May 18, 2014

Another title victory for area

— This area apparently is becoming title town for high school sports.

Dalton’s boys soccer team captured its second consecutive Class 4A state championship Saturday at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University with a 2-0 victory against Johnson-Gainesville. The win was the 44th of the past two seasons for the Catamounts, who haven’t lost in their last 45 matches.

Dalton’s dominance has been stated numerous times — yet it cannot be stated enough. What the Catamounts have done the last two seasons is historical. After finishing with a 22-0 record a season ago — capped by a 5-0 win against Southeast Whitfield in the state finals — Dalton went 22-0-1 in the 2014 campaign. The Catamounts are unmatched in their classification, but this win also is the next step in an impressive run for all sports in the Murray- and Whitfield-counties area, not just soccer.

Northwest Whitfield’s fast-pitch softball team has won back-to-back state titles the past two school years, and Dalton’s boys swimming and diving team won the 2012-2013 state title. Dalton’s win Saturday makes five team championships on the state level during the past two school-year sessions, an impressive run for local high school sports.

So congratulations not just to Dalton’s boys soccer squad, but to all of the teams this past season that have competed, succeeded and contributed to the growing elite programs hoisting state trophies at the season’s conclusion.

Hopefully, this success continues. Who wouldn’t want more state championships coming to this area?

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