Back from the break: Local teams face off against region, look to improve in standings and make playoffs

Wed, 04/16/2008 - 10:50am
By: Kevin Wandra

Starr's Mill's Kevin Koziol Starr's Mill's Kevin Koziol takes a lead off second base.

Spring break has concluded, and each team in the county is vying to advance toward the top of their respective region standings.

The Starr’s Mill Panthers are coming off an exceptional spring break, during which they won all three Region 2-AAAA games they played, including a 10-4 victory over the state’s top-ranked team in Class AAAA, Woodward Academy.

Starr’s Mill (11-7, 7-2) is currently tied with
the Northgate Vikings for second place in the region. It was scheduled to face region rival Banneker yesterday after the newspaper went to press, and the Panthers are set to play two more key region games this week, both of which are at home: Whitewater today and Fayette County Thursday.

The McIntosh Chiefs (10-10, 6-4 region) are coming off a rough spring break in which they lost three of the four games they played; their lone win of the week came against Whitewater, 8-4. Sitting in third place in Region 2-AAAA, McIntosh was scheduled to play region rival Creekside last night, and it will play Banneker, another region opponent, tomorrow at home.

This is a big week for Whitewater (13-5, 4-4 region), which is in fourth place in Region 2-AAAA. The Wildcats face two of the region’s top teams: Starr’s Mill today and Northgate Thursday.

Fayette County (6-8, 3-5 region) has a difficult region schedule this week, with games against two of the region’s top teams, Northgate and Starr’s Mill. The Tigers were scheduled to play Northgate last night, and they are scheduled to play Starr’s Mill on the road Thursday and Creekside on the road Friday.

The Sandy Creek Patriots (12-5, 4-3 region) are the hottest team in the county, having won their last four games; Creek won each game by at least eight runs.

Creek entered the week in fourth place in Region 6-AAA. It was scheduled to face the region’s first-place team, Cartersville, yesterday.
The Patriots play non-region opponent Newnan tonight on the road, then region rival Haralson County Friday.

Landmark Christian has a busy slate of road games this week. It was scheduled to play at Region 5-A rival St. Francis last night, and the War Eagles will play at region rival Whitefield Academy Thursday and at Pacelli Saturday.
Landmark (11-4, 8-1 region) is currently tied for first place in the region with Eagles Landing Christian Academy and Providence Christian.

The Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats enter the week having lost their last eight games. They played Region 5-A rival Mt. Paran last night.

The Bobcats (3-10, 0-8 region), who sit in last place in the region, play two more region rivals this week, Eagles Landing Christian Thursday and Whitefield Academy Friday.

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