The calendar year’s conclusion provides reflection of the prep sports for DeKalb County programs.
Marist won the Class AAAA baseball state championship with a 2-1 series win over Blessed Trinity in the state finals held in Rome. It was Marist’s 11th state title and first since 2011.
Marist had several other teams win state titles including the girls’ cross country team taking home the Class AAAA crown for its tenth-consecutive championship. The boys’ cross country team also brought home a trophy for the 12th time led by Knox Pittman’s individual title. The boys’ tennis team earned a state title for the fourth-consecutive time, a first-time accomplishment for the program, and 19th time overall, finishing its 2017 campaign with a 20-1 record. The girls’ swimming and diving team earned its third-consecutive state title and 10th overall. The War Eagles’ volleyball team won its sixth state championship.
The football team won 13 games, a region title and reached the state championship game.
Marist placed seventh in the traditional state wrestling tournament with Andrew Pace (126 pounds) and Reed Bethune (132 pounds) each placing third in their divisions. Other postseason squads for Marist were boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, softball, girls’ tennis, boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse, boys’ soccer and girls’ soccer which won 16 matches.
St. Pius X girls’ soccer team, which finished its season 21-1-1, defeated Marist for the Class AAAA state championship, making it five consecutive state titles and eleven overall for the program. The boys’ swimming and diving team won its second state title and first since 2014. The Golden Lions’ boys cross country squad finished second at the state meet.
St. Pius X boys basketball team won 24 games, a region title and reached the Class AAAA state finals. Other postseason teams for the Golden Lions were girls’ cross country, football, boys’ soccer, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, boys’ tennis, boys’ lacrosse, girls’ lacrosse and volleyball.
The Cedar Grove program saw its football team win 13 games and advance to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs. The boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball teams also made the postseason.
The Greenforest boys’ basketball team won the Class A Private state championship for the second consecutive season, capping the year with 24 victories. The Eagles’ girls basketball squad was also in the postseason.
Chamblee claimed the Class AAAAA girls’ tennis state title for the first time in program history and won all 25 of its matches this past season. The Bulldogs’ volleyball team won 38 matches, took home a region title and reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Chamblee produced playoff teams in softball, volleyball, baseball, girls’ basketball, girls’ soccer, boys’ tennis, boys’ soccer.
Arabia Mountain had several postseason teams including the football team which had a nine-win campaign, a region title and reached the second round. The Rams’ softball team also won a region title and advanced to the second round of the postseason. The girls’ basketball, girls’ soccer, baseball, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, boys’ tennis and volleyball teams also reached the postseason.
Cross Keys saw its girls’ soccer and boys’ soccer teams in the state playoffs.
Decatur’s softball team won a region title and reached the second round of the Class AAAAA playoffs. The Bulldogs’ volleyball, girls’ basketball, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, boys’ tennis and baseball teams were also in the postseason.
Druid Hills’ boys soccer team reached the Class AAAA state finals and won 16 matches. The Red Devils’ boys basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, girls’ soccer, girls’ tennis and boys’ tennis teams were also in the playoffs.
Dunwoody’s softball, boys’ basketball, boys’ lacrosse and girls’ lacrosse teams reached the postseason.
Lakeside saw its baseball, girls’ soccer, girls’ tennis and boys’ tennis squads make the state playoffs for the Vikings’ program.
The Lithonia boys’ basketball team was postseason-bound.
Miller Grove football team made the playoffs for the second time in program history while softball and volleyball teams were also postseason squads. The boys’ basketball team won a region title and advanced to the semifinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.
Redan’s baseball team won a region title and reached the state quarterfinals in Class AAA. The Raiders also had its volleyball, girls’ soccer and girls’ basketball teams reach the postseason.
Stone Mountain’s volleyball, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis and boys’ tennis squads were also playoff teams.
Stephenson saw its football, girls’ soccer, softball and girls’ basketball make the state playoffs. The Jaguars’ boys basketball team won a region title and reached the postseason.
Southwest DeKalb’s girls’ basketball team won 27 games, a region title and reached the finals in the Class AAAAA playoffs. Other Panthers’ teams in the postseason were boys’ basketball, football, softball, baseball, girls’ soccer, girls’ tennis, boys’ tennis, and volleyball.
Tucker’s football team won 12 games, a region title and advanced to the Class AAAAAA state semifinals. The girls’ basketball and baseball teams won their regions and reached the postseason. The Tigers’ boys basketball, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis and boys’ tennis teams were also in the postseason.
The state wrestling meet saw Jack Marsh of St. Pius X win the Class AAAA 170-pound division with a 7-1 victory over Cole Ingram of Lafayette. Marsh finished the season with a record of 48-3. Blanchard Max of Marist finished fourth in the division.
Dunwoody’s Constantine Gavalas won a state championship in the Class AAAAAA 195-pound division with a 5-2 win over Raji Brown of South Paulding in the finals. Gavalas finished his season with an 11-0 record.
In Class AAAAA, Lithonia’s John Webb finished third in the 126-pound division, Decatur’s Kaden Spann earned fourth in the 126-pound division and Kyhree Alexander of Arabia Mountain was fourth in the 132-pound division.
In track and field, the Marist boys’ team won the Class AAAA state championship. It’s the War Eagles’ third state championship, all of which have come within the past six seasons with consecutive titles in 2013 and 2014. St. Pius X placed ninth with 26 points.
Brian Faust won the 400-meter and 800-meter runs for Marist. His teammate Leif Anderson won the 1,600-meter run.
The Cedar Grove boys’ team won its third-consecutive Class AAA state track and field title and third overall championship in program history. Saints’ runner Jadon Haselwood won the 110-meter hurdles. Cedar Grove won the 4x100-meter relay with runners on the team including Terrance Lewin, Deanthony Moore, Israel Spivey, Matthew Young, Marcus Allen and Dimitri Cooper.
The Class AAAA girls’ event saw Marist place fifth in the team competition. Kathleen Maley won the 1,600-meter run for the War Eagles and her teammate Josie Wirtz finished first in the 3,200-meter run.
SW DeKalb boys’ team was second in the Class AAAAA competition. Terryon Conwell won the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash events. Teammate Terry Conwell won the 400-meter dash. Decatur’s Sam Ellis won the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs.
Miller Grove placed fifth in the Class AAAAA girls’ competition. Wolverines’ runner Emoni Coleman won the 800-meter run. Arabia Mountain’s Patra Williams won the high jump.
The Class AAAAAA girls’ team event saw Tucker place fifth. Tigers’ runner Antonia Frazier won the 100-meter hurdles.
The golf state championships saw the Marist boys’ team place second overall in the Class AAAA competition with a score of plus-10, only trailing Columbus’ winning score of minus-5. War Eagles’ golfer Andrew Lafferty shot a team-best score of 71 while Braden Jones, Harry White and Jordan Secret each shot 74. St. Pius X placed fifth in the competition with Daniel McKenzie shooting a team-best score of 67 and taking home the individual state title. Lafferty finished tied for ninth.
The Marist girls’ team finished third in the team competition behind second-place Woodward Academy and state champion Columbus. War Eagles’ golfer Woo Wade’s round of 80 was the team’s top score and placed her tied for eighth in the individual competition. St. Pius X finished tied for 15th in the team event.
The Class AAAAA boys’ competition saw Decatur’s Alan Whitehead place tied for 17th in the individual competition with a two-day score of 154. Arabia Mountain’s Nylan Washington finish tied for 24th with a score of 157.
Chamblee finished 15th in the Class AAAAA girls’ competition with Tiffani Li becoming the team’s top scorer, placing tied for 34th in the individual standings.
The Dunwoody boys’ team finished tied for tenth in the team competition.