Plenty of DeKalb teams have found themselves in the thick of their respective region and classification races.
Here’s a look at who’s starting to heat up:
St. Pius X on top
The St. Pius X girls once again look like contenders for the GHSA championship.
Coach Sara Geiger’s crew, ranked second in Class AAA, has been clicking on both sides of the ball.
The Lady Golden Lions, having posted an 8-1-3 record heading into this week, should again find themselves challenging for Region 6 and state supremacy.
The same can be said of the St. Pius X boys’ footballers.
The top-ranked Golden Lions (9-0-2) have the roster and coaching, with David O’Shea at the helm, to roar louder than any other club. Perennial rivals West Hall, Dawson County and Blessed Trinity — who have just one loss between them — are in hot pursuit, though.
Other hot teams
Over in Class 4-A, the top-ranked Marist Lady War Eagles (7-0-1) are once again in the hunt.
In AAAAA girls’ play, Lakeside (8-0-1) is looking to improve on its No. 4 ranking.
DeKalb has a total of three boys’ teams vying for Class 5-A top dog status — in No. 7 Tucker (6-3), No. 8 Lakeside (5-2-2) and No. 9 Dunwoody (6-2).
Players on fire
Boys: Stone Mountain senior Nahome Aberra (12) and Tucker’s freshman sensation Moo Lay (10) are in an exclusive group — DeKalb players who have already reached doubled digits in goals scored.
Tucker Josiah Saydee (11) and Stone Mountain seniors Abel Abay (10) have reached the same plateau with assists.
Dunwoody goalie Josef Frazier is among the county’s top goalies, having only allowed one score in six games.
Girls: Redan senior Chanel Veasley has already accounted for an eye-popping 18 goals scored.
Teammate, sophomore Melanie Abron, is near the top in assists with eight.
Meanwhile, Lakeside sophomore Ashley Graham is making her presence felt in-goal — having only allowed two scores in eight contests.