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This week: No break for area baseball
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It’s spring break for Hall County schools, but a number of local baseball teams can’t afford to take a week off with big games this week.

One matchup that could have implications in Region 8-AAA pits the North subregion’s top team in North Hall (10-5, 7-2) against South No. 3 Johnson (9-6, 5-4) at 5:55 p.m. Friday at North Hall.

The Knights are looking to stay in contention for a spot in the region tournament and have a key stretch this week with region games at West Hall today and at home against Lanier on Wednesday as well.

In Region 8-A, Riverside (8-8-1, 6-5) will look to continue on its recent run of success — the Eagles have won six of their last seven games — with four region games this week. Riverside begins the crucial stretch against Athens Academy (9-7, 6-5) at 3:30 p.m. today.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: A few of the top local golf teams will head to Dahlonega today and Tuesday for the North Georgia High School Golf Classic at the Achasta Golf Course.

Included will be a pair of Gainesville teams, Flowery Branch and Habersham Central as part of the 12-team field.

The Hall County Champion Red Elephants have been one of top area teams all year, but the Raiders have one of the top golfers in Lee McCoy, making for an interesting competition in the North Georgia mountains.

ATLANTA BRAVES: Braves right hander Tommy Hanson will be on the mound at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field in New York on Thursday for Atlanta’s season opener against the Mets. The game, along with the remainder of the season-opening three game series, will be broadcast on SportSouth.

The Braves follow a trip to New York with another to Houston before finally making their way to Turner Field for the home opener at 7:35 p.m. April 13 against the Brewers.

ATLANTA HAWKS: The Hawks (31-23) have a chance to close in on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference with games this week against two of the conference’s worst teams in Charlotte and Detroit. Atlanta will play the cellar-dwelling Bobcats twice, starting with a tip-off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. The game can be seen on SportSouth.

THE MASTERS: The year’s first golf major is back at Augusta National and can be seen beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday on ESPN. Tiger Woods is once again the story after his recent resurgence; he will be looking for his first win at The Masters since 2005.

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