HAMMOCK: Another big state title year for Gwinnett

Sports Editor Will Hammock 

Sports Editor Will Hammock 

Parkview baseball's Game 3 loss marked the official end of Gwinnett high school athletics for 2012-13, which means it's the perfect time to reflect on another state championship-laden school year.

Gwinnett won 19 team state championships (12 boys, seven girls) from a combined nine different high schools in 2012. It began in the fall season with the county's sweep of the Class AAAAAA titles in every sport but volleyball, then continued through the just-completed spring season.

It was a particularly special school year for Norcross, which had seven state championships in its long history but added four to that total this season. The Blue Devils won their first crowns in football and boys golf, then swept the boys and girls basketball trophies. That upped their basketball title haul to seven championships since 2006.

Here's a look at some other team state title figures from the 2012-13 campaign:

History at Archer

The Tigers won the first three team state championships in school history, beginning with softball in the fall and then a sweep of the wrestling titles over the winter. Only two Gwinnett schools, newcomers Lanier and Mountain View, are without a team state title in their history.

Berkmar's breakthrough

The Patriots' lone athletic state title trophies, for back-to-back boys basketball championships in 2000 and 2001, now have company in the trophy case. The school won its first soccer title last weekend with a 2-0 victory over perennial power Collins Hill.

Collins Hill shut out

Speaking of Collins Hill, it has racked up 39 team state titles in its history (fifth-most in county history) but didn't win any this school year. It's the first time the Eagles have been shut out for a school year since 1999-00.

Wesleyan, Parkview runs

Wesleyan has won at least one team state title for 13 straight school years, the longest active streak in Gwinnett. The Wolves are still a few years away from a county record, though.

Parkview won a title for 17 school years in a row from 1992-93 to 2008-09. The Panthers, thanks to boys swimming and diving and girls soccer victories in 2013, have at least one title in 20 of the last 21 school years.

Dynasties continue

A pair of high school sports powerhouses, Parkview boys swimming and diving and Wesleyan girls basketball, each won their 10th all-time state championship this school year.

Other programs with a history of success added to it as well in 2012-13.

Buford football won its ninth title and Parkview girls soccer won its eighth. Brookwood boys tennis (seven), Brookwood girls cross country (six), Greater Atlanta Christian boys basketball (six) and Buford softball (six, in a row) also maintained their status as state powers.

The Parkview boys swimmers and divers and the Wesleyan girls basketball players also moved within one state championship of the county record for most state titles by one program. That mark belongs to Brookwood boys cross country, which has 11 all-time titles.

All-time leaders

Speaking of Parkview and Brookwood, those two schools still hold the top two spots in all-time team state titles from Gwinnett.

Parkview is first with 52 and Brookwood is right behind with 50. GAC is third, Wesleyan is fourth and Collins Hill is fifth.

Sport dominance

Gwinnett is successful in a number of sports. In others, it simply dominates.

That is especially true in boys swimming and diving, as well as boys cross country. In Georgia's largest classification, county teams have won 14 boys swimming and diving team titles in a row, as well as 13 straight (and 15 of 16) boys cross country team championships.

With this school year in the books, we can all look forward to which 2013-14 teams have the best chances of adding to Gwinnett's state title success. In less than three months, that pursuit will begin for the fall sports teams, who have their work cut out for them.

After 19 team titles this school year (and six in the fall), the bar is pretty high.

Will Hammock can be reached via email at will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Thursdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/willhammock.