It's hard to believe the fall high school sports seasons are quickly coming to an end.
One thing is for certain, it sure hasn't been dull. Schools in both Clayton and Henry County have enjoyed some exciting times on the gridiron, softball field and volleyball court.
For what it is worth, here are my thoughts on the first three months of the school sports year:
Getting started on the right note: The Eagle's Landing Christian Academy Chargers haven't let their status as newcomers to the Georgia High School Association hinder their success this season. Head football coach Tim Luke has done a fabulous job preparing his football team to play each week. With only one loss on its record, the Chargers should make the playoffs. The rest of the school's athletic department has made an early impact too as the school's volleyball team won the county title and the softball team showed marked improvement late in the season.
Back to the playoffs again: The Mt. Vernon Crusaders are headed to the Georgia Christian Athletic Association playoffs. To be honest, that's not surprising. C.E. Rhoades has built a football power in the GCAA and this year is no different as the team's eight-man football team has put another high-powered offense on the field. The school's girls' volleyball team could also earn another GCAA state title this weekend. Last year, the Lady Crusaders won the state championship in volleyball, basketball and softball.
Impressive run: Winning streaks eventually end, but the Jonesboro volleyball team is riding a streak that is impressive in any record book. The Lady Cardinals head into the state tournament with a perfect regular-season record.
The Lady Cardinals have become so successful in regular-season and region tournament matches they haven't lost one in more than 60 tries. That streak dates back to the 2002 season. Jonesboro opens it third trip to the state tournament a week from Saturday against Northwest Whitfield a week from Saturday.
Eagle's Landing, which also won its region tournament, and Mt. Zion will also represent the Southern Crescent at the state volleyball tournament.
On the verge of making history: Mt. Zion head football coach Jackie Green is on the verge of a milestone: Green, who has patrolled the sidelines ever since the school opened in 1989 will clinch his 100th victory tonight if the team beats Washington High School.
That will tie him with his former boss and Riverdale High school coach Bill Kennedy for the most wins in Clayton County.
Green left Kennedy's staff to take the job at Mt. Zion.
Good news: It was good to see Henry County graduate Chris Dilbeck secure an ARCA racing deal. The freshman at the State University of West Georgia won the pro division of the Thursday Thunder racing series earlier this year. Dilbeck is one of several young racers with hopes of someday racing on the NASCAR circuit.
Garrett Liberty (Eagle's Landing Christian graduate) makes his Busch series debut this weekend, David Ragan (attended Eagle's Landing High) drives on the NASCAR Truck series, Reed Sorenson (Woodward Academy graduate) races on the Busch and ASA series, and Doug Stevens (Forest Park graduate) and Joey Clanton (Jonesboro graduate) race on various circuits too.
Doug Gorman is sports editor of the News-Daily. He can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org )