High School Sports

Bleckley County takes state all-sports trophy in Class 2A

The rain came early in the week and disrupted the GHSA golf tournament throughout the state, and there were those close paying attention to that tournament and its impact on the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s all-sports standings for the year.

Especially in Class 2A and in Bleckley County and Vidalia, both which qualified in girls golf with Vidalia making it in boys golf.

Class 2A, like most others, only got one day of golf in, and the Royals’ fourth-place finish in girls golf sealed Bleckley County’s title as the top sports program in the state.

Not that outgoing athletics director Benjy Rogers is celebrating yet.

“I’d like somebody that’s in charge of it to say, ‘Hey, congratulations on winning it,’ ” said Rogers, who is retiring as a full-timer at Bleckley County this month. “I know the math and all, but I’m one of those that until somebody actually calls. ... But it looks pretty good.”

The late-week baseball games with Jeff Davis and Elbert County had no impact in Class 2A racewhere Bleckley County finished with 937.5 points overall to 893.5 for Vidalia.

Bleckley County also topped the girls standings with 552.5 points, ahead of St. Vincent’s (518) and Vidalia (517).

Still, Rogers allows for a peek ahead at the inevitable.

“It’s awesome,” Rogers said. “It’s a great feeling. We’re a great nugget sitting here in Middle Georgia. It doesn’t happen by chance.”

The Royals won state titles in boys and girls cross country and boys and girls tennis, finished second in boys track and reached the semifinals in girls basketball. The girls golf team finished tied for fourth.

The GADA’s website only lists the yearly results back to 2010-11, and Bleckley County is the first Middle Georgia school in that span to win its classification’s overall director’s cup. And in that span, the Royals have finished in the top 10 each year.

“You can’t just say it’s this year,” Rogers said. “You can’t just start and all of a sudden jump to this point. We’re not just all of a sudden at this spot.

“It’s a tribute to the coaches, who work hard, the athletes, our teachers, the parents. And we’re that way in academics, too. Academics and athletics can go together.”

FPD was second and Stratford third last year in Class 1A. Stratford was No. 3 in 2014-15, while FPD in 1A and Veterans in Class 4A were No. 4 in 2013-15.

FPD also had top-5 finishes in 2012-13 and 2010-11, and was in the top 10 in 2011-12. The Vikings are currently 11th overall and that’s unlikely to change with baseball.

Veterans is seventh in Class 5A, finishing in the top 10 for the sixth straight year.

West Laurens is No. 10 in Class 4A. Dodge County will finish fifth in Class 2A.

Other top 10s in their respective classes: Veterans girls, seventh; West Laurens boys ninth; Dodge County boys, third; Bleckley County boys eighth; Stratford girls, fifth.

Baseball is the final sport to be completed, and Tattnall Square is the only remaining area team. If the Trojans win the Class 1A private baseball title, they’ll move up from 48th overall to about 29th, and from 42 to in the top 20 in boys sports.

Georgia Athletic Directors Association

Director’s Cup Standings

Total teams scoring is in parentheses

As of 2 p.m., Thursday

Class 6A

Overall (58)

27. Houston County, 477.3

37. Northside, 315

Boys (58)

26. Houston County, 261

28. Northside, 240

Girls (54)

27. Houston County, 216.3

45. Northside, 75

Class 5A

Overall (58)

7. Veterans, 835

20. Jones County, 523

37. Warner Robins, 247

Boys (57)

11. Veterans, 373

24. Jones County, 239

38. Warner Robins, 152

Girls (55)

8. Veterans, 462

18. Jones County, 284

42. Warner Robins, 95

Class 4A

Overall (55)

10. West Laurens, 718.5

12. Mary Persons, 690.3

19. Perry, 470

20. Upson-Lee, 451

27. Baldwin, 401.5

50. Howard, 196

Boys (52)

9. West Laurens, 421.5

13. Upson-Lee, 351

17. Mary Persons, 309

21. Perry, 275

23. Baldwin, 255.5

50. Howard, 196

Girls (53)

11. Mary Persons, 381.3

15. West Laurens, 297

25. Perry, 195

33. Baldwin, 146

37. Howard, 132

44. Upson-Lee, 100

Class 3A

Overall (58)

12. Peach County, 633

34. Central, 329.5

40. Westside, 271.5

47. Rutland, 178.4

Boys (55)

13. Peach County, 316

31. Westside, 175

35. Central, 154

44. Rutland, 100

Girls (57)

15. Peach County, 317

29. Central, 175.5

45. Westside, 96.5

49. Rutland, 78.4

Class 2A

Overall (61)

1 Bleckley County, 937.5

5. Dodge County, 754.4

12. Lamar County, 572

25. East Laurens, 459

28. Washington County, 406

31. Dublin, 366

32. Monticello, 352

38. Putnam County, 277

51. Northeast, 168

61. Southwest, 60.4

Boys (60)

3. Dodge County, 441

8. Bleckley County, 385

21. Washington County, 244

22. Dublin, 239

23. Lamar County, 239

30. Monticello, 183

36. East Laurens, 159

39. Putnam County, 145

44. Northeast, 98

55. Southwest, 50

Girls (59)

1. Bleckley County, 552.5

12. Lamar County, 333

13. Dodge County, 313.4

15. East Laurens, 300

29. Monticello, 169

31. Washington County, 162

36. Putnam County, 132

37. Dublin, 127

53. Northeast, 70

59. Southwest, 10.4

Class 1A

Overall (100)

9. Stratford, 726

11. FPD, 703

16. GMC, 604

35. Taylor County, 369

38. Mount de Sales, 356

42. Hawkinsville, 334

48. Tattnall Square, 320

54. Macon County, 288.5

65. Twiggs County, 174.5

67. Hancock Central, 170

71. Crawford County, 156

73. Wilkinson County, 153

93. ACE, 54

Boys (90)

14. Stratford, 302

15. FPD, 313

23. GMC, 247

24. Taylor County, 246

28. Macon County, 235.5

34. Mount de Sales, 210

42. Tattnall Square, 184

52. Hawkinsvile, 138

63. Twiggs County, 105.5

65. Hancock Central, 100

65. Wilkinson County, 100

70. Crawford County, 87

Girls (90)

5. Stratford, 424

12. FPD, 390

14. GMC, 357

32. Hawkinsville, 196

44. Mount de Sales, 146

48. Tattnall Square, 136

52. Taylor County, 123

75. Hancock Central, 70

76. Crawford County, 69

76. Twiggs County, 69

80, ACE, 54

83. Macon County, 53

85. Wilkinson County 53

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