Top 10 memories of 2006 season

10. Duluth girls break losing streak

With a 40-38 win over Grayson on Nov. 22, the Duluth girls snapped a losing streak that had been over two years in the making.

9. Lending a helping hand

The GHSA always seems to need help, and during the state Final Four local county coaches showed up in droves to volunteer for the tournament.

8. The Norcross hospitality room

Already the stuff of local legend, the Norcross hospitality room for the Region 7-AAAAA tournament was again out of this world. With countless varieties of food and a whole wall of dessert, it rivals the hospitality rooms of most college and pro teams.

7. Wesleyan girls win another title ... again

For the third year in a row, Jan Azar's team proved to be the best in the state. Led by seniors Carolyn Whitney, Elise Whitney and Le Le LeSeur, the Wolves won their 15th straight state tournament game.

6. South girls catch fire

They were shocked by Shiloh in the semifinals of the region tournament, but rebounded to win their next five games and advance all the way to state championship. The Comets made it very apparent who the second best team in the state was with their postseason run.

5. Meadowcreek boys make history

Led by junior Chris Allen and super sophomore Teondre Williams, the Meadowcreek Mustangs captured their first region championship in school history with a win over defending champion South Gwinnett. The Mustangs advanced all the way to the Elite Eight before bowing out to Norcross.

4. Jodie Meeks

Not many times in the history of this county has a boys player stepped up as big as Meeks did in the state tournament. The Kentucky signee averaged 28 points a game in leading the Blue Devils to the state title, including a terrific 32-point performance in the championship game.

3. Maya Moore

It doesn't get old. Her dominance, her incredible talent will hopefully never be taken for granted while she's still playing in this county. Moore again dominated every game she was in this season and once again led her team to the Class AAAAA state championship. In three years at Collins Hill, Moore has lost three games.

2. Girls dominance

Both the AAAAA title game and the AA title game were all-Gwinnett affairs, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the best basketball in the state is played right here. Wesleyan defeated GAC in the AA championship, while Collins Hill got past South Gwinnett in the other. All four teams should be very good again next season.

1. Finally a title for Norcross

The Blue Devils had never won a state title in basketball and had only one championship in school history - a 1963 Class B baseball title. So it made their performance in the state championship that much sweeter, and it gave head coach Eddie Martin his first state championship as well. It was the perfect ending to what was a remarkable basketball season in Gwinnett County.