After a sizzling winter sports season, we are happy to induct four teams into the BLITZ Hall of Fame (Teams) following historic seasons.
DAWSON COUNTY TIGERS
The Tigers had an unforgettable journey that resulted in a semifinals appearance, closing their 27-win season (school record) just shy of a State Championship. The boys were led by coach Chad Pittman, as he guided the team to its first-ever Final Four.
Senior Luke Chism (19 ppg, 9 rpg) and junior Jasper Gibson (19 ppg, 5 apg, 4 rpg) led a loaded roster that included guys like Campbell Reed, Ahmad Kamara, Eli Burruss, Trey Pruitt, Tate Adkins, and many others who were great this season.
The Tigers took home a Region 7-AAA Championship with a monumental win over #1-ranked GAC, who had beat them twice during the regular season and were the defending state champs. Dawson won 11 straight before the Final Four loss, and held a #2-state ranking.
RABUN CO LADY WILDCATS
CThe Lady Cats were at one point ranked #1 in the state, and rightfully so. The roster was loaded with talent, and went 14-0 in region play on the way to a regular season and tournament Region 8-AA title. The girls pulled off 26 straight wins until falling in the quarterfinals. The team consisted of all-state guard Georgia Stockton, who was coming off a BLITZ Player of the Year junior season, and Brooke Henricks, who was coming off an injury-riddled junior year. The two trended in opposite directions. Henricks had the season of her life, eclipsing 1,000 career points. Stockton battled injuries throughout, but had already hit the 1K mark as a junior. Key players included Laken Stiles, Destiny Deetz, Kaitlin Coleman, and others.
The Commerce Tigers are running a dynasty, with 12 straight state titles between duals and traditionals. Tucker Flint and Elijah Barnes both nabbed individual titles in 2019, and five other Tigers were runner-up. Kendall Love’s program is still the one to beat in Class 1A.
The Dragons made it 18 consecutive state titles when they won the Duals 3A Tournament back in January. It was a narrow win over North Hall to give them the top spot.
In Duals, Jefferson wasn’t able to win it all, but still placed third in a stacked class. The team had three champions (Ryan Hurd, Mason Mingus, Gavin London) and three finish as individual runner-up.