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Local teams preparing for state tourney

By Anthony Rhoads

There's no place like home.

That is what the Jonesboro girls and boys soccer teams will be counting on this week in the Class AAAA state tournament.

The Jonesboro girls play host to Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe today at 5:30 p.m. while the boys play host to Woodland Thursday at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at Jonesboro High School.

"We have more students who come out to the games when we play at the school and that's great," Jonesboro girls head coach Matt Trucks said. "The girls have said they play better when there's more fan support so we definitely want to play at home."

The Jonesboro girls (11-4-1) won the Region 5-AAAA championship Friday by beating North Atlanta 3-2 on penalty kicks in overtime.

The Jonesboro boys (12-2-1) beat Columbia 5-2 Friday to win the region title. The Jonesboro boys will be playing in their second straight state tournament.

In other state tournament action, the Morrow and Lovejoy boys play Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

Morrow enters the game with a 15-1-1 record.

This year, the Morrow boys set a school record for most wins in a season; the previous mark was 11 wins in 1984, followed by three-straight 10-win seasons from 1985-87.

Morrow's lone loss this season was a 3-0 defeat to Lovejoy on April 18. Morrow had a 15-game unbeaten streak going into that game.

Morrow rebounded from the loss and closed out the regular season last Thursday with an 8-0 victory over Douglass.

Morrow is the No. 1 seed out of Region 2-AAAAA Lovejoy enters the game with a 9-4-2 record and is the No. 4 seed out of a tough Region 4-AAAAA, which includes Starr's Mill and Fayette County.

The North Clayton boys play at Dalton Thursday at 5:30 p.m.