|Berry State Championships
Six state championships, as recognized by the Georgia High School Association, were recorded
by Berry athletes during the school's existence. Over the years the trophies have either been
destroyed by the fire of 1972 or lost in the shuffle of the school closing. Each championship is
worthy of its individual recognition and in this Virtual Trophy Case we spotlight each
accomplishment. Scroll down to see each one.
State Cross Country
Front Row, L to R: Ronnie Calhoun, Derrell Snare,
Co-Captain Tommy Bennett and Manuel Leon.
Back Row, L to R: Coach Gary McKnight,Harold
Reeves, Johnny Woodham and Co-Captain Larry Fish.
Not Pictured: Scott Higdon.
Placing in the state meet were (in order of finish):
Tommy Bennett (3rd)
A booming first serve and a relentless offensive
attack at the net were the trademarks of Jack's
game. On May 9th at the Rockmart courts Jack
won the Region 3A Championship with 6-2, 6-2
straight set victory over Rockmart's number one
player, Barry McDonald. Then it was on to the
State Tournament at the Mercer University courts
Jack went into the 1969 State Tournament as the
state runner-up from 1968 and was favored to win
the championship in 1969. He faced Steve Walker
of Rockdale County in the finals and the match got
off to a rough start. Jack lost the first set 6-3 and
was trailing in the second set 0-4 before he finally
found his rhythm. He reeled off a win streak of 11
straight games and won the championship with a
remarkable come from behind victory, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
on May 17, 1969.
Coach David Williams
Kneeling, L to R: Manuel Leon, Jon Gant and Gregg
Back Row, L to R: Jack Pigott, Mike Keith, Barry Croft
and Stanley Geraldson.
State Cross Country Champions
Jon Gant takes first place in a meet on the Berry campus.
Jon led the team to a state championship in the fall of 1969
where he finished 2nd in the state meet.
Scoring points in the state meet were:
Jon Gant - 2nd place
Dennis Newton - 6th place
Stanley Geraldson - 8th place
Manuel Leon - 9th place
Joe Myrick - 12th place
|1975 Girls State Cross Country Champions
Team members pictured above, left to right, are: Ann
Boylan, Mary Siceloff, Jacquie Mullen, Jennifer Dickey,
Karen Rosenquist, Melissa Herring, Coach Gary McKnight,
Yoli Magee and Cathy Ingram.
Berry captured the first ever girls cross country championship in Georgia in
the fall of 1975. This championship was Coach Gary McKnight's third (he
would win two more) and the Berry girls absolutely dominated the field.
1975 Class A&B (Combined) Girls
Cross Country Championship
First Place - Berry Academy
Second Place - Pace Academy
Third Place - Bass High School
Fourth Place - Darlington
State Meet Placements
Cathy Ingram - 1st place
Yoli Magee - 2nd place
Jacquie Mullen - 4th place
Mary Siceloff - 6th place
Jennifer Dickey - 8th place
|1978 Girls State Track Champions
1978 track team members pictured above, left to right, are:
Lisa Helmholz, Alison McCrary, Coach Gary McKnight, Carman
McClure and Michelle Whatley.
The 1978 girls track team was nothing short of amazing. With only four team members,
the girls ripped through the state meet finishing first in five events and setting three
state records in the process. Alison McCrary finished first in the low hurdles and the
440-yard dash. Michelle Whatley won the 100-yard dash, the 220-yard dash and the
long jump. Perhaps the most amazing feat was that the team almost did not qualify for
the state meet. The team won the region qualifying meet by only 1/2 point.
1978 Class B Girls Track Championship
First Place - Berry Academy (54 points)
Second Place (tie) - Toombs Central (50 points)
Palmetto (50 points)
Fourth Place - Pace Academy (46 points)
|1979 Girls Track State Champions
The girls track team, anchored by Michelle Whatley, repeated as state
champions in 1979. With only four team members qualifying for the state
meet, the girls blew away the field, winning the championship by almost 30
points. This was Coach Gary McKnight's 5th state championship in 12 years,
establishing him as one of the elite coaches in Georgia in track and cross
1979 Class A Girls Track Championship
First Place - Berry Academy (76 points)
Second Place - Whigham (48 points)
Third Place - Johnson County (44 points)
Fourth Place - Greater Atlanta Christian (31 points)