And, the state titles keep on coming – the year in sports!
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Jun 1, 2013, 00:17
The area continued the trend of claiming state championships during the 2012-13 school year. In fact, the area teams claimed six different state titles and were in the mix for several others. Bay High, Hancock, Our Lady Academy and St. Stanislaus all claimed at least one state championship during the year.
The Bay High Lady Tigers claimed the Class 4A girls state basketball championship in March with a perfect 36-0 record. They ended the season as top overall girls’ basketball team in Mississippi. It was Bay High’s fifth trip to the state finals (2002-05, 2013) and their eighth trip to the state tournament under head coach Debbie Triplett. The Lady Tigers previously won the Class 4A state championship in 2003 and 2005. The Lady Tigers also claimed the Division 8-4A title and the Class 4A South State title along the way.
The Bay High Steppers continued their storied tradition in the dance competition claiming titles in two different disciplines of dance earlier this school year. The Steppers have won multiple state titles in the different disciplines of dance sanctioned by the MHSAA over the years.
In other sports, the Tigers continued the winning ways of the area. In football, the Tigers enjoyed their greatest year in history on the gridiron as they went 10-2 and advanced to the Class 4A South State semi-finals. The Tigers finished as Division 8-4A runner-up, as well. In boys’ basketball, the Tigers advanced to the second round of the Class 4A South State tournament.
In soccer, the Tigers won the Division 8-$4A title and advanced to the state playoffs while the Lady Tigers also enjoyed a state playoff appearance. In tennis, the Tigers had team members advance to the individual state tournament while track and field sent several qualifiers to the regional and south state meets.
The Hancock Hawks claimed two state titles during the year as bowling claimed the school’s first-ever title in that sport and girls’ golf won the Class III state title after finishing as state runner-up the previous year.
In other post-season action, the volleyball team claimed the Division 8-Class III title and advanced to the state playoffs. However, they were not able to advance to the state finals but have claimed a state title in 2010 in the sport.
In tennis, the Hawks had team members compete in the individual state tournament while track and field had a bronze medal winner at the state meet in DJ Riley in the 800m run. Both the girls’ and boys’ golf teams won the Division 8 title and the boys placed fifth in the state meet.
The baseball team advanced to the state playoffs as the #3-seed from Division 8 while the Lady Hawks advanced to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs as the #3-seed from Division 8.
The Our Lady Academy Crescents won their seventh volleyball state championship in late October when they defeated Lewisburg to reclaim the trophy. The Crescents also won their 14th consecutive Division 8 title en route to the championship. The Crescents have a storied tradition in volleyball having won state titles in 2002-03 and 2006-09 and competed in state finals 2001-03 and 2006-12.
The Crescents also competed in the Class 3A state cross country meet where they placed in the top 10. In soccer, the Crescents won the Division 8 title for the 16th consecutive time but were upset in the Class 3A South State championship game at home 1-0 in a second round shootout loss to Sacred Heart. Prior to that loss, OLA had played in every state final dating back to 2000 and have won 10 state championships in girls’ soccer.
In tennis, the Crescents joined with St. Stanislaus to win the Class 4A South State title and finish as state runner-up in Class 4A team competition. The mixed doubles team of Emiliy McGinity and Tory Galvin finished the season as the Class 3A state runner-up at the individual state tournament. OLA also advanced to the second round of the Class 3A state softball playoffs after advancing as the #3-seed from Division 8. And, the Crescents claimed two medals at the Class 3A state track meet when Shelby McConnell won silver in the pole vault and Nikki Reeder won bronze in the 100m hurdles.
The Pass Christian Pirates did not claim a state title but competed in the post season in several sports throughout the year. The Lady Pirates placed in the top 10 in Class 3A in cross country this past year and Regen McGee won the overall individual state title in the sport.
Both soccer teams also advanced to the state playoffs following the season. In basketball, both squads advanced to the state playoffs following the division tournament. The Pirates were the Division 8 champions while the Lady Pirates were the Division 8-3A runners-up. The Pirates advanced to the Class 3A state tournament but fell in the state semi-finals.
In softball, the Lady Pirates were the #2-seed in Division 8 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs while the Pirates did the same thing in baseball.
The Lady Pirates finished third in the team standings at the Class 3A state track meet. Regen McGee won two gold medals (1600m, 3200m) while Devin McGee won silver in the 800m. Ian Story was the lone participant in the boys’ state meet in the 3200m run.
The St. Stanislaus Rock-a-chaws claimed their second Class 4A state championship in cross country and started the year off with a title. The Rocks won the Division 8-4A title for the third consecutive season and their previous state title in the sport came in 1991.
The Rocks also won the Division 8-4A title in basketball and advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs. SSC also advanced to the Class 4A state soccer playoffs after gaining the #2-seed from Division 8-4A.
In tennis, the Rocks combined with OLA to claim their 16th consecutive Division 8-4A title and the Class 4A South State title. The SSC/OLA tennis team finished the season as the Class 4A state runner-up falling to New Albany in the state finals. However, Walker Laseter won the Class 4A state boys’ single title at the individual state tournament.
In track and field, the Rocks won the Division 8-4A and Region 4-4A titles, placed second at Class 4A South State and Class 4A state runner-up. Wyatt Scott won a gold medal in the 3200m run while Bingham Wikoff was the silver medalist in the 1600m. Tom Burcham won the bronze medal in the 1600m run and Gavin Gros won the bronze in the 800m run. Robert Edwards claimed the silver medal in the pole vault.
In golf, the Rocks hoisted the Division 8-4A title and hosted the Class 4A state championships at The Oaks in Pass Christian. The Rocks finished as Class 4A state runner-up by just three strokes after a rain-shortened match.
The Rocks placed third in the state sailing championships after winning the last two state titles in the sport.
SSC made an electrifying playoff run in baseball after tying for the Division 8-4A title in the regular season but earned the #2-seed following a run differential tie-breaker. The Rocks advanced to the Class 4A South State championship series against Newton County after defeating three of the state’s top five ranked Class 4A teams in North Pike, Mendenhall and top-ranked West Lauderdale.
The area teams experienced many deep runs in the state playoffs for the various sports throughout the year. Bay High, Hancock, Our Lady Academy, Pass Christian and St. Stanislaus all enjoyed success in multiple sports during the year. There was six state championships, three south state titles, two regional titles and 15 division titles claimed by the area’s teams.