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REGION 8-AAAAA

REGION 8-AAAAA

BERKMAR LADY PATRIOTS

Head Coach: Mike Lancaster

Assistant Coach (s): Steven Despot

2006 record: 7-20

College Prospects: None supplied

Returning starters: OF Tiffany Slieff (Sr.); 3B Nikki Threat (Sr.); OF Brittani Bumb (So.); 1B Sam Myers (So.); P Taylor Deason (So.)

Other returning players: None supplied

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: The Lady Patriots struggled last year with a very inexperienced team. Berkmar will still be very young this fall. However, the good news is that five returning starters are back, including a pair of seniors in Tiffany Slieff and Nikki Threat. Pitcher Taylor Deason, who showed promise as a freshman last year, returns to handle the pitching duties.

 

BROOKWOOD LADY BRONCOS

Head Coach: Bill Batchelor

Assistant Coach (s): None supplied

2006 record: 16-20-1

College Prospects: CF Jamey Chapman (Sr.); 3B Meredith Hallman (Sr.); SS Kacie Shields (Sr.)

Returning starters: INF/OF Shivani Ghodadra (Jr.); LHP Allison Glisson (Jr.); DH Chelsea Hawkins (Jr.); C/INF Julia Westbrook (So.); CF Jamey Chapman (Sr.); 3B Meredith Hallman (Sr.)

Other returning players: OF Samantha Warneke (Sr.); INF/OF Aubrey Kemp (Jr.); SS Kacie Shields (Sr.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: The Lady Broncos were very young last season but still managed to post 16 victories. This season should be better. Six returners are back, which should help Brookwood challenge for a postseason position. A trio of seniors will lead the way � Jamey Chapman, Meredith Hallman and Kacie Shields.

 

CENTRAL GWINNETT LADY BLACK KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Kristopher Daniels

Assistant Coach (s): Tonya Coffey, Nathan Berryman

2006 record: 9-24

College Prospects: 1B/C Caitlin Moyer (Sr., 6-0); 1B/LHP Heather McAfee (Sr., 5-7)

Returning starters: SS Madison Southerlin (Sr., 5-8); 1B/C Caitlin Moyer (Sr., 6-0); 1B/LHP Heather McAfee (Sr., 5-7); RHP/DH Ginny Emery (Jr., 5-6); CF Rosie Bish (So., 5-4); 2B Katie New (So., 5-4); 3B Alyssa Pane (So., 5-7)

Other returning players: 3B/OF Carley Shaw (Jr., 5-4); 2B/OF Jenny Chamness (So., 5-5); OF Kerri Leonard (So., 5-6); RHP/1B Jessica Porter (So., 5-9)

Top newcomers: C Briann Hampton (Fr.)

Season outlook: Central hopes to be in the thick of the Region 8-AAAAA race with seven returning starters, including senior Caitlin Moyer (.321 avg., 16 RBIs). The Lady Knights will have to develop some consistency at the plate in order to improve on last season�s record. Junior Ginny Emery leads a young pitching staff.

 

GRAYSON LADY RAMS

Head Coach: Troy Pirkle

Assistant Coach (s): Jed Hixson, Bryan Tolbert, Angel Parks

2006 record: 22-16

College Prospects: C Amanda Hutcheson (Sr., 5-2); RHP/OF Mandi Burns (Sr., 5-10); SS/2B Shannon Bear (Sr., 5-6); 1B Lauren Mathis (Sr., 5-2); OF Blake Wilson (Sr., 5-9)

Returning starters: 3B/SS Hayley Downs (So., 5-6); OF Ariel LaRocca (Jr., 5-0); C Amanda Hutcheson (Sr., 5-2); RHP/OF Mandi Burns (Sr., 5-10); SS/2B Shannon Bear (Sr., 5-6); 1B Lauren Mathis (Sr., 5-2); OF Blake Wilson (Sr., 5-9)

Other returning players: OF/DH Ashley Berger (Jr., 5-6); 3B/OF Kayla Neeley (Jr., 5-6); 2B/OF Heidi McNelly (So., 5-3)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Grayson should be one of the team�s to beat in Region 8-AAAAA as seven starters return as well as three others who saw significant playing time last year. Amanda Hutcheson (.341 avg., 6 3B, 13 RBIs) and Hayley Downs (.300 avg., 7 RBIs) lead the offense. The lack of experienced pitching will hurt. Mandi Burns (0-1, 1.00 ERA) and Ashley Berger (1-1, 2.80 ERA) have a combined 22 innings between them.

 

MEADOWCREEK LADY MUSTANGS

Head Coach: Corrie May

Survey not returned

 

PARKVIEW LADY PANTHERS

Head Coach: Steve Westmoreland

Assistant Coach (s): Joey Farah, Howard McCalla, Brittany Tigue

2006 record: 21-15

College Prospects: INF Courtney Folsom (Sr., 6-0); RHP Kelly Croxton (Sr., 6-1)

Returning starters: OF Laura Bostwick (Sr.); RHP Kelly Croxton (Sr.); INF/C Courtney Folsom (Sr.); INF Kendra Bryson (Sr.); INF Jamie Dennis (Jr.); OF/RHP Jordan DeArmon (Jr.); 1B Jennifer Wormley (Jr.); OF/RHP Summer Rose (So.)

Other returning players: C/OF Brittany Breymeier (Sr.); C Carrie Ann Bullard (So.); OF Greer Freeman (So.)

Top newcomers: None supplied

Season outlook: Parkview should challenge for a postseason berth with eight starters returning. The good news is that infielder Courtney Folsom (.356 avg., 6 2B, 15 RBIs) returns to lead a talented offensive club. Senior pitcher Kelly Croxton (15-10, 0.59 ERA) highlights a young but solid pitching staff.

 

SHILOH LADY GENERALS

Head Coach: Melissa Lewis

Survey not returned

 

SOUTH GWINNETT LADY COMETS

Head Coach: Ryan Queen

Assistant Coach (s): Kelli McNary, Rodney Born

2006 record: 14-17

College Prospects: SS Hanna Ennis (Sr., 5-6); 1B Colette Rollins (Sr., 5-9)

Returning starters: 2B Aimee Koehlke (Sr., 5-6); OF Liza Rackett (Sr., 5-7); OF Tara Hartnett (Jr., 5-5); RHP Rachel Ludick (Jr., 5-6); Hanna Ennis (Sr., 5-6); 1B Colette Rollins (Sr., 5-9)

Other returning players: 3B Jordan Suther (Jr., 5-5); RHP Mary White (Sr., 5-5); C Autumn Hendry (Sr., 5-8); OF Danielle Hamilton (Sr., 5-4)

Top newcomers: C Beth Rawson (So., 5-5); DH Tara Clark (Jr., 5-7)

Season outlook: South Gwinnett should improve upon last season�s record as six returning starters are back from a team that seemed to improve as last season progressed. The Lady Comets boast four returning seniors in Hanna Ennis, Colette Rollins, Aimee Koehlke and Liza Rackett. If the pitching staff can maintain consistency, keep an eye on this team.