Monday, April 18
Towns County at Blue Ridge, N.C., 4:30 p.m.
Riverside Military at George Walton, 5 p.m.
Flowery Branch at Winder Barrow, 5:45 p.m.
Chestatee at Stephens County, 5:55 p.m.
Gainesville at Oconee County, 5:55 p.m.
Walnut Grove at Johnson, 5:55 p.m.
Lanier at Lumpkin County, 5:55 p.m.
White County at West Hall, 5:55 p.m.
Monroe Area at North Hall, 5:55 p.m.
Apalachee at Habersham Central, 6:30 p.m.
Region 8-A boys tournament at the Highlands Walk Golf Course, 8 a.m.
Region 8-AA boys tournament at the Traditions Golf Course in Jefferson, 8 a.m.
Region 8-AAAA boys tournament at Double Oaks Golf Course, 8 a.m.
Chestatee at Habersham Central, girls 6 p.m., boys 8 p.m.
Towns County at Lakeview Academy, boys 5 p.m., girls 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 19
Riverside Military at Tallulah Falls, 5:15 p.m.
Athens Academy at Commerce, 5:30 p.m.
Buford at Blessed Trinity, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.
Chestatee at White County, boys 5:30 p.m., girls 7:30 p.m.
West Hall at Gainesville, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.
Stephens County at Lumpkin County, boys 5:30 p.m., girls 7:30 p.m.
Oconee County at North Hall, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.
Gainesville girls at Chestatee, 4 p.m.
Jackson County boys and girls at North Oconee, 4 p.m.
Banks County, East Hall boys and girls at Jefferson, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20
North Hall at Chestatee, 5:55 p.m.
Madison County at Flowery Branch, 5:55 p.m.
Johnson at Gainesville, 5:55 p.m.
West Hall at Lanier, 5:55 p.m.
Habersham Central at Clarke Central, 5:55 p.m
Lumpkin County at Franklin County, 5:55 p.m.
Oconee County at White County, 5:55 p.m.
Johnson at Buford, girls 5:30 p.m., boys 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 21
Lakeview Academy at Athens Academy, 5:30 p.m.
Tallulah Falls at Commerce, 5:30 p.m.
Region 8-AAA boys tournament at The Hooch, 8 a.m.
North Gerogia Christian girls at Loganville Christian, 5 p.m.
East Hall girls at Lumpkin County, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 22
Chestatee at Oconee County, 5:55 p.m.
Stephens County at Gainesville, 5:55 p.m.
Lumpkin County at West Hall, 5:55 p.m.
Walnut Grove at North Hall, 5:55 p.m.
Monroe Area at White County, 5:55 p.m.
Region 8-AAA boys meet at Lanier, 4 p.m.
Region 8-AA boys meet at Jefferson, 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 23
North Georgia Christian at Creekside Christian, girls 11 a.m., boys 1 p.m.
Region 6-AA boys meet at Westminster, 10 a.m.
Region 8-A girls meet at Athens Academy, 10 a.m.
The United Way of White County kicks off a week filled with golf tournaments with its ninth annual Celebrity Golf Tournament beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Innsbruck Golf Course in Helen.
Several celebrities are expected to play in the event, including Roger Erickson, Dewey McClain, K.D. Dunn, Steve Nicosia, Steve Bartkowski, Tracy Stallard and Dave Bristol.
Last year, former Atlanta Braves relief pitchers Adrian Devine and Rick Camp teamed with Gary Peters, Kevin Dawson and Dan Kelly to win the scramble format tournament, carding a 19-under 53.
While the players in the United Way tournament are playing for a good cause, their younger male counterparts will be playing for a region championship.
The champions of regions 8-A, 8-AA and 8-AAAA will be decided today, while Region 8-AAA winner will be determined Thursday at Chattahooche Golf Club in Gainesville. The battle for the championship could come down to Gainesville and North Hall. The two teams played each other last week in the Principal’s Cup with Gainesville winning the scramble event, 3.5-2.5.
The Region 8-A boys tournament will be held at the Highlands Walk Golf Course; the Region 8-AA boys tournament at the Traditions Golf Course in Jefferson; and the region 8-AAAA boys tournament is at Double Oaks Golf Course. All three tournaments begin at 8 a.m. today.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Gainesville’s win over Lumpkin County on Friday moved it into a tie for first place with White County, which makes today’s showdown at Oconee County all the more important. The Warriors, fresh off a loss to Johnson on Friday, are battling with Franklin County for the fourth and final playoff spot. Gainesville (16-3, 15-3 Region 8-AAA) hosts the Knights on Wednesday.
Region 8-AAAA also features a showdown today between two teams battling for playoff position. Flowery Branch (14-3, 10-2) visits first-place Winder-Barrow (16-5, 12-1) today in a rematch of a game on March 31 that the Bulldoggs won 10-8. Since then, the Falcons have gone on a six-game win streak, scoring 10 or more runs in five of the six games.
RUNNING FOR REGION: After a week of golf and baseball, the tempo speeds up Friday and Saturday when four region track championships occur.
The Region 8-AAA and 8-AA boys meets open at 4 p.m. Friday, with 8-AAA’s meet taking place at Lanier High and 8-AA’s at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
The Region 6-AA boys and 8-A girls compete in their meets at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The finals for all four meets will be held April 25.
STORMING THE COURTS: Area tennis teams will take to the courts this week in the first round of the state playoffs.
The Gainesville boys, who defeated Oconee County for the Region 8-AAA championship, enter the postseason as the area’s hottest team and will host Shaw, the No. 4 seed from Region 6, at a time and yet to be announced.
As of press time Sunday, many team had yet to announce the day and time of their first-round matches. Teams have until Friday to play.
Johnson will host Columbus at 3 p.m. Tuesday, while the Lumpkin County teams will have a busy travel day ahead. The Lady Indians, Region 8-AAA’s No. 4 seed, will play at LaGrange at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The teams will then drive to Carrollton, where the Lumpkin County boys, also a No. 4 seed, will play the Region 6-AAA champion Trojans at 4 p.m.
The Flowery Branch boys (No. 3 8-AAAA) will play at Dunwoody at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the Gainesville girls (No. 3 8-AAA) will play at Carrollton at 2 p.m. Wednesday.