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December 31, 2013

Best of 2013

Ryals’ hiring and THS’ subsequent turnaround is top local sports story

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No. 5) He’s back

Sometimes you can go home again.

Four years after leaving Brookwood to coach at Taylor County in Florida, Shane Boggs returned to the GISA school in January following a pair of two-year stints in Florida and Tennessee.

Boggs, who led the Warriors to an undefeated GISA Class AA state championship in 2008, was clear as to why he returned to his former gig.

“Once the job was open, I had great interest,” Boggs said Jan. 7 after being hired back at Brookwood. “I don't want to deny my interest because it was high. I had six great years there. I would expect the experience to be even better now that I've got three kids that can enjoy Brookwood.

“I just felt like Brookwood was a great place. It was a great place to work. I just had a great experience, not just with the players, but with the parents, the community, the co-workers. It's a great place to live, Thomasville is.

“My wife (Christa) had taught at four schools. Brookwood was certainly the best experience she had. I can say the same.”

Boggs and Brookwood enjoyed the first year of his second tenure as the Warriors went 6-6 and won a playoff game for the first time since that state championship year. Brookwood also returns its entire offense in 2014.

No. 6) Deep run

In four seasons, the Thomasville girls basketball team won 85 games, three Region 1-AA titles and a region runner-up finish. But the Bulldogs’ senior class saved their best for last.

In March, THS advanced to the state Final Four for the first time since 2004. That was an accomplishment that not even the painful 83-34 to perennial power Wesleyan, could erase.

“We can build from it,” Thomasville coach Thomas McAboy said. “We’ve got girls that can play, and they’ve experienced it and gotten to see what it’s like. Hopefully, they will be hungry going into the offseason.”

It was an offseason of change for the Bulldogs, though, as McAboy accepted the Coffee head coaching job in June with Antonio Wade being named the new THS coach a month later.

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