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Year in review: Lovett football leads local title parade in ‘13
by Greg Oshust
December 30, 2013 04:36 PM | 1750 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett quarterback Willie Candler throws a pass during the Lions’ 14-7 win over Lamar County in the Class AA state football title game at the Georgia Dome Dec. 14.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett quarterback Willie Candler throws a pass during the Lions’ 14-7 win over Lamar County in the Class AA state football title game at the Georgia Dome Dec. 14.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett running back Murphy Lee runs around some defenders during the Lions’ 14-7 win over Lamar County in the Class AA state football title game at the Georgia Dome Dec. 14.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Lovett running back Murphy Lee runs around some defenders during the Lions’ 14-7 win over Lamar County in the Class AA state football title game at the Georgia Dome Dec. 14.
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It was another championship-filled year for local high school sports teams, with area schools accounting for 31 state titles in 2013.

Lovett finished out the year with its first state football championship since 1970 as it won the Class AA title with a 14-7 victory over Lamar County at the Georgia Dome Dec. 14.

With their win, the Lions brought a state football crown back to Buckhead for the first time since Westminster claimed the AAA title in 1978.

The state championship was the culmination of a memorable season for Lovett, which finished with a 14-1 record that was earned while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state — a slate that included wins over eventual AAAA semifinalist Marist, last year’s AAA runner-up St. Pius X and AAA quarterfinalist Blessed Trinity. The Lions’ only loss was to AAA finalist Washington County.

Lovett’s other state title came in the spring as the Lions won the AA baseball crown, beating Westminster in a classic three-game series between the Buckhead archrivals.

Aside from Lovett’s baseball title, the spring belonged to Westminster, which claimed a state-record nine championships during that season.

The Wildcats — who won 11 state titles in all during the 2012-13 season, including one in girls’ swimming in February — captured AA crowns in boys’ and girls’ soccer, track, lacrosse and tennis as well as boys’ golf during the spring season.

Westminster’s extraordinary spring helped earn it the AA Georgia Athletic Directors Association Directors’ Cup for the fourth year in a row in AA and 12th time in 13 seasons in AA and AAA combined.

The Wildcats went on to win the AA boys’ cross country championship as well as claim a share of the AA girls’ cross country crown with Wesleyan.

Marist won the AAAA Directors’ Cup for the 14th year in a row, while St. Pius X claimed the honor in AAA for the fourth time in five years.

Marist won spring state titles in boys’ and girls’ track, girls’ soccer and tennis and boys’ golf and went on to sweep the boys’ and girls’ cross country crowns in the fall.

St. Pius won the AAA state championship in girls’ basketball in the winter and went on to add titles in boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ track, volleyball and boys’ cross country.

Woodward came away with a couple of championships of its own — claiming the traditional wrestling title in the winter and the boys’ golf crown in the spring.

It was also a memorable year for Holy Innocents’, which won the Class A volleyball championship — the first in school history — to go along with its state runner-up finish in both the Class A wrestling duals and traditional tournaments.

The Pace girls’ cross country team also came away with a state title as it won the Class A private school crown — its first championship since 2004.

Pace’s Kenny Selmon won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles in the Class A private school competition at the state boys’ track meet in May and then won the bronze medal in the men’s 400 hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine in July.
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