The Riverside Military tennis team defeated Banks County, 3-2, Friday in the quarterfinals of the 8-AA Region tournament to guarantee the Eagles a spot in the upcoming state tournament.
After Eric Gfesser won at No.1 singles, both the No.2 singles and No.3 singles players lost, putting the Eagles down 2-1 going into the doubles matches.
The teams of Luke Klaer/Chris Reed and Eric Chow/Austin Johnson managed to win both doubles matches to give the Eagles the 3-2 victory and a spot in the Class AA state playoffs.
Riverside moved on to play Jefferson in the semifinals, but lost 5-0 in straight sets.
The Eagles played Fannin in the third-place match to determine the seeding for Region 8-AA in the state tournament. Gfessor and Josh Myers won both of their singles matches to put Riverside ahead 2-1 and the team of Klaer/Reed won at No.1 doubles to give Riverside the victory, 3-1.
Riverside will face Pike County, the No. 2 seed from 5-AA in the first round of the state tournament at a time and place to be determined.
FLOWERY BRANCH 23, EAST HALL 13 (FIVE INNINGS): Jesse Brookshire had two hits with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Falcons on Friday in Flowery Branch.
Jimmy Fitzgerald also had two hits and added five RBIs for Flowery Branch (3-17, 3-11 Region 7B-AAA).
The Falcons had 11 stolen bases as a team on Friday and travel to West Hall at 5:55 p.m. Monday.
East Hall (3-18, 2-12 Region 7B-AAA) plays host to Gainesville at 5:55 p.m. Monday.
UNION COUNTY 11, NORTH OCONEE 10 (GAME ONE): The Panthers scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win on Friday in Blairsville.
Chaiz George was at the center of the action, driving in a pair of runs with a double, and coming around to score the go-ahead run. He then took over on the mound and earned the save.
Dustin Owenby hit a three-run home run with two runs scored for Union County (13-5, 9-4 Region 8-AA).
Brady McCarter went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Coleman Sullivan went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a double, Nathaniel Otto went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Union County.
NORTH OCONEE 11, UNION COUNTY 3 (GAME TWO): Blake Gowder went 1-for-3 with a home run in the loss on Friday in Blairsville.
Nathaniel Otto went 1-for-2 with a run scored for Union County (13-6, 9-5 Region 8-AA).
The Panthers visit Riverside Military at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
WHITE COUNTY 3, NORTH HALL 2: The Warriors scored three runs in the bottom of the third to win on Friday in Cleveland.
Right-handed pitcher David Sosebee came back from a broken left hand suffered earlier in the season to pitch six innings with 11 strikeouts and earn the win for White County.
Brett Westmoreland went 2-for-3 with a double to lead White County (15-5, 10-4 Region 7A-AAA).
In the third inning, Cole Segraves, Hayden Cummins and Marcus Rider each had a double and Adam Hooper had a single.
Hooper and Rider both had RBIs in the inning for White County, which visits Lumpkin County at 5:55 p.m. Monday.
North Hall (10-10, 7-7 Region 7A-AAA) plays host to Johnson at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH BOYS 4, EAST HALL 1: Phillip Abrahamsen scored three goals to lead the Falcons to the win Friday in Gainesville.
Leo Manzo recorded the other goal for Flowery Branch (7-8, 5-4 Region 7-AAA).
East Hall’s (5-6, 4-6 Region 7-AAA) season is now complete.
Flowery Branch visits West Forsyth at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
FLOWERY BRANCH GIRLS 11, EAST HALL 1: With 43 shots on goal, the Lady Falcons won Friday in Gainesville.
Cassidy Elrod led the offensive output with three goals and Alex Lee scored two for Flowery Branch (9-7, 6-4 Region 7-AAA).
Bri Nickerson, Chashen Philyaw, Jenn Moreno, Kayla Robles and Lindsay Porter each scored a goal for Flowery Branch.
East Hall (1-9, 1-9 Region 7-AAA) had its only goal from an own-goal by Flowery Branch.
Porter also had two assists for Flowery Branch, which visits West Forsyth at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
LAMBERT GIRLS 4, CHESTATEE 0: The Lady War Eagles failed to record a goal on Friday in Gainesville.
Lambert (13-3, 10-1 Region 7-AAA) scored two goals in the first half and two in the second to secure a second place finish in the region.
Chestatee (5-8-2, 2-7-0 Region 7-AAA) visits Johnson 5:30 p.m. Monday.
LAKEVIEW ACADEMY GIRLS 1, DAWSON COUNTY 0: Liz Kenny had the only goal for either team in the win on Friday.
Louisa Jacobs had the shutout in goal for the Lady Lions.
Lakeview Academy (3-3, 4-6 Region 8-A) travels to St. Francis at 4 p.m. Monday.
DAWSON COUNTY BOYS 5, LAKEVIEW ACADEMY 0: The Lions failed to convert a goal on Friday.
Lakeview visits St. Francis at 6 p.m. Monday.
SATTERFIELD WINS 100 AND 200-METER DASH FOR NORTH HALL (TUESDAY): In a five-team meet with Dawson County, Fannin County and Pickens at White County, the North Hall boys track team won 12 events to earn the win Tuesday.
Ben Satterfield placed first in the 100 and 200-meter dash, Jordan Chaffin placed first in the 400-meter race, Luis Gonzalez won the 800-meter race, Ty McCormack placed first in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, Randy Olson won the high jump, Ben Booth won the pole vault, Peyton Wilhoite placed first in the discus and Daniel Blitch finished first in the shot put for North Hall.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Satterfield, Hunter Berg, Olson and Chaffin placed first and the 4x400-meter relay team of Chaffin, Travis McEenaney, Will Martin and Gonzalez won for North Hall, which returns to action at Jefferson High School at 3:30 p.m.
BISHOP WINS SHOT PUT AND TRIPLE JUMP FOR NORTH HALL (TUESDAY): Taylor Bishop won the shot put and triple just to lead the North Hall girls track team to victory Tuesday in a five-team meet with Dawson County, Fannin County and Pickens at White County.
Mallory Rich placed first in the discuss, Sallie Davis placed first in the 800-meter race and both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter teams won for North Hall.
The 4x100-meter team consisted of Bishop, Maranda Bell, Nana Awuku and Jordan Nix. The 4x400-meter team members were Davis, Sarah Harper, Shannon Haire and Kirsten Neidfelt.
The Lady Trojans return to action at Jefferson at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.