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Milton baseball among 2013 north Fulton state champions
by Greg Oshust
December 30, 2013 09:05 PM | 3130 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
File Photo / The 2013 season was a special one for Milton, which beat archrival Roswell to win the Class AAAAAA state baseball championship.
File Photo / The 2013 season was a special one for Milton, which beat archrival Roswell to win the Class AAAAAA state baseball championship.
It was another memorable year for north Fulton high school sports teams, with area schools accounting for seven state titles in 2013.

One of those state titlists was Milton, which won the Class AAAAAA state baseball championships in May.

It was an all-north Fulton battle for the AAAAAA baseball title as Milton edged archrival Roswell 2-games-to-1 in the best-of-three finals.

Roswell won the first game 1-0, but Milton came back to win the second game 5-3 and the third and final contest 2-1 to clinch its first state crown since 2004.

The Eagles defeated Brookwood 2-1 in a AAAAAA first-round best-of-three series, then swept Lambert and East Coweta in two games in the second round and quarterfinals and then beat Parkview 2-1 in the semifinals.

St. Francis won the Class A private school girls’ basketball championship – the first in school history — in February.

The Lady Knights clinched their state crown with a 62-56 victory over Southwest Atlanta Christian — who they also beat in the Region 6A tournament finals three weeks earlier — in the Class A private school girls’ title game.

To reach the finals, St. Francis defeated Strong Rock Christian 67-13 in the first round, Darlington 61-40 in the quarterfinals and Calvary Day 50-27 in the semifinals.

It was a special year for the Mount Pisgah Christian football team, which advanced to the Class A private school semifinals in its first trip to the state playoffs.

The Patriots (12-1) finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and the Region 6A championship — then beat Pacelli 40-7 in the first round and Holy Innocents’ 15-7 in the quarterfinals before being edged out by eventual state champion Aquinas 17-16 in the semifinals.

Blessed Trinity led the north Fulton championship parade with three state titles in 2013 – winning in boys’ and girls’ tennis in the spring and girls’ cross country in the fall – as well as two runner-up finishes (girls’ soccer and volleyball).

The Titans defeated St. Pius X 3-1 in the AAA boys’ tennis finals after beating North Hall 3-0 in the first round, Cartersville 4-1 in the second round, Woodward Academy 3-1 in the quarterfinals and Savannah Arts 3-0 in the semifinals.

The Blessed Trinity girls’ tennis team beat Woodward 3-0 in the AAA girls’ finals.

The Titans didn’t drop a single individual match in the state playoffs, beating West Hall and Franklin County 5-0 in the first two rounds, then defeating Buford 3-0 in the quarterfinals and Savannah Arts 4-0 in the semifinals.

Blessed Trinity went on to win the AAA girls’ cross country title as scored 39 points to edge out runner-up St. Pius X (53) in the team standings.

North Fulton teams swept the AAAAAA lacrosse championships in the spring as Centennial won the boys’ title and Milton took the girls’ crown.

Centennial defeated Lambert 15-12 in the AAAAA boys’ finals to give north Fulton its third title in four years – with Milton winning the other two in 2010 and ’12.

Milton beat Lassiter 10-7 to win its fourth consecutive AAAAA girls’ lacrosse championship and its eighth overall in nine years.

Northview won the AAAAA girls’ cross country championship, with Lindsay Billings winning the girls’ individual title for the Titans.

Other local state runners-up were Northview in A-AAAAA boys’ lacrosse, St. Francis in Class A private school boys’ basketball, Fellowship Christian in Class A girls’ soccer and Mount Pisgah in A private school girls’ tennis.

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