The Heritage Patriots defeated the Pope Greyhounds 11-4 at Rome’s State Mutual Stadium to claim its first state championship in program history.

Two local high schools cracked the Top 20 for their respective classifications in the annual Director’s Cup, awarded by the GADA.

Eastside was named Class AAAA’s No. 14 ranked high school athletically with 626 points. The Eagles finished second to Woodward Academy. amongst its fellow Region 4 opponents. The Boys athletics finished third behind Woodward and Druid Hills while the girls finished in second.

Awarded points by making the playoffs, the Eagles were highlighted by three Elite 8 runs by the football team, the girls soccer team and the girls tennis team. The Eagles also received points from the girls softball team, the boys baseball team, boys and girls golf, as well as boys and girls soccer.

The Eagles’ 626 points are 114 more than they received in 2018, where they finished 22nd overall.

In Class AAAAAA it was Heritage landing inside the Top 20 with a 17th place finish with 664 points. The Patriots finished third against fellow Region 3 opponents. The boys finished with 349 points while the girls finished with 315 points.

The Patriots were highlighted by their state baseball championship and their boys basketball and girls soccer Final Four appearances. The girls softball team’s run to the Elite 8 falls alongside the Patriots’ girls basketball and boys soccer teams’ playoff appearances, as well as girls tennis and boys and girls track.

In Class AAAAAAA, Rockdale County took home 37th place and third overall in Region 8, trailing only Grayson and Archer. The Bulldogs’ girls basketball team’s run to the Elite 8 and girls’ soccer’s run to the Sweet 16 highlighted the 2018-19 athletics.

Newton finished last in Region 8 and finished 45th overall in 7A. In Class 4A, Salem finished in 53rd.

Sports Editor

A 2017 graduate of the University of North Georgia, Colin joined the Rockdale/Newton Citizen in March of 2018 as the papers' full-time sports editor. A 2013 graduate of Jackson County High School, Colin received a golf scholarship to Andrew College.

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