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This week: Region 7-AAA girls track meets opens Monday
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The girls of Region 7-AAA get their crack at qualifying for the state track and field meet today and Tuesday at West Forsyth High. The start of the region championships was pushed back two days due to bad weather on Saturday.

The top two finishers in each event qualify for a spot in next month’s state championships in Albany.

Just like last year, West Forsyth and Flowery Branch have two of the strongest teams, even with a more seasoned Creekview squad and first-year Lambert in the mix.

Senior Kiara Woods leads the Falcons and is a favorite to repeat as region champion in the 1,600 meter and 3,200. Last year, she finished state runner-up in the 3,200 and has posted the fasted time in Class AAA this season (11:07).

Today, Woods will be battling against Lambert’s Allie Schaich in the mile race and again in the 3,200 on Tuesday. Schaich has turned in the second best time in Class AAA this season in both races.

In the 800, West Forsyth’s Kat Gibson, Taylor Roeck and Kelsey Baker are three of the top contenders.

Along with Woods, Flowery Branch has Erika Rucker, who has posted the fastest 400 time in the state this season (55.95).

Flowery Branch’s Raejeena Jarrett is a strong candidate to qualify in the long jump and triple jump.

Other athletes to watch include, North Hall’s Mallory Rich (discus), Gainesville’s Taylor Sims (shot put), Tierra Hill (high jump), Somer Graham (200, 400 and pole vault) and West Hall’s LeNiesha Kearse (100 and 300 hurdles).

Today, athletes will compete in the finals for the field events and the 1,600 finals. On Tuesday all finals for remaining running and wheelchair events will be contested.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Some may not like the way the Region 7-AAA champion is decided with subdivided play, but no one can say it isn’t exciting. Gainesville and Creekview will square off with the region championship hanging in the balance Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.

Adhering to region policy adopted before the season, this game is expected decide the region title since the Red Elephants and Grizzlies are each in first place on their respective side of the region. Gainesville needs one win or a Lambert loss to clinch the top spot in 7B-AAA, while Creekview holds a 1 1/2 game lead over White County entering the final week of the regular season.

ATLANTA HAWKS: The Hawks dropped Game 3 of their first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, but still hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 of the series is at 8:30 tonight in Milwaukee.

In Game 3, Milwaukee took control by hitting 15 of its first 22 field goal attempts. Joe Johnson scored a game-high 25 points for the Hawks and Zaza Pachulia added 16.

ATLANTA BRAVES: The Braves open a four-game series at the St. Louis Cardinals today. Tim Hudson will pitch for Atlanta against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse.

In his last outing, Hudson gave up six hits and a pair of earned runs in a loss to the Phillies.
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