Ridgeland falls in first
The Ridgeland Panthers' dreams of winning a State Duals title in their first-ever appearance at the tournament came to a heartbreaking end on Thursday afternoon, although their quest for a trophy in Macon still continues.
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.
Arguably the most important two-week stretch of the regular season is about to begin for the Ridgeland Lady Panthers starting on Friday, but the Black-and-White won't be taking on the task empty-handed.
Sarah Meadows scored 19 points and the Ridgeland Lady Panthers evened their overall record at 8-8 with a 51-33 non-region win at Chattanooga Christian on Tuesday.
Defensive Player of the Year: Markeith Montgomery (Jr., DB, Ridgeland)
The Georgia Sports Writers Association released its 2016 All-State football teams early Saturday morning and four Walker County players earned All-State status, two with first team selections.
Only one other time in the 25 plus-year history of Ridgeland High School football has a Panther player been named the as the Associated Press’ Defensive Player of the Year in the state in Ridgeland’s classification. That happened in 2012 when current New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell was tabbed with the award for Class AAAA.
The first time the Ridgeland Lady Panthers and the Southeast Lady Raiders met on the basketball court this season, the two teams thrilled fans with a overtime classic, won by the Lady Raiders, 68-66.
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.
Thursday night at the Chattooga Christmas Tournament turned out to be a not-so-jolly one for the Ridgeland Panthers and Lady Panthers as both teams were handed losses by longtime rival LFO.