The Pope boys are 8-2 and have overcome many challenges in their quest to repeat as Class AAAA champions. The No. 3-ranked Greyhounds changed coaches – Dean Kroeger replaced Josh Smerker, who left to join the football staff at Milton. Hayes Brewer, the team’s No. 1 singles player, opted to be home schooled for his junior year, and three others opted to focus on non-school teams. Austin Bates, who played doubles last year, and Kyle Hatfield, are both expected to be strong in singles. The Greyhounds will celebrate Senior Night on March 28 against Kennesaw Mountain.
No. 2 Carrollton will host No. 1 Woodward Academy on Tuesday in a showdown of two of the top girls teams in Class AAA. Garrett Brown plays No. 1 for Carrollton and will likely meet freshman Molly Paradies or Sarah Zschunke of Woodward. Woodward beat Carrollton 3-2 in the state quarterfinals a year ago and went on to win the state championship.
The No. 8 Dunwoody boys have a strong returning core from the team that reached the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs last year. Adam Christopher at No. 1 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Adam Gillett and Will Altman have great experience.
No. 4 Flowery Branch, led by No. 1 singles player Anna Kate Shaw, improved to 11-1 by blanking Gainesville. The No. 1 doubles team of Durden Smith and Bekki Benton also won.
Region 6-AA is again one of the top regions in the state, with six boys teams ranked. A big match on Thursday features No. 5 Greater Atlanta Christian at No. 1 Westminster boys The two clubs met in the state quarterfinals last year, with Westminster winning 3-0 and going on to win the state title.
Parkview won the girls division of the Brookwood Invitational at Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville. Leah Chandley shot an 88 to lead the Panthers to the victory. The Panthers will host the Georgia Club Invitational on Saturday in Statham. The girls-only tournament has an eight-team field that includes Milton, Grayson, Apalachee, North Oconee, Darlington, Glynn Academy and White County. . . . White County will host the Warrior Invitational for boys on Saturday at the Mossy Creek Golf Club in Cleveland.