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Lambert girls, Hooch boys clinch championships

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(Girls) Region 5-AAAAAAA
Region champions: Lambert
Playoff berths: Lambert, South Forsyth, Milton, West Forsyth.
Lambert (14-3, 9-1) captured its fourth region championship and secured its eighth straight playoff appearance with a 4-0 win over Forsyth Central last Friday. Lambert has scored three or more goals in 10 of its games.
South Forsyth (13-3, 8-2) split its series with Lambert, but the War Eagles’ loss to West Forsyth in PKs on March 21 allowed Lambert to take the region title over South.
Milton (9-6, 6-4) will be making its ninth straight playoff appearance after finishing third in the region.
West Forsyth, which won its region and finished as state runner up in Class 6A last year, still has one game remaining against Forsyth Central. The Lady Wolverines have already secured fourth in the region as they hold a two-game lead over Central, who is fifth.

(Boys) Region 5-AAAAAAA
Region champions: TBD
Playoff berths: South Forsyth, Lambert, Milton, Forsyth Central
In the final week, it’s a two-team battle for the region championship as both South Forsyth and Lambert could clinch the title.
South Forsyth has finished their region schedule, compiling a 9-1 record, while Lambert (8-1) has one game remaining against Milton this week. The teams split their series, with South winning the first game, 1-0, and Lambert winning the second game, 3-0. If Lambert beats Milton, goal-differential will decide the region champs, which favors Lambert.
South finished seventh in Region 6-AAAAAA last season. Lambert has finished outside the top-two of the region standings just once, in 2015.
Milton, last year’s state runner up in Class 6A, earned a playoff berth for the third straight year. Milton’s only losses in region play this season have come against South Forsyth and Lambert, the top teams in the region.
Forsyth Central will make its first-ever appearance in the state playoffs this season.

(Girls) Region 4-AAAAAAA
Region champions: Walton
Playoff berths: Walton, Roswell, Lassiter, Etowah.
Roswell (9-6, 4-1) dominated Cherokee 5-0 last Friday and Walton beat Lassiter on PKs to secure the No. 2 seed for the Lady Hornets in the state playoffs. Roswell’s only loss in region came to region champions Walton. The playoff berth is Roswell’s first since 2011.

(Boys) Region 4-AAAAAAA
Region champions: Walton
Playoff berths: Walton, Etowah, Roswell, Woodstock.
Roswell has clinched the third seed and will make its return to the playoffs after missing out last year. Though the Hornets (6-8-1, 3-2) have a sub-.500 record, their wins over Cherokee, Woodstock and Lassiter in region play enabled them to finish third in the region.

(Girls) Region 7-AAAAAA
Region champions: TBD
Playoff berths: Alpharetta, Johns Creek
Still in the hunt: Pope, Chattahoochee, Dunwoody, Cambridge
Johns Creek is looking to win its first region championship and controls its own destiny with two region games remaining. Alpharetta sits at 7-1 in region play with Johns Creek at 6-0. Johns Creek holds the tiebreaker over Alpharetta with a 4-2 win Feb. 28, enabling Johns Creek to win the region title with one win in its final two region games. If Johns Creek loses both games, Alpharetta will secure the region title.
The Lady Gladiators face Centennial and Pope this week.
Pope, Hooch, Dunwoody and Cambridge are all in the fight for the two other playoff spots. Chattahoochee (4-3) plays its final game against Cambridge this week. Cambridge (3-3) will also face North Atlanta.
Pope (4-2) holds the tiebreaker over Cambridge and Hooch, but Cambridge and Hooch hold the tiebreakers over Dunwoody (3-4). The tiebreaker between Hooch and Cambridge will be decided when the two teams play this Friday and could ultimately end the loser’s chances of a playoff berth.

(Boys) Region 7-AAAAAA
Region champions: Chattahoochee
Playoff berths: Chattahoochee, Centennial, Alpharetta, Cambridge
Chattahoochee secured its second straight region title with a 6-0 thrashing of Dunwoody last Friday. The Cougars have one region game remaining but hold the tiebreaker over second-place Centennial.
Centennial has secured second in the region and will return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Alpharetta and Cambridge have secured playoff spots, but the No. 3 and 4 seeds will be decided this week. If Cambridge beats Chattahoochee, the Bears will finish third. If Cambridge loses, Alpharetta will finish third.

(Girls) Region 7-AAAA
Region champions: Marist
Playoff berths: Marist, Blessed Trinity, White County
Still in the hunt: Chestatee, West Hall
Blessed Trinity has secured the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. The Lady Titans’ only loss in region play came against region champions Marist. BT has reached the final four in the state tournament every year since 2004.

(Boys) Region 7-AAAA
Region champions: Blessed Trinity
Playoff berths: Blessed Trinity, Marist, White County
Still in the hunt: Chestatee, West Hall
Blessed Trinity went undefeated in region play, outscoring opponents 14-1, to capture the region championship in its first year in Class 4A. It is the second straight region championship for BT.

(Girls) Class-A, Area 5
Region champions: TBD
Playoff berths: Fellowship Christian, Walker
Still in the hunt: Pinecrest Academy, Whitefield Academy, Mt. Paran, Mount Pisgah
Fellowship Christian (6-1) suffered its first region loss last Friday against Walker (6-1). The Lady Paladins, defending Class-A Private state champions, will now need a win against Mt. Paran and a Walker loss to Whitefield Academy this week to win the region. 

(Boys) Class-A, Area 5
Region champions: TBD
Playoff berths: Whitefield Academy, Walker
Still in the hunt: Fellowship Christian, Pinecrest Academy, Mt. Paran.
Fellowship Christian (4-2) holds the tiebreaker over Pinecrest (4-3). With a win over Mt. Paran and St. Francis this week, the Paladins will earn a playoff berth. The game against St. Francis on Wednesday is the completion a game delayed by lightning. FCS holds a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half.
Pinecrest can secure a playoff berth with a win over North Cobb Christian this week.


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