Local sports 2012 in review

December 26, 2012 

It’s never ceases to amaze at how a relatively small area can produce so many memorable moments on fields and courts. Here are 10 from the past year that seemed especially significant.

Feb. 17: Warner Robins girls and Northside boys win Region 1-AAAA titles in basketball. For the Demonettes, its their second straight. Northside’s boys won when Jarius Smith scored at the buzzer.

April 20: In a classic winner-take-all showdown, the Veterans boys soccer team down Howard 4-2 in the Region 2-AAA finale for both teams. As a result, the Warhawks earn their first region championship. Not to be outdone, the Veterans girls also wrap up a 9-0 region season the same night and also win their first title.

April 24: Houston County wins its seventh region title in eight years with a 6-0 rout of Bainbridge, but the Bears can’t get past the Sweet Sixteen in the playoffs.

April 27: Perry graduate Casey Hayward is selected in the second round of the NFL draft by Green Bay. In his initial season, Hayward is making noise as a possible defensive rookie of the year candidate with six interceptions as of the team’s 14th game.

May 5: Asha Stegall of Warner Robins runs 55.81 in the finals to win the 400-meter dash at the GHSA Class AAAA state meet. Stegall, then a junior, also finished seventh in the 200.

May 26: The Westfield baseball team drops the rubber game of the GISA Class AAA championship series to Tattnall Square Academy, 7-2. The Hornets were shooting for their second straight title. Tattnall and Westfield split nail-biting 2-1 decisions in the first two games of the season.

Aug. 4-5: Thomson Middle eighth-grader Cassondra Hall doubles in the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston. Her time of 11.76 in the 100 would have been good enough to win 3-of-5 classifications at the GHSA state meet.

Aug. 10: Tennessee defeats Georgia, 1-0, in the championship game of the Little League Southeast Regional tournament before an announced crowd of over 8,000.

Nov. 2: Northside edges Warner Robins 35-28 in The Big Game. The Nov. 2 game date is the latest in almost a decade, meaning the game decided the Region 2-AAAAA champion.

Nov. 21: Houston County head football coach and director of athletics Greg Robinson resigns his position after five years at the post.

Dec. 7: One week after avenging a 2011 playoff loss to Tucker, Northside can’t sustain the magic, losing in overtime at Ware County.

There are plenty of other highlights -- and lowlights -- from 2012. What did I miss?

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