Sunday, June 14, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Like every other classification, Class AAAAA is divided into eight regions. But two regions clearly dominated the state titles in the 2008-09 school year.
Of the Georgia High School Association's 26 team state championships in AAAAA, 15 were won by schools in Gwinnett's two regions, 7-AAAAA and 8-AAAAA.
And truly the domination came from 7-AAAAA, which accounted for 12 of those 15 championships. Region 8-AAAAA had three team state champions - Parkview in girls soccer and boys track, and Brookwood in boys swimming.
Meanwhile 7-AAAAA teams racked up the titles, including four by Collins Hill (boys soccer, girls cross country, traditional and duals wrestling), three by Mill Creek (softball, girls golf, cheerleading) and two by Peachtree Ridge (boys cross country, boys golf).
Fellow 7-AAAAA programs Northview (boys tennis, volleyball) and Chattahoochee (girls lacrosse) also won titles.
Several of the titles not won by 8-AAAAA and 7-AAAAA were in sports where those regions don't participate heavily or at all, like slowpitch softball, riflery and gymnastics.
While the overall state-title count leaned heavily to the two Gwinnett-laden regions, the GHSA's state titles in the major sports went elsewhere.
Camden County (3-AAAAA) won football, Pope (6-AAAAA) won baseball, Wheeler (6-AAAAA) won boys basketball and Redan (2-AAAAA) won girls basketball.