BUFORD - After three rounds of playoff baseball, Buford has yet to lose a game as it tries to win its first state title since 1977.
With a vote at last week's GHSA executive committee meeting, the organization has adopted the six-classification plan, which divides schools in percentages of 15-15-16-16-22, from Class AAAAAA to A, respectively.
CLEVELAND - In a game in which neither team would let up, Allatoona emerged the winner over White County in the third and deciding game Thursday, winning 7-6 in a 10-inning marathon in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
MACON - In a startling turn of events, the Georgia High School Association executive committee has voted to alter the state's athletic classification system, adopting a six-division plan by a 26-24 vote Tuesday.
Tuesday at the Marriot Macon City Center, 50 Georgia High School Association executive committee members will vote on what has become known as the 4/8 plan, a proposal that would significantly alter the format in which the large majority of high schools compete.
This week kicks of the second round of GHSA playoff baseballs, and four area schools - White County, Gainesville and North Hall in Class AAA, and Buford in AA - are still alive.
With the game still tight in the third inning, Gainesville's David Gonzalez was asked to lay down a squeeze bunt with a runner on third. After failing to execute - he popped his bunt foul - he had to settle for a different result: a game-changing three-run homer.
The state playoffs have arrived, and with the postseason comes an adjustment.
This week marked the first time the Georgia High School Association allowed high schools to conduct spring football practices, with each team allowed to hold 10 practices, and most conclude their spring with a scrimmage.
Johnson picked the wrong time to have a bad game, and Woodward Academy made the Knights pay, beating them 8-1 Wednesday night in front of the home crowd at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium in second round action of the Class AAA state playoffs.
On Friday, losing still meant winning for White County.
OAKWOOD - Already in the state tournament, two top seeds have been defeated by No. 4 seeds, but Johnson made sure it didn't fall victim to that stat on Friday at home against Troup. In fact, the top-seeded Knights looked more like a team that wanted to get the match out of the way so it could attend prom later that night, winning 10-0 in a mercy rule shortened opening round Class AAA playoff contest.
A decision on whether to significantly alter the GHSA's current five-classification format will be made on May 10, when the executive committee will hold a meeting to vote on what is known as the 4/8 plan.
White County's hiring spree is nearly complete.
It was the season finale for Lakeview Academy, but the Lions made it seem more like an exhibition on Wednesday against Tallulah Falls - a home run derby, to be exact.