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This week: Gainesville golf aiming for state title in Augusta
Red Elephants have won Hall County, Region 8-AAA titles already this season
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The Georgia High School Association girls state track and field meet has just finished, and the rest of the spring sports are all on to the postseason as the season winds down.

It starts today with the golf championships, where local golfers will be in Augusta, and the surrounding area, and on the hunt for a state title. The area will host all 10 tournaments (boys and girls Class A-AAAAA) at 10 different courses throughout the area.

The Region 8-AAA champion Gainesville boys will be eyeing a state title when they tee off at the Augusta Golf Club, along with 2011 state runner-up North Hall and White County’s Eli Crumley.

The Gainesville girls, also region champs, will also get going this morning across town at the Applewood Golf Course, joined by the White County girls and Johnson’s Lauren Smith.

And in Class AAAA, the region champion Flowery Branch boys, along with Habersham Central’s Lee McCoy, will compete at Jones Creek Golf Club. The Habersham Central girls, also region champs, will compete at Bartram Trail Golf Club.

In Class A, the Riverside boys will compete at Forest Hills Golf Club, Buford’s Aly Hicks and Banks County’s Cara Gowder will compete in the Class AA girls championship at Goshen Plantation, and Jackson County’s York Delloyd will compete in the Class AA boys championship at the Waynesboro Country Club.

HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: The Flowery Branch girls tennis team will travel to Johns Creek on Tuesday in the third round of the state tournament.

The Lady Falcons have already made history as the first team in program history to advance to the quarterfinals.

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: A number of area soccer teams are still alive in the state tournament, including the region champion Gainesville girls and boys teams after first-round wins.

The Lady Red Elephants will host Mary Persons on Wednesday and the Gainesville boys will host Howard at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, both at City Park Stadium.

Also in Class AAA, the Chestatee boys will host Mary Persons on Tuesday.

In Class A, Riverside will host Savannah Country Day at 5 p.m. Tuesday. In Class AA, the East Hall boys will travel to Thomasville on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Buford girls will travel to Dublin, Jackson County will visit Pierce County and the Dawson County girls will host Vidalia.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Undefeated and second-ranked Gainesville will host West Laurens in the second round of the state tournament, beginning with a doubleheader Wednesday and, if needed, a third game Thursday.

Defending Class AA champs Buford, which like the Red Elephants swept its first round opponent, will travel to Morgan County on Wednesday.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK: The Georgia Olympics, the annual boys state track and field meet in Jefferson, will begin Thursday and go through Saturday.

A number of area teams will have athletes participating, including defending Class AAAA pole vaulting champion Austin Eckenroth of Flowery Branch, who will get the opening day started with the rest of the AAAA pole vaulters as one of a number of finals starting at noon. All of the field events and the 1,600-meter finals will be held Thursday.

Qualifying heats for all of the running events will be held Friday, beginning at noon, as well as the 3,200 final. The finals for the running events will be Saturday, beginning at noon with the opening ceremonies.

ATLANTA BRAVES: The Braves will open a three-game series with the Cubs at 8:05 p.m. Monday at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Atlanta right hander Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.74 ERA) is slated to face Chicago right hander Jeff Samardzija (3-1, 3.41 ERA) on Monday.

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