Marist: The War Eagles are the only team in DeKalb County remaining in the state baseball playoffs. Marist defeated Mundy’s Mill in the second round by winning two straight games after losing the opener in the best-of-three series. Marist was held to two hits in a 7-0 loss in Game 1. The War Eagles responded with six runs in the second inning on their way to a 12-1 win in Game 2. Steven Taylor and Thomas Seitz each had two hits. Sean Guenther was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits with one runner advancing to second base. In the deciding game on May 10, Marist scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for a 3-1 win. A walk, a hit batsman and a sacrifice bunt left runners at second and third for Marist in the fifth. Griffin Davis then hit a chopper that was misplayed by the Mundy’s Mill third baseman, allowing two runs to score. Marist’s other run came on a squeeze bunt in the fourth inning. Guenther pitched three innings in relief to earn his third win of the tournament. The War Eagles played at Greenbrier in Augusta in the third round which began May 15.
St. Pius: Alex Kowalski scored the game’s only goal May 11 to help the Golden Lions defeat Southwest Whitfield 1-0 in the third round of the Class AA state tournament. Drew Morgan and Kowalski each scored three goals as the Golden Lions defeated Drew 11-1 on May 8 in the second round. Edmundo Robinson, JD Manzo, Devin Hurley, Thomas Glenn and David McNabb each added one goal. The Golden Lions (17-2-2) played Gainesville on May 15 in the semifinals.
Marist: The War Eagles advanced to the Class AAAA state semifinals by defeating East Paulding 2-1 in the second round and Glynn Academy 3-1 in the quarterfinals. The War Eagles faced Lambert on May 15 in the semifinals. Henry Chancy scored all three goals in the win over Glynn.
Tucker: The Tigers’ deepest run into the state playoffs ended May 11 with a 4-0 loss to Greenbrier in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. On May 8 Tucker won a second-round game for the first time 1-0 over Dutchtown. Solomon Roberts scored with 14:58 to play. Defender Josiah Saydee helped save the shutout minutes earlier when he headed a ball from in front of his own net.
Other playoff games: Paideia advanced to the Class A state semifinals after defeating Mount Paran 6-1 on May 8 and Hebron Christian 5-1 on May 11. The Pythons faced Atlanta International on May 15 in the semifinals. Lakeside was eliminated with a 4-0 loss to McIntosh in the second round of the Class AAAA tournament.
St. Pius: The Golden Lions’ had their 17-game winning streak in the playoffs snapped in a 2-1 loss to Oconee County in the third round of the Class AAA state playoffs May 12. St. Pius had won the past three state championships. Taylor Glenn scored the team’s only goal against Oconee. Glenn scored two goals May 8 to lead the Golden Lions to a 6-0 win over Spalding in the second round of the tournament. Scoring one goal each were Amanda Vocelka, Kaitlyn Orman, Avery McKenna and Grace May. St. Pius ends the season 18-2-1.
Marist: The War Eagles faced McIntosh on May 16 in the Class AAAA state semifinals after winning games May 8 and May 11. Stephanie Krouskas scored two goals and Francis Monardo had two assists as the War Eagles defeated Starr’s Mill 2-1 in the second round of the tournament. Marist defeated Greenbrier 7-1 in the third round with three goals from Mary Beth Bleekrode. Monardo scored two goals while Marie Athaide and Krouskas each scored one.
Girls’ state championship: Sarah Kuranga of Columbia shot an 83 and finished sixth in the Class AAA tournament. She had the best score of any golfer for a county team, regardless of classification. Kuranga, a junior, was 11 strokes better than her 2011 state tournament performance. St. Pius tied for seventh in the team standings and was led by Wallis Fairvalley with an 87. In the Class AAAA tournament, Marist was 13th led by Ashlyn Johns (104) and Lakeside placed 15th led by Susanne Boden (102).
St. Pius girls: The Golden Lions defeated Allatoona 3-0 to win the Class AAA state championship. Scoring points for St. Pius were singles players Blaine Boaz and Jennifer Leib, and the doubles team of Ansley Jones and Grace Mendzef. Other members of the state championship team are Katie Bachman, Rachel Rieder, Barrett Batson, Hannah Provost, Caroline McMullen, Audrey Mendzef and Sarah Huff Moore.
Marist girls: The War Eagles finished second in the Class AAAA state tournament, falling to Johns Creek 3-1 on May 12 in the championship match. Marielle Williams scored the War Eagles’ only point with a win at No. 3 singles. The War Eagles, who ended the season 22-3, defeated Greenbrier 3-0 in the semifinals May 11.