Dog Pile

Duncan coaches along with players jump in a dog pile after capturing State Championship number 51 when the Demons baseball team beat Piedmont back in May. Duncan Public Schools had two team State Championships as a team and one individual State Champion.

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a nine part series about the Duncan Demons’ and Lady Demons’ 2021-2022 athletic year. Future editions of The Duncan Banner will have each sport chronicled with a look back at their respective seasons.

 

Duncan High School is on the upward trend after winning State Championship number 50 and 51 to wrap up the 2021-2022 school year which saw growth in facilities and winning traditions.

Having young teams laced with experience in the mixture showcased during the fall sports helped get the year jump started for Duncan High School. The trend continued and climbed went higher and higher for each sport.

During the fall season, the Duncan Lady Demons volleyball team punched their first State Tournament appearance since 2010 and the first for head coach Amanda Lard.

Lard won her 100th career game in the 2021-2022 season to receive one of the first major milestones celebrated at Duncan High School this year.

The winter sports saw new coaches in swim and boys basketball, the Demons wrestling team saw a familiar face take over and then the Lady Demons tried to make a State Tournament appearance.

Heading into spring, Duncan High School saw their first State Championship during the wrestling season as JP Martinez won the 5A-138 title with a perfect 3-0 record.

With the winter sports finishing up, the best part of Duncan High School season came with Duncan girls tennis having a State runner up. Then, the boys golf team and baseball went on a big run.

The team of Emma Moore and Sheridan White made it into the first title match in a bracket since 2015. Senior Alexis Giles then won the Jim Thorpe award and earned All-State status for the sport.

In the final week of the season, Duncan Boys golf hosted the 5A State Tournament and took home the title after three rounds of great golf to win title number 50 in the school’s history.

Despite the first two games delaying for Duncan Baseball, the Demons showed their might by becoming a note in the history books for Stephens County.

As a team appearing in their second State Championship game in the sport’s history for Duncan, the Demons baseball team won the first State Championship in the sport of baseball from any of the seven county schools.

That became title number 51 for the Demons, which finished the year off with a bang for Duncan Athletics.

Athletic Director Bobby Cook quickly credited the whole staff for a job well done.

“I’m really pleased with the trajectory of the Athletic Department as a whole after this past school year,” Cook said. “Obviously winning state championship numbers 50 and 51 were very exciting for the school district and community. The culture of our coaching staff is a key reason for this. We certainly want to continue to build and continue to find ways to improve each school year and we will continue to strive to do so.”

Duncan Athletics had four State Academic Championships as well to add to the hardware for the 2021-2022 school year.

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