The playoffs have essentially started in the spring sports season, which will kick off our busiest month of the year.
The spring sports playoffs are sort of a logistical nightmare to cover. We have five spring sports – with boys and girls teams for four of those sports – and 50-plus high schools with just one me and a small team of freelancers.
We will have well over 100 spring sports teams in the playoffs.
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One of the better ways to summarize the daily goings-on in the playoffs, I’d figure, would be to devote some space here every day or two to serve as a roundup. So check back every so often for the latest.
Monday, April 22
The FPD boys tennis team continued its record-breaking season, moving to 18-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over Savannah Country Day on Monday. The victory earned the Vikings an area championship and set the stage for the upcoming state playoffs. They will host Holy Innocents’ at 3 p.m. Wednesday to open the playoffs.
Daniel Strawn is the Vikings’ headliner. He won his match Monday 6-1, 6-4 and continues to bring a leadership presence as the No. 1 boys player. He has signed with Clemson.
Although not as dominant as their boys counterparts, the FPD girls tennis team also made the state playoffs. They will play at Pace Academy on Thursday to open the playoffs.
The GISA state individual tennis tournament began on Monday night.
Not as many Middle Georgians as usual advanced to the semifinals and finals on Tuesday.
Westfield’s Stephanie Campbell and Valerie McLure advanced to the semifinals of the Class AAA girls doubles.
Stratford’s Sarin Khurana beat Jonathan Shuster (Weber School) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the Class AAA boys semifinals.
The Mary Persons boys and girls both won the Region 2-AAAA golf tournament
The girls edged Veterans to win the region title, besting the Warhawks by four shots. The boys victory was more comfortable with West Laurens finished 14 shots behind the region champs.
Veterans’ Megan Reddick won low medalist honors with an 88, while Dalton Johnson (Mary Persons) earned the boys honors with a 75.
The boys will head to the sectional tournament in Burke County, while the girls qualifiers head straight to the state tournament.