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Area schools have stellar season in prep sports
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Special Photo<br>Harvester Christian’s Ryan Reagan blocks for Raymond Price during a playoff game against Heritage Christian on Nov. 1. The Hawks lost in their league’s title game to Holy Ground Baptist in Columbus on Saturday.
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Harvester Christian’s Ryan Reagan blocks for Raymond Price during a playoff game against Heritage Christian on Nov. 1. The Hawks lost in their league’s title game to Holy Ground Baptist in Columbus on Saturday.
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From left, senior 
Jennifer Serrano battles teammate  Kenzie Vinsent, a junior, for the ball 
during a recent practice at New Manchester High School.
From left, senior Jennifer Serrano battles teammate Kenzie Vinsent, a junior, for the ball during a recent practice at New Manchester High School.
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Douglas experienced another stellar year in prep sports with each county program having teams that won region titles and competed for state championships.

Alexander, out of Region 5-AAAA, had several teams make the postseason including baseball along with boys’ and girls’ soccer and softball, each of which won at least one playoff contest or series. Boys’ basketball earned 23 wins and advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals. Chloe Champ won the individual title at the region cross country meet and helped lead the Cougars to a team title. Girls’ golf also brought home a region title.

Ashton Matson won the pole vault competition at the state track and field meet this past season while wrestlers Trey Green, Cody Starnes and Deandre Sims each earned individual titles at the state Traditional Meet. The wrestling team placed third in the state at that event and second at the Dual Meet.

Alexander had a magical season on the gridiron, reaching the postseason for the first time since 1997 while matching that season’s win total at eight victories. Junior running back Mikell Lands-Davis finished the year with 2,383 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns, both in the state’s top five statistically. The Cougars also won two playoff games during their run to the quarterfinals.

Chapel Hill had several teams win Region 4-AAA titles. The baseball team went undefeated in region play and earned 26 total wins, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs while girls’ golf, behind Candace Salters, gained a team title as well. Girls’ basketball made the semifinals of the postseason after winning 27 games and claiming a region title. The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams shared mirror seasons, winning the region and each advancing to the playoff quarterfinals. Softball also claimed a region crown while making the second round of the playoffs with football and volleyball finished their fall seasons with postseason appearances. Wrestler Khyree Walker placed sixth at the state Traditional Meet in the 220-pound class.

The Panthers continued their domination during cross country season with boys’ runner Cameron Lord and girls’ runner Darby Demarest each winning individual region titles while leading their squads to overall team victories. The Chapel Hill track teams won the county meet on March 29 with the boys’ squad placing second in the state meet in early May. Paul McCloud and Jamal McDaniel each won individual titles at that event.

Douglas County, out of Region 3-AAAAAA, saw postseason appearances from several teams including baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ tennis along with girls’ soccer.

The boys’ soccer team earned a first-round playoff win over Rockdale County, 7-0. Cross country runner Danny Shaughnessy won the individual competition at the region meet, leading the Tigers to a team title as well qualification for the state event. The girls’ cross country team placed second at the region event and also qualified for state. Wrestler Quinzavious Sands finished sixth in the heavyweight, 285-pound class at the state meet.

Lithia Springs had several teams make the playoffs out of Region 5-AAAAA, including girls’ basketball, which finished the season with 20 wins and a first-round postseason win over Clarke Central on Feb. 19 in overtime, along with volleyball and rifle. Boys’ basketball earned 19 wins this past season and a sub-region championship. Derrick White won the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at the region meet with Avonte Boyd and Lasheon Strozier earning first place in the long jump and triple jump respectively.

Fellow region mate New Manchester saw its boys’ basketball team have its best season in program history, winning a school-record 21 games, the overall region title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the playoffs. The girls’ track and field team also netted a region title with Anika Carter, Niata Alexander, Jhordynn Datcher Crystin Robinson, Shaquaria Calhoun and Tahaira Dancy each earning individual and relay victories for the Jaguars. The football team also finished with its first winning record (6-4) in program history.

King’s Way Christian School (11-0) won the Georgia Association of Christian Schools championship for the second time in three seasons with a 28-24 win over Appling Christian on Nov. 1.

Harvester Christian Academy’s football team won a school-record 11 contests and made the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama championship game on Nov. 16 after finishing winless during the 2012 campaign.

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