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RHMS wins region championship
RHMS Lady Wildcats (back row, from left) Coach Sybil Finnegan, Katelyn Taylor, Kaila Green, Sara Mazur, Jordan Reagan, Krissy McCauley, Ashley Pentecost, Kristin McCauley, Kayla Taylor, RHMS Principal Helen Herndon (middle row) Sutton Garrett, Casey Qua, Makella Bergsmith, Courtney Gibson, (front row) Jasmine Marquez, Emily Johnson, Katelyn Martinson, Rachel Blitchington and Bailey Jackson. Not pictured is Marzjan Mustafa and Brianna Orloff.

The Richmond Hill Middle School Lady Wildcat soccer team won the region championship on Wednesday. They swept William James Middle School 7-0 in the finals at RHHS to end their undefeated season with eight wins and zero losses. This is the sixth year in a row RHMS has won the title.

The RHMS boys, who are also undefeated thus far, are slated to play Ebenezer Middle School Tuesday at RHHS for the region championship.

"I am so proud of this team," RHMS Lady Wildcat Coach Sybil Finnegan said. "They dominated the game on both offense and defense – and the midfielders set it all up so well. They play so well together as a team, it’s unbelievable. William James only got a few shots in the entire game."

Goals were scored by Bailey Jackson, Katelyn Martinson, Jasmine Marquez and Emily Johnson.

Earlier in the tournament, RHMS defeated Screven County 6-0 and beat South Effingham 5-1. Amazingly enough, the ‘Cats only had three goals scored against them throughout the entire season.

"I’m so happy for these girls," Finnegan said. "Not only are they great athletes, but they’re great students and great kids overall. Most of them play on Select teams as well."

The RHMS record bodes well for the future of the high school Wildcats, who won the Region 3-AAA championship this very same day. Finnegan, who has coached the Middle Cats for four years, said the combination of RHMS and Select play has made for a great feeder system for RHHS.

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