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State crowns highlight high school sports season
by Greg Oshust
December 26, 2012 03:14 PM | 1607 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Winning state championships has always been a big part of local high school sports and 2012 was no different.

It was a memorable year for Lovett, which won state titles in girls’ basketball and volleyball for the first time.

Lovett entered the Class AA girls’ basketball tournament as the No. 2 seed from Region 6AA after losing to Buford 45-39 in the region tournament final.

That would prove to be the last time the Lions would lose a game as they marched through the AA tournament, defeating Carver of Columbus 56-34 in the first round, East Hall 44-43 in the second round, Model 61-50 in the quarterfinals and Laney 56-41 in the semifinals, before gaining revenge on Buford in the championship game with a 52-42 win.

The Lovett volleyball squad joined their girls’ basketball counterparts on the victory platform with its first state crown.

The volleyball Lions had a dominant march to their crown, beating Laney, Calhoun and St. Vincent’s in straight sets before edging archrival Westminster in a classic five-set battle in the AA title match.

The Lovett football team also created some athletic highlights for the school, bouncing back from a 2-4 start to win the Region 6AA title and make a run to the AA quarterfinals, while the school’s baseball squad made a trip to the state semifinals for the fifth year in a row.

The Westminster girls’ swimming team won the Class A-AAAA title, their first since 2006. The Wildcats also got individual swim titles from Nicole Stafford (200-yard freestyle), Katie Cherry (100 breaststroke) and their 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Westminster also got individual championships during the winter season from Frank Love in the A-AAAA boys’ diving event at the state swimming meet and wrestler Julian Houk in the AA 195-pound weight class.

The spring would bring more championships for Westminster as its boys’ soccer team won its second consecutive AA crown and 10th overall, while the girls’ lacrosse squad won for the third straight year and the boys’ tennis unit claimed the state title for the second year in a row.

Sahara Fletcher took the girls’ 800 and 1,600-meter runs and Jordan Flowers in the boys’ 1,600 run in track and field for the Wildcats.

Later in the fall, Westminster’s boys’ cross country team added to the school’s collection of championship trophies as it won its sixth consecutive state title.

Holy Innocents’ enjoyed an outstanding year on the wrestling mat as it won the Class A state duals championship and finished third at the traditional state meet, where Jason Grimes (170) and Lee Davis (182) won individual crowns for the Golden Bears.

Galloway athletes Reilly Friedman and Maddie Felts won individual state championships, with Friedman winning the Class A private school boys’ cross country race and Felts claiming the 400-meter dash at the state girls’ track meet.

Pace earned a couple of individual state boys’ track titles – Kenny Selmon in the 300 hurdles and its 1,600 relay team.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian won a number of individual state championships in its final year in GISA, before moving to GHSA.

In track and field, Nnenya Henry won titles in the girls’ 100 and 200 as well as the 300 hurdles, while the Mustangs also claimed crowns in both the girls’ and boys’ 400 relays.

Mount Vernon also got swimming titles from Shayla King in the girls’ 50 and 100 freestyle and Sean King in the boys’ 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke as well as a wrestling crown from Robert Barclift in the 152-pound weight class.
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