Prep sports notebook: Winter storm plays havoc with tournaments

February 19, 2014 

Winter storm Pax forced the delay of region basketball tournaments across the state last week. Teams were impacted by school closings and travel restrictions that left organizers with numerous scheduling difficulties.

The GHSA 2-AAAA tournament was eventually completed Saturday with several local teams participating.

The Veterans High boys played in the championship game against Rutland High, but fell 65-46 on the Hurricanes’ home floor. Veterans had swept Rutland during the regular season. Despite the loss, the Warhawks still secured a home game in the first round of the state playoffs thanks to their second-place region finish.

The Veterans girls and Perry High boys are also headed to the state playoffs after a third- and fourth-place finish, respectively. Each team will play on the road in the opening round of the state playoffs.

In Region 2-AAA action, both Peach County High teams secured playoff berths. The girls won the regular season championship and have advanced to the final against Pike County High after beating Central High 69-57 on Saturday night. Sophomore Nausia Woolfolk scored 27 points in the victory while a recruiter from the University of Georgia looked on. They will play a home game in the first round of the state tournament regardless of what happens in the region final.

The Trojan boys team will have to play on the road after falling to No. 1 seed Carver-Columbus 54-44 in the semifinals.

Both the Warner Robins and Northside boys teams are headed to the state playoffs after advancing to the semifinals of the 2-AAAAA tournament hosted by Greenbrier High School.

The Demons advanced with an 84-57 victory over Greenbrier, while the Eagles beat Grovetown 76-65. Warner Robins will now face Lakeside and Northside will square off against Evans.

The Northside girls are the only local 2-AAAAA team still standing after they beat Lakeside 53-13. They will now face Grovetown for a spot in the regional final and the right to host a first round playoff game.

Date, location of wrestling finals changed

Wrestling was also affected by Pax, forcing the postponement and relocation of the GHSA state traditional meets

The finals will now take place Friday and Saturday. That is a delayed start of eight days.

They have also been moved from the Gwinnett Center in Suwanee to high schools across the state.

The AAAA meet will be hosted by West Laurens and features eight local wrestlers with four each representing Perry and Veterans.

Warner Robins wrestler’s Tyler Cranford and Greg Gilbert will compete in the AAAAA meet at Loganville High School.

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