Three teams came into the last night of the regular season all looking to claim a Region 6-AAAA championship.
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The Ridgeland Panthers took another step toward a home playoff game with a hard-fought 31-21 win over an improved Gilmer team in Ellijay on Friday.
Heritage junior Allison Craft was the top finisher from Region 6 in the girls' Class 4A state cross country championship race on Friday at Carrollton High School.
Ask anyone that follows the sport of softball and that has lived in this part of the state for the last 40 or 50 years and they will all tell the same story of how northwest Georgia used to dominate slowpitch softball on the high school scene.
The sport of volleyball has always been strong in the northwest corner of the state and more proof of that was offered up on Tuesday as a pair of Walker County teams played in the GHSA Final Four in their respective classifications.
Gordon Lee played in the state volleyball Final Four for the first time just 12 months ago, while it has been nearly 20 years since LaFayette advanced to the state semifinals.
After a 9-3 loss to Oconee County in the winners' bracket semifinals on Friday morning, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers saw their season come to a close with a 4-1 loss to Northside-Columbus in an elimination game Friday night in Columbus.
The LaFayette Lady Ramblers won their opening game in Columbus a year ago and they equaled that feat again on Thursday night with a 7-2 victory over Central-Carroll in the opening round of the Class 4A state quarterfinals.
Wednesday night in south Walker County, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers did something that hasn't been done in nearly 20 years - punch a ticket to the state quarterfinals in volleyball.
Region 6-AAAA released its All-Region teams on Tuesday and region champion Heritage and region runner-up LaFayette were both very well-represented.
Heritage Junior Allison Craft, last year's Region 6-AAAA individual cross country champion, was attempting to defend her title on Tuesday, but had to settle for third place at the region championship meet in Jasper.
The Georgia High School Association live streamed its universal coin flip to determine possible home-court advantage for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the state volleyball tournaments on Monday. Teams in the upper half of the brackets won the coin flip.
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.