We don’t know about you, but we really don’t know what to do with ourselves in the summer.
Stuck between spring sports and the kickoff of football, it’s just sort of a weird time for us. We mostly just read old List columns from last football season and dream of late August.
It’s also time for us to pack up our collections of pictures, media guides and Herschel Walker bobbleheads here at The List HQ and leave you, our beloved readers.
But before we do that, we wanted to engage once more with a look back at the school year that was and some reminiscing about our 10 favorite things that happened.
10. Basketball semifinals at Tech
This may sound like gushing, but what a cool atmosphere for high school hoops. That new McCamish Pavilion is quite a bit more open and brighter than the old place, and it’s still intimate enough where you don’t feel like you’re in an airplane hangar watching basketball. Georgia Tech got this one right.
9. Buford football back on top
There’s something soothing about a dynasty, and we just don’t get that many of them in football. Three in a row has been done to death, but only West Rome had posted four before the Wolves. And now they have five out of six, joining Lincoln County and Thomas County Central as the only teams to do that. How about six out of seven? Who’s gonna stop them?
8. Kell’s Kendell Williams setting state mark
The state track meets don’t bring us individual state records all the time, but Williams isn’t just any track athlete. A talented heptathlete, the Georgia signee dominated the field to post a state-record 13.23 in the 100-meter hurdles, the first record set in the event at the state meet since 2006. It would take us 13.23 minutes to complete that event, if we didn’t get stuck in a hurdle.
7. Miller Grove boys hoops keeps rolling
It’s amazing what coach Sharman White has built down there at Miller Grove. The Wolverines had never won a state title before 2009, and now they’ve won five straight. Yes, five straight. Who does that? Well, nobody in this state. Not until Miller Grove, that is. One more ties them for the seventh-most by anyone, anywhere, any time.
6. Jefferson gets its first football title
Weren’t too many who picked this one. Calhoun, playing in its fifth straight state title game, was supposed to be the new Buford … after, ya know, beating Buford. But the Dragons ignored all that and not only beat Calhoun but did it by more than two touchdowns, handing the Yellow Jackets their only loss of the season and first in 29 games.
5. Kevin Ware injury aftermath
OK, hear us out … Yes, we were as horrified as anyone by the injury to the Rockdale County High grad during the NCAA Tournament. But how great was it to see him get the recognition he deserved afterward, for his leadership and abilities since he’s gotten to Louisville? We’ve always thought a lot of Ware around here, and now he’s got a national championship ring to look at while he works to hopefully come back.
4. Juniors chasing football records
We definitely learned last year that Cedartown’s Nick Chubb and Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson are pretty darn fun to watch play. And then we quickly realized that, despite all these records they were throwing up, they were both only juniors, so we got another year to see them play. And maybe they’ll just own all the records for their positions by the time they’re done. That’d be OK by us.
3. Lovett volleyball pulls upsets in AA
The Lions weren’t a bad program or anything, but with no state titles to their credit, a No. 4 seeding and programs like Wesleyan and Westminster (12 combined titles) staring them down, nobody really expected them to make a run. But make a run they did, first through Wesleyan on the Wolves’ home court, then past rival Westminster to take home the unexpected crown. Ain’t surprises great?
2. Redan wins baseball title
We love when anybody wins a championship, but we’re huge suckers for when those wins have historical significance too. As the number of African-Americans playing baseball has dwindled at the pro level, we’ve seen the same thing happening locally. That’s why Redan becoming the first all-black metro-Atlanta team to win a GHSA title matters. Very cool, Raiders.
1. Gainesville winning in AAAAA football
OK, who was surprised to learn that Gainesville hadn’t won a single GHSA state title before 2012 (their only other one was in 1925)? This is a program with a nearly .700 all-time winning percentage and 28 region titles in seventy bazillion years of playing football. Seeing Gainesville shed the label of “Arguably the best program not to have a state championship” was pretty nice, we have to admit. Who’s at the top of that list now?
Now we want to know what you think. What were your favorite things about 2012-13? What all did we forget about, in all our excitement? Will you miss The List and its occasionally mildly amusing irreverence? Let us know here in the comments or on Twitter at @ajcprepsports, and have a great summer.