Individuals have put in the work to earn collegiate scholarships at all levels. Others like Allie Buchalski, Matias Koski and Corey Wilson outraced, out swam and outwrestled their way to individual state glory, but the overarching theme of 2012 was the teamwork put forth by local squads to claim 14 team state championships across seven different sports — basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, softball and volleyball.
Included in those 14 titles was an unprecedented run by Milton’s athletics program in May, the sheer dominance of north Fulton schools at the GHSA Tennis State Championships in the spring, and an utterly dominating season by Blessed Trinity’s volleyball team in the fall.
Milton stakes claim as Title town,
For one week in mid-May Milton High School owned the GHSA state playoffs, winning five state championships in spring sports to send the 2012 class graduating class out with seven state titles as a school — the most of any school in Class AAAAA.
Led by the play of golfers Park Sanders and Rachel Dai, the Eagles kicked off their historic week with a pair of state titles on the links and followed it up days later by sweeping the lacrosse state titles on the backs of a nationally ranked girls’ team and a game-winning goal from Evans Lockwood on the boys’ side.
Hours after Lockwood’s game-winner found the back of the net in overtime, the Lady Eagles soccer team, which spent the majority of the season ranked No.1 in the state, capped off the schools fifth state title of the week with a 4-0 win over Northview.
Six tennis state titles
While the GHSA Tennis State Championships were held at Clayton County’s International Tennis Park in Jonesboro, the state finals sure did have a north Fulton feel to them — with six of the ten first-place trophies coming back to the communities of Roswell, Alpharetta and Johns Creek.
Included in those six state titles were the Roswell Lady Hornets completing a perfect 22-0 season in Class AAAAA, Alpharetta’s boys winning their second state title in three years, Johns Creek sweeping the boys and girls state titles in Class AAAA, BT’s girls beating archrival Westminster for their second straight championship and Mount Pisgah’s girls winning a Class-A title behind an impressive 21-1 record.
Lady Titans win 54 in volleyball
The fall of this year saw BT’s volleyball team go wire-to-wire as the state’s No. 1 ranked team. The Lady Titans did so in impressive fashion as well, going 54-2 against one of the state’s toughest schedules and dropping just five sets to in-state teams.
The Lady Titans capped their season off by dismantling all four of their state playoff opponents in straight sets and winning the state championship match over 5AAA rival St. Pius X 3-0.