For White County girls golf and Rabun County boys track & field, Spring 2018 saw the programs reached unprecedented heights, and in the process earn immortal status in the BLITZ Team Hall of Fame.
The teams make it the ninth and tenth added to the Team Hall of Fame group for BLITZ this school year alone. It’s not usually like that — but this has been a record year across our area in terms of team success.
RABUN CO WILDCATS TRACK & FIELD
The Wildcats finished with a decent third-place finish overall at their Region 8-AA meet, but found another level when the State Championships came around. Granted, junior Guy Gober (BLITZ Track & Field Athlete of the Year) was a large part of that success with a pair of state titles (1600 & 3200), but others contributed mightily in the efforts that led to the Wildcats being the State Runner-Up in 2018. Think about that…the third best team in their region was suddenly the second-best in the state (to region foes Elbert County). Grayson Mitchem (pole vault), Jacob Barry (400), Justin Wilkes (800) and 4×400 relay, which included Gober, all notched top-five finishes in a record weekend!
WHITE CO LADY WARRIORS GOLF
The Lady Warriors now have a pair of state championship individual golfers in sisters Caroline and Catie Craig. The latter, just a freshman, won the title with big sister, junior Caroline, finishing sixth overall. Caroline, a UGA commit, won the title a year ago as a sophomore, and is ranked the #7 golfer in the state, with Catie at #20. The team finished third, missing second place by a single stroke. Last season’s (2017) group is also included here, as the “dynasty” the girls have built continues to flourish, improving from fourth last year to third in 2018. With both Craig girls coming back next year, as well as Erin Dorsey (18th place), this program is now in the Hall of Fame for 2017-18 success, and can put the next year or two in as well. Others who were 2017 graduate Karson Kimsey and her sister before her, Candler Kimsey (2014), as well as Brittan Slaton (2014) and Hannah Wall (2015) who built this program into what it is today.