MOULTRIE – Valdosta, which defeated Coffee 41-8 on Friday to claim the No. 3 spot from Region 1 for the Class AAAAAA playoffs, appears to have drawn a favorable playoff seeding.
The Wildcats will face unranked North Cobb, the Region 4 runner-up, in the first round of the playoffs.
A victory over the Warriors would send the Wildcats to a second-round game against the Langston Hughes-Rockdale County winner. Only if they can reach the third round would the Wildcats face the possibility of meeting No. 2-ranked Lassiter, the only ranked team in Valdosta’s corner of the bracket.
Lowndes is in a corner of the bracket that also includes No. 4 Grayson, No. 5 North Gwinnett and No. 7 Lovejoy.
The Vikings will be at home to face Marietta on Friday and with a win would meet the Lovejoy-Tri-Cities winner.
Region 1-AAAAAA champion Camden County, fresh off a 13-12 upset at the hands of Colquitt County, will play host to Hillgrove on Friday.
With a win, the Wildcats would then play the Newton-East Coweta winner.
But lurking in Camden County’s quadrant of the bracket is undefeated Norcross. The Wildcats and Blue Devils could meet in a quarterfinal game on Nov. 30.
Colquitt County, as a No. 4 seed, is unlikely to play home again this season.
If the Packers can get by McEachern in Powder Springs on Friday, they will have to travel again to play the Newnan-Alcovy winner in the second round.
Also in Colquitt County’s corner of the bracket are No. 8 West Forsyth, No. 10 Walton and unranked Parkview and Collins Hill.
PLAYOFF NOTES: Norcross defeated Meadowcreek 56-6 on Friday to finish the regular season with a 10-0 record. The Blue Devils will play 7-3 Chattahoochee on Friday in the first round.
North Gwinnett will take a 9-1 record into its first round game against 8-2 Johns Creek. The Bulldogs won their finale over Peachtree Ridge 24-20.
Thomas County Central was stunned by Harris County 18-12 at home on Friday and will go into the playoffs as the No. 2 team from Region 1-AAAAA. The 8-2 Yellow Jackets will play host to 7-3 Creekside on Friday and with a win will likely have to face Northside-Warner Robins.
Carver-Columbus defeated Jackson 26-6 on Friday to finish 9-1. The Tigers will open the Class AAA playoffs at home against 5-5 Dodge County on Friday.
Lovejoy, 9-1, finished the regular season with a 56-0 win over Alcovy and will open the playoffs at home against 4-6 Tri-Cities.
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Colquitt County boys win region soccer championship (UPDATED)
The Colquitt County boys soccer team won three straight region championships from 1997-1999, but had not had one since then before Wednesday’s 1-0 victory at Coffee broke the 14-year drought.
Colquitt boys soccer team wins region championship
The Colquitt County boys soccer team won three straight region championships from 1997-1999, but had not had one since then until Wednesday’s 1-0 victory at Coffee broke the 14-year drought.
Boys tennis team wins state tournament opener
The Colquitt County boys tennis team won its Class AAAAAA state tournament opener on Wednesday, knocking off Region 3 champion East Coweta 5-0 in Sharpsburg.
Colquitt County High baseball seniors
The Colquitt County baseball team’s seniors, who were honored before Tuesday’s game against Thomas County Central, include, front, from left, Preston Berry, Jonah Bozeman, Daniel Mobley and Mack Hathcock; back, Gabe Mobley, Tony Simpson, Ross Goforth, Andy Bush, Ryan Chatman, Cole Bryant and Clayton Brown. The Packers finish the regular season with a game at Crisp County today.
Colquitt County wins state tennis opener
The Colquitt County boys tennis team traveled to Sharpsburg on Wednesday and won its first-round state tournament opener, defeating Region 3-AAAAAA champion East Coweta 5-0.
The Packers, the No. 4 team from Region 1, will play the Kennesaw Mountain-Luella winner in the second round. That match is expected to be held on Monday.
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The Colquitt County boys and girls soccer teams’ seniors were honored on Monday between the games against Lowndes at Packer Park. They are, front, from left, Alex Balderas, Haley Bautista, Leslie Aguilar, Raley Wallace, Abbi Beth Paulk, Carlos Martinez and Eric Gould; middle, Brian Vidales, Manuel Vasquez, Richard Garcia, Fernando Miranda, Marcus Lopez, Will Pitts and Maca Aguilera; back, Francisco Gomez, Gio Martin, Luis Padilla, Matt Moody, Josh Smith and Jay Tolbert.
Greene, 4x100 team get region track wins
Marquan Greene won the 200 meters and the 4x100-meter relay team also took first place to lead the Colquitt County boys to a fifth-place finish at the Region 1-AAAAAA track meet held recently in Tifton.
Alderman Realty gets Tiny Mite victory
Alderman Realty edged Chick-fil-A 13-12 on Monday in a Tiny Mite girls softball game.
Hutchinson-Traylor holds off Davis Insurance
After taking a 5-0 lead after its first three at bats, Hutchinson-Traylor had to hang on to defeat Davis Insurance 5-4 on Monday in a Midget League game at the Magnolia Sports Complex.
Sprint cars at Needmore
This Saturday night Needmore Speedway will host the second round of a Southern Sprint Car Showdown as sprint cars from the ASCS, Carolina Sprint Car Series will challenge drivers from the Florida Sprint Car Series. This new partnership was formed between the two series to make racing more affordable as well as more exciting for race fans. The first event in the Showdown series will kick off Friday night at Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, then head to Needmore for Saturday’s event. According to Carolina series director Tom Baker, this new series will pit the Florida sprints with their 360 limited motors against the smaller 305 engines in the ASCS cars. But according to Baker, both develop about the same horsepower plus the Oglethorpe track is totally different than Needmore’s 3/8s mile surface. Fans can expect to see top drivers from each series in action this Saturday night including Johnny Petrozelle, Shawn Mott and Tim Perry of the Carolina series as they take on Florida's best. Baker said ‘these drivers don't care what series label it is or what motor is in the car, these guys are the wildest, craziest drivers you'll see all year and they always put on a good show.’ Needmore's lineup this Saturday will also include Limited Late Models, Super Streets, Hobbys and Enduros. Gates open at 3 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
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