THOMASVILLE — The accolades keep rolling in for Thomasville High School.

The Bulldogs finished their run through the Class AA playoffs, as runner-up, Saturday and now Thomasville’s Bill Settle was named top athletic director in Region 1-AA.

“I’m proud of it,” said Settle, who was selected by the other athletic directors in the region. “It means a lot for Thomasville High.”

The honor, which is voted on by all the schools in the region, is based on not only on-field production, but also sportsmanship that is displayed by the school’s athletes.

The Thomasville boys basketball team helped out in both areas during its run to the state championship game. The Bulldogs finished 27-5, finishing third in the region during the regular season before winning the region tournament.

“They did a great job,” Settle said. “We went in with no respect. We were an unknown that beat the No. 1 (East Hall) and No. 2 (Manchester) teams and they did that with character and class.

“We ask them to go out and represent Thomasville High School and the community with class and respect and they did a great job at that, a class A job.”

The Bulldogs’ state runner-up finish is the part of a late push that raised Thomasville’s solid start. The Bulldogs’ boys soccer team is currently ranked in Class AA/A.

Vanisa Brown’s girls basketball team tied for second during the regular season and finished fourth in the tournament. The Thomasville football team finished 5-6, fourth in the region and the softball team finished third.

While Settle received the honor, he was quick to credit the coaches and athletes at Thomasville.

“I’m at a loss of words,” Settle said. “They are so great. They are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to be successful.

“It is a reflection on the school.”

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