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DeKalb Sending 12 Teams to Soccer State Playoffs

Local players well represented in this week's matches.

The 2013 GHSA Soccer State Playoffs kick off on Tuesday, April 30, with 12 DeKalb County teams tapped to play.

Girls’ teams from Druid Hills, Lakeside, Dunwoody, Arabia Mountain and Chamblee open on that first day along with the Lakeside boys’ team.

Wednesday, May 1 has six DeKalb County boys’ teams set to play including Druid Hills, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Clarkston, Stone Mountain and Tucker.

The Druid Hills Lady Red Devils (10-5-1) host Westlake (7-4) in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs in a game set for 6:30 p.m. at Adams Stadium.

It is Druid Hills' first state playoff appearance since a first round loss to Cartersville in the 2009 season. The Lady Red Devils are 2-6 overall in the state playoffs.

DeKalb will host a pair of Class AAAAA girls’ state playoff games on Tuesday as Dunwoody (12-3-1) faces Northview (13-2-0) at North DeKalb and Lakeside (17-0-1) meets Cambridge (9-7) at Hallford Stadium. Both games are set for 5:30 p.m. starts.

Lakeside is the No. 1 seed from Region 6-AAAAA and at 17-0-1 is undefeated for the first time since a 12-0-0 mark in 1984. Lakeside which 16-18 in the state playoffs is making its 13th consecutive playoff appearance and is looking for its first playoff win since the 2011 season.

Dunwoody is making its fourth consecutive state playoff appearance, but is 0-8 in its previous eight playoff attempts.

In other Class AAAAA girls’ play, the Arabia Mountain Lady Rams (11-4-0) are making history with the program’s first ever state playoff appearance as they travel to Riverwood (14-4-0) for a 6:00 p.m. match.

Chamblee is the only Class AAAA entry from DeKalb as the Lady Bulldogs (11-6-0) travel to River Ridge (11-6-0) in a first round game set for 6 p.m. Chamblee is making its third consecutive state playoff appearance and is 0-4 overall in the state playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs have suffered tough first round losses the past two seasons losing on penalty kicks two consecutive appearances.

The lone boys’ game on Tuesday features Region 6-AAAAA No. 1 seed Lakeside (12-4-2) taking on Kell (12-6-0) in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Hallford Stadium following the Lakeside-Cambridge girls’ game.

The Vikings are 58-6-1 in the state playoffs including seven state titles. The last state title came in 2008 over Southeast Whitfield with a 3-1 penalty kick win following overtime. This is the Vikings’ 15th consecutive playoff appearance.

The other six boys’ teams hit the field on Wednesday, May 1, with three hosting games in a triple-header at Hallford Stadium.

Chamblee opens the three-game set at Hallford by entertaining Tri-Cities (8-5-1) in a Class AAAA state playoff game. The Bulldogs (6-5-4) enter as the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAAA and are 18-10 in playoff appearances dating back to 1968 including the 2008 Class AAA state championship 2-1 victory over Westminster. Their last win came in the 2009 state playoffs 2-1 over Whitewater in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

The Tucker Tigers take the host role in the second game at Hallford on Wednesday as Osborne (12-3-0) comes to DeKalb County in a Class AAAAA battle. The Tigers (11-5-1) are 3-8 overall in the state playoffs with all three wins coming in last year’s run to the third round. This is the Tigers’ sixth playoff appearance in the past seven seasons. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

Class AAAAAA action is the nightcap at Hallford at 8:30 p.m. with the No. 1 seeded Druid Hills Red Devils (8-9-0) facing off with Tri-Cities (8-5-1). Druid Hills boasts a 32-22 state playoff record dating back to 1969. This is the 10th playoff appearance in the past 11 years for Druid Hills which includes an eight year string (2003-2010) with the only non-playoff year coming in 2011.

Two Class AAAAA DeKalb teams must go on the road as Clarkston (11-6-0) travels to Riverwood (12-5-1) and Dunwoody (11-3-0) goes to Pope (11-5-1) with both games set for 7:30 p.m. starts.

Clarkston is making its first playoff appearance since the 2006 season which also marked the team’s last win, a first round 6-0 victory over Central of Carrollton. The Angoras are 20-14-1 overall in the state playoffs dating back to the 1973 season.

Dunwoody (11-3-0) is 2-7 in six playoff appearances with the last win coming in 1996 1-0 over McEachern and is making its third appearance in the past five seasons.

The Stone Mountain Pirates (11-6-0) are the No. 4 seed out of Region 6-AAAA and travel to take on No. 1 ranked and undefeated Dalton (17-0-0) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Stone Mountain is 4-8 overall in eight playoff appearances with the last win coming in 1993 3-0 victory against Evans during a five year run (1991-1995) in the state playoffs. This is the Pirates’ first playoff appearance since the 2003 season.

Soccer State Playoffs
Tuesday, April 30
Girls
Class AAAAAA
Westlake (7-4) vs. Druid Hills (10-5-1), Avondale, 6:30 p.m.

Class AAAAA
Cambridge (9-7) vs. Lakeside (17-0-1), Hallford, 5:30 p.m.
Northview (13-2-0) vs. Dunwoody (12-3-1), North DeKalb, 5:30 p.m.
Arabia Mountain (11-4-0) at Riverwood (14-4-0), 6 p.m.

Class AAAA
Chamblee (11-6-0) at River Ridge (11-6-0), 6 p.m.

Boys
Class AAAAA
Kell (12-6-0) vs. Lakeside (12-4-2), Hallford, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1
Boys
Class AAAAAA
Tri-Cities (8-5-1) vs. Druid Hills (8-9-0), Hallford, 8:30 p.m.

Class AAAAA
Osborne (12-3-0) vs. Tucker (11-5-1), Hallford, 6:30 p.m.
Clarkston (11-6-0) at Riverwood (12-5-1), 7:30 p.m.
Dunwoody (11-3-0) at Pope (11-5-1), 7:30 p.m.

Class AAAA
Southeast Whitfield (9-4-1) vs. Chamblee (6-5-4), Hallford, 4:30 p.m.
Stone Mountain (11-6-0) at Dalton (17-0-0), 6:30 p.m.

Mark Brock is the Information Officer/Statistician/Web Manager for DeKalb County Schools Athletics

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