The soccer landscape in Georgia high school soccer doesn’t look much like Kevin Costner’s Field of Dreams. Other sports, such as football and baseball, feature teams from all corners of the state, but the best prep soccer in the state is clearly played close to Atlanta.
Last week the boys' track and field championships were decided in Jefferson, and this weekend it was the girls' turn to run, jump and throw. After several grueling days of competition, Athens Christian, Decatur, Monroe, Southwest DeKalb and ML King were crowned 2011 team champions in Albany.
The Westminster tennis teams brought home two trophies from last Saturday’s festivities at Clayton County International Park. On the boys side, the Wildcats avenged last year’s loss to region-rival Blessed Trinity to capture the Class AA state championship.
Taxes, pollen and the Walton girls tennis team winning a state title - three undeniable rites of Spring it seems. Last week the Lady Raiders, coached by Roberta Manheim and led by Emily Zabor, one of nine seniors, won its 147th straight match and its eighth straight state title.
The Georgia High School Association voted today to increase the number of sports classifications from five to six. The “A” through “AAAAAA” categories determine which schools play each other in sports.
On Saturday, rubber games of the first round of baseball the playoffs took place while boys soccer teams from around the state decided their quarterfinal matches. Several metro Atlanta teams were in the fold and many of them advanced in their respective playoff brackets.
Many of the favorites in girls soccer advanced into the semifinals Friday night with dominant performances. However, the game of the evening may have been Athens Academy's 1-0 win over Holy Innocents'.
State soccer tournaments are underway throughout Georgia, so playoff fever will be prevalent on the pitch over the next two weeks. Leading the charge is Collins Hill, which is looking to become the first boys team to win three consecutive state championships in the highest classification.