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Wildcats swept out of playoffs
Prep roundup
Richmond Hill High Schools Zach Balcomb goes in for the catch Friday against Northgate at RHHS. - photo by Photo by Bryan Browning

No. 4 seed Northgate knocked off Region 3-AAAAA champ Richmond Hill on Friday, sweeping the Wildcats in two games to advance to the second round of the state Class AAAAA baseball tournament.

The Vikings (15-6) won 7-5 and 5-1. Richmond Hill finishes the season 18-7.

Lady ’Cats top Allatoona in playoff battle

They just keep on winning.

The Richmond Hill High School girls’ soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA tournament with a 6-3 win over Allatoona on Tuesday at Wildcat Stadium.

The victory improves the No. 7-ranked Lady Wildcats to 19-0. The team is making its third trip to the Elite Eight in four years under coach Steve Kollman.

RHHS will host North Atlanta (15-3) on Friday. A time was not set by press time.

The Lady Wildcats jumped out early against Allatoona, then weathered a comeback bid by the Vikings. Grace Kiser and Sh’Nia Gordon led the way for RHHS with two goals each, while Jasmine Marquez and Casey Qua had a goal apiece.

Marquez, Gordon and Ruthie Riley registered assists, and keeper Maria Cuevas had six saves.

Despite the Lady Wildcats’ historic success under Kollman, this is the first time RHHS has been unbeaten entering the state quarterfinals. It’s also the first unbeaten regular-season mark in the program’s history.

Locals at girls’, boys’ state meets

Richmond Hill High School’s Rachel Hammesfahr and Daryn Lane will compete at the girls’ state Class AAAAA track meet beginning today at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.

Hammesfahr advanced to the state meet in the 3,200-meter run. Lane qualified for state in both the 1,600 and 800 runs.

Bryan County’s Lianna Shuman qualified for the AA meet in the girls’ high jump.

In addition, Bryan County’s Malik Boston and Quran George qualified for the boys’ Class AA meet, which begins May 14 in Jefferson. Boston qualified in the discus, Georgia in the 110 hurdles.

BCMS hosts championship

The Bryan County Middle School baseball team hosted the Southeastern Middle School League championship Saturday.
Tournament results were not provided, but the Redskins (15) advanced to the championship series after knocking off Jenkins County 3-1. Jarrett Brown tossed seven endings and struck out 14 batters and hit a two-run homer in the win.

Spring football

The football teams at Richmond Hill High School and Richmond Hill Middle School will play their spring games from 5-8 p.m. May 15 at Wildcats Stadium.

The RHMS Wildcats will play first, followed by the junior varsity and varsity squads.

Concessions, a pep band and cheerleaders also will be on hand. Admission is $3.

All comer’s track meet

The Richmond Hill Athletic Project is hosting an “All-Comers Track Meet” beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Richmond Hill High School track.

There will be youth, high-school and adult-division competitions in events ranging from the 4x100-meter relay to various sprints, middle-distance and distance competitions, along with some field events.

The cost is $5 per event or $10 after May 16. Proceeds go to help fund a new running trail, track equipment and facility pavilion. The entire community of Richmond Hill will have access to the facility once complete. Register online at

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