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Year in Review: Paulding had champions in football, swimming
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
December 26, 2012 03:24 PM | 1848 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County High wrestling team won the county championship in 2012.
Paulding County High wrestling team won the county championship in 2012.
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Paulding County athletes accomplished much in 2012 in a wide range of sports.

With 2013 just a week away, it’s time to recap three of the top stories of the year, from spring to winter.

For this year-end review the focus goes to a group of guys who hit the mat hard, a swim club turned into a championship team, and a proud football tradition that came close to a state championship.

PCHS wrestling shines

“Patriots carry torch for county grapplers” talked about the great year a group of wrestlers had and the awards won.

Paulding County High School wrestling rang in 2012 with its first county championship in six years. The county title served as one more accomplishment in what had been a banner season for Patriot wrestling.

The Patriots won the County Championship in a close match-p against South Paulding. Along with being the county champs, Paulding County also won the Screamin’ Eagle tournament at Mt. Zion, took third in the Eric Hill Memorial tournament in early December and won the Lion’s Den tournament at Lithia Springs in mid-December.

Swimming to glory

“Swim team continues to flourish” explored the growth and success of a swim team in its second year.

In its second year of existence the North Paulding swim team was looking more and more like just that – a team. The roster had grown from five swimmers to 12, and they were fielding boys’ and girls’ relay teams.

Not only did the team grow, but it consisted of two of the top senior swimmers in the state, Carly Sweeney and David Sweeney. Carly signed to swim at Georgia Tech and David finished second in the state in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle last year.

At the time of the article in early 2012, North had eight of their swimmers qualified for the GHSA state meet.

Raiders go undefeated

“Raiders’ season ends in second round of playoffs” shows how a good team went far even with a new head coach.

East Paulding was undefeated and won the Region 5-AAAAA championship. They advanced to the second round of the playoffs, and first-year mentor Chuck Goddard predicted “a tight game” between the Raiders and Stephenson. However, East lost 35-6 at home to finish the year 11-1.
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