Banks County High School had one of the best years in BLITZ’s 10-year history in 2017-18 across the board, and on Wednesday officially received the trophy in Homer. When you factor in every varsity sport, nearly all had successful seasons, earning state rankings, region titles, state playoff runs (and deep ones at that), winning seasons, etc.
Banks County represents the fifth different school to win the Cup after winning its first-ever.
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 at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year.
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.
“All of the sports put in great amounts of time to be able to win this,” says junior basketball standout Carl Cleveland. “We each care about our own sport and do the best we can.”
Senior two-sport star Jaycie Bowen echoes Cleveland’s statements on all the sports representing the school well.
“At Banks County we have this big family vibe,” says Bowen. “We are together…even if we are all different sports, we are all Banks County, we are all the Leopards. That’s a big part of how we get our confidence and keep our momentum.”
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.