The year 2022 was filled with many amazing stories in the local prep sports scene. It was hard to pick the top ten, as many athletes and teams stood out, according to the Prep Sports Report Staff.
Here are the top 10 stories from the 2022 local prep sports scene without further ado.
1. The Benedictine Military School football team won back-to-back Georgia High School State Association Class 4AA Championships.
The championship happened at Georgia State's Center Parc Stadium. Benedictine won its second straight Georgia Class 4A state title, which ended in a great defensive stand at the end of the game.
2. St. Andrew's School Boys basketball state champions
In a game played at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, St. Andrew's School beat John Milledge Academy by a score of 49-47 to win the Georgia Independent School Association Class 3A state title.
The Lions ended the season with a 14-game winning streak, which was the second-longest in school history. They finished the season with a 25-4 record, which was a great year. It was the Lions' first state championship since 2004, the fourth in the school's history, and the first in Class 3A.
3. The Savannah Arts Academy Cross Country team captured the GHSA Class AA Cross Country Championship.
The Savannah Arts Academy girl's team, captured the school's first-ever GHSA Class AA cross-country championship, one spot better than last season's runner-up finish in Class AAA.
4. Savannah Christian Preparatory School Girls' golf team captured the GHSA Class A state championship.
Savannah Christian won the GHSA Class A state golf championship on May 17 at Governor's Towne Club in Acworth, Ga.
The Raiders won the title by seven strokes. The team consisted of sophomore Mary Miller and freshmen Ava Cottis and Rylan Hurd.
5. The Habersham Varsity Girls Tennis team won the Georgia Association of Private & Parochial Schools (GAPPS) DI Team State Championship.
In the State Championship, the Lady Patriots defeated Grace Christian 3- The girl's team finished the season a perfect 19-0. The Patriots team consisted of Lucy Kelly, Anna Thompson, Erin Lambert, Caroline Mouchet, and Georgia Reed
6. The Habersham School boy's and girl's cross-country teams won the GAPPS Division 1 State meet at the Georgia Premier Cross Country Course in Macon, GA.
7. Savannah Christian Preparatory competitive cheerleading team won the Class A
Savannah Christian Preparatory School (SCPS) Varsity Competitive Cheer Team earned the school's first-ever Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Competitive Cheer State Championship title on November 12, 2022, at the Macon Centreplex in the 3A Classification. Last year the Raiders finished as runner's up in GHSA Class A Private.
8. Forest City Gun Club Juniors Claim Fourth State Scholastic Clay Target Program title and Third-Straight National Title
After winning their fourth Georgia state Scholastic Clay Target Program title, the Forest City Gun Club Junior Clay Sport (FCGC) team also won its third straight Scholastic Clay Target (SCTP) National Championship.
That occurred July 15-16, 2022, at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.
9. Savannah Country Day Clay Target Team
In only its fourth season, the Savannah Country Day clay target team captured the 2022 Georgia Independent Athletic Association (GIAA) General Division championship, November 16 through November 20, 2002, at the Forest City Gun Club (FCGC).
10(T). Savannah Christian senior Maggie Byrd won back-to-back GHSA Class A girls' high jump state titles.
For the second year, Maggie won the Class A Private GHSA state high jump title (5-4). Byrd tied for the fifth-highest high jump in Georgia (5-7 on April 14).
10(T). Savannah Arts Academy senior Margaret Wade won the GHSA Girl's Class AA Cross Country individual State Championship in the fall and in the spring the Gold Medal in the GHSA Class 3A 3200.
Wade won her first state cross-country title in the GHSA Class 2A race. She ran the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 27.12 seconds, almost 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Margaret Wade took first place in the spring in the GHSA track and field 3200m with a timing of 10:05.76.
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