It was indeed the “Year of the Leopard” as Banks County High School stood atop all of our local schools when the dust settled, winning its first BLITZ Cup trophy with 201 total points, edging Commerce (193) and Rabun County (179).
The BLITZ Cup had gone to Rabun in back-to-back-to-back years from the 2014-15 to the 2016-17 seasons. Banks County represents the fifth different school to win the Cup, and its 201-point total is the highest ever in nine years, besting Rabun’s 180 points in 2014-15. Commerce also surpassed the previous record by Rabun, and the latter came up with almost that many this time around too.
It was not just a record year for Banks County, but all schools as a whole produced six schools that topped 100 points or more in the BLITZ Cup standings, a record number.
The BLITZ Cup is awarded annually since 2009-10 to one school in our coverage area that finishes the school year with the highest point total. Points are awarded for any and all sports, with points earned for winning seasons, region titles, state playoff berths, state rankings, Player of the Year awards and more!
The BLITZ Cup, previously a different trophy each year presented to the winning school, was redesigned by Bob & Ted’s Trophy in Clarkesville to be a mobile award that will have the new winner etched on it, with the winning school claiming the trophy for one year until a new champion is named! Banks County wins the rights to display the trophy until a new champion is named.
Banks led from the get-go after an incredible fall season that saw the softball team advance to the state semifinals, and the boys (state champions) and girls cross country (runner-up) programs had a sensational season. Even the football team, despite a 5-6 overall mark, made the state playoffs. Banks held a slim 76-74 point lead over Rabun heading into the winter season.
Banks County basketball was as strong as ever, with the girls advancing to the Elite 8 and the boys to the Sweet 16. At the conclusion of the winter sports season, Banks’ lead had expanded to 126-96 over second-place Commerce, as Rabun had dropped to third overall.
The spring saw the tennis programs both advance to the Elite 8 and the boys track and field program posting a 4th place state finish. While the baseball team, both soccer teams and both golf squads didn’t make state, the early success of fall and winter sports kept Banks County afloat until all the points were tallied up.
FINAL BLITZ CUP STANDINGS
Tallulah Falls………..101 (42-point handicap)%
Towns County………….82 (27-point handicap)%
%Handicaps are made for schools with fewer programs than the other schools in our area. With less programs, they are unable to make as many total points.