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This week: Area volleyball tournaments start Tuesday
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Ninth-ranked West Hall, North Hall, No. 8 East Hall and No. 7 Buford will all be vying for a top-four spot and a ticket to state when the Area 5-AAA volleyball tournament starts Tuesday.

Four other teams, including top-ranked Blessed Trinity and No. 3 St. Pius X — the top two seeded teams in the double-elimination tournament — will be looking for the same thing.

Fourth-seeded East Hall and No. 5-seed West Hall will meet at 5 p.m. at Blessed Trinity in Atlanta, and No. 3-seed Buford plays No. 6-seed North Hall at 6 p.m. at St. Pius X in Atlanta.

It will be the first of two matches each team will play Tuesday. The West Hall/East Hall winner will play the Blessed Trinity/Cross Keys winner at 6 p.m. at Blessed Trinity, at the same time as the two losers will play. And the Buford/North Hall winner will play the Decatur/St. Pius X winner at 7 p.m. at St. Pius X, along with the two losers.

The teams that finish with two wins at the end of Tuesday will punch their tickets to the region championship match at 6 p.m. Thursday at Buford. The four 1-1 teams after Tuesday will play at 5 p.m. Thursday at Buford, with the two winners securing playoff spots along with entry into the third-place match at 6 p.m.

The Area 6-AA tournament starts Tuesday at Rabun County, and the 6-A, 6-AAAAAA and 8-AAAAA tournaments all begin Thursday, with the latter being hosted by Flowery Branch. The 8-AAAA tournament begins 9 a.m. Saturday at Lanier High.

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: A number of area teams are headed to the state softball playoffs beginning this week around the state.

All first-round series will start with a doubleheader Wednesday and a tiebreaker Thursday if needed.

In Class AAAA, No. 3-seed Lumpkin County travels to No. 2 Alexander. In Class AAA, Region 8 champs Jackson County host Cartersville, Region 7 champs Buford host St. Pius X, No. 3 Dawson County travels to No. 2 Woodward and No. 4 Banks County travels to No. 1 Blessed Trinity.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY: The county’s cross country teams will converge at Chestatee Middle at 4 p.m. Thursday for the annual Hall County cross country championships.

North Hall comes in as the defending champs on both the boys and girls side. While top boys individual finisher Luis Gonzalez, a North Hall grad, won’t be able to defend his title, 2011 second-place finisher and fellow Trojan Witt Nix will be a serious contender for the individual title.

On the girls side both individual champion Victoria Rogers, of North Hall, and runner-up Taylor Long, of West Hall, are back to renew what has become an individual as well as a team rivalry.

ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons (5-0) will look to extend their already franchise-best start to the season at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The game can be seen on CBS.

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