The conclusion of the 2018-19 academic calendar provides time to review the accomplishments of the north Fulton prep programs on the field.
Two North Fulton football programs achieved the ultimate goal this season as Milton and Blessed Trinity brought home Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state titles in their respective classifications at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Milton won its first state championship in program history with a 14-13 win over Colquitt County in the Class AAAAAAA final. The Eagles (13-2) have played varsity football since 1950 and set the team record for wins in a single campaign. Milton also achieved its third double-digit win season in program history. The victory also extended the Eagles’ current winning streak to 10 games which is the second-longest for the squad only trailing a 13-game run that dates back to 1952.
Blessed Trinity took home the Class AAAA state title with a 23-9 victory over Cartersville. Its the second-consecutive state championship for the Titans. Blessed Trinity extended their program-record winning streak to 21 games. Other local teams in the football playoffs included Roswell, Fellowship Christian, Wesleyan, Centennial, Johns Creek and Alpharetta.
The Wesleyan softball team returned to the Class A Private State Tournament at the Columbus Softball Complex on Oct. 25 looking to win its second-consecutive championship. The Wolves produced a dominant run of outscoring their opponents 33-1 through four games culminating with a 7-0 victory over Prince Avenue Christian in the title game. Wesleyan finished the season with 26 wins. Other postseason squads were Mount Pisgah, Cambridge and Alpharetta.
The GHSA held its Volleyball State Finals in Powder Springs. Milton reached the Class AAAAAAA finals after a postseason run which included victories over South Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Etowah and West Forsyth. The Eagles dropped its contest to Walton 3-0 in the state final, concluding the year with 29 victories. Wesleyan, Mount Pisgah, Fellowship, St. Francis, Blessed Trinity, Alpharetta, Chattahoochee and Roswell also made the playoffs.
The GHSA Cross Country State Championships were held in Carrollton. The Wesleyan boys’ team won the Class A Private state title with 110 points while Whitefield Academy (114 points) and Holy Innocents’ (117 points) rounded out the top three. It was the Wolves’ first title since 2014 and ninth overall.
Cambridge saw its girls’ team win the Class 6A state title for the second-consecutive year with a point total of 64. Johns Creek and Centennial were sixth and seventh respectively in the team competition.
Wesleyan’s girls team was second in its team competition which was won by Atlanta International School. Blessed Trinity’s boys team was third in the Class 4A competition won by St. Pius X. The Cambridge boys’ team was third in the Class 6A event won by Pope. Jack Filan was second individually for the Bears. Milton’s boys team was sixth in the Class 7A team competition won by South Forsyth. Rounding out cross country action was Milton’s girls team with a fourth-place finish in its competition which was won by Marietta.
The St. Francis boys’ basketball team on the (GHSA Class A Private State Championship with a 73-69 victory over Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) in the title game held at the Macon Centreplex. It was the Knights third state championship in program history and first since 2015. Other boys’ programs to make the state playoffs this season included Mount Pisgah Christian, Wesleyan, Blessed Trinity, Denmark, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Roswell and Milton.
Wesleyan’s girls team reached the Class A Private State Finals joining other postseason teams in King’s Ridge, St. Francis, Alpharetta, Northview, Johns Creek and Roswell.
The Centennial girls’ team brought home the GHSA Class 6A Swimming and Diving state championship for the first time in program history.
The Knights finished with 329 points followed by Alpharetta in second with 263, Cambridge at 202 points and Johns Creek with 196. The grouping of Elly Deas, Katharine Ward, Tessa Sergile and Madline Singletary won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.71 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:31.49 for Centennial. Ward brought home the 200 individual medley in 2:03.80 and was second in the 100 butterfly. Singletary won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.59. Deas earned the 100 backstroke title in 56.00 seconds. Alpharetta’s Alicia Henry won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.64.
The Johns Creek boys’ team won the Class 6A title with a score of 476.5 while Alpharetta was third at 348 points. The Gladiators’ 400 freestyle relay group which consisted of Chase Kennedy, Adrian Iannamico, Andrew Simmons and Ethan Davey won its event in 3:05.34. Johns Creek also brought home first in the 200 medley with a time of 1:33.09 featuring swimmers Samuel Song, Davey, Iannamico and Simmons. Iannamico won the 100 backstroke in 48.99 seconds. Cambridge’s Matthew Gaines won the 200 free in 1:40.67. Cam Aurebach of Northview earned the 100 butterfly in 48.38 seconds.
Blessed Trinity’s boys’ team placed fourth in the Class 4A-5A competition won by St. Pius X. Titans’ swimmer Dillon Downing won two individual titles in the 50 freestyle (19.86 seconds) and 100 freestyle (43.63 seconds).
Wesleyan girls’ team finished fourth in the Class A-3A competition won by Westminster. Wolves’ swimmer Hannah Wasmuth won the 100 backstroke competition in 56.49.
Wesleyan saw its boys’ team place third in its competition also won by Westminster.
The GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championships saw Blessed Trinity place third in the Class 4A team competition which was won by Woodward Academy. Titans’ wrestler Vincent Baker won the 182-pound individual title with a technical fall win over Sam Conerly of Central Carroll in the final, finishing his season with a perfect 41-0 record.
The Class 6A event saw Cambridge’s Gavin Kane win his third-consecutive state championship, this time at 160, with a pin over Munro Kamdyn of Richmond Hill at the 3:13 mark of the match. Kane finished the season with a perfect record of 46-0.
The Class 7A competition saw Milton’s Ben Williams earn the 132 individual title with a 13-1 major decision victory over Ricky Roberto of Hillgrove in the championship match. Williams finished the season with a 51-2 record.
Mount Pisgah had one of its wrestlers reach the pinnacle as David Bertrand took home the 160 crown in the Class A Private competition with a 2-1 decision over Commerce’s Nick Patrick in the finals. He finished the season with a record of 67-5.
The GHSA baseball playoffs saw St. Francis, Fellowship Christian, Wesleyan, Blessed Trinity, Denmark, Cambridge, Alpharetta and Milton.
The GHSA Gymnastics state meet saw Cambridge place third in the Class 6A-7A competition with Bears’ gymnast Taylor Rech earning the individual vault title. Denmark was second in the Class A-5A division as gymnast Sarah Wilson won the all around title through three three individual events; floor exercise, vault and uneven parallel bars.
Johns Creek’s boys golf team won its fourth-consecutive GHSA Class 6A state title at the Woodmont Golf Club in Canton. Johns Creeks’ score of 20-under-par which was 26 strokes better than second-place finisher Creekview. Andy Mao won the individual title representing Johns Creek with a mark of 12-under-par while teammates Bruce Murray was second at three-under-par and Devon Patel placed third at one-under-par.
Cambridge’s boys team was tied for fourth while Jake Peacock finished tied for third in the individual competition.
The Gladiators’ girls team won its second state title in program history and first since 2017 at the Cobblestone Golf Club in Acworth. Johns Creeks’ team score of two-over-par was 41 strokes better than second-place finisher Northview. Gen Wo won the individual title for the Gladiators with a mark of three-under-par, only one stroke ahead of teammate Kate Song who finished second. Kimberley Shen of Chattahoochee was tied for third at four-over-par while another Johns Creek golfer in Amy Ng was tied for fifth at seven-over-par.
Blessed Trinity’s girls team was fourth in the Class 4A competition won by Woodward Academy at Maple Ridge in Columbus. Titans’ golfer Allie Kantor finished fourth in the individual competition with a score of plus-five which was only two strokes behind winner Madeleine Krueger of Columbus. Blessed Trinity’s McKenzie Mages was tied for fifth at plus-seven.
Roswell golfer Emily Haigwood finished tied for fifth in the Class 7A girls’ individual competition held at the Chimney Oaks Golf Club in Homer. Her teammate Kady Foshaug was sixth.
The Milton girls’ lacrosse team won the GHSA Class 6A-7A state title with a 20-7 victory against Mill Creek for the program’s third-consecutive championship and 13th overall. Blessed Trinity’s girls team fell to Starr’s Mill 11-8 in the Class A-5A title match. Other girls’ programs in the postseason were King’s Ridge, Wesleyan, Fellowship, Centennial, Roswell, Cambridge, Johns Creek, Chattahoochee and Alpharetta. Boys’ lacrosse teams in the playoffs were Wesleyan, Mount Pisgah, Blessed Trinity, Fellowship, Centennial, Roswell, Cambridge, Johns Creek and Milton.
The GHSA State Track and Field Championshipswere held at various locations with several local athletes taking home individual titles.
The Class 6A competition was held at Grisham Stadium in Carrollton. The Alpharetta boys’ team won the state title with 40 points followed by Bradwell Institute and New Manchester. The Raiders’ 4x100-meter “A” relay team featuring the group of Errol Williams, Jaden Slocum, Kent Cherry, Robbie Ruppel, Austin Joyner and Dylan Merrell won its race in 3:16.23.
The Class 6A girls’ competition saw Centennial athlete Cathryn Gray win three ambulatory events; the discus throw, shot put and 100-meter dash. Cambridge’s Ashley Sechrest won the 3,200-meter run in 11:12.22 and was also third in the 1,600-meter run.
The Class 4A competition was held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Blessed Trinity girls runner Hannah Miniutti won the 3,200-meter run in 11:09.87 and was second in the 1,600-meter run.
The Class A Private meet was also in Rome. The St. Francis girls’ team was fourth in the competition won by Landmark Christian. Knights’ athlete Savannah Samuel won the high jump at 1.63 meters. The boys’ competition saw Dwon Odom of St. Francis win the triple jump with a distance of 13.64 meters and the long jump at 6.71 meters. Fellow Knights’ athlete Isaiah Wadsworth won the 100-meter dash in 10.92 seconds. Wesleyan’s Matthew Steinback won the pole vault at 3.96 meters.
Wesleyan’s soccer teams won their respective Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class A Private state championship matches in Powder Springs.
The boys’ team took home the title with a 2-1 victory against Whitefield Academy. Its the second championship in program history for the Wolves and the first since 2016. Other boys’ postseason teams were King’s Ridge, Blessed Trinity, Chattahoochee, Cambridge, Roswell and Milton.
The Wolves’ girls team also won the state title with a 3-1 victory over Pinecrest Academy. Its Wesleyan’s second championship and first since 2017. Blessed Trinity, Johns Creek, Northview, Roswell and Milton were also in the postseason.
Cambridge girls’ tennis team won the Class 6A state title with a 3-0 victory against Northview. It was the program’s third championship in program history and first since 2017. Other local teams in the postseason were Mount Pisgah, Wesleyan, Blessed Trinity, Denmark, Centennial and Milton.
Johns Creek’s boys team won the Class 6A boys’ title with a 3-0 victory over Northview. Wesleyan, Denmark, Centennial and Milton were also in the state playoffs.