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High school notebook: Houston County, Jones County open region baseball playoffs at home

Houston County and Jones County are at home as the GHSA Region 2-AAAAA baseball playoffs begin.

The defending state champion Bears earned the top seed from their sub-region and will entertain Lakeside in a doubleheader Thursday, while the Greyounds welcome Grovetown for two Wednesday.

Warner Robins and Northside are on the road, the Demons at Evans and the Eagles at Greenbrier.

The first round of the state tournament begins May 1.

-- Michael A. L ough

BASEBALL REGION RACES

While GHSA Region 2-AAAAA goes into crossover playoff action, other regions continue regular-season play.

In Region 2-AAAA, where there is no region tournament, Perry started the week with a two-game lead over Veterans. The Panthers were at third-place Mary Persons on Tuesday, and they close the season April 23 at home against Veterans. Mary Persons started the week tied with West Laurens for third, with Upson-Lee a half-game behind in fifth.

Region 2-AAA also doesn’t have a region tournament, but second-place Rutland could make things interesting next week. The Hurricanes trail first-place Jackson by two games in the loss column entering the week, but the teams have yet to meet. They will play twice next week, Tuesday at Jackson and April 23 at Rutland. Jordan is in third, a game behind Rutland, while Southwest and Kendrick are fighting for the final playoff spot, with Central and Peach County also contending.

Monticello is unbeaten in Region 4-AA play, two games up on Bleckley County and two games in the loss column up on Lamar County. Crawford County sits in fourth.

A region tournament next week will decide the Region 7-A champion, while power ratings will determine the rest of the playoff field in Class A.

Tattnall Square started the week No. 1 in the private school power ratings with a 17-1 record. FPD was third, Mount de Sales 14th and Stratford 16th.

Treutlen, which began the week with a 16-3 record, started the week in first in the Class A public school power ratings. Hawkinsville was fourth, Taylor County eighth and Telfair County 13th.

-- Ron Seibel

SOCCER SIGNING

Veterans’ Jada Foor will sign with the Brenau soccer program Friday.

The senior is a member of a Veterans team that was 12-0-2 heading into Tuesday’s GHSA Region 2-AAAA game against Baldwin. The Warhawks took a 10-game winning streak into Tuesday’s game, a streak that started after back-to-back scoreless ties against Tift County and Lowndes.

-- Ron Seibel

HOWARD SIGNINGS

Two Howard student-athletes will sign with in-state colleges Friday.

Noah Hatcher will sign with Albany State’s baseball program, while Jordan Jedneski will sign with Columbus State’s basketball team.

Hatcher, an outfielder, is batting ,383 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 20 games. Jedneski, a small forward, averaged 8.6 points per game while playing in all 26 of the Huskies’ games.

-- Ron Seibel

REGION 4-AA TENNIS

Bleckley County continued its string of region tennis titles Tuesday, sweeping GHSA Region 4-AA competition. The Bleckley County boys won their 17th straight region title, while the girls claimed their 10th straight region crown.

-- Ron Seibel

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