Back in March, the titles started rolling in on the basketball court. In Class A, the Greenforest Christian Eagles (27-4) claimed the state championship by winning their final 13 games. In Class AAA, the St. Pius Lady Golden Lions essentially dominated their last 20 opponents on the way to the state title. In Class AAAA, the Columbia Lady Eagles survived a late scare from Sandy Creek to earn the right to be called back-to-back champions.
In Class AAAAA, the Southwest DeKalb Lady Panthers captured the state crown while preventing Miller Grove from its second straight championship. But the Miller Grove boys’ team would not be stopped on its quest to become five-time champions.
In May on the soccer field, a couple of schools swept the competition. In Class AAA, both St. Pius boys’ and girls’ teams won the title. The Lady Golden Lions finished 19-1-3 and the Golden Lions had a record of 19-0-2.
In Class A, the Paideia teams also captured both titles. The Lady Pythons earned a mark of 16-3-1 and the Pythons finished 21-1.
In Class AAAA, the Marist Lady War Eagles (22-0-1) claimed the state championship but the celebrating didn’t stop there. The boys’ golf team became champions, the girls’ tennis team and both track teams.
In Class AAA of track and field, the Cedar Grove girls’ team was the best in the state and the St. Pius boys’ team earned that distinction as well.
On the baseball diamond, the Marist War Eagles were two games away from winning their third Class AAAA title in four seasons but 2013 would be Redan’s year. The Raiders (30-7) would take both games to clinch their first-ever state title and become the first DeKalb County public school to win in baseball since Dunwoody in 2007.
In the fall, the last state championship trophy would be handed to the St. Pius girls’ volleyball team due to a 3-1 victory over Blessed Trinity in the Class AAA title game in November.