You get a state title, and you get a state title and you get a state title!
It rained state championships in Atlanta Public Schools (APS) this basketball season as the district was the only school system in the state to have two separate schools win a title on the varsity level and one junior varsity title as well.
The Atlanta Wolfpack, the APS wheelchair basketball team, defeated the Houston County Sharks, 40-22, to win the junior varsity wheelchair basketball state championship on March 4, at Hull Middle School in Duluth (Gwinnett County). The Sharks had defeated the Wolfpack in previous meetings between the two teams, but the APS squad – made up of players from Carver, Douglass, and South Atlanta High School, as well as Long Middle School and Perkerson Elementary School – would not be denied this year.
Five days later on March 9, the Mays girls defeated Harrison (Cobb County), 52-51, to win the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Class AAAAAA basketball state championship at Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. The Raiders were led, as they were throughout the season, by senior guard Kamiyah Street, who scored 26 points. She made four-of-six free throws in the game’s final minute to help seal the win against the Hoyas, who kept the game close all night.
Then on March 11, the South Atlanta boys led from start to finish and put an emphatic exclamation point on its season with a 68-33 win over Swainsboro (Emanuel County) in the Class AA state title game. The Hornets led by 14 points at halftime and never looked back. South Atlanta was led in scoring by Devonta Pullins with 20 points and Jalen Stegall added 15. The Hornets sealed the deal this season after coming up a bit short previously. They lost to Morgan County in the state semifinals last season and again to Morgan County in the 2015 quarterfinals. But this year, South Atlanta closed the deal in style.
Congrats to our three state champions in basketball!
Atlanta Wolfpack: Ja’Kobe Pearson, a freshman at Douglass; Willie Jackson, a senior at Carver; Ouyona Underwood, a junior at South Atlanta; Jarvis Wallace, a sophomore at South Atlanta; Jartavious Wallace, a sixth grader at Long Middle School and Jakamron Wilkerson, a fifth grader at Perkerson Elementary School. The team is coached by Jimmy Roberts, kindergarten paraprofessional at Perkerson.
Mays: Seniors Brandi Heard, Kamiyah Street, Kendall Pack and Sierra Loving; juniors Denea Evan, Demeesha Wallace and Meesha Wallace; and sophomores Kyra McWhorter, Jade Bell, Chardae Bell and Natoria Hill. The team is coached by Chantay Frost.
South Atlanta: Seniors Frank Bailey, Acey Brown, Antonio Gay, Freeman Jordan, Devonta Pullins, Demontay Roberts and Tyler Thornton; juniors Dondre Barnes and Jalen Stegall; and freshman Ja’Quavian Florence. The team is coached by Michael Reddick.