State championships and close calls, Middle Georgia’s best of 2016-17
As we finished off the All-Middle Georgia individual honors for the 2016-17 school year last week, we wanted to look back at the top teams from the area for the past school year.
It was a terrific year for teams in Middle Georgia with several state championships and several close calls. Here are the picks for five teams to remember with some other teams of note (teams in each section are listed in alphabetical order):
Five to remember
FPD softball: The Vikings, led by The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Softball Player of the Year Allie Parkerson, beat Wesleyan for the GHSA Class 1A private school title.
Macon County football: The Bulldogs finished off their GHSA Class 1A public school championship run with a blowout win over McIntosh County Academy. And quarterback K’Hari Lane set a state record for most touchdown passes in a season and was named The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Football Player of the Year.
Tattnall Square baseball: Looking to add to their championship tradition, the Trojans lost to Savannah Christian in the GHSA Class 1A private school title series. Senior pitcher Matt Blair was named The Telegraph’s All-Middle Georgia Baseball Player of the Year.
Upson-Lee boys basketball: The Knights completed an undefeated season (32-0) with a win over St. Pius X at Georgia Tech in the GHSA Class 4A title game.
Wilkinson County boys basketball: The Warriors made it nine championships with a win over Calhoun County at Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum in the GHSA Class 1A public school title game.
Others of note
John Milledge: The Trojans won the GISA Class 3A title.
Piedmont: The Cougars won the GISA Class 2A championship.
Brentwood girls: The War Eagles won the GISA Class 3A title.
Central/Peach County girls: Both teams lost in the GHSA Class 3A quarterfinals (Central lost to Beach, while Peach County lost to Johnson. Beach beat Johnson for the state title).
Dublin boys: The Fighting Irish lost in the GHSA Class 2A semifinals to Swainbsoro.
Warner Robins boys/girls: Both teams lost to Buford in the GHSA Class 5A quarterfinals.
Westside boys: The Seminoles lost to Pace Academy in a double-overtime quarterfinal thriller in the Class 3A playoffs.
Windsor: The Knights claimed the GISA Class 2A title.
GMC boys/Bleckley County girls: Both teams won GHSA titles.
John Milledge: The Trojans won the GISA Class 3A title, beating Gatewood.
Mary Persons: The Bulldogs lost to Cartersville in the GHSA Class 4A semifinals.
Northside: The Eagles lost to Tucker in the GHSA Class 6A semifinals.
Peach County: The Trojans lost to Greater Atlanta Christian in the GHSA Class 3A semifinals.
Tattnall Square: The Trojans lost to Eagle’s Landing Christian in the GHSA Class 1A private school semifinals.
FPD girls: The Vikings lost to Wesleyan in the GHSA Class 1A championship game.
Lamar County girls/East Laurens girls: Lamar County lost in the GHSA Class 2A semifinals, while East Laurens lost in the finals. Both teams lost to St. Vincents.
Dodge County: The Indians lost in the GHSA Class 2A semifinals.
GMC: The Bulldogs lost in the Class 1A public championship.
John Milledge: The Trojans lost in the GISA Class 3A championship.
Stratford/Tattnall Square: The Eagles and Trojans reached Class 1A Elite Eight.
Windsor: The Knights won the GISA Class 2A title, beating Brentwood.
Bleckley County boys/girls: Both teams won championships in GHSA Class 2A.
Brentwood girls: The War Eagles won the GISA Class 2A title.
Hancock Central boys: The Bulldogs won the GHSA Class 1A public school title.
Veterans/Mount de Sales: The Warhawks and Cavaliers reached their respective championship brackets in the GHSA playoffs.