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Paulding programs advance in postseason action
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
May 07, 2014 01:50 PM | 954 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>East Paulding’s Jackson Patrick waits for a pitch in the batting cage during practice earlier this season.

















 


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Several Paulding sports programs participated in the first round of their respective state playoff competitions last week within Class 5A.

The North Paulding baseball team won its best-of-three series against Pope two games to one on Friday and Saturday.

It was the program’s first-ever postseason series win after losing in its only other playoff appearance last season to Loganville. The Wolfpack have won a program-record 22 wins this season and now advance to face Flowery Branch in the next round which starts this week.

“Our series against Pope was a back and forth effort,” North Paulding head coach Dennis Jordan said. “The biggest thing that got us through is that we didn’t quit playing and the boys never gave up through a total team effort.”

East Paulding also advanced to the second round following its two games to one series win on the road at Sprayberry. The Raiders, who have made the playoffs each of the last three years and advanced to the quarterfinals last year, return to action this week at Stephenson in Stone Mountain.

The state baseball finals will be held on school sites on May 24.

In soccer action, the Wolfpack saw its girls’ team earn a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Riverwood on April 30. Freshman Taylor Farmer scored the game-winner assisted by Madison Cornell.

“We were in control of the game through our central midfielders Hannah Easterwood, Taylor Davis and Emily Ratke,” head coach Joel Sullivan said. “Their goalkeeper was fantastic but our girls never panicked, kept it business-like and chipped away until the goal came through persistence and determination.”

The Wolfpack have won five of its last six matches and now travel to Heritage-Conyers this week.

The East Paulding girls’ soccer team saw its season conclude on April 30 in a first-round playoff loss to Pope, 3-0. The Raiders won 10 contests this season and made the postseason for the first time in three seasons.

The state soccer finals will be held at Fifth Third Stadium at Kennesaw State University May 16.

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