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Stellar Season: A look back at Douglas County 2013-14 prep sports
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Douglas County junior Meredith Thompson takes the ball down the court.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Douglas County junior Meredith Thompson takes the ball down the court.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>From left, New Manchester seniors Terrence Jenkins and Marque Anthony Hall warm up on the hurdles at practice earlier this season.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, New Manchester seniors Terrence Jenkins and Marque Anthony Hall warm up on the hurdles at practice earlier this season.
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Douglas County experienced another great year in prep athletics with several programs winning region championships, finding unprecedented success in the postseason and individuals earning state titles in such sports as wrestling, track and cross country.

Alexander had a stellar year, led by its football team which made the postseason for the first time since 1997 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Running back Mikell Lands-Davis emerged as one of the top players in Georgia, rushing for 2,383 yards and 27 touchdowns on the season. Wide receiver/defensive back Brian Dansereau received the Howard Thompson trophy awarded to the top player in Douglas County after finishing the season with 1,006 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns on offense while posting 68 tackles and an interception on the defensive end. The Cougars’ softball and volleyball teams also made the postseason while the girls’ cross country team earned a region title.

Three Alexander programs made the semifinals of the playoffs in their respective sports for the first time — the boys’ basketball team, which won a program-record 26 games behind All-State player Hassani Gravett, girls’ soccer and baseball. Wrestler Roman Boylen won the state championship in the 138-pound division in February.

Chapel Hill began the prep season with postseason appearances by the volleyball team, which won a team-record 32 matches, a region championship-winning softball team, boys’ track and football. Both cross country teams won region titles as well with Cameron Lord and Darby Demarest earning individual top honors. The Panthers saw its girls’ soccer team win a region title and advance to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs while the boys’ team made the postseason as well. The Douglas County High School boys’ soccer team won its first region title since 1998 en route to a 16-win season and semifinal appearance in the playoffs. The Tigers girls’ soccer team also made the postseason, winning 14 matches and advancing to the second round. Danny Shaughnessy led the boys’ cross country team to a region championship while the school’s softball team made the playoffs.

The Tigers also had a strong season on the hardwood with the boys’ basketball team winning its first region tournament and advancing to the second round of the playoffs. All-State performer Maya Benham and Santasia Faust helped lead the girls’ basketball team to a postseason appearance as well. Douglas County High School’s wrestling team also won a region championship.

Lithia Springs’ volleyball team made the playoffs along with the boys’ soccer team, which won its first-ever region championship, postseason contest and 12 matches this season. Track athlete Lasheon Strozier won the state championship in the triple jump competition.

Both track and field teams from New Manchester won region titles to highlight the season. Anika Carter won three events at the region meet and along with Niata Alexander led the Jaguars to a fourth-place finish at the state competition. Boys’ track athlete Terrence Jenkins became the school’s first individual state champion by winning the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles competition. Harvester Christian Academy saw its boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and volleyball teams make the postseason. Its football team had its best-ever season, winning 11 games and advancing to the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia-Alabama state championship game.

King’s Way Christian School’s football team won the Georgia Association of Christian Schools championship for the second time in three seasons with a 28-24 win over Appling Christian.

Several Douglasville residents who attend Landmark Christian School also had stellar seasons. Kathryn Foreman was named the Gatorade Georgia girls’ cross country athlete of the year after winning the state title in Class A in the fall. Cameron Dobbs was also a finalist for the PrepVolleyball.com freshman of the year award.

Next prep season, which begins this fall, will bring changes to several public high schools in Douglas County due to reclassification by the Georgia High School Association.

Chapel Hill which was previously in Class 3A and Alexander from Class 4A will move up to Class 5A and join Lithia Springs and New Manchester in the same region along with numerous Paulding County programs. Douglas County High School will remain in Class 6A.

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