After winning 32 matches and making the playoffs in Class 3A last season, Chapel Hill entered its 2014 campaign having to move up two levels to Class 5A and facing a new set of competitors. The Panthers have responded strongly, earning victories in 12 of their first 13 matches and sporting a perfect 3-0 record in area matches. They have already notched victories over highly regarded North Paulding, Central (Carrollton) and Paulding County High School, all of whom have winning records so far this season. Chapel Hill has even received votes in several state polls.
One of Chapel Hill’s newest area opponents, Lithia Springs, also made the state playoffs last season after winning 18 matches. The Lions returned a strong unit and finds itself in the middle of the standings, an optimal position to make another run for the postseason.
Douglas County High School has seen a change to its area makeup as well in Class 6A, facing increased competition from Cobb County programs. However, the Tigers’ improved play through the early portion of this season has seen them become a potential postseason squad as well with strong victories over Westlake and Central (Carrollton).
Alexander and New Manchester have both struggled through the early portions of 2014, both going winless in area matches. The Cougars and Jaguars will look towards the middle portion of the season for their youthful squads to gain experience and push towards a winning record.