Archive for May, 2009

Is Miller Grove’s Kenneth Gilstrap the state’s fastest man?


Northview's tennis team celebrates four state championships in a row (Courtesy of Shannon Hacker)

Northview celebrates after winning four state tennis championships in a row

Miller Grove’s Kenneth Gilstrap perhaps earned the title as the “state’s fastest man” at the GHSA track championships Saturday in Jefferson.

Gilstrap led the Lithonia school to the Class AAAA championship by sweeping the 100 and 200 meters. A day earlier, Gilstrap posted a 10.37 in a qualifying heat to barely miss breaking the seemingly untouchable state record of 10.33 in the 100.

“I feel like I’m the fastest man in Georgia, and I feel like I proved it,” Gilstrap said. “I didn’t get the record, but that wasn’t my aim. My goal was to help us win the team title, to make our school and community proud. We did that.”

The 5-foot 9-inch, 175-pound Gilstrap will run track and play football at Middle Tennessee State next year. He won five medals Saturday, including two as member of Miller Grove’s 1,600- and 400-meter relay teams.

In Class AAAAA, Parkview’s Ethan Kasson won the 400 …

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Walton girls win No. 116 in a row for Class AAAAA tennis championship

Walton's Kilborn

Walton's Elizabeth Kilborn (AJC file)

The Walton girls won their sixth consecutive Class AAAAA tennis championship and came within a single match of completing one of the most dominant seasons in GHSA history.

Other state tennis champions included the Marist girls and boys in Class AAAA, along with the Woodward Academy boys and St. Pius girls in AAA.

Walton defeated rival Centennial 3-1 in the final ,  giving the Raiders 116 straight wins . The Cobb County school finished this year  16-0  and didn’t lose a point in a team match until Friday when Centennial’s Megan Kurey defeated Emily Lauten at No. 2 singles.

“It was amazing to win because Centennial was strong and we knew it would be a tough match,” Walton coach Roberta Manheim said. “Emily has been sick [and missed most of the season], but she gave it everything she had today.”

“I’m so proud of the girls. They were under a tremendous amount of pressure to win and not break the streaks. They rose to the …

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GHSA track results after Friday’s second day


Scores after Day 2

Classification: A


Place Name School Time Points

1 Luke Baker Eagle’s Landing Christian (7-A) 9:41.190 10

2 Matt Lethbridge Our Lady of Mercy (5-A) 9:58.460 8

3 Ian Rogan Prince Avenue Christian (8-A) 10:03.250 6

4 Darryn Hutchinson Mt. Paran Christian (5-A) 10:09.860 5

5 Malcolm Brooks Taliaferro County (4-A) 10:26.350 4

6 Jonathan Preg Providence Christian (7-A) 10:31.270 3

7 Kyle Scott Savannah Country Day (3-A) 10:34.220 2

8 Colin Bishoff Athens Christian (8-A) 10:35.760 1

9 Abraham Dixon Marion County (2-A) 10:57.880 0

10 Jesse Baker Darlington (6-A) 11:08.280 0

11 Jaymes Turner Schley County (2-A) 11:17.280 0

12 Sam Caldwell Bremen (6-A) 11:19.050 0

13 Ian Tierney Aquinas (4-A) 11:31.330 0

14 Ryan Thomas Calvary Day School (3-A) 11:50.470 0

15 Kelly Medders Bacon County (1-A) 12:37.830 0

16 Josh Stalvey Clinch County (1-A) 13:20.150 0


Team Results

1. Athens Christian 53

2. Our Lady of Mercy 28

3. Bremen 19

4. Eagle’s Landing …

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Athletes to watch at this weekend’s state championship track meet

By Rana Cash

Georgians  have not posted blistering times this track season. While few records are expected to fall, the heat of competition heading into this weekend’s boys’ state championship at Jefferson High is no less intense. 


Here are athletes and events you don’t want to miss:

Kenneth Gilstrap, Miller Grove, senior, Middle Tennessee State: He enters with a region time 10.48 in the 100 and is eyeing the 10.33 state record held by Mt. Zion-Jonesboro’s Deangelo Cherry. Look for Perron Jones (10.36) and Jonathan Finch (10.11) from Evans to make this one of the fastest AAAA 100s the state has ever seen.

Andre Carter, Alexander, senior, South Carolina: Carter’s career-best 400-meter time (46.97) isn’t close to his region time (48.50), but expectations are high. In AAAAA, Jaron Roberson, a junior from Campbell, posted a 47.91 in the region meet, but should be pushed by Parkview senior Ethan Kasson.

Vince Brown, McIntosh, senior: After finishing second in the …

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Providence Christian’s Michelle Shealy scores ‘10′ to win gymnastics championship

Providence Christian's Michelle Shealy

Michelle Shealy scored the first perfect “10″ of her life on Georgia’s biggest stage for high school gymnastics.

The junior from Providence Christian was the all-around champion at Friday’s state gymnastics meet, while also leading the Lilburn Class A school to the team championship.

The clincher for both state titles was Shealy’s perfect performance on the floor exercises, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd at Westminster Academy.

“Scoring a perfect 10 is something you always dream about least once in your gymnastics career, but you never know if it is going to happen,” Providence Christian coach Gwyn Puckett said.

When Shealy finished her floor routine, fans from all teams rose out of their seats, stomped their feet in the stands, and began chanting “10, 10, 10.” Shealy busted out in tears and ran to hug her teammates, who were also crying, as the judges agreed with the roaring crowd on the perfect score.

“I was very thankful …

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