State Cham­pi­ons in Rock­mart is the top story for 2017 prep sports.

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Rock­mart pitcher Emily Love­less helped lead the Lady Jack­ets to a state ti­tle this sea­son. From staff re­ports

The goal of Cedar­town and Rock­mart sports teams this sea­son: get to the top, and stay there. At least one of those pro­grams made the tough climb up the moun­tain of other teams in across the state.

Rock­mart had their base­ball, soft­ball and foot­ball pro­grams all make it to the state play­offs, with the Lady Jack­ets able to keep atop the heap and claim state gold for the first time. Cedar­town sent pro­grams to state as well this year, with the Lady Bull­dogs com­pe­ti­tion cheer team com­ing up just short of a sec­ond state ti­tle and fin­ished as run­ners-up.

Here’s a run­down of some of the big sports sto­ries from 2017:

Rock­mart girls win state championship

The Rock­mart Lady Jack­ets only lost two games through a big sea­son for the soft­ball squad, who went 35-2 and won a state championship un­der head coach Steve Luke.

Af­ter win­ning a sec­ond re­gion championship in a row, the team went per­fect through the play­offs and fin­ished off Mon­ti­cello in a 9-7 win. It was the first state ti­tle win ever for the Lady Jack­ets soft­ball team. They also beat the pro­gram’s record for the most num­ber of wins in a sea­son, and went on a 17-0 stretch through to the fi­nal win.

The State Championship also put Emily Love­less at the top of the Al­lArea rank­ings for the Rome NewsTri­bune in Novem­ber.

“She’s sim­ply a com­plete player,” Rock­mart coach Steve Luke said for the RN- T All- Area an­nounce­ment of her as player of the year.

File, Jeremy Ste­wart / RN-T

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