Buford girls won state and Gainesville gave a valiant effort in its loss to Westover in the semifinals, but those aren't the real stories from Macon.
I had some time on my hands while watching, ad naseum, high school basketball and thought that I should take some time to give out awards: we'll call them the State Superlatives.
Most asinine fans: Turner County
The folks clad in orange and blue had, arguably, the worst insults for the referee's: a sampling is below.
"Obama supporter." "Liberal." "PETA guy." I'm not joking...
These fans, cheering for their boys (this being the operative word and you'll find out why shortly) that was ranked No. 1 all season yet lost in the finals, even yelled at reigning Miss Georgia Basketball Anne Marie Armstrong during the game that preceded theirs.
"You're lazy No. 3 (Armstrong's number that will no doubt by hung in the rafters on Wesleyan's gym soon)" SHE WAS PLAYING WITH A TORN MENISCUS!
Most complacent fans: Wesleyan - by a long shot
These people are so used to winning that they didn't cheer until midway through the second quarter and didn't cheer loudly until Armstrong and fellow senior Chantel Kennedy walked off the floor for the final time in their high school careers.
I'm honest when I say that I spotted a few fans doing their nails, men included.
Most freakishly athletic moment: Blake Sims of Gainesville jumping over the media table and its inhabitants.
Sims was chasing a ball out of bounds, chasing it with fury. He jumped, flat footed, over the heads of those at the media table and the table itself...it was freaking amazing. Sims then casually jogged around the table and back onto the court...GREAT!
Most freakishly athletic player: Andraya Carter of Buford
When Carter goes up for a rebound, the peak of her jump is midway up the net...she is the next Maya Moore...count on it
Best player name: Onochie Ochie of Westover
I don't think this needs an explanation.
Most inexplicable player name: Yashica (Tae) Smith
I just want to know where the Tae comes from?
Funniest moment: Jan Azar (Wesleyan's head coach) getting bowled over by a referee
First off, she screamed; secondly, she got up and called a charge on the ref - priceless
Least funny moment: The Turner County game overall
Their fans made it impossible to root for the players on the court and that's just sad
Best performances: Janyce Ealey of Carrollton hitting for 26 points in her team's win against Rutland and Derrick Favors getting 38 points, 15 rebounds, eight blocks and four assists in the state title game against Westover.
Best team: Buford girls
To say they were amazing is an understatement, I'd put them up against any of the girls state titleists...