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BACK-TO-BACK TITLES: Lady Hawks win 2nd straight region championship

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DSC_0455Mill Creek team will play in Class AAAAAA state tournament in Tifton

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

HOSCHTON – The old adage in sports is the first championship isn’t the hardest to win, no, it’s the second that’s the hardest. The Mill Creek Lady Hawks’ golf team found out just how tough it is.

But, consistent scoring, led by Grace Choi’s 79, led the Lady Hawks to their second straight Region 7-AAAAAA golf championship on Tuesday at Reunion Golf Club. The girls’ 247 total finished five shots clear of the Peachtree Ridge Lady Lions 252 total. Emma Bell shot 81 and Annika Blanton carded 87 to round out the Lady Hawks’ scoring.

The Lady Hawks are automatically qualified for the Class AAAAAA state tournament at Springhill Country Club in Tifton on May 18.

“It was a little bit closer than we would have liked,” Mill Creek head coach Jeremy York said. “Peachtree Ridge, give them all the credit in the world, they played well. Both of their girls and boys (teams) played very well. So, give them a lot of credit, they’ve got a lot better.”

For more about the girls’ championship victory, read next week’s edition of The Paper. For updates on anything sports, visit www.clickthepaper.com, our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thepaper.hoschton), and follow us on Twitter (@clickthepaper).

 

SPORTS Girls District Golf April 22, 2015

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Panthers fall to Warriors in extra time, finish 2nd in Region 8-AAA

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DSC_0664JCCHS to host Dawson Co. in round 1 of Class AAA

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – Wednesday night’s Region 8-AAA soccer championship game had everything a championship needs.

Two of the state’s top teams in Class AAA, the revenge factor (Jackson County defeated Oconee County in penalty kicks for the region championship last season) and extra time to settle the game.

In the end, the Warriors survived extra time after finding a goal in the 81st minute (first minute of extra time) to down the Panthers 2-1 for the region title. The Panthers are a No. 2 seed for the Class AAA state playoffs and will host the three-seeded Dawson County next Thursday at home.

“Eight minutes short, you know,” Jackson County head coach Elie Viviant said. “It’s like that. I’m not going to say were supposed to win, or we were better than them, because we were not. I thought it was pretty even.

“I wish I had lost last year and win this year, because last year I was a little bit useless, but we will be back next year in the same place, because I believe we are going to get better every year.”

Luis Caraballo scored the Panthers’ lone goal in the 20th minute.

Dragons fly into round 2 of playoffs; travel to Calhoun

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DSC_0643BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

The Jefferson High School boys’ tennis team advanced to round two of the Class AAA tennis state playoffs on Wednesday with victories by the doubles’ duos of Del Jakins/Alex Loven (6-1, 6-2 over Paden Anderson/Jared Pineda) and Tim Deremer/Caleb Tyler (6-0, 6-4 over Baldo-Garcia Greene/Jarrett Turner). Freshman Blake Lathrop clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Phuoc Nguyen in No. 3 singles.

“I’m very proud of doubles teams today,” Jefferson head coach Allen Thompson said. “They did exactly what we were hoping they would do. We had a really nice practice yesterday.

“They were focused. The kids were focused when they came out here today, so I can’t be prouder of that effort.”

It was the first playoff win for each player. Jefferson plays at Calhoun in round two.

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Rain doesn’t put a damper on Greater Gwinnett Championship events

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 DULUTH – The rain didn’t put a damper on things as Champions Tour Professionals, amateurs, members of the United States Military and patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta enjoyed Wednesday’s Greater Gwinnett Championship events.

President’s Cup captains Jay Haas and Nick Price offered an exclusive inside the ropes conversation to VIP guests at the Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating Legends & Lore event.Haas will play in this weekend’s Greater Gwinnett Championship. He tees off at 11:50 a.m. Friday.

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Dragons, Lady Dragons take tri-meet against region-rival Morgan Co. and Commerce

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Jefferson hosts tri-meet as spring sporting action continues. See more scenes in Charles Phelps' photo gallery below.

Jefferson hosts tri-meet as spring sporting action continues. See more scenes in Charles Phelps’ photo gallery below.

BY CHARLES PHELPS

cphelps@clickthepaper.com

JEFFERSON – The Jefferson High School boys’ and girls’ track and field team is working towards peaking when the Region 8-AAA meet comes around. But, taking the Jackson County Championship next week isn’t a bad goal either.

 After a week away for Spring Break, both groups knocked off the rust and even put up new season-best times on Wednesday against region-rival Morgan County and in-county rival Commerce.

The Dragons scored 136 points to take the boys’ meet. They bested Morgan County by 115 points. Commerce scored 13 points.

The Dragons took first-place honors in 15 of 16 events.

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