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Southeast Whitfield sweeper Isael Gutierrez, left, celebrates teammate Diego Nunez’s goal two weeks ago in the Region 7-4A tournament semifinals against rival Northwest Whitfield. Both teams, plus Dalton, are in the Class 4A state playoffs and begin the first round on Tuesday. Southeast’s Raiders begin at home against Columbus, while the Bruins from Northwest travel to Carrollton in the opening round. Region 7 champion Dalton continues its quest for another state title at home against Sandy Creek. Northwest’s girls play Wednesday on the road against Columbus (Matt Hamilton/The Daily Citizen)