Because of roster turnover, the prospect of repeating as a state champion in any high school sport is difficult.
Yet Tattnall Square is two wins away from repeating as GHSA Class 1A private school baseball champion, even with new faces in some places, especially in the role of Game 1 starter.
“It’s a new team every year,” Tattnall head coach Joey Hiller said after Wednesday’s Class 1A private semifinal sweep of Holy Innocents. “We’ve relied on the leadership of the guys who were on last year’s team. They’ve done a good job. We answered a lot of questions we had coming into the season, and this is our goal, to be state champions.”
That state championship opportunity will come next week, when Tattnall takes on Savannah Christian. The GHSA will release sites and game times Friday morning, but this series is expected to be played at Grayson Stadium, the longtime home for minor-league baseball in Savannah and current home to the Coastal Plain League’s Savannah Bananas.
The GHSA adopted a neutral site policy for the state baseball finals this season, with four classes playing in Savannah and the other four playing in Rome. Had the former power point system been used, Savannah Christian would have hosted the title series.
Doubleheaders will be played Wednesday and Thursday. Game 3s, if needed , will wake place June 27.
Two schools in Houston County have had a busy week with signings.
Veterans and Northside each held signing ceremonies Thursday.
Northside celebrated three signings: Alexia Galloway to Brewton-Parker for women’s basketball, Josh Card to East Georgia for baseball and Jalyiah Lynch to Brewton-Parker for women’s basketball and softball.
Galloway led the Demons with a 13.2-point average until a season-ending injury late in the year. Card batted .402 and was region player of the year last year and all-region in 1-6A this year. Lynch was an all-region basketball player and three-year starter in softball.
At Veterans, Ana Thorne signed a golf scholarship with Point and Carrington Kee signed to play women’s basketball at Brewton-Parker.
Other signings this week: Northeast’s Kamare Ways with Georgia Southern in track & field; Tattnall Square’s Ahmad Barron with Reinhardt in football; Houston County track standout Jaylah Bailey with Mississippi State; and Jared Johnson of Peach County with Chattahoochee Valley Community College for basketball.
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John Stanley is changing jobs, but he’ll still be busy with basketball at Bleckley County.
Stanley was replaced as boys head coach by Randall Owens, who is joining the Royals’ athletics department from Baldwin, where he was girls basketball head coach as well as a football assistant.
Stanley will be Owens’ assistant and continue as assistant to girls basketball head coach Jenny Manning.
Stacy Nobles was approved to add the title of assistant athletics director to go along with his job as a football assistant.
Also approved at Tuesday’s board of education meeting, according to the Bleckley Progress, was Teresa Gray as the new softball head coach, Dave Wiegert as golf head coach, and Jimmy Williams as boys soccer head coach.
▪ Former Westfield girls basketball head coach and Stratford assistant Cass Cassell is back in charge.
The winner of nearly 800 games was named as girls basketball head coach at Eagle’s Landing Christian on Thursday.