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The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class A/AA Public School state poll, weren't supposed to have any trouble in their first two matches of the state playoffs.

The LaFayette Lady Ramblers won a school-record 45 matches in the regular season and they added to that total on Saturday with a straight-sets victory over visiting North Oconee in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

After bowing out of the state playoffs early last season as a No. 1 seed, the Ringgold Lady Tigers were bound and determined not to let it happen again.

The Ridgeland Lady Panthers made the drive to Atlanta on Saturday to test their skills against the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A and, despite a valiant effort, saw their season end with a loss.

The Oakwood Christian Lady Eagles' first appearance in the Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I-A state volleyball tournament ended with a loss in the quarterfinals Saturday morning at Dominion Christian in Marietta.

It's become a tradition at Gordon Lee and it's one that continued on Wednesday as the Lady Trojans punched yet another ticket to Columbus by blowing past visiting Telfair County in two straight games.

If there were any teams headed to the Class 4A state tournament in Columbus this year hoping that a senior-less Heritage Generals team wouldn't have what it took to defend their state championship, Tuesday night served as something of a rude awakening.

There were two big prizes on the table for the top-seeded Ringgold Lady Tigers as they began play in the Region 6-AAA volleyball tournament at Murray County High School on Saturday.

The Ridgeland Panthers celebrated Homecoming at Bowers and Painter Field on Friday night by coasting to a 55-6 victory over visiting Cross Keys.

The Gordon Lee defense would come up with another solid effort on Friday night, but five turnovers would prove to be the Trojans' undoing as they dropped a 21-7 home decision to North Cobb Christian in a Region 6-A North contest.

A missed extra point in the final minute of the game proved to be the margin of victory for the Heritage Generals on Friday night as they scored an important 21-20 victory over visiting Pickens on Homecoming at Jeff Sims Field.

With less than two weeks to go before the region championships, cross country teams in Catoosa and Walker County battled teams from all over northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee at the Fast Break Challenge, hosted by Heritage High School, on Thursday.

The LaFayette Lady Ramblers and the Heritage Lady Generals are each just one victory away from playing for a region championship and to get to the title game, one of them will have to go through the other.

The Ringgold Lady Tigers entered the Class 3A state softball playoffs with a No. 1 state ranking, a 16-game winning streak and the target on their backs as the likely team to beat.

The Oakwood Christian SCAA squad took down Cleveland Christian in three sets, 25-21, 25-13 and 25-20, Tuesday night in Tennessee.

The Region 6-AAAA and defending Class 4A state champion Heritage Generals opened defense of their title on Tuesday by walloping St. Pius X in two straight games at Heritage High School.

The Heritage Lady Generals prepped for Thursday's region tournament opener with a straight-sets road victory at Sonoraville on Tuesday evening.

The Oakwood Christian Lady Eagles will begin playing in the GAPPS Region 1 tournament this weekend and tuned up with a straight-sets victory over the Chattanooga Patriots Monday night in Chickamauga.

After an 8-0 Lakeview victory in Game 1 against Dade County in Trenton on Friday, Game 2 of the 2019 NGAC softball tournament championship on Saturday morning was nearly a carbon copy of the first one.

It would have been virtually impossible for the Heritage Generals and the LaFayette Ramblers to top last season's incredible 49-47 shootout in Boynton.

The LFO Lady Warriors picked up a hard-fought win over Adairsville on Thursday, but dropped a tough three-setter to host Southeast Whitfield in the final tune-up matches before the Region 6-AAA tournament.

With the regular season ending on Thursday, the 2019 North Georgia Athletic Conference football semifinals are now set for Thursday, Oct. 10.

One of the longest and most impressive streaks in all of Georgia high school softball continued at Mount Paran Christian on Thursday as the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans shut out two straight opponents to win the program’s 17th consecutive region championship.

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