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REGION 5-AAA

REGION 5-AAA

BLESSED TRINITY LADY TITANS

Head Coach: Jan Podhorez

Assistant Coach (s): Beth Spak

2006 record: 30-6

College Prospects: RHP Amber Hamilton (Sr., 5-5)

Returning starters: RHP Amber Hamilton (Sr., 5-5); CF Sammy Lepionka (Sr., 5-3); C Madeleine Stanton (So., 5-4); 2B Janie Mertz (So., 5-3); OF Katie Hawkins (So., 5-5); INF Macy Terry (So., 5-5)

Other returning players: OF Narrie Greene (Jr., 5-3); INF Lindsay Jones (Sr., 5-4); 1B/C/OF Christine Gorski (Sr., 5-5); OF Kayla Von Hagel (Sr., 5-5)

Top newcomers: INF Jessica Gatchalian (Fr., 5-5)

Season outlook: The Lady Titans won a school-record 30 games last season and made the state tournament. They should be back in the postseason chase this fall as six starters return, including ace pitcher Amber Hamilton, who helped the team win 27 of the team�s 30 games last year. A strong group of underclassmen should also help out.

 

CARVER-ATLANTA LADY PANTHERS

Head Coach: Stacy Altman

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CHAMBLEE LADY BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Connie Burke

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CLARKSTON LADY ANGORAS

Head Coach: Royce Toombs

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DRUID HILLS LADY RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Kevin Katz

Assistant Coach (s): unavailable at press time

2006 record: 2-13

College Prospects: 3B Sydney Thompson (Sr.); OF Kyndra Watson (Sr.); INF Becca Johnson (Sr.); INF Melissa Terry (Sr.); OF Indya Smith (Sr.); 1B Rebekah Smith (Sr.)

Returning starters: 3B Sydney Thompson (Sr.); OF Kyndra Watson (Sr.); INF Becca Johnson (Sr.); INF Melissa Terry (Sr.); OF Indya Smith (Sr.); 1B Rebekah Smith (Sr.); INF/OF Lily Davis (Sr.)

Other returning players: None supplied

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Druid Hills lost four strong seniors to graduation last year. However, the good news is that seven starters are back. Keep an eye on this team. If some younger players step up to give Druid Hills some depth, the Lady Red Devils could be trouble in Region 5-AAA.

 

DUNWOODY LADY WILDCATS

Head Coach: Cassandra Watkins

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GRADY LADY GRAY KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Shanette Jones

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MCNAIR LADY MUSTANGS

Head Coach: Vacant

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NORTH ATLANTA LADY WARRIORS

Head Coach: Angela Rucker

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RIVERWOOD LADY RAIDERS

Head Coach: Rick McKeone

Assistant Coach (s): Michelle Fernandez

2006 record: 7-15

College Prospects: OF Christina Jones (Sr., 5-7)

Returning starters: RHP/INF Madeline Benn (Sr., 5-4); OF Christina Jones (Sr., 5-7); C/INF Gabby Logan (Sr., 5-6); OF Emma Weldon (Sr., 5-10); INF Tahi Tolbert (Sr., 5-4); OF Hallie Freedland (Jr., 5-6); INF Olivia Buckner (So., 5-7); INF Gina Mangiafico (So., 5-5); OF Kacey Taylor (So., 5-3)

Other returning players: None supplied

Top newcomers: INF Sarah Arogeti (Fr., 5-7); RHP Kelsey Edmondson (Fr., 5-6); C/INF Lyndsey McKeone (Fr., 5-7); INF/RHP Emily Nault (Fr., 5-3)

Season outlook: The Lady Raiders finished fifth in the region last season and fell just short of making the state tournament. Riverwood should improve this season as nine starters return, including five seniors. The good news is that ace pitcher Madeline Benn returns, while outfielder Christina Jones (.552 avg., 7 2B, 5 HR, 30 RBIs) is back to lead the offense.

 

SOUTH ATLANTA LADY HORNETS

Head Coach: Charles Crawford

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SOUTHSIDE LADY LASERS

Head Coach: Tom Williams

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THERRELL LADY PANTHERS

Head Coach: Vacant

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TOWERS LADY TITANS

Head Coach: Tirrell Bennett

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WESTMINSTER LADY WILDCATS

Head Coach: Rick Hughes

Assistant Coach (s): Brent McGuire

2006 record: 19-11

College Prospects: C/OF Ali Hart (Sr.); 1B Carolina Rawls (Sr.)

Returning starters: C/OF Ali Hart (Sr.); 1B Carolina Rawls (Sr.); 2B Millie MacAdam (So.); 3B Adelaide Giornelli (Sr.); CF Virginia Zakas (Sr.); RF Katie Thorne (Sr.); RHP Marlee Goldston (So.); LHP Amanda Newton (So.)

Other returning players: OF Laughlin Kane (Sr.); INF Madeline Swayze (Sr.); INF Beau Clark (Jr.); OF Maggie Evert (Jr.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: The Lady Wildcats should contend for a postseason berth as eight starters return, including offensive catalysts Ali Hart (.380 avg., 16 RBIs) and Carolina Rawls (.372 avg., 12 RBIs). A pair of sophomores return to lead the pitching staff � right-hander Marlee Goldston (9-3, 2.66 ERA) and Amanda Newton (3-1, 2.33 ERA).