Perez, Branham, Bringer to state tourney
Richmond Hill High School wrestlers Zach Perez, Caleb Branham and Zach Bringer will compete in the state Class AAAAA traditional tournament after each qualified at the East Sectionals on Saturday in Cambridge.
Perez went 4-0 in the 152-pound weight class to win the East. Branham went 4-1 in the 220-pound class to place third and Bringer was 4-1 in the 132-pound class to qualify third.
Perez and Bringer are seniors, Branham is a junior. The state meet is this weekend in Gwinnett County if weather permits. A severe winter storm is expected to impact the metro-Atlanta area beginning Wednesday.
Richmond Hill High School will host the Region 3-AAAA basketball tournament this week, and both the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats are No. 4 seeds and have a shot at advancing to the state Class AAAAA tourney.
The Lady Wildcats (8-6 in region) take on Jenkins at 3:30 p.m. today. The winner faces the winner of the game against top-seeded Effingham County and Windsor Forest. That game is set for Thursday afternoon.
“Just like I told the girls, the region tournament starts a new season and we are going to treat it that way,” said RHHS girls’ coach Sarah Brown, who is in her first season as the Lady Wildcats’ head coach.
“Anything can happen in the post season,” she added. “We’ve got to come out ready to play every time we step on the floor.”
The Wildcats (6-8 in the region) take on Ware County at 5 p.m. today. The winner takes on either top-seeded Jenkins or Windsor Forest on Thursday. The Wildcats finished tied with Ware in the standings, but beat the Gators twice in the regular sesaon.
Second-year coach Bill Henderson knows a thing or two about making tournament runs. Last year’s team made it to the state tournament, then pulled off a first-round upset and came within a point of advancing to the third round.
“We’re very excited about the having the chance to play in the region tournament, especially with it being in Richmond Hill this year,” Henderson said. “We’re focusing on playing our best basketball with the hopes of competing for the region championship and making a return to the state playoffs.”
— Staff report