The Gainesville High boys tennis team defeated Villa Rica, 3-2, in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament on Tuesday.
Reagan Williams (6-1, 6-0) and Jackson Fox (6-2, 6-0) won at singles for the Red Elephants, while Trevor Munn and Max Wuest won (6-2, 6-2) at doubles to clinch the win.
Gainesville will visit Lagrange in the second round Monday.
BUFORD GIRLS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND: The Lady Wolves defeated Whitewater, 4-0, in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Tuesday.
In singles, Bailey McCammon won 6-1, 6-0, Maria Jose Ferreyros won 6-0, 6-0 and Kenzie Walters won her first set 6-1, and was winning 5-0 in the second set when the match was called.
In doubles, seniors Peyton Wolfe and Katie Quinn won 6-1, 6-1 while Tamia Wayne and Emma Place were victorious with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep.
Buford will face the Eagles Landing/Thomas County Central in the second round with a time and date still to be determined.
PRINCE AVENUE 5, LAKEVIEW ACADEMY 2: Lakeview’s Gabe McConnell went 3 for 3 with a double on Tuesday night.
Alec Bornhorst went 2 for 3 with a run scored and Logan Barwick finished with a hit, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base for the Lions.
Lakeview pitcher Rob Collison threw a complete game, allowing two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
Lakeview Academy visits Prince Avenue 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
JEFFERSON 11, ELBERT COUNTY 3: Taylor Wilkes tossed six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and six walks to pick up a win Tuesday in Jefferson.
At the plate for the Dragons (17-6, Region 8-AAA 12-4), Joshua Hutch was 3 for 3 with four runs scored and Hunter Thompson was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Patrick Hilcox came in to close the game, throwing eight pitches to three batters to solidify the victory for Jefferson.
The Dragons will face Elbert County again on Thursday for a doubleheader in Elberton. With a win, Jefferson will win the region title.
NORTH HALL’s FORRESTER TAKES INDIVIDUAL HONORS AT 8-AAAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: North Hall sophomore Bartley Forrester earned his second individual region title with an 18-hole 75, topping Stephens County’s Cooper Dalrymple in a two-hole sudden death playoff Monday.
The Trojans took second with a four-player total of 327, earning a spot in the Class AAAA state sectionals May 2 at Achasta in Dahlonega. With a third place finish, Buford (330) will also play in the state sectionals, looking to earn a spot to the state championship meet.
North Oconee won the team title in 8-AAAA with a 311.
In Class AAAA, the state meet is May 16 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans.
GAINESVILLE GIRLS 10, MEADOWCREEK 0: Alyssa Turner set a new single-season goal record for the Lady Red Elephants with 34 this season, scoring four times Tuesday in Gainesville. Taylor Buffington and Breanna Fair each struck the back of the net twice for Gainesville (14-2, 10-0 Region 8-AAAAA), while Margaret Carpenter and Dallas Robson each scored once.
On Friday, Gainesville hosts North Hall at 5:30 p.m. at City Park Stadium. The Lady Red Elephants open the postseason against Paulding County at 5:30 p.m. April 27 in Gainesville.
GAINESVILLE BOYS 2, MEADOWCREEK 1: Derian Alarcon and Edwin Garcia put the Red Elephants (10-5, 8-2 Region 8-AAAAA) on top of the Mustangs Tuesday in Gainesville for the victory. Jose Ortiz picked up an assist on Alarcon’s goal and Omar Perez added another assist on Garcia’s.
Gainesville hosts North Hall on Friday at City Park Stadium as the Red Elephants celebrate Senior Night.
FLOWERY BRANCH BOYS 3, WEST HALL 1: Dylan Windish, Nick Biasi and Elias Araya scored for the Falcons (9-6, 6-3 Region 8-AAAAA) Tuesday in Flowery Branch.
The Falcons will play their final regular season game Thursday at home in a region match against Discovery High with possible state playoff hopes on the line. The girls will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and the boys are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. as they celebrate Senior Night.
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