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Buford spring athletes shine in playoff competition

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Buford – The spring athletic teams at Buford High School have saved their best for the state AA playoff competition with several teams making deep runs in the postseason.

The softball team entered the playoffs as the defending AA state champions and have been a force all season. Buford cruised through the district round of the playoffs, posting three 10-0 wins to capture the district IV-AA championship.

The Yellow Jackets advanced to the final four double-elimination bracket of the upper state with the winner of that bracket earning a spot in the state championship best-of-three series. Buford opened the upper state bracket play with a 3-2 win over rival Andrew Jackson and played Landrum in a crucial playoff game on May 8th with the winner advancing to the upper state finals.

Buford’s win over Andrew Jackson raised their record to 21-4 on the season. The team continues to be led by senior pitcher Sydney Sullivan, along with offensive leaders such as Kristin Wemes, Tiffani Patterson, Lexie Sullivan, Kayley Stroud and Emily Taylor.

Buford’s baseball team also has been strong in the postseason. Buford barely made its way into the playoffs as an at-large team and was seeded in the lower state AA district VII. After opening the playoffs with a 10-0 loss to Johnsonville, the Yellow Jackets reeled off four straight road wins to claim the district title and advance to the final four bracket of the lower state.

Buford beat Andrews and Johnsonville to reach the district finals but had to beat Woodland twice to advance. The Yellow Jackets won game one, 5-2, and captured game two, 4-3, to win the district championship. Brett Sistare tripled to drive in courtesy runner Taylor Burr with the deciding run.

The girls’ soccer team saw their undefeated season end with a 4-3 overtime loss to Brashier Middle College in the upper state semi-finals. Buford ended with a 16-1 record. Senior Victoria Hinson closed out her season with 36 goals and eight assists. Freshman Isabella Jones had 11 goals and seven assists and sophomore Emma Larson added 10 goals. Freshman Waverly Bundy scored nine goals and tallied six assists.

The boys’ soccer team lost in the upper state semi-finals to St. Joseph’s, 5-0, finishing with a 15-7 record.

 A handful of track and field athletes participated in the AA upper state track and field qualifying meet at Keenan High School on May 6th. The top performer from Buford was senior distance runner Christine Snuffer, who finished fifth in the 1600-meter run and sixth in the 3200-meter run. Sydney Rabon was sixth in the high jump and Catherine Snuffer finished seventh in the 800-meter run.

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