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This week: Full slate of playoff games on tap
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Monday, April 30
Class A state preliminaries

Washington-Wilkes at Commerce, 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

State playoffs, second round

West Hall boys at LaGrange, 2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1
State playoffs, first round

Northwest Whitefield boys at Flowery Branch, 5:30 p.m.

State playoffs, second round

North Paulding at Flowery Branch, 3:30 p.m.
Decatur boys at Jefferson, 4 p.m.
Gainesville boys at Woodward Academy, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2
State playoffs, first round

Johns Creek girls at Flowery Branch, 6 p.m.

State playoffs, second round

Riverside at Mount Pisgah, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 3
State playoffs, first round

North Hall boys at Southeast Whitfield, TBA
River Ridge boys at East Hall, 5:30 p.m.
Buford girls at Callaway, 5:30 p.m.
Dawson County boys at North Murray, 6 p.m.
Johnson boys at Dalton, 7 p.m.
Lakeview boys at Landmark Christian, 7 p.m.
Cartersville boys at Gainesville, 7:30 p.m.
Allatoona boys at Chestatee, 7:30 p.m.


Girls state meet, Albany

Friday, May 4
State playoffs, first round

Temple at Buford, 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
Allatoona at North Hall, TBA
Flowery Branch at Johns Creek, TBA
Jefferson at Coosa, TBA
Heritage-Catoosa at Gainesville, TBA

State playoffs, first round

Jackson County girls at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, TBA
Jefferson girls at River Ridge, TBA
Towns County girls at Brookstone, 5 p.m.
Sonoraville girls at Dawson County, 5:30 p.m.
Dalton girls at Gainesville, 6 p.m.
West Hall girls at Heritage-Catoosa, 7 p.m.


Girls state meet, Albany

Saturday, May 5

Girls state meet, Albany

State playoffs, meets and matches will take place across the board in high school sports this week, and there are a number of teams around the area participating.

In boys soccer, East Hall will host a first-round playoff game for the first time in school history. The Vikings will take on River Ridge, the No. 3 seed in Region 7-AA. Also in Class AA, Dawson County will play at North Murray.

In Class AAA, four area teams advanced to the state playoffs. Gainesville led the way, taking the top seed in Region 8-AAA, and will face Cartersville. Chestatee secured the second seed and will face Allatoona, Johnson took a No. 3 seed and will travel to Dalton, and North Hall got fourth. The Trojans face Southeast Whitfield.

In Class A, the Lakeview boys will travel to take on Landmark Christian.

The Class A, AA and AAA boys games will be played on Thursday. Two days earlier, the Flowery Branch boys (No. 2 Region 8-AAAA) host Northwest Whitfield, and Habersham Central will travel to Chattahoochee as a No. 3 seed on Tuesday.

The Flowery Branch girls took the top spot in Region 8-AAAA and will host Johns Creek on Wednesday.
Region 8-AAA had two advance to state on the girls side. Gainesville hosts Dalton as a No. 1 seed, and West Hall travels to Heritage-Catoosa as a No. 3 seed.

In Class AA, Buford travels to Callaway, Jackson County travels to Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe, Dawson County hosts Sonoraville and Jefferson travels to River Ridge.

The Towns County girls play against Brookstone in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

The Class A, AA and AAA girls games will be played Friday.

In tennis, Riverside Military plays Mount Pisgah in the second round of the state tournament. The Jefferson boys advanced to round two in Class AA, and Gainesville and West Hall moved on in Class AAA.

Flowery Branch is the only team still alive in the area on the girls side. The Lady Falcons are scheduled to face North Paulding at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The baseball playoffs also get underway with best-of-three series to be held Friday and Saturday. Friday’s games will be doubleheaders.

Gainesville leads the way with its unblemished 25-0 record. The Red Elephants faces Heritage-Catoosa in the first round. North Hall faces Allatoona and Flowery Branch gets Johns Creek.

The girls state track meet will also be held on Thursday-Saturday this week at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

ATLANTA HAWKS: After clinching home-court advantage, the Hawks won 83-74 against the Boston Celtics in the first of a seven-game series on Sunday. They will play Games 2 and 3 this week, on Tuesday and Friday, respectively. Game 2 will be in Atlanta, while the third will move the series to Boston.

ATLANTA BRAVES: The Braves, who have maintained a strong pace after recovering from a slow start to the 2012 season, finish their four-game series against the Pirates tonight before starting a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. That series will be played at Turner Field in Atlanta, and then the Braves will travel west for a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies beginning Friday.

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