After the Eagle’s Landing Christian football team closed 2012 with the private-school Class A championship, the Eagle’s Landing Golden Eagles boys’ basketball team (28-5) won its first title with a victory over Columbia in the Class AAAA championship game.
Graduates Eric Wortham, Desmond Ringer, Trevin Joseph, Isaiah Dennis and current senior Jordan Session were major contributors in this accomplishment in March.
Then just a few months later, the Eagle’s Landing Christian Charger baseball team (30-3) swept Mount Paran for the private-school Class A crown in May.
Graduates Jacob Heyward, DJ Curl and current junior Dazmon Cameron all homered. Current senior Dalton Etheridge struck out 10 batters in Game 1 and Cole Ganopulos made the final out in the clincher.
“These guys did not have a bad day throughout the playoffs at all,” ELCA coach Doug Campbell said. “They came to play all the time. That is what baseball is all about. You got to have a good day every day.”
Then in November, Campbell was raising another trophy when the Lady Chargers (31-5), who were comprised of three juniors and 10 sophomores, swept Prince Avenue Christian for the private-school Class A title in Columbus.
“It’s hard to believe but I feel privileged to be in this situation,” Campbell said. “To have two good teams in two different sports in the same calendar year and get two state championships, it’s a great feeling. I just feel blessed.”
Even though they didn’t win a title, the Eagle’s Landing football team (8-3) also had a year to remember, earning its first winning season since 2008 and trip to the playoffs.
Amongst all of the “Eagle” success, the Ola Mustangs softball team made history by winning the Class AAAAA softball title in Columbus. Amazingly, the Lady Mustangs (36-8) won four straight games on the first Saturday in November to become champions.
“I’m just so excited and proud for them—just how they fought,” Ola coach Gidget Gue said. “They never gave up. They played with tremendous heart and it showed in the end and proved to be successful.”