Prep Zone: High School Sports blog 

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

Final boys soccer rankings

  • 5:47 pm Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

After the state finals, the top two in Classes AAAA-AAAAAA remained the same. The runner-up, however, was not ranked No. 2 in

every class as teams with better overall resumes, such as Greenbrier in Class AAAAA, finished in second place.

Class AAAAAA saw Hillgrove and Johns Creek enter the final rankings. Houston County, the Class AAAAA runner-up, rose to No. 3 after being ranked No. 9 prior to the postseason while Warner Robins and Heritage-Conyers made their ways into the final top 10.

Class AAAA did not see many changes in the top half, but Lanier made it in at No. 8 while [More]

Final girls soccer rankings

  • 4:58 pm Sunday, May 18th, 2014 by Ricky Dimon

All six top-ranked teams reached their respective state championship games over the weekend and five of the six emerged victorious to capture titles and remain atop their classifications.

The only exception came in Class A, where previously ninth-ranked Pace Academy’s Cinderella story lasted to midnight and beyond. Pace’s five-match trek through the bracket included upsets of Holy Innocents’ and First Presbyterian Day, the latter by a 3-2 decision in the championship.

The favorites who prevailed in Class AA-Class AAAAAA were Greater Atlanta Christian, St. Pius, Marist, McIntosh and Harrison.

Aside from the champions and finalists, East Coweta made the biggest move with a [More]

St. Pius wins Class AAA boys state soccer title

  • 7:40 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

St. Pius used second-half goals from David McNabb and Edmundo Robinson to defeat Oconee County 2-0 for the Class AAA boys state championship today at Emory. It is the third state title in four years and fourth in six for the Golden Lions. This one came despite losing several seniors from last year’s state championship squad.

“We had a lot of seniors we lost after last year,” said St. Pius coach David O’Shea. “But we saw a new group of seniors really step up and lead the team this year, so I was particularly proud of this senior group.”

The game was scoreless [More]

Harrison girls win AAAAAA soccer crown

  • 7:09 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Harrison coach Steve Riccard admitted the lockerroom wasn’t a pleasant place for his girls soccer team on Saturday. They took a few minutes to discuss how and why they were trailing for the first time all season. Then they went out and did something about it.

The Hoyas used a big second half to beat Grayson 2-1 and cap an undefeated season to win the Class AAAAAA championship on Saturday at Kennesaw State.

“They vented their frustration because they knew they hadn’t played their best,” Riccard said.

The Hoyas (22-0) scored two second-half goals within 11 minutes of each other and won their [More]

Pace wins shootout, Class A girls title

  • 5:14 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stephen Black - Score Atlanta

The “Sisterhood of Pace” came through in the clutch today. Pace Academy, which has five pairs of sisters on the squad, won its first girls soccer state title since 1997 after a 3-2 victory over previously-undefeated First Presbyterian today at Emory. The Knights trailed 1-0 in the first half and 2-1 in the second before tying the game and sending it into overtime.

“Our team is a sisterhood of a small private school, doing what you can do and doing it for your friends, sisters and family,” said Pace coach Liz Tutt. “The family feel is what made them dig deep. [More]

Marist girls win AAAA soccer title

  • 2:24 pm Saturday, May 17th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Marist gave retiring coach Sergio Stadler his ninth state championship as the defending champion War Eagles overpowered Veterans 3-0 in the Class AAAA girls championship at Kennesaw State.

Stadler stood on the field after the game, posing for photos with his players, waving to fans and even blowing a few kissed their way. Stadler has spent 39 years teaching math at Marist and started the soccer program in 1988. His teams won or share state championships in 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003-04, 2008-09 and 2013.

“They worked hard all year,” Stadler said. “The players believed in our style and executed well and peaked [More]

Undefeated GAC boys win AA soccer

  • 10:34 pm Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

Top-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian got a pair of goals from senior Ryan Marcano and completed a perfect season with a 3-0 win over Westminster in the AA boys final Emory.

The Spartans (23-0) scored 2:30 into the game when Nash Wagdon dropped a long kick over the defense and onto the foot of Marcano, who beat keeper Benton Wood for the goal.

GAC scored again with 12:29 remaining when Kelly Jones stepped past the defense and put one in the far side of the net. Marcano added the insurance when he scored again with 7:04 remaining.

“We knew we had to get one [More]

McIntosh wins Class AAAAA girls soccer championship

  • 8:18 pm Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Chip Saye

McIntosh scored three goals in a 14-minute span late in the first half and went on to beat rival Starr’s Mill 4-1 in the Class AAAAA girls soccer championship game Friday at Kennesaw State.

The victory gave McIntosh (19-2) its third title in four years and its ninth overall, and it avenged a 2-0 loss to the Panthers during the regular season.

“It’s awesome,” McIntosh coach Marcia Clark said. “The girls have been on fire the past couple of games and in practices, and this week they have had the magic thing. We told them last night that we don’t know what [More]

GAC girls win AA girls soccer title

  • 7:34 pm Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Stan Awtrey

It didn’t seem to bother Greater Atlanta Christian’s Kaylann Boyd that she was probably looking at a couple of stitches to close a gash above her left eye. All that mattered was the Class AA championship trophy that was being carted around by her teammates.

Boyd was instrumental in helping GAC beat Region 6-AA rival Lovett 3-0 at Emory to win the Class AA soccer title for the second time in three years. She scored once and nearly scored again in the final minutes when she was whacked by Lovett’s Grace Jackson, who Boyd called her best friend.

The Spartans (19-2-1) got [More]

State soccer championship preview: McIntosh, St. Pius, GAC look for sweeps

  • 11:19 am Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by David Purdum

Defending champion McIntosh brings a 43-game winning streak into a rematch with Houston County in the AAAAA boys championship game today at Kennesaw State.

The Chiefs won their fourth state championship last season by defeating Houston County 2-0 in the title game.

McIntosh, ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, has outscored its three playoff opponents 20-1. The Chiefs (20-0) are led by Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year Adam Sheikali, who has 18 goals and 16 assists. Houston County (18-2) got two goals from star striker Steven Moore to beat Clarke Central 2-1 to [More]