Mustangs riding high into state

By Doug Gorman

The Morrow Mustangs boys basketball team is returning to the state tournament for the sixth straight year.

Morrow started the ride in 1999. In 2002, Morrow joined Jonesboro as one of the team's in Class AAAAA Final Four.

Remember when: It's been since 1996 that the Mt. Zion Lady Bulldogs made it to the state basketball tournament. Until qualifying for this year's event, it's also the only time Mt. Zion has played in the big dance.

Mt. Zion posted a 20-9 record that season, but was knocked out of the first round of the state tournament after a 58-35 loss to Warner Robins. Mt. Zion was led that year by Danielle Fenderson, who was just a junior. Fenderson ended her career with 1,554 points.

That Mt. Zion team was coached by Butch Prosser, who is now head football coach at McIntosh.

Getting used to going to state: Up until the 2001-02 season, the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals had made state only twice in school history with the last appearance coming in 1967.

But the Lady Cardinals have turned their fortunes around as this year marks the third season in a row the team will be headed to the state tournament.

The Jonesboro boys have been a similar situation. Up until the 2001-02 season, the boys had only been to state once, in 1989, but have made state three years straight.

Forest Park Christian girls win third GCAS title: The Forest Park Christian Lady Patriots won their third-straight GACS Class A state championship over the weeekend with a 57-48 victory over the Faith Christian Lady Crusaders at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula.

Senior Jamenda Whitehead was named the tournament MVP.

Eighth grader Chase Morgan was named to the all-tournament team.

The Patriots junior varsity boys team finished as state runner-up.

The Forest Park Christian boys varsity team placed fourth in state with a season record of 14-1. Eighth grader James Whitehead Jr. was named to the all-tournament team.