Ridgeland High School sports

There is a sign close to the scoreboard at Bowers and Painter Field touting all of Ridgeland's football postseason achievements in the 30-plus years that the school has fielded a team.

Just one week after finding out the new classifications for all of the schools in the GHSA, the state's high school governing body rolled out their new region alignments on Tuesday afternoon.

Ask anyone that follows the sport of softball and that has lived in this part of the state for the last 40 or 50 years and they will all tell the same story of how northwest Georgia used to dominate slowpitch softball on the high school scene.

The Ridgeland Panthers came into the 2019 season hoping to take care of some unfinished business and make their way back to the top of Region 6-AAAA.

Heritage Junior Allison Craft, last year's Region 6-AAAA individual cross country champion, was attempting to defend her title on Tuesday, but had to settle for third place at the region championship meet in Jasper.

The Ridgeland Lady Panthers made the drive to Atlanta on Saturday to test their skills against the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A and, despite a valiant effort, saw their season end with a loss.

The Ridgeland Panthers celebrated Homecoming at Bowers and Painter Field on Friday night by coasting to a 55-6 victory over visiting Cross Keys.

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