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Rain washes out local prep games

By Jeffery Armstrong

The Southern Crescent was hit with rain showers Monday night, allowing the high school baseball and track athletes more time to get their homework done.

All games scheduled for Monday will be made up this evening, including the finals of the Region 2-AAAAA girls track and field tournament at Stockbridge High School.

The region track tourney will start at 5 p.m.

The rain took the momentum for a couple of Clayton teams, Forest Park and Jonesboro, who had won three straight region contests.

"It wouldn't have made sense to play tonight," Forest Park head coach Quinton King said on Monday. "It would have been a waste of time. We'll get the game in [today]."

Forest Park, in Region 4-AAAA, will host the Northgate Vikings today at 5 p.m. in the last home contest for the Panthers this year. The Panthers are getting close to a state playoff berth, which hasn't happened for them since 1986.

The Jonesboro Cardinals winning streak and the unexpected loss by Henry County to Mt. Zion has Jonesboro in first place in Region 2-AAAAA. Jonesboro was slated to travel to Westside-Macon on Monday, weather permitting.

Other Clayton games scheduled for today include Warner Robins at Mt. Zion (5:30 p.m.), East Coweta at Mundy's Mill (5:30 p.m.), Starr's Mill at Riverdale (5:30 p.m.), Fayette County at Lovejoy (6 p.m.) and Morrow at Henry County (5:45 p.m.).

In Henry County, the hottest team is the Eagle's Landing Golden Eagles, who won four straight games last week. The Eagles jumped from eighth place to fourth place in Region 2-AAAAA in the span of four days, winning via the blowout, the squeaker or in extra innings.

"I know this is a clich?' but we have to take it one game at a time," said Eagles head coach Troy Baker last week. "I credit the seniors on the team with keeping our young guys on the same page."

The Eagles host Northside-Warner Robins today at 5:30 p.m.

Other Henry games this evening include Houston County at Stockbridge (5:30 p.m.) and Luella at Southside (4:30 p.m.).

Should Stockbridge defeat Houston County, the Tigers will claim sole possession of third place in Region 2-AAAAA.