But there’s a public-school team at No. 4 that bears watching.

Calhoun is 13-0 behind a defense that has allowed one goal all season (which came on a deflected corner kick in a 3-1 victory against Armuchee on March 11) and is giving up just one shot on goal per match.

Senior goalkeeper Halley Cronon gets much of the credit, but Yellow Jackets coach Randy Rice also praised the efforts of [More]

Lovett falls from No. 1 spot; former GAC star excelling at Georgia

  • 1:35 pm Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Rankings shakeup: Class AA Lovett fell from the top spot in the most recent Eurosport and Score Atlanta rankings after suffering consecutive losses to Westminster (2-1 in overtime) and Marist (4-0) last week to drop to 10-3 overall for the season. Greater Atlanta Christian (12-2-1) is the new No. 1 team, followed by defending state champion Westminster (5-4-3) at No. 2 and Lovett at No. 3. All three teams are members of Region 6-AA and will meet again in the regular season. Lovett will get a chance to avenge [More]

Peachtree Ridge heading to Charleston with 10-match win streak

  • 11:55 am Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Lions extend winning streak: Peachtree Ridge, the No. 5 team in Class AAAAAA in the most recent Eurosport rankings, finished off an important week heading into spring break with a 3-1 victory against North Gwinnett on Thursday that kept the Lions alone in first place in 7-AAAAAA. Amanda Ferry scored twice and Allie Hoxie added a goal for the Lions (11-1, 5-0), who have won 10 consecutive games since a 2-0 loss to No. 3 Parkview on Feb. 25. Peachtree Ridge beat No. 6 Duluth 1-0 on a goal [More]

GAC stops St. Pius winning streak

  • 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Golden Lions’ streak ends: Defending AAA champion St. Pius, the No. 1 team in the classification in the most recent Score Atlanta and Eurosport rankings, had a 10-match winning streak snapped when it lost 4-1 to Class AA No. 2 Greater Atlanta Christian on Friday. Reagan Glisson had two goals and an assist for GAC, according to the report in the Gwinnett Daily Post, and Danielle Marcano and Anne Winfrey each added a goal. St. Pius (11-3), which won state titles in four of the past five seasons, had [More]

McIntosh snaps top-ranked Northgate’s winning streak

  • 12:00 pm Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Another tight race in 4-AAAAA: Top-ranked Northgate, the defending Class AAAAA champion, suffered its first loss of the season and had an 18-game overall winning streak snapped when it lost 1-0 on Monday against region rival McIntosh, which was No. 2 in the most recent Score Atlanta and Eurosport rankings. McIntosh’s Taylor Dowse scored the only goal on a direct kick with 1:18 remaining. McIntosh (10-0 going into the weekend) beat Northgate 3-1 during the regular season last year and won the 4-AAAAA regular-season title, but the Vikings won [More]

Vocelka’s hot streak leading St. Pius

  • 11:34 am Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*Vocelka on a hot streak: St. Pius senior forward Amanda Vocelka scored three goals to lead the Golden Lions past Carrollton 4-0 on Tuesday. She also had three of St. Pius’ seven goals in the recent Tournament of Champions in Jekyll Island, where the Golden Lions beat Union Grove 4-1 and Auburn (Ala.) 3-0. Vocelka entered the season with 62 career goals and recently signed with Villanova. St. Pius, ranked No. 1 by Score Atlanta and No. 2 by Eurosport in the most recent rankings, is 10-2 overall and [More]

Grayson moves to No. 1 after first victory against Parkview

  • 1:37 pm Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here are some of the top stories in girls soccer this week:

*New No. 1 in AAAAAA: Grayson has moved into the top spot in Eurosport’s Class AAAAAA rankings after rallying for a 5-4 victory Friday against Parkview, the defending state champion and previous No. 1 team. Sophomore Jennifer Westendorf, a Notre Dame commitment who transferred from Montgomery, Ala., at the start of the school year, scored three goals for Grayson (7-0-1), which scored four unanswered goals after trailing 2-1 at halftime. The victory was Grayson’s first against the Panthers in school history, although the teams tied in the 2007 state [More]

Allatoona, Miller Grove perfect in region play

  • 9:00 am Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by Chip Saye

Here’s a look back at some of the top stories from the week in Class AAAAA basketball:

*Perfection: The top-ranked Miller Grove boys team (20-5) beat Southwest DeKalb, Arabia Mountain and Mays during the final week of the regular season to finish undefeated against Class AAAAA teams for the second consecutive season. Miller Grove, the five-time defending state champion, lost this season to Class AAAAAA teams Wheeler and Norcross, Class AAAA Columbia and two out-of-state teams. The Wolverines went 14-0 in 6-AAAAA and begin region tournament play on Wednesday.

*Perfection II: The second-ranked Allatoona boys team (24-1 overall, 15-0 in 5-AAAAA) finished [More]