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CLAYTON COUNTY NOTEBOOK

Coach Dan Maehlman and his Jonesboro volleyball team are looking to battle for one of the top spots in Region 4-AAAA this season. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Coach Dan Maehlman and his Jonesboro volleyball team are looking to battle for one of the top spots in Region 4-AAAA this season. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

We’ve reached the midpoint of the season for fall sports that don’t involve a football. And here’s where some of the county’s teams stand.

Volleyball

The Region 4-AAAA standings look strikingly similar to last year’s with Woodland, Locust Grove and Jonesboro leading the pack, and well in control of the race for a region crown. Woodland (15-5, 4-0) and Locust Grove (12-4, 2-0) are the region’s only two undefeated teams. But Jonesboro (9-3, 3-1) is nipping at the heels. The Cardinals get a chance to stake its claim for region supremacy this weekend as it plays the Battle at the Beach tournament in Brunswick, and then will draw Harris County and Woodland next weekend in the Harley Davidson Conyers Classic.

By the end of the next weekend we’ll know a lot more about Region 4-AAAA. Meanwhile in Region 4-AAAAA, Ola has risen to the head of the class, thanks to an 11-match winning streak. With Forest Park and Starr’s Mill and Mount Zion coming up next week, the Mustangs stand a good chance of stretching that streak to 14 before a region clash with McIntosh on Sept. 24.

Cross country

We are almost exactly one month away from the county’s championship meet, signified by next Saturday’s Battle of Atlanta. The meet will take place at Nash Farms, and as always Union Grove, Eagle’s Landing and Luella are the hosts. Union Grove coach Eric Daugherty said he feels good about the way his runners are performing, especially junior Ally Adams for the girls. This year’s Battle of Atlanta will see a meet record 40 teams from across the state, including most of the Henry County teams.

Daugherty said that with so many local teams in the event, it will serve as sort of a primer for the county meet that takes place in mid October.

“It’s definitely like a preview for us,” he said. “It gives us a chance to see how we fair against other schools that we’ll have to compete with next month.”

And don’t think for a second that Daugherty is overlooking the implications of winning another county title.

“We have a chance to tie Eagle’s Landing’s record of seven straight county championships this year,” he said. “That’s definitely something that we are trying to shoot for.”

Look for a couple of feature stories on some of the county’s top runners in next week’s editions.