It was another outstanding school year for Gwinnett County high school sports teams.
Gwinnett brought home 18 team titles, which is up from last year when Gwinnett won 14 team titles. Counting multiple winners, individual champions brought home 36 state titles.
Greater Atlanta Christian led the way with the most team titles, winning girls basketball, girls golf, boys tennis and boys soccer championships.
The school year was also highlighted by Collins Hill. The Eagles' girls basketball team went undefeated to win their third straight state title and completed the year with a national title. Collins Hill's star player Maya Moore also racked up the accolades as she was selected Naismith Player of the Year for the second season.
Collins Hill senior Jackie Drouin also finished a remarkable career this season. Drouin won her third cross country state championship in the fall and then the 1,600 and 3,200 meter titles in track in the spring. Her three titles this year give her nine for her career, the second most in county history behind Brookwood's Marny Westphal 10 state championships. Drouin also finished with six team state titles.
The following is a season-by-season look at how Gwinnett teams did.
It was a season of repeaters as five Gwinnett teams defended their titles in the fall. Gwinnett won six team titles overall and two individual titles.
Wesleyan, Parkview and Collins Hill continued their dominance in volleyball and cross country. The Wolves won their third straight volleyball crown, while the Eagles secured their fourth straight cross country title.
Collins Hill runner Drouin won her third cross country title and Berkmar's Girma Mecheso won the boys Class AAAAA championship. Parkview locked up its third consecutive boys cross country title and Wesleyan notched its second.
The Peachtree Ridge competition cheerleading squad won its second straight state title.
In just its fourth year of existence, the Peachtree Ridge football team advanced all the way to the state finals and tied with Roswell for the championship. Hoops titles aplenty
Gwinnett County dominated the state basketball scene last winter with three teams bringing home titles.
The Collins Hill girls won their third state crown and the Norcross boys defended their title. After finishing runner-up last year, the GAC girls got their first state title since 2002.
Wesleyan freshman T.J. Mitchell (103 pounds) first made a name for himself in Macon, getting a pin to secure the Wolves' wrestling dual state title, the first in school history. Mitchell followed up that performance by becoming the first Wesleyan wrestler to win an individual state title and was one of seven Gwinnett wrestlers to do so.
Grayson's James Boatright (285) and Nathan Swanson (171), Buford's Nick Harford (140) and Collins Hill's Taylor Knapp (135) all won state
Parkview's Ryan Galloway (130) and Jesse Miller (145) were the only wrestlers to defend their state titles.
The Parkview boys swimming and diving team brought home its second straight crown, while six other individuals and four relay teams won state titles.
Peachtree Ridge's Scott Royal (200 and 500 freestyle) and Aileen Cole (50 freestyle) won titles, while Parkview's Andrew Ruffing (100 butterfly), Mill Creek's Jordan Evans (100 butterfly), Collins Hill's Jared Robinson (100 freestyle) and Dacula's Abigail Alton (100 freestyle) all won championships.
Brookwood's boys 200 medley team (Kyle Diedrich, Zach Lopez, Danny Nguyen, Stephen Swan), Parkview's boys 200 freestyle team (Andrew Ruffing, Collin Burchins, Mason Ruffing, George Partin), Grayson's boys 400 freestyle team (Ryan Pech, Andrew Kendall, Jeremy Love, Michael Brindley) and North Gwinnett's girls 200 medley team (Caroline Kenney, Megan D'Urso, Corinna Kovach, Sarah Looney) all won state titles.
GAC, soccer dominate the spring
Gwinnett County had seven teams win state titles in the spring - three of those were from GAC and three others were soccer titles.
The Spartans brought home titles in girls golf, boys tennis and soccer. The girls golf title was the first for any Gwinnett County golf program and the boys tennis title was GAC's third straight.
The GAC boys team was one of four Gwinnett soccer squads to win state titles. The Providence girls won their first state title since 1999, while the Parkview and Grayson girls tied for the Class AAAAA championship.
The Collins Hill girls defended their track and field championship, and 13 individuals brought home state titles.
Collins Hill's Jackie Drouin defended her 1,600 and 3,200 crowns, while Dacula's Eve Machovec won shot put and discus titles.
Berkmar's Julianna Smith (discus), Dacula's Erica Penk (pole vault), Wesleyan's Anne Marie Armstrong (high jump) and Meadowcreek's Brittany Hall (800) all won state
At the boys state meet, Mill Creek's Cameron Cheek (pole vault), Collins Hill's Eric Gill (discus), South Gwinnett's Larry Cooper (triple jump), Berkmar's Jerry Gross (high jump), Parkview's Marcelis Lynch (800) and GAC's Hunter Treadaway (110 and 300 hurdles) and Justin Schneider (800) won state crowns.