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THE GRIND Championship reaches Final Four stage
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If we’re sticking with the March Madness analogies with the Scott’s Auto Center THE GRIND Championship, we’ve come to the actual championship round, where the nets are cut down and the work ahead can be life-changing.

Four athletes remain after an Elite Eight round that offered little intrigue. Every higher seed won and North Forsyth athletes remained dominant, so we are left with a Final Four of Jackson Bardall, Lochlain Corliss and Keigan Radake from North and Hannah Goudy from South Forsyth.

It will be Bardall against Corliss and Goudy against Radake for a spot in the Scott’s Auto Center THE GRIND Championship final.

Here’s a look at each of the four remaining athletes:


School: North Forsyth

Class: 2016

Sport(s): Football, wrestling

THE GRIND episode: May 6, 2015

Best quote: “Defense is where you get stats, look pretty and show off. You can do it on O-line too and bury somebody but nobody notices.”

What to know: He’s the most noticeable Raiders football player, a 6-foot-4, 280-something pounder who is a two-year starter on the offensive line and also sees time at defensive tackle. He was named to the FCN All-County Football team this past season for the second time and got invited to the Elite Junior Bowl where he impressed talent evaluators. Oh, and he had a pretty nice wrestling season, too, finishing second at the Area 6-AAAAAA traditional championship meet.


School: North Forsyth

Class: 2015

Sport(s): Basketball, soccer

THE GRIND episode: Jan. 14, 2015

Best quote: “I like being able to lead and having the basketball in my hands to control the team, making the right decisions; it’s more fun for me.”

What to know: Come on, you know plenty about Corliss by now. She’s only been in the headlines with the Lady Raiders basketball team for the past four seasons as they evolved into arguably the county’s most consistent girls basketball program. She averaged 13 points, five assists and three steals a game this past season for a North team that went 25-5 and reached the second round of the state playoffs. Corliss finished her high school career as the school’s all-time leader in assists and steals and 98 wins, not a bad résumé to take to the University of North Georgia, whom she signed with this past spring.


School: South Forsyth

Class: 2015

Sport(s): Soccer

THE GRIND episode: Feb. 11, 2015

Best quote: “Confidence is key, and aggressiveness. Confidence in yourself and what you’re doing. You can’t waffle. You’ve got to go for it.”

What to know: It seemed an all-county or all-region team just wasn’t complete without Goudy on it during her four-year career with the Lady War Eagles. After splitting time as a freshman with Brie Haynes (who is a rising senior goalkeeper at Georgia State), Goudy never relinquished the starting position, during which time South never missed the state playoffs. This past season, Goudy posted four shutouts, won the team’s defensive player award and signed to play at the University of Georgia.


School: North Forsyth

Class: 2015

Sport(s): Wrestling

THE GRIND episode: Nov. 11, 2014

Best quote: “I’m definitely going to go into this season ready to win more than I did last season, and more prepared to win and just go into every match knowing that I can win.”

What to know: All I needed to know upon meeting Keigan for our interview for THE GRIND was that he’d once fallen through a friend’s attic (as a rising eighth grader, no less), fracturing his back, but played football and wrestling before he’d fully healed because, well, there were games to play. Tough would be an understatement. Then he went 42-16, won an area championship, finished second at county and sectionals and helped North wrestling to all its usual annual accomplishments – another county title, more area titles.

Brian Paglia is sports editor of the Forsyth County News. He can be reached at, 770-205-8976 or follow him on Twitter at @BrianPaglia.