Lassiter, Kell, Sprayberry Pursue State Titles
Here's your preview of this week's Georgia High School Association playoff action.
The spring high school sports postseason is in full swing in Northeast Cobb this week. Here’s what’s on the local Georgia High School Association schedule.
The Sweet 16 features best-of-three series that begin with doubleheaders Wednesday.
The 5-AAAAA champion Lassiter boys and 5-AAAA champion Kell boys are competing today in the state championships in Augusta, along with Sprayberry’s John Sterrett among the AAAA boys and Kell’s Holly Haller among the AAAA girls.
Lassiter is the No. 1 seed from Area 2 in the AAAAA boys playoffs and opens at home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Northview, Area 3’s fourth seed. If the Trojans win, they’ll be home again Friday in the quarterfinals against East Coweta or Grayson.
In the A-AAAA playoffs, Area 2 second seed Pope is home for Round 1 against Blessed Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. If the Greyhounds win, they’ll play Saturday at Lovett if Lovett wins and at home if Lovett loses Wednesday.
In the AAAAA girls playoffs, Lassiter opens at home at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Roswell. With a victory, the Lady Trojans, the second seed from Area 2, will play the Harrison-Grayson winner Saturday, either at Harrison or home to Grayson.
Kell, Sprayberry and Pope all made the A-AAAA playoffs from Area 2.
Second-seeded Kell opens at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. against South Forsyth, with the winner playing McIntosh or Decatur in the quarterfinals Friday.
The formerly national No. 1 Lassiter Trojans play in the Sweet 16 of the AAAAA boys playoffs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at North Cobb. If the Trojans win, they’ll play at Brookwood or at Newnan in the quarterfinals Friday.
At the AAAA level, Kell is home against Starr’s Mill at 8 p.m. Tuesday; fans are asked to wear white for a stadium white-out. If the Longhorns win, they’ll stay home Friday to play Houston County or Northwest Whitfield.
In the AAAA playoffs, Kell plays at Whitewater at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, hoping to earn a quarterfinal game Saturday either at Chattahoochee or home against Wayne County.
Pope is home Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. against McIntosh. A win will keep the Lady Greyhounds home Saturday against Lee County or Heritage-Conyers.
The Lassiter boys play at home Tuesday against Alpharetta in the quarterfinals of the AAAAA tournament after beating Collins Hill, 3-1, last week. The winner will play North Cobb in the semifinals Friday in Clayton County.
The season is over for all other Northeast Cobb teams.
Boys Track and Field
Lassiter has two individuals and a relay team competing in the AAAAA level at the state meet in Jefferson from Thursday to Saturday.
Alex Mattle is competing in the shot put Thursday. Alexander Reese is running in the 200- and 400-meter dashes, with the preliminaries Friday and the finals Saturday. The 4x400-meter relay team is on the same Friday-Saturday schedule; the possible Trojan runners are Reese, Matthew Chaney, Ike Willis, Sean Desantis, Kene Orjioke and Robert Dowling.
Kell is bringing a bigger team to Jefferson for the AAAA meet:
- Jordan Chambers is competing in shot put and discus Thursday, and Chris Gaines also is in the shot put.
- Devon Williams is jumping in the long jump and running the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, joined by Jordan Jackson in the 300 hurdles.
- Quincy Mauger is in the triple jump and the 110-meter hurdles.
- Brendan Langley is sprinting in the 100- and 200-meter races.
- A quartet from Williams, Jackson, Langley, Mauger, Julian Burris and Caprii Knighten will run the 4x400-meter relay.
All of Sprayberry’s action will be on the track. Michael Newton will run 200 and 400 meters, and Tye Richardson will hit the hurdles at 110 and 300 meters. Newton and Richardson will team with Willy Dorcin, Patrick Dubois and Shon Melton in the 4x400 relay.
While Sprayberry’s athletes will start with preliminaries Friday and hope to make Saturday’s finals, Pope’s athletes will be done with the meet by Friday.
On Thursday, Austin Card (high jump), Myles Everett (long jump), Nick Tuz (pole vault), Marco Vahoua (discus and shot put) and Patrick Fleming (1,600 meters) will compete, and Fleming will return to the track Friday for the 3,200 meters.
In the girls meet over the weekend, Kell's Kendell Williams and Lassiter's Marcie Merriman combined to win four gold medals.