The stands were full and the action was starting to heat up during the annual Walker County Cup at Ridgeland High School on Thursday night. But about halfway through the opening match between …
Four years ago, when Keith Mariakis came back to Ridgeland for his second stint as the Panthers' head wrestling coach, he gathered his young, predominantly freshman squad and asked them to set some goals, both for that season and long-term.
They haven't all been the prettiest victories, but they all count the same in the win column.
Defensive Player of the Year: Markeith Montgomery (Jr., DB, Ridgeland)
All three of Walker County’s high school wrestling teams were among those competing at the Calhoun Duals on Friday and all three made solid showings for themselves.
Zach Murdock took first place at 160 pounds and Braden Jarvis finished first at 170 to help the Gordon Lee Trojans to a fifth-place showing at the Rockmart Invitational on Wednesday.
Offensive Player of the Year: Drew Cobb (Sr., RB, Gordon Lee)
Both Gordon Lee and LaFayette were among the list of teams participating in a pre-Christmas day of wrestling in Fort Oglethorpe on Friday.
The LaFayette Mat Ramblers made the drive down Highway 27 on Wednesday for the Cedartown Duals and returned to south Walker County with three wins against two losses.
One was voted the Pitcher of the Year in Class A, one was voted the Player of the Year in Class A and the other was one of the top pitchers and players in all of Class AAAA.
The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans picked up their third win of the season on Tuesday night, downing LaFayette, 42-25, for a non-region win in LaFayette.