Cook FLAMEthrower Kaleb Cowart (97 mph) stands between Calhoun baseball and PERFECT season

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Calhoun High’s baseball team is swinging for one of the most improbable accomplishments in high school athletics.

Calhoun is 33-0 and will try to complete an undefeated season when it plays at Cook for the Class AA state championship on Monday. Baseball may be the most difficult team sport to complete a season of perfection because one good opposing pitcher can single-handily shut down anyone. Cook is led by pitcher Kaleb Cowart, who has been clocked at 97 mph and will likely be the first Georgia player selected in the MLB draft on June 7.

Calhoun narrowly won Game 2 vs. Lovett in semifinals (Ryan Gibson Photography)

Calhoun narrowly won Game 2 vs. Lovett in semifinals (Ryan Gibson Photography)

Back to Calhoun: The team’s special season has been documented by photographer Ryan Gibson with photos and short essays. Click here to see the blog at

Gibson is a Calhoun native who has worked in commercial and editorial photography for two years, and always had a passion for baseball.

“Having a family, there was no way I could commit to following any kind of minor -league team,” Gibson said. “I actually had no plans to do my project this season as I have been extremely busy with little free time … Early in February, I spoke with a friend (a mother of one of the Calhoun players) who told me that if I was going to do my project, it had to be done this year. With seven seniors returning from a team that made it to last year’s quarterfinals, this was destined to be a special year.”

YOUR TURN: Will Calhoun will the state championship? And will they be able to do it without losing a game to Cook?

22 comments Add your comment


May 30th, 2010
10:07 pm


Darrick Rogers

May 30th, 2010
10:18 pm

The Calhoun baseball team is so good because I supplied the whole team and athletic department with steroids!! Go Jackets


May 30th, 2010
10:19 pm

Good pitching always beats good hitting. Calhoun loses in the south Georgia heat due to the excellent pitching of Cook.


May 30th, 2010
11:46 pm

Calhoun will be state champions but not undefeated.


May 31st, 2010
7:02 am

Cook co. also has pitcher named Johnson that will beat you. Look for cook to win out in two.


May 31st, 2010
8:17 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

Johnny Alan

May 31st, 2010
8:31 am

If Cook Co. is so good why are they 30-3?


May 31st, 2010
8:48 am

Berrien was 31-0 in 1988 and won the state championship. Undefeated seasons in baseball are extremely rare.

And Valdosta State’s Lady Blazers are playing today for the D-II National Championship in softball against Hawaii-Pacific.

We are proud of these accomplishments down here in the nothingness around Valdosta.


May 31st, 2010
9:14 am

Evans High School went undefeated for three and half years winning three straight state titles in the largest classification Georgia offered at that time (AAAA) during 1988-1991… yes, all of us remember Harlem getting in our way of breaking the nation’s longest winning streak in high school baseball. Kudos to Harlem, but more importantly what an accomplishment by Coach Holder and the teams he coached during that time. That particular winning streak in Georgia will be tough to beat.

Avid Hahira/Valdosta Braves Fan

May 31st, 2010
9:40 am

Go all the way Lady Blazers and Cook High Hornets!!!!!!!!!!


May 31st, 2010
10:16 am

Wow !!!!!!!!
Go Calhoun !!!!!!


May 31st, 2010
10:38 am

If you are going to use my name as cover, then please try and spell it right.


May 31st, 2010
10:58 am

COOK CO. in three.

Darrick Rogers

May 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

Oooooppppssss my bad! I am so messed up that I forgot how to spell my name correctly. Wait…..Mr. Nash paid me off to start spelling my name a new way!


May 31st, 2010
12:37 pm

you peek a spanny?


May 31st, 2010
3:00 pm

Cook lost one game in the playoffs by one run, lost to a flordia power early in the season and lost 3-2 to AAAAA lowndes………………… so yea there pretty good and will win state.

Track and field fan

May 31st, 2010
3:53 pm

Calhoun Yellowjackets: where most of the players are from Calhoun Ga


May 31st, 2010
6:26 pm

AJC- if u do delete posts (which I know u do) because mine was deleted but you allow people to use my name as a cover??


June 1st, 2010
5:21 pm

Johnny Alan

June 1st, 2010
7:55 pm

How bout them APPLES, Calhoun put out the Flamethrower.

Titus Andronicus

June 1st, 2010
8:04 pm

From the bottom of this Berrien High alum’s heart, a hardy congratulations to Calhoun.

Then again, I believe I would be rooting for Florida or Georgia Tech over Cook.


June 2nd, 2010
6:18 pm

Atleast Cook made it this far with homegrown talent and didn’t have to recruit their players, and use steroids on top that. GO COOK.