The Monroe girls track & field team, seen here this past spring holding up four fingers to signify the program’s four-peat as the GHSA Class AAA state champs, was just one of several area programs to win state titles in 2012. That list includes the Deerfield football team, the Westwood baseball and girls tennis teams, and the Crisp Academy girls basketball team. (Herald file photo)
There is nothing in high school sports quite like winning a state championship, and Southwest Georgia had its share of state champs in 2012.
There was none bigger Monroe’s fourth consecutive GHSA girls track & field title that once again was propelled by Clemson signee Mimieux Land, who won her ninth individual state title to cap one of the single greatest careers in the history of Georgia prep track & field.
Crisp Academy’s girls basketball team, led by All-State center Madi Mitchell, won its second consecutive GISA Class A state title, beating out rival Westwood for the second year in a row.
Westwood and Crisp also met for the second year in a row for the GISA Class A baseball state title, and this time it was the Wildcats of Camilla’s turn to celebrate as they won a wild three-game series against the Wildcats of Cordele, who were the defending state champs.
Westwood, however, wasn’t done as the Lady Wildcats’ tennis team won its second straight state title behind four-time Herald Player of the Year Sydnee Smith.
The autumn was special for the kids at Deerfield-Windsor, where head coach Allen Lowe’s bunch went unbeaten in the state of Georgia (13-1 overall, with their only loss coming to a team from Florida) and won their third state title in five years, capturing the GISA Class AAA championship at home at Webb Memorial, where Kh’Ron McClain ran for 202 yards and broke Georgia Tech RB Tony Zenon’s single-season rushing record in a 27-19 win against Heritage.
There’s nothing like a state title, and that’s why the state champion seasons at Monroe, Crisp, Westwood and Deerfield are The Herald’s No. 6 sports story of 2012.