Timeline: A Look Back

alt


SO LONG AND FAREWELL:
 The 2012-13 school year brought the retirement of several longtime coaches including, clockwise from top left, Northgate wrestling Adrian Anderson, E ast C oweta girls basketball c oach Paula Jones, Northgate boys basketball coach Mack Cain and Newnan baseball coach Kenny Morris.

Here is a look back at some of the sports highlights that happened during the 2012-13 school year:

August

Aug. 15: East Coweta opens the 2012 softball season with a 4-1 victory over Northgate in the Georgia Dugout Club Tournament. The Lady Vikings come into the season fresh off a Class AAAA state title in 2011.

Aug. 24: The Newnan Cougars get a jump on the season, kicking off the 2012 campaign a week early than most schools with a 38-29 come-from-behind victory against Marietta. East Coweta and Northgate will play their openers a week later. All three teams featured first-year starting quarterbacks as sophomore Bailey Bryant started for Newnan, junior Bryce Gemmel for East Coweta and senior Josh Harrison for the Vikings.

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 6: The East Coweta Lady Indians volleyball team end Northgate’s seven-year run as Coweta County champs, winning the title with victories over both the Lady Vikings and the Newnan Lady Cougars.

Sept. 6: In the first of three meetings between softball rivals, East Coweta pitcher Megan Chocallo lifts the Lady Indians to a 2-0 victory over Newnan.

Sept: 12: The East Coweta Indians became the second-straight victim from Coweta County to lose to Sandy Creek on the football field, falling to the Patriots 31-7. A week earlier, Newnan lost to the Patriots 38-7.

Sept. 14: Newnan Cougars put together a fourth-quarter comeback against Troup County to win 21-14 to move their record to 3-1. The Cougars had to rally for all thee wins in during the first month of the season.

October

Oct. 5: East Coweta knocks off Newnan 5-4 on the softball diamond to capture the Region 3-AAAAAA title.

Oct. 19: Newnan’s volleyball team advanced to the second-round of the Class AAAAAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over McEachern. Northgate also gets a 3-0 win over Glynn Academy on the road in Brunswick.

Oct. 18: East Coweta sweeps Colquitt County to advance to the Elite 8 softball tournament in Columbus.

Oct. 19: The East Coweta Lady Indians volleyball team was knocked out of the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament by Roswell, getting swept in three games.

Oct. 28: The Northgate Lady Vikings volley team fell to Starr’s Mill 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-20 and 25-21) at the Class AAAA Elite 8.

Oct. 31: Madras defeats Smokey Road 12-8 to win the CCMSAL football title.

November

Nov. 9: The Newnan Cougars football team defeat East Coweta 21-7 in the final regular-season game for both teams. The playoffs open the following week.

Nov. 16: The Georgia High School Association playoffs start with Newnan beating Alcovy 38-0 and East Coweta beating Newton County 25-20. Northgate took an early exit from the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs, falling to Harris County 31-14.

Nov. 17: Heritage Christian’s football team reaches its first 8-man ICSGA football championship game, playing Ballard (Ala.) Christian at Young Americans in Conyers. Ballard holds off Heritage 39-28. 

Nov. 23: Both the East Coweta and Newnan football teams ended their seasons with second-round losses in the playoffs. Newnan fell 26-23 to Colquitt County, while East Coweta dropped a 34-14 decision to Camden County.

Nov. 30: The Heritage School’s most successful football season in school history ends in the GISA Class AAA championship game against Deerfield Windsor in Albany. The Hawks came up short in a 27-19 loss. 

December

Dec. 5: Northgate’s swim team captures a team title at the annual Coweta County Championship meet at the Summit YMCA Peniston-Powell Aquatic Center.

Dec. 12: East Coweta wrestling team recaptures the “ugly rug” by winning a title at the annual Coweta County Championships.

Dec. 13: Madras Middle’s boys and Lee’s girls capture Coweta County Middle School Athletic League soccer championships.

Dec. 22: Coweta County was well represented at the first Coalition Bowl high school all-star game played at the Georgia Dome. Newnan cornerback Rodney Tennie and East Coweta kicker/punter Spencer Smith each took home team and MVP honors as their Central All-Star team won 10-0.

January

Jan. 6: Newnan defensive back Tray Matthews, who signed to play at the University of Georgia, capped his high school career with an appearance in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio. Matthews enrolled at Georgia in January and went through spring practice with the Bulldogs.

Jan. 11: East Coweta and Newnan basketball teams split their rivalry with the Cougars winning the boys game 67-58, while the Lady Indians won 50-40.

Jan.18: Heritage provides a sneak preview of its new basketball facility with a sweep over rival Trinity Christian School.The new facility will officially open for the 2013-14 season.

February

Feb. 1: Coaching her final season at East Coweta, longtime Lady Indians head girls basketball coach Paula Jones wins her 516th game with a 60-48 victory over Tri-Cities. 

Feb. 6: National Signing Day sees athletes sign Division I football scholarships at Northgate, Newnan East Coweta, The Heritage School and Trinity Christian on a landmark day for football signings.

Feb. 13: The Northgate Vikings make some basketball history with a 40-33 win over McIntosh in the Region 4-AAAAAA tournament. The win over the Chiefs clinched the program’s first trip to the state tournament and prolonged the retirement of longtime boys coach Mack Cain.

Feb. 16: Northgate wrestler Tyler Askey finished his remarkable career with his fourth state title. Askey never lost a high school match, finiwshing with a 194-0 record. The University of Virginia-bound wrestler capped his career with a 16-6 record victory over David Shavers in the finals at the Macon Colliseum.

Feb. 21: The Morrow boys defeat Newnan 63-54 in first-round of the Class AAAAA basketball tournament, while Northside-Columbus beat Northgate 64-46.

March

March 1: The East Coweta Indians baseball team begins the month of March with a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over South Forsyth. It was the third win of the year for East Coweta, which won 16 in a row to start the season and eventually earned a No. 1-ranking from the Georgia Dugout Club in Class AAAAAA.

March 15: The East Coweta boys  defeated Tucker 2-0 in a non-region soccer game to start a streak of six straight shutouts.

March 16: The Heritage School and Trinity Christian split region soccer games with the Lions and Lady Hawks earning victories.

March 16: Whitewater’s girls soccer team holds off Northgate 1-0 in Area 4-AAAAA play. Things will be a whole lot different nearly two months later when the teams meet again in the Class AAAAA state title game at the University of West Georgia.

March 25: The Newnan girls soccer team beat rival East Coweta 1-0 in the Coweta Cup. Although they lost to Northgate two days later, a tie breaking system gave the county trophy to Newnan.

April

April 13: Northgate senior Jonathan Fleckenstein leads the Vikings’ baseball team to a 13-4 win on the road at Ola to keep the Vikings’ playoffs alive.

April 16: In the opener of the three-game baseball series, East Coweta rolls past Newnan 12-1 with both teams battling for the Region 3-AAAAAA crown.

April 18: Newnan beats East Coweta 6-2 to even a best-of-three baseball series with a region title on the line.

April 20: After waiting an extra day due to rain, East Coweta wins the rubber match off its series with Newnan following a 12-5 win, eventually earning the region title by a single game in the standings. 

April 24: The Heritage School girls soccer team blanks Calvary Christian 8-0 to reach the GISA Class AAA Elite 8 with a lineup that includes just two seniors and a junior.

April 27: Westminster School of Augusta ends the Heritage School girls soccer season with a 1-0 victory in the second round of the playoffs.

April 30: All three local girls teams begin the GHSA soccer playoffs with victories as Northgate beats Lee County 5-2, Newnan beats Lovejoy 10-0, and East Coweta beat Luella 5-0.

May

May 1: The East Coweta Indians soccer team starts its playoff run with an 8-0 win over Alcovy. Newnan beat Luella 3-2 and Northgate beat Hardaway 3-2.

May 2: Northgate’s Conner Bergh and Alex Anderson scored points of the Vikings at the Class AAAAA state track and field meet. Bergh finished third in the pole vault  with a 13 feet, 6 inches mark. Anderson tied for fourth with a 12-6 finish.

May 3: East Coweta beats Rockdale and Newnan knocks off Newton, both in sweeps to open the Class AAAAAA baseball tournament. Northgate splits with Hardaway to force a third game in AAAAA.

May 4: The Vikings season comes to an end with a 6-0 loss to Hardaway in Columbus.

May 7: Northgate continues its run in the playoffs with a 3-2 second-round win over Lakesidee-Evans at the girls tournament. East Coweta falls to No. 1-ranked Harrison 5-1, while Hillgrove beats Newnan 1-0.

May 8: The Indians roll past Campbell 4-2 in the second round of the Class AAAAAA soccer playoffs. Newnan also gets a second round victory over Lowndes, winning the game 3-2. Northgate’s season ends with a 2-0 loss to Houston County.

May 8: East Coweta splits with Marietta, and Newnan splits with Tift County to force a third and deciding game in the second-round of the Class AAAAAA baseball tournament.

May 9: East Coweta extends its baseball season with a 3-2 win over Marietta. Longtime Newnan coach Kenny Morris ends his baseball coaching career with son Drew by his side in uniform as Tift County beats Newnan 5-2 in Game 3 of its second round Class AAAAAA series. Three playoff wins give Morris 469 for his career in the dugout. 

May 10: The Northgate Lady Vikings get a 1-0 victory on the road against Pope to advance to the Class AAAAA final four.

May 10: East Coweta freshman Aliah Whisby finishes second in the Class AAAAAA state high jump in Albany with a distance of 5 feet, 4 inches. 

May 11: After reaching the second round of the Class AAAAAA boys soccer playoffs, No. 2-ranked East Coweta knocks off defending state champion Lambert 3-2.

May 14: Northgate’s girls soccer team continues a string of road playoff victories with its most impressive yet. Taking on area nemesis McIntosh, the Lady Vikings rally for two goals late for a  2-1 overtime win over the two-time state champion Lady Chiefs in the state semifinals, advancing to the first soccer title in Northgate’s history.

May 14: Milton puts an end to East Coweta’s baseball season with 7-4 and 11-1 victories to sweep the Indians in the Class AAAAAA state quarterfinals. 

May 15: East Coweta’s boys soccer season comes to an end with a 3-2 loss at Berkmar in a game decided by penalty kicks. Both teams make their first six shots before Berkmar comes away with a 7-6 decision.

May 18: The Northgate Lady Vikings stun Whitewater’s top-ranked soccer team 4-1 for the Class AAAAA state championship. The team never trailed before breaking a 1-1 tie with three unanswered goals in the second half amidst a drizzling rain at the University of West Georgia. 

May 20: Heritage School golfer Annie Swords fires a 77 to win GISA Class AAA low medalist honors at the state tournament. 




More Sports

High School Baseball

Indians rise to occasion minus senior leader

East Coweta’s baseball team led off Monday with its leadoff hitter, senior Cam Smith, in a hospital bed recovering from an emergency a ... Read More


High School Baseball

Newnan starts ‘long week’ with short outing

Faced with more games than days left in the regular season, Newnan couldn’t have scripted a better start to a busy final week of baseb ... Read More


Trinity football holds inaugural fishing tourney

Some football programs sell candy bars, others hold memorabilia auctions or hold a 5K/fun run. But Trinity Christian went fishing for ideas, ... Read More


High School Track & Field

Lady Cougars, Indians top local finishers at 3-AAAAAA meet

FAIRBURN — Westlake teams ran away with Region 3-AAAAAA track championships on Saturday, but the final day of the meet brought unfinis ... Read More


High School Baseball

Weather continues to cause teams to scramble

Newnan baseball coach Marc Gilmore might have said it best Thursday night when asked about all the games his team has missed and still has t ... Read More

Lady Vikings golf team wins region title

Northgate golf teams made the most of a home course advantage for this week’s Region 4-AAAAA tournament in Newnan on Canongate 1. The ... Read More