Two Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teams will play for region tournament championships this weekend, while nine others have locked up slots in next week’s Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state playoffs.
The Douglass girls’ team will face Hapeville Charter (Fulton County), Friday at 7 p.m., at Douglass, for the Class AA-Region 6 tournament title. The Astros have compiled a record of 17-6 and have won eight of their last 10 games.
The South Atlanta boys’ team also will take on Hapeville Charter, Friday at 8:30 p.m., at Douglass for the boys’ tournament championship. The Hornets (23-1) entered the tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Class AA Top 10 poll.
Nine other teams have advanced to the final four of their respective region tournaments, thereby securing one of the four state playoff spots for the region. All will take the floor Friday night. Tickets to all region tournament games are $7:
- Carver vs. Maynard Jackson, 5:30 p.m., at Maynard Jackson, Class AAAAA-Region 6 semi-finals
- Mays vs. South Paulding (Paulding County), 8:30 p.m., at Creekside (Fulton County), Class AAAAAA-Region 5 semi-finals
- Washington vs. Therrell, 5:30 p.m., at Douglass, Class AA-Region 6 Third-place game
- Maynard Jackson vs. North Springs (Fulton County), 7 p.m., at Maynard Jackson, Class AAAAA-Region 6 semi-finals
- Mays vs. New Manchester (Douglas County), 4 p.m., at Creekside (Fulton County), Class AAAAAA-Region 5 semi-finals
- Therrell vs. South Atlanta, 4 p.m., at Douglass, Class AA-Region 6 Third-place game
The middle school championships were decided last week, as the KIPP Vision girls defeated Inman, while the Bunche boys took down Sutton.
North Atlanta turned in an outstanding performance at last weekend’s GHSA Class AAAAAA-AAAAAAA State Championships.
The Water Warriors placed 16th overall out of 77 teams. Among the Class AAAAAA schools, North Atlanta placed fourth, the highest finish in school history. The team is coached by Star Brackin (swimming), Alan Joel (swimming) and Julia Goode (diving).
Here are some of the team’s top performances:
- Yannick Smith, a senior, placed third in the 100-yard freestyle and fourth in the 50-yard free style.
- Drew Sheldon, sophomore, placed seventh in the 1-meter dive.
- The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Smith, fellow seniors Miles Jackson and Zeke Day, and sophomore Lucas Santiago placed 10th.
- The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Smith, Day, Lucas and sophomore Bowdon “Bo” Maiellaro finished 17th.
- Lucas placed 19th in the 100-yard freestyle.
- The 200-yard medley relay team of Day, Jackson, senior Colin Forsyth and sophomore Ethan Roman placed 20th.
Also, the Grady girls’ team finished 20th overall in the Class A-AAAAA. The Grey Knights were paced by Melissa Brown’s fourth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.