Prep Roundup: Pope boys claim region crown
by MDJ staff reports
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Zach McCown and Franklin Robinson each scored a pair of goals, and Pope beat Northview 4-1 on Thursday to win its first region soccer championship in 14 years.

McCown added an assist, while Colin Huber had two for Pope (8-5-1, 8-2 Region 7AAAAA).

Sean Hatcher saved two of the three shots he faced for the Greyhounds, who will travel north today to begin a two-day Tennessee road trip against Coffee County and Tullahoma.

Walker 2, Darlington 1 (PK): Herman Tindjou’s penalty kick put Walker in front 5-4 in the shootout, and Colin Mitchell’s save on Darlington’s attempt preserved the much-needed victory.

The Wolverines (5-10, 2-2 Area 7A) had to win to make their 11th straight state playoff appearance. Parker Smith’s goal in the fifth minute off Tindjou’s assist put Walker ahead, but Darlington scored with 20 minutes left to go in the first half.

The contest stayed at 1-all through the end of regulation and two overtimes, resulting in the penalty kicks.

Mitchell made six saves for Walker, which earned the No. 2 seed from the area.

Walker will host Kennesaw Mountain on Monday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Walker 3, Darlington 2:
With a state playoff berth on the line for the winner, the Lady Wolverines won the home game to earn the No. 3 seed from Area 7A

Walker trailed 1-0 early, but took a 2-1 second-half lead before Darlington tied the contest again. Georgia Abballah, who finished with a hat trick, scored the game-winner into the near post from 15 yards away with 17 minutes left in the contest.

Izzy Haslam assisted on Abballah’s corner kick goal for the 1-0 lead. Abballah’s second goal was unassisted.

Megan Turner had seven saves for Walker (4-10, 4-2), which will make its 10th straight playoff appearance.

Walker will host Kennesaw Mountain on Monday.

Pope 3, Northview 2 (PK): Alex Grace scored the game-winning penalty kick, giving the Lady Greyhounds a 5-3 margin in the shootout.

Northview led 2-0 at halftime, but Taylor Meniede assisted on Ana Elias’ goal to trim the deficit, and Meniede’s penalty kick with 8 minutes left in regulation knotted the contest at 2-all.

Sam Piper had 10 saves for Pope (9-4-2, 8-1 Region 7AAAAA), which will host Sequoyah on Monday.

Mount Paran Christian 6, North Atlanta 2: Rachel VanHorn and Alex Reed each scored twice to lead the Lady Eagles to a non-area win.

Renee VanHorn also scored, while McKenzie Kitchens added her first goal of the season.

Courtney McKenzie and Katie Sweeney split the goalkeeping duties for Mount Paran (12-1), which will close the regular season Tuesday by hosting North Springs.

BOYS TENNIS

Walton 3, Milton 2:
The Raiders won the Region 5AAAAAA tournament with freshman Francis Yang clinching the final point at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Yang’s match took longer to finish than the score indicated, taking nearly two hours to wrap it up. Many games went to several deuces, and there were several lengthy rallies. But he did serve out the match at love after taking a 5-2 lead in the second set.

Walton’s doubles took care of business quicker, however. Crews Enochs and Trevor Croyder won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1, and Liam Villante and Raymond Zhang prevailed 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.

Walton will host Central Gwinnett in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

GIRLS TENNIS

Walton 3, Roswell 0:
The Lady Raiders beat the Lady Hornets for the second time this season to clinch the Region 5AAAAAA title.

Suzanne Zenoni rattled off three straight games to beat Summer Ralston 6-3, 7-5 at No. 1 singles for the clinching point. Melissa Mashburn avenged Mackenzie Ralston 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles after losing to her in straight sets during the resular season.

Katie Riley and Jessica Cramer overcame first-set jitters at No. 1 doubles before settling down and winning 6-4, 6-2.

Walton (13-0) will host Grayson in the first round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

TRACK AND FIELD

Region 7AAAAA:
The Kell girls and the Pope boys sat atop the team standings following the first day of action at Creekview.

Pope (34) is second on the girls side, with Osborne (8) sixth and Sprayberry (3) 10th. The Yellow Jackets (25) and Longhorns (25) are tied for second in the boys standings.

Sprayberry’s Lex and Rod Trujillo finished first and third, respectively, in the discus to advance to the Class AAAAA sectional, which will be held April 27 at Starr’s Mill. Charles Cook was second in the boys triple jump

Pope’s Sean Hayden was second in the boys discus, while Braxton Phipps won the boys triple jump, Adam Card was fourth in the boys high jump. Patrick Fleming won the 1,600 meter run, while teammate Gunnar Stormark was fourth.

Ali Moxley tied for third in the girls pole vault and Athena Carpenter was fourth in the long jump. Andrea Vahoua won the girls shot put, and Ashley Kehoe and Morgan Laushey finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 1,600.

For Kell, Jairus Sanders won the boys high jump and Logan Poteet placed second in the 1,600. Marissa Keith tied for third in the girls pole vault, Erin McKinney was the runner-up in the shot put, Kendell Williams won the long jump and Marielle Lewis captured the 1600.

Osborne’s Fallon Reed was the runner-up in the girls long jump.

Region 5AAAAA: Allatoona’s girls 400-meter relay team placed fourth in the event on the second day at New Manchester and advanced to next week’s sectional at Starr’s Mill.

The girls 1,600 relay team placed second and also advanced. Elise Moffatt won the girls pole vault and Emma Batch tied for second. Courtney Major was second in the shot put.

On the boys side, Matt Stanley and Kevin Olsen finished first and second in the 1,600 run. Hunter Arnold placed second in the 110 hurdles and won the 300 hurdles.

Allatoona’s boys team won the region title with 104 points, compared to North Paulding’s 98. The Lady Buccaneers (89) were third behind New Manchester (111.5) and Woodland-Bartow (101).

BASEBALL

Lassiter 11, Wheeler 1:
The Trojans spread their offense across six of the seven innings and won the Region 5AAAAAA road game.

Cornell Nixon had the most productive game, going 3-for-5 with a triple. Eric Ankerholz and Brennan Dolan added doubles, while Taylor Giles had an RBI.

Tim Eber (8-1) went six innings, striking out six and scattering four hits and a walk.

Lassiter (14-9, 5-6) will host Etowah on Monday.

Mount Pisgah Christian 18, Walker 1 (5 inn.): Kevin Bray’s RBI single with two outs in the first inning plated Cameron Bloebaum for the Wolverines’ lone run.

Mount Pisgah pounded out 14 hits and scored seven in the first, two in the second and three runs each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Walker will at King’s Ridge Christian on Monday.

BOYS GOLF

Mount Paran Christian 167, Pope 176, Fellowship Christian 180:
Tyler Young and John Busby each shot 41 to lead the Eagles at Marietta Country Club.

Mack Alford added a 42 and Davis Hall a 43.

Pope’s Robbie Shapiro shot a match-low 38.

Mount Paran will compete for the Area 4A championship Monday at Coosa Country Club in Rome.

GIRLS GOLF

Mount Paran Christian 87, Mount Pisgah Christian 91:
Holly Cannon shot 42 to lead the Lady Eagles to the Area 4A win at Marietta Country Club.

McKenna Cua carded 45 for Mount Paran, which will be at the Area 4A championship Monday at Coosa Country Club in Rome.

BOYS LACROSSE

Lassiter 14, Lovett 2:
Corey John scored five goals and one assist to lead the Trojans to the non-area win at home on senior night.

Daniel Evans had two goals and one assist for Lassiter (12-2), which led 10-1 at halftime. David Olson registered one goal and two assists, while Jack Fitzharris and Willie Police each had a goal and an assist. Six other players scored one goal.

Ryan Smith had four saves for Lassiter, which will be at Roswell on Tuesday.

Whitefield Academy 18, Grady 1: The Wolfpack won their 10th straight match.

Dallas Darling led Whitefield with six goals. Max Rieves chipped in with three goals and Alex Manning, Preston Blair and Justin Brendel each had two goals.

Whitefield (13-2) will host Holy Innocents’ on Tuesday for second place in Area 1A-AAAAA.

Late Wednesday

Whitefield Academy 16, Whitewater 3:
The Wolfpack won their ninth game in a row with the victory over the Wildcats.

With the win, Whitefield clinched its first state playoff berth in program history.

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