These teams didn’t just make history in 2019, they made DEEP DEEP runs or finished within our criteria (see HOF page) for making the BLITZ Hall of Fames Team list.
2019 BANKS CO LADY LEOPARDS
COACH: Kelby Cronic
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 3A State Champions, Region Champions, #1 State Ranking, Top-10 National Ranking
This is the third straight Lady Leopards team to be inducted. That’s because the program finished 3rd in state 2 years ago, Runner-Up last year, and dominated to a Championship this season! Tybee Denton (.423 AVG, 12 HR, 41 RBI; 29-3 W-L, 1 Save, 0.47 ERA, 412 K), Jill Martinet (.480 AVG, 9 HR, 46 RBI), and Madi Cronic (.460 AVG, 2 HR, 14 RBI) led the way.
After finishing 3rd at state in 2017, and Runner-Up in 2018, this time the girls were determined to win the final game. The playoff run was unlike any that’s ever been seen in state history. Complete domination to the tune of 97-1 as a score differential against competition. To cap it off, the Lady Leopards were forced to play the final 3 innings of the final game at home, when in Columbus rain halted their championship game with just a few frames to go. The agonizing wait was well worth it to do something no other team gets to do…win a state title in front of the home crowd.
2019 RABUN CO LADY WILDCATS
HEAD COACH: Reggie Rider
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Area Champions, 2A State Final Four, #4 State Ranking
This is crazy, because this team wasn’t our pick for Team of the Year for Fall 2019 (that honor went to Habersham Central). The roles were reversed. These Lady Cats didn’t have the record a HOF team might, but they won the games that mattered most. Destiny Deetz was one of the leaders on this stout squad that has made deep playoff runs a thing of habit lately.
2019 COMMERCE LADY TIGERS
COACH: Mark Hale
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Area 3rd Place; 1A Public State Runner-Up; #2 State Ranking
Commerce wasn’t our Team of the Year (that went to Jefferson), but a Runner-Up finish at state fits the criteria for Hall of Fame Team induction. Paden Bell, a sensational freshman, nearly won a state title individually. The girls took 3rd at area and Runner-Up at state.
2019 COMMERCE TIGERS
COACH: Mark Hale
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Area Champions; 1A Public State Champions; #1 State Ranking
Commerce wasn’t our Team of the Year (that went to Union), but you can’t deny this group that was led by State Champion Brandon Martin and Runner-Up Demarco Hernandez. A great season for the Area and State Champions!
2019 UNION CO PANTHERS
COACH: Paige Dyer
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: State Runner-Up, Region 3rd Place, #1 State Ranking
From the onset of the season, it was a #1 state ranking for Union County’s boys that meant they were going to have a great year. They did just that. Despite an upset at the region meet, where they finished 3rd, the boys went to state and behind Luke Gambrell and Hunter Hartzog, came in second.
2019 JEFFERSON LADY DRAGONS
COACH: Christy Potts
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: State Runner-Up, Region Champions, #2 State Ranking
The Jefferson competition cheer team placed second at state in the 3A classification, and earned a region championship and #2 state ranking in the process. Head coach Christy Potts guided the girls to back-to-back region titles, and took the program to a new level with this year’s state runner-up finish, which bested 2018’s version, which finished 4th.