In the history of high school wrestling throughout the state of Georgia, Bulloch Academy’s Mitchell Ball has put himself in the most elite company.
The Gators fell just short of clinching their second team championship at the GISA state meet on Feb. 8 – notching their third runner-up finish in four seasons – but Ball secured the fourth individual title of his career in winning the 126-pound division.
“Mitchell has been incredible his whole career,” Bulloch coach Andy Tomlin said. There are only a handful of guys in state history who can say that they have four individual championships.”
Ball picked up the sport in middle school and has blazed a trail for a Bulloch Academy program that was brand new in 2007, but now counts itself as one of the state’s biggest players on the mat.
Ball won his first individual title as an eighth grader and took home another championship as a freshman. He didn’t lose his first varsity match until his sophomore season.
Ball rebounded for another back-to-back title run over his final two seasons, notching three pins in four matches to claim his fourth title in his final appearance for the Gators.
Bulloch Academy fans might think that this sounds like a broken record, but the Lady Gators’ basketball squad is rewriting the school’s history books.
With a win over Augusta Prep in its regular season finale last week, Bulloch Academy notched its 27th win of the season. That mark is impressive enough in its own right, but it also marked the third consecutive season in which the Gators have set that record.
One of the key pieces in this year’s success story has been the emergence of Pate Lomax.
For year, Anna Newton had taken care of Bulloch’s frontcourt needs, but her graduation last season left a gaping hole in the starting lineup. Lomax stepped into the role back in November, and hit full stride from the opening tip.
Lomax has led the Gators in scoring 10 times this season and has racked up 10 or more points in 21 contests.
The hard work of Lomax and her teammates was culminated Friday night as the Gators claimed a 65-49 victory over Pinewood to clinch their third consecutive Region 4-AAA championship.
Bulloch Academy will enter the GISA Class AAA tournament next week as one of four No.1 seeds.