Photo by Brian Paglia
Forest Park senior Rafael Martinez scored a goal in the Panthers’ 4-2 win against Whitewater at home in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
The Drew girl’s tennis team took another step toward returning to the Class AAA semifinals.
The Lady Titans’ advanced to the quarterfinals after a 3-1 victory at Crisp County on Tuesday.
Drew faces the winner of West Lauren-Spalding.
Symone Townsend led the way with a 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Alexis Dean won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, while the No. 1 doubles partners of Brianna Hardy and Khadijah Battle won 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Greenbrier 5, Woodland 0
The Lady Wolfpack lost on the road in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
Kimberly Bowen lost 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, Krystal Bowen lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 2 singles and Kyla Foye lost 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
At No. 1 doubles, Kelsey Wages and Kristin Avery lost 6-1, 6-4, despite being up 4-0 in the second set. Jasmyne Johnson and Nicole Langford lost 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
Lakeside-Evans 5, Union Grove 0
The Lady Wolverines lost on the road in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs Monday.
“Lakeside was just a little bit stronger,” Union Grove coach Trish McDonald said.
Sara Watson lost 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Sydney Neese lost 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and Emily O’Neill fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The No. 1 doubles team of Kayla Montgomery and Abigail Atkins lost a 6-4, 4-6, 7-10, heart-breaker in three sets that went to a super tiebreaker in the third set.
Sarah Beck and Rebecca Hart lost 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 doubles.
The Union Grove boy’s tennis team travels to Brunswick to take on Glynn Academy in the Class AAAA second round today at 2 p.m.
Dutchtown 5, Tri-Cities 3
Dutchtown outlasted Tri-Cities in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs on the road Tuesday.
Dutchtown will play the Tucker-South Paulding winner next Tuesday, May 8.
Dutchtown got two goals apiece from Judah Goodridge and Alhagie Taal. Jordi Landburg also scored one goal.
“It was back and forth until the end there,” Dutchtown coach Justin Smith said. “I think we just outlasted them at the end. They’re a good team. ... They were prepared.”
Luella 1, Coffee County 0
The Lions got a goal from Tre Wilson in the 28th minute and Luella survived on the road in the Class AAAAA tournament Tuesday.
Luella will play the winner of Collins Hill-Grayson next Tuesday, May 8.
The win marks the second time in three years Luella has won a first round playoff game on the road.
“We’ll do it anytime,” Luella boy’s soccer coach Nick Ellis said. “We got them mentally ready for the trip. We had them mentally relaxed.”
Ellis said the Lions got a gutsy performance by goalkeeper Jacob Lunn, who recently signed an athletic scholarship with Reinhardt College.
Forest Park 4, Whitewater 2
The Panthers wanted to atone for last season’s disappointing first round loss in the state playoffs.
They’ve done that.
Despite falling behind 1-0 within the first four minutes, Forest Park stormed back and scored four straight goals to take control of the game and move on to the second round.
“I think our guys are really excited to be in the 2nd round,” Forest Park coach Jonathan White said.
The Panthers will host the winner of Marist-Pope next Tuesday, May 8.
Forest Park was led by Vicente Zenteno, who scored two goals. Rafael Martinez scored on a penalty kick, and Mauro Ayala added another goal.
White said sophomore defender Jose Torres “played the best game he’s played at Forest Park.”