The final GHSA Class A power ratings were released Thursday morning, and a number of area schools appear to have made the state playoffs.
Schools have until Friday to appeal their power rating, so the final seedings could change.
The FPD girls received second life by finishing No. 15 in the private school rankings. The top 16 schools make the state tournament. FPD head coach Charley Chase thought his team needed to win the Region 7-A tournament to make the playoffs -- region champions receive automatic playoff bids. The Vikings appeared to be on the outside looking in when they lost to Wilkinson County in the Region 7-A title game Tuesday after entering the Region 7-A tournament as No. 19 in the rankings.
The Wilkinson County girls finished No. 8 in the public school rankings, although they will get a higher seed in the state playoffs because region champions receive the top seeds. The Dooly County girls were 10th and Treutlen was No. 15.
The Treutlen boys lead the way among Middle Georgia schools, finishing fourth in the public school rankings.
Dooly County is eighth and Wilkinson County is No. 9, but both won region tournaments and will slot higher in the playoff seedings. Hawkinsville finished at No. 10, Wheeler County was No. 12 and GMC was No. 13.
Golden Hawks rolling
Both the Washington County boys and girls capped incredible regular season runs by winning the GHSA Region 3-AAA tournaments.
The Golden Hawks (23-1) beat Swainsboro 48-44 in the Region 3-AAA championship game and will host Southeast Bulloch in the first round of the state playoffs. They have won 15 straight games since losing to Fayette County on Dec. 30, a loss that came without several of the top players in the lineup as they played in football all-star games.
The girls have been one game better, winning all of their 24 games this season. The Golden Hawks are led by Mercer signee Shon Kitchens and have had only two games decided by fewer than 20 points in 2014. Only one game -- a two-point win over Brunswick -- has been decided by fewer than 10 points.
The girls will host Pierce County in the first round.
It has been a comfortable season so far for the Vidalia boys basketball team, which enters the GHSA Class AA tournament with a 27-0 record.
The Indians closest victory to date has been 15 points. And they cruised through the Region 2-AA tournament, posting a 30-point win over Bryan County in the semifinals and defeating McIntosh County Academy 75-42 in the championship.
Vidalia opens the state bracket with a home game against Macon County, the No. 4 team out of Region 4-AA. The winner faces either Westside-Augusta or Thomasville.
The Vidalia girls (21-5) also won their region tournament, defeating McIntosh County Academy 77-52 in the championship. Bleckley County visits Vidalia in the first round, with either Dublin or Cook awaiting the winner.
Vidalia will play both of its first-round games Friday, with the girls game starting at 6 p.m. and the boys game to follow.
FPDs Katie OQuinn has signed with Mercers cross country and track and field programs.
OQuinn finished 38th in the GHSA Class A private school state cross country meet in November.
Grace Tinkeys impressive debut season just gets better.
The FPD grad has been picked to compete for Team USAs junior national cross country team in the North America, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Trinadad and Tobago.
The Furman freshman is one of five females participating in the 4K event.
Teammate and classmate Allie Buchalski was on Team USA last month at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Tinkey has the meet record at the Emory Crossplex Invitational, and set the Furman mark in the 3,000 meters at the High Point Team Challenge.
The Southern Conference indoor meet is March 1-2 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Maria Bond is doing her part to help East Tennessee State qualify for the A-Sun womens basketball tournament.
The junior from Northeast is fourth in scoring for the Bucs with 10.4 points a game, and she is second with 4.8 rebounds.
She scored 18 points in a 75-67 win over Indiana State, and she got her first career double last weekend with 15 points and 15 rebounds against USC Upstate.
Shell be back home on Saturday when ETSU (7-16, 3-9) visit Mercer. The Bucs are in seventh place among eligible teams, and the top eight make the tournament.