Originally created 05/04/01

Prep notebook



If finishing undefeated in Region 4-AAAAA wasn't enough, Evans begins its region tournament today with a best-of-three series with Henry County. If the Knights lose the series, their season will be over, despite the perfect region record.

With a victory in the series, the Knights would earn the region's No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in next week's first round of the state playoffs. The top eight teams in Region 4-AAAAA qualified for the region tournament.

In the state playoffs, the Knights would face Region 1-AAAAA's No. 4 seed Colquitt County in a rematch of the 1998 second round in which the Packers ousted Evans in the best-of-three series.

MORE BASEBALL: The Region 3-AAA standings are complete and now the four representatives - Harlem (No. 1), Westside (No. 2), Cross Creek (No. 3) and Jefferson County (No. 4) - are paying heavy attention to the Region 2-AAA race. The two regions meet each other in the first round of the state baseball playoffs next week.

Jefferson County or Cross Creek won't know its opponents (Cross Creek travels to Region 2-AAA's No. 2 seed while Jefferson travels to meet the Region 2-AAA champion) until this weekend. Savannah Christian and Screven County, who are tied for the top spot, play today. Then Savannah Christian plays Swainsboro on Saturday while Screven meets South Effingham.

Westside knows its first round opponent will be Region 2-AAA No. 3 seed Swainsboro.

If South Effingham can win one of its final two games against either Appling County or Screven County, the Mustangs will travel to Region 3-AAA champion Harlem for the first round next week. But if South Effingham loses both games and Effingham County wins its final two games, the Rebels will travel to Harlem in the first round.

GUENTHER SIGNS:

It took just one year of playing basketball in the United States for Sebastian Guenther to land a college scholarship. The exchange student from Berlin, Germany, who was the starting center at Westminster this year, signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday to play at Lewis University, an NCAA Division II school in Chicago.

Guenther, a 6-foot-10, 215 pound center, averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds to help the Wildcats to a 22-6 record.

"We're tickled to death for him," said Westminster basketball coach Mark Tebbs. "It's good for our program. I'm not sure he wanted to stay when he first got here. But when he saw the states, I think he saw an opportunity to get an education and basketball worked for him in a lot of different ways."

ROBERTS SIGNS:

Jefferson County guard Taliah Roberts signed to play at Georgia Perimeter, a junior college in Decatur.

The three-year starter averaged 17.1 points, 4.3 assists and 6 rebounds per game to help the Lady Warriors to a 20-8 record this season and the state basketball playoffs.