GHSA Boys Lacrosse 2019 Championship Previews

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

May 16, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  The boys championship games are set.  Here are the Sportal previews of the action to come this Saturday.

6A-7A Boys
The Lambert Longhorns are back in the championship game for the second straight year, following on their 4th GHSA championship last season. The Longhorns tallied an 8-4 win over Lassiter in the semis behind strong play from Drew Kotanian, Gerard Kane, and Benny O’Rourk. Lambert has been dominant all season, posting a 20-1 record. Their only loss this season came to A-5A championship contender Lovett a month ago. The Longhorns will be tough in the championship game as they look to complete their season long “Drive for Five” championships campaign.

They will face off with the Walton Raiders in the championship game this Saturday. Walton has one GHSA lacrosse championship from 2011, and they are hungry to add a second. Coach Griffin Spotz’s team brought a great defensive effort against Centennial in the semis with an 8-3 victory. Centennial had scored 10 or more goals in their three previous playoff games before the Raiders shutdown their high-powered offense. The Raiders got great contributions from Harran, Floyd, Hellman, Pritts, and more. They bring a 20-2 record into the title game, with losses only to semifinalist Lassiter and A-5A finalist Westminster.

The squads will square off on Saturday at Kennesaw State for the 6-7A title.

A-5A Boys
Building on a successful 2018 season, the Westminster Wildcats advanced to the finals by beating the 2018 champ Blessed Trinity in a 12-10 shootout Wednesday night. In the semis, Dylan Farley controlled the X for the Cats, with goals from Farley, Tristan Ferrari and Denton Shamburger with two assists from Jake Jameson. This season the Wildcats have been on fire, sporting a 20-3 record heading into the final match of the season. Their three losses have come to 6-7A powerhouse squads, and the Wildcats beat their rival Lovett 9-8 in overtime back on April 5th. Last year Coach Souza’s squad fell in the semifinals to runner-up GAC. The Wildcats have won five GHSA championships in lacrosse, the most recent in 2017.

The Wildcats will face off against their Buckhead rival Lovett Lions in the championship. Lovett notched an 11-8 win over 5A Buford in the semis last night. The Lions got multiple goals from Quinn O’Donnell vs Buford and jumped out to a big lead early. Lovett has racked up a 18-4 record on the season, with their losses coming to 6-7A schools and Westminster. The Lions fell in the first round of the playoffs to GAC last year. Lovett has scored three GHSA lacrosse championships, but the most recent was back in 2009.

We will see on Saturday, May 18th which Buckhead programs gets back to the top of the mountain.

Lovett Completes Region Win Over Pace Academy

By: Brian Zwerner/Andrew Garner — SportalNews contributors

February 1, 2019 (Atlanta, GA):  The Lovett Lions hosted the Pace Knights in a match-up of two of the top teams in AAA – Region 5.  This game stayed close throughout the first half, with a 13-13 tie at the end of Q1 and a halftime score of 23-21 with Lovett on top.  The Lions broke it open in the third, led by their star guard Sydney Johnson.  At the end of the third frame, the Lovett lead had ballooned to 39-30, but the Knights were not done yet.

Late in the fourth, double technical fouls against the Lions gave the Knights four FTs, and Joelle Zelony delivered on all of them.  The Knights had a chance to win the game at the buzzer with a three, but the ball couldn’t find the bottom of the net and the Lions held on for the 46-44 win.

Sydney Johnson was spectacular for Lovett in the win.  She netted 27 points and made great play after great play.  After the game she was honored as the Lions all time leading scorer.  Abbi Goldberg chipped in with 13 points as well for the Lions.  The Knights were led by two seniors, Virginia Hobbs with 14 and Joelle Zelony with 11.

See highlights from the game here.


SportalTV Teams Get Ready for 2nd Round

By: Brian Zwerner — SportalNews contributor

November 15, 2018 (Atlanta, GA):

SportalTV was live for 12 exciting football games of the week throughout this fall season.  We covered 21 teams and saw great action from across the state of Georgia.  15 of those teams made the GHSA playoffs, and 8 advanced to the second round.  As these teams kick off their quest for the Sweet 16 tomorrow night, here is a preview of each game and links to watch their action from earlier this season.

7A Playoffs

No. 3 Grayson hosts Norcross: The Rams played at Westlake on September 14th, winning by a score of 21-16.  The two could meet again if both win on Friday night.  The Rams were led that night by senior WR Kenyon Jackson who had over 100 yards receiving and 2 TDs. The Grayson D swarmed all over the field, with Kevin Harris II leading the charge.  Grayson takes on a tough Norcross team in the second round after easily beating South Forsyth by a score of 38-6 in the first round.

No. 10 Westlake hosts Lowndes: The Lions gave a scare to Grayson in the game back on September 14th. QB Jalyn Williams was sensational that night and will need to be sharp when they take on a battle tested Lowndes team this Friday.  Lowndes put the hurt on Cherokee in round one with a 54-14 victory.  Westlake edged North Paulding 28-24 in the first round.

6A Playoffs

No. 3 Harrison visits Lanier: The Hoyas took on Allatoona on SportalTV on October 5th.  The Buccaneers came into Harrison and left with a 23-7 win in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.  The Hoyas bring a tough defense and a passing game led by Gavin Hall and Micah Davis into their second round match-up with Lanier.  The Hoyas edged John’s Creek by a score of 23-20 in the first round, while Lanier beat another SportalTV team Mays 20-12.

No. 7 Allatoona visits Dacula: Allatoona won the game against Harrison behind great running by Daniel Parsons.  Parsons had 140 yards and a TD in a hard fought game for the Bucs.  Allatoona drew another SportalTV team Centennial in the first round.  The Knights were missing their star QB Max Brosmer, and they fell hard to Allatoona 38-7 in the first round.  Dacula had an easy 28-0 first round win over Northgate.

No. 6 Sequoyah visits Creekside: The Chiefs were live on SportalTV on October 19th on the road at Sprayberry.  Sequoyah brought its patented Wing T offense led by Collier Pecht and Cole Jacobs. The Chiefs came away with a big road win 35-28 that night.  Their first round playoff game against Alpharetta (also a SportalTV team) came down to the last minute, with the Chiefs pulling out the 34-30 victory.  They take on Creekside Friday night, who easily bested Gainesville 47-12.

5A Playoffs:

Kell visits No. 2 Buford: The Longhorns were live on SportalTV on August 31st against their Cobb County rival Lassiter.  The two schools are only separated by a few miles and know each other well. Kell blasted the Trojans by a score of 29-3 that night, with QB Evan Conley throwing dimes and a big pick six by Nick Ross.  Kell easily beat Carver Atlanta 48-8 in the first round, but they have a huge battle ahead of them Friday.  The travel to face a Buford team that has been a favorite all season to take on Rome High for the 5A championship.

3A Playoffs:

No. 1 Cedar Grove hosts North Hall: The Saints were live on SportalTV on September 21st vs Lovett, and they easily won that contest 45-0.  RB Chavon Wright had 3 TDs that night, and 5 Star WR Jadon Haselwood was spectacular in limited action.  The defense led by Rashad Cheney Jr was stifling.  Cedar Grove had an easy first round win 49-0 over Hart County. They take on North Hall, who won their game over Lakeview 41-6.

Lovett visits No. 2 Calhoun: The Lions had a tough time with Cedar Grove on SportalTV, and it won’t get any easier in the second round of the playoffs. They visit defending state champ Calhoun, who won their first round game against Fannin County 55-17.  The Lions come in with momentum, having beaten their rival Westminster two weeks ago before getting a huge 40-7 win in the first round vs Morgan County. They will need big performances by KJ Wallace and Nick Johnson if they are to upset Calhoun Friday.