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This week: Crunchtime coming for area teams
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From regular season finales to region and state tournaments, this week in high school sports has a little bit of everything.

Loads of baseball is on tap with the regular season ending Friday.

Lakeview, which has already claimed the Region 8-A title, will attempt to finish the season undefeated in region play.

The Lions will play at Prince Avenue Christian on Tuesday and play host to Hebron Christian on Friday.

In Region 7-AAA, Creekview, Lumpkin County, Flowery Branch and West Forsyth sit atop the region standings with one week remaining.

The current No. 4 seed West Forsyth (15-6, 15-5 Region 7-AAA) and the current No. 3 seed Flowery Branch (17-5, 16-5) will face off Thursday at Flowery Branch.

By Friday, not only will a region champion be crowned, but the state playoff spots will be set.

Track and field teams in Regions 8-AA and 7-AAA will be vying for a spot in the state meets this week.

The Region 8-AA boys meet finishes up today at Jefferson while the 7-AAA boys meet will be Tuesday and Wednesday at White County High.

The second round of the state soccer playoffs take place this week as well.

Third-ranked North Hall and Flowery Branch girls, fresh off wins against Eastside and Oconee County respectively, will play for a berth in the state quarterfinals Tuesday.

The Lady Trojans will play host to No. 10 Druid Hills while Flowery Branch will play at Grady.

The girls soccer state quarterfinals will be played Friday.

In boys soccer action, West Hall and Gainesville are in the same boat with second-round games Wednesday.

West Hall will play host to Cedartown and Gainesville will play at No. 1 Carrollton with the state quarterfinals on the line.

In tennis, four area teams have advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

The Gainesville boys breezed through Stephens County in the first round and now await Dunwoody.

Riverside will also play at home. As Region 8-AA’s No. 3 seed, the Eagles went on the road for a win over Rockmart last week and will play host to Greater Atlanta Christian at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the second round.

Both Jefferson teams have advanced and will play at home again this week. The boys welcome Blessed Trinity, by the Lady Dragons will take on Greater Atlanta Christian.

But high school baseball, soccer, tennis and track and field aren’t the only games in town.

Monday, the Atlanta Hawks will continue their first round playoff sparring match with Miami Heat in Miami. Game 5 will be played Wednesday at Philips Arena. Both games can be seen on TNT (Charter channel 29).

Regardless of the outcome of the early week games, and the games that subsequently follow should the teams continue to go back-and-forth, the Hawks fate will be decided this week. Either they will move on to face the winner of the Cleveland/Detroit series or leave the playoffs after the first round for the second year in a row.

The Atlanta Braves begin the season’s first long homestand Tuesday against St. Louis. The Braves and Cardinals will play two games on back-to-back days before Houston comes to town Friday for the start of a three-game series.

The Braves enter their first homestand, which will last until May 5, after falling short of a sweep in Cincinnati. Atlanta is currently two games back of Florida for the National League East lead, with a record of 9-9.

After a woeful string of home games in which they went 2-8, the Gwinnett Braves start and finish the week on the road, where they are 4-4.

The Triple-A squad plays two games at Norfolk beginning Monday before starting a three-game series at Pawtucket on Thursday.

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