It's just more of the same for a school that has long dominated the spring sports scene. Spalding has posted 25 spring team region championships since 2004 — or about 2.7 every year. While boys golf has won six, baseball has five followed by the girls soccer and girls tennis teams with four each, and boys tennis and girls track with two each, as well as boys soccer and boys track with one each.
This year's total matches last year's haul of four team championships. Both, however, are a distant second to 2006 when SHS captured an amazing six championships — baseball, boys golf, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls tennis and boys tennis.
This tear's run started with the Greg Crawford-coached boys tennis team which claimed its first and only other region championship since 2006 on the afternoon of April 19 by defeating Sandy Creek 3-1 in the Region 4-AAA finals at the Gerald A. Matthews complex in Lovejoy, Ga.
A few hours later (after deadline), the Mickey Moody-coached Spalding High baseball team put the finishing touches on its second region championship in a row and fifth overall — 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011 being the others — to win back-to-back titles for the first time in the team's 12-year history.
Not to be outdone, 48 hour later the Dolores Owen-coached Spalding High girls track and field team scored 134 1/2 points in the Region 4-AAA championship at Sandy Creek High School, in Tyrone, Ga., to also win back-to-back region championships. Paving the way for Spalding was high-point winner Dominique Nock. Individual event region champions included Nock with a run of 12.21 in the 100-meter dash, freshman Chadneeshia Arnold with a throw of 120-05 in the discus and Mary Owen Howell with a height of 7-0 in the pole vault.
No teams were in action on Sunday, but 48 hours after the track team celebrated the Rusty Hudson-coached boys golf team won the region championship for the third year in a row and for a school-record sixth time overall to celebrate at Canongate at Heron Bay in Locust Grove, Ga. The Jags fought off winds of 30-35 mph to shoot a 316 to top their nearest competitor in the seven-team field by 48 strokes. It was the Jaguars largest margin of victory ever at region, easily eclipsing the team's 36-stroke victory in the 2005 region championship at the Griffin country Club.
Paving the way was low medalist Jake Harpe with a 2-over 74. By winning the sophomore joined former Jags Corey Dinkins (2005), Brett Upson (2006) and Henry Mabbett (2008, 2010 and 2011) as region champs. Not to be outdone, Spalding High's lone entry in the girls Region 4-AAA championship, Emma Johnston, cared a 99 which was good enough to finish low medalist also at Canongate at Heron Bay on the same day to become the Lady Jags first individual region champion since Caitlyn Cook in 2005.