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REGION 8-AAAA

REGION 8-AAAA

ALCOVY LADY TIGERS

Head Coach: Casey Bates

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CEDAR SHOALS LADY JAGUARS

Head Coach: Vacant

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CLARKE CENTRAL LADY GLADIATORS

Head Coach: Amy King

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DACULA LADY FALCONS

Head Coach: Tracy Keefer

Assistant Coach (s): Scott Grimes, Kristin Hughes, John Williams

2006 record: 22-7-1

College Prospects: None supplied

Returning starters: 1B/C Kelsea Martin (Jr., 5-5); RHP Sarah Bentley (Jr., 5-4); C Megan Little (Sr., 5-5)

Other returning players: INF Dixie Stewart (Sr., 5-4); OF Krystan Renfro (Sr., 5-4); RHP/OF Kori Waugh (Jr., 5-6)

Top newcomers: 2B Samantha Ramey (So., 5-4); SS Charlotte Sieber (So., 5-4)

Season outlook: The Lady Falcons have some positions to fill if they plan on duplicating last year�s success. Dacula has just three returning starters back. The good news is that one of the team�s top returning pitchers in junior Sarah Bentley (0.41 ERA) returns. Second-baseman Samantha Ramey (.386 avg.) returns after a solid freshman campaign.

 

EASTSIDE LADY EAGLES

Head Coach: Heather Wood

Assistant Coach (s): Michael Poor, Jason Stokes

2006 record: 33-9

College Prospects: RHP/1B Brandi Richards (Sr., 5-7); 3B/2B Brittany Harper (Sr., 5-6); 1B/OF Sabrina Chandler (Sr., 5-4)

Returning starters: OF Brea Chambers (Jr., 5-2); 2B Sierra Petree (Jr., 5-4); RHP/1B Brandi Richards (Sr., 5-7); 3B/2B Brittany Harper (Sr., 5-6); 1B/OF Sabrina Chandler (Sr., 5-4)

Other returning players: 2B/OF Laura Rodriguez (Sr., 5-4); OF Katie Herren (Sr., 5-5); SS/C Kayla Jones (Jr., 5-4); 1B Shea Shepherd (Jr., 5-8); RHP/1B Amanda Henderson (So., 5-4)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Eastside should be back in postseason contention with five returning starters, including standout pitcher Brandi Richards (13-5, 0.64 ERA). Versatile infielder Brittany Harper (.302 avg.) and junior second-baseman Sierra Petree (.318 avg.) highlight a solid offensive attack. The Lady Eagles will be seeking to win the region championship for the fourth straight season.

 

HABERSHAM CENTRAL LADY RAIDERS

Head Coach: Stephanie Thomas

Assistant Coach (s): Mitchell Thomas, Lexie Kennedy

2006 record: 17-13

College Prospects: 2B Taylor Spearman (Sr., 5-3); SS Ashley Bagley (Sr., 5-7); RHP/OF Jamie Addis (Sr., 5-6); C Jennifer Roy (Sr., 5-3)

Returning starters: OF KC Car (Jr., 5-5); 2B Taylor Spearman (Sr., 5-3); SS Ashley Bagley (Sr., 5-7); RHP/OF Jamie Addis (Sr., 5-6); C Jennifer Roy (Sr., 5-3)

Other returning players: RHP/INF Kaley Strange (Jr., 5-10); OF Lauren Cunningham (So., 5-3); INF/OF Kylee Martin (So., 5-3); C/U Charly McDonald (So., 5-1); INF JoAnn Renshaw (So., 5-4); OF Katie Kitchens (So., 5-6)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: The Lady Raiders just missed making the state sectionals last year. They should challenge for a postseason berth this fall. Five starters return, four of them seniors, including offensive standouts Taylor Spearman (.357 avg.) and Jamie Addis (.300 avg.). Habersham will be looking for a strong group of sophomores to step up and contribute this season.

 

HERITAGE LADY PATRIOTS

Head Coach: Dickey Hightower

Assistant Coach (s): Betsy Broach

2006 record: 13-11

College Prospects: None supplied

Returning starters: LHP Jamie Melson (Jr.); 1B Kat Baize (Jr.); 2B Jaclyn Queen (Jr.); SS Whitney Phillips (Jr.); 3B Katie Cuson (Jr.); CF Kristen Gordy (Sr.); C Jessica Hornsby (Jr.)

Other returning players: C/OF McKenzie Scheidecker (Jr.); INF/OF Ashley Ward (Jr.); RHP/OF Phailow Murphy (Jr.); INF/OF Chandler Shepherd (So.); INF/OF Rachelle Stover (So.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Heritage missed out on the region tournament last year, however, the Lady Patriots hope seven returning starters will make them a postseason contender this fall. If Heritage can develop consistency, they could be in the playoff chase. The team is still relatively young, returning just one senior in centerfielder Kristen Gordy. Top pitcher Jamie Melson (13-10, 1.30 ERA) and offensive standouts Whitney Phillips (.435 avg.) and Jessica Hornsby (.330 avg.) all return.

 

JACKSON COUNTY LADY PANTHERS

Head Coach: Vacant

Survey not returned

 

LOGANVILLE LADY RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Alan Maddox

Assistant Coach (s): Tracy Cann

2006 record: 24-12

College Prospects: 3B Samantha Cagle (Sr., 5-5); C Renee Jordan (Sr., 5-5); CF Alix Cooper (Sr., 5-5)

Returning starters: SS Jessica Womble (Jr., 5-7); LF Lauren Murray (Sr., 5-5); RF Jenna Camp (Sr., 5-3); 3B Samantha Cagle (Sr., 5-5); C Renee Jordan (Sr., 5-5); CF Alix Cooper (Sr., 5-5)

Other returning players: DH/1B Morgan Staffins (Jr., 5-6); 3B/1B Megan Wing (Jr., 5-7); SS Hannah Patterson (Jr., 5-6); RHP Amanda Posey (So., 5-7)

Top newcomers: RHP Kasie Wisdom (Jr., 5-9); CF Brittany McSwain (Jr., 5-0); OF Courtney Beshel (So., 5-7); 1B Jerica Cook (Jr., 5-6)

Season outlook: Loganville made a strong showing in the postseason last year before getting swept in the state tournament in Columbus. The Lady Red Devils hope to build off last year�s momentum. Six starters are back, including offensive sparkplugs Samantha Cagle (.312 avg., 5 2B, 17 RBIs) and Jessica Womble (.309 avg., 2 3B, 17 RBIs). The lack of experienced pitching is a concern.

 

MADISON COUNTY LADY RED RAIDERS

Head Coach: Doug Kesler

Assistant Coach (s): Ken Morgan, Michael Thomas

2006 record: 16-14

College Prospects: None supplied

Returning starters: C Katie Bolin (So.); 2B Kendra Martin (Sr.); 3B Taylor Morgan (Jr.); RHP Megan Kesler (Jr.); CF Brittany Ellisor (Sr.)

Other returning players: 2B Amber Pass (Sr.); OF Heather Echols (Jr.); LHP/OF Erin Gibson (So.); 3B Hannah Calloway (Sr.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Madison County just came up short last year of earning a postseason berth. The Lady Red Raiders will be very young this season. However, there is enough returning talent to make a run at a postseason berth. Five starters are back, including talented sophomore Katie Bolin (.291 avg., 22 RBIs). Pitcher Megan Kesler returns after winning 13 of the team�s 16 games last year.

 

ROCKDALE COUNTY LADY BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Holly Hamilton (new)

Assistant Coach (s): unavailable at press time

2006 record: 12-13

College Prospects: RHP Jessie Holmes (Sr., 5-10); C Ashleigh George (Sr., 5-10); 3B Kayla Kelly (Sr., 5-10)

Returning starters: 2B Kaitlin Overstreet (Jr., 5-8); SS Whitney Dixe (Sr., 5-8); OF Katie Ferrell (So., 5-5); OF Kara Johnson (So., 5-8); 2B Hope Matthews (Sr., 5-8); RHP Jessie Holmes (Sr., 5-10); C Ashleigh George (Sr., 5-10); 3B Kayla Kelly (Sr., 5-10)

Other returning players: OF Lisa Thomas (Sr., 5-8); OF Stephanie Scaffe (Jr., 5-8); OF Sammy Girardot (Jr., 5-8); 2B Jordan Leftwich (Jr., 5-8)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Depending on how quickly the Lady Bulldogs adjust to their new coach, Rockdale could make some noise in Region 8-AAAA and challenge for a postseason berth. Eight returning starters are back, including pitcher Jessie Holmes (11-13) and offensive standouts Ashleigh George (.329 avg., 18 RBIs) and Kayla Kelly (.333 avg., 26 RBIs).

 

SALEM LADY SEMINOLES

Head Coach: Kim Barssard

Survey not returned

 

WINDER-BARROW LADY BULLDOGS

Head Coach: LeAnn Mitchell

Assistant Coach (s): Nicole Conwell, Shannon Hodges

2006 record: 16-13

College Prospects: OF Brittany Hughes (Sr., 5-5); SS/3B Jessica Montague (Sr., 5-8)

Returning starters: SS/3B Jessica Montague (Sr., 5-8); C Shelby Reed (So., 5-8)

Other returning players: OF Brittany Hughes (Sr., 5-5); RHP Brianna Robinson (Jr., 5-7); 2B Nicole Turner (So., 5-4); CF Julie Maloch (Jr., 5-6)

Top newcomers: SS Lauren Hamel (So., 5-7)

Season outlook: Some younger players will have to step forward if Winder-Barrow is to approach last year�s success. The Lady Bulldogs lost eight seniors to graduation and only two starters return. The good news is that senior infielder Jessica Montague (.275 avg., 5 SB) returns as well as sophomore catcher Shelby Reed (.333 avg.)