May 12, 2003
Never before in the records of the Georgia Independent School Association can we find any school that has won state titles in football, basketball and baseball in the same school year.
The Deerfield-Windsor Knights hope to be the first school to accomplish that feat this week when they host arch-rival Southland in the AAA baseball finals.
While the Knights will be trying to complete the unprecedented "tri-fecta" on Wednesday, two Deerfield-Windsor athletes will be trying to earn their third state championship ring this school year.
Senior Wayne Riles and Junior Beau Turpin are the only two members of the football, basketball and baseball teams.
Riles, who has signed a scholarship to play football at the University of Louisville, has earned all-state honors in both football and basketball this school year and may do the same in baseball.
Every athlete dreams of winning one state title during their high school career and Wayne Riles knows how fortunate he is to have a chance to win three state titles in his final year of high school.
Wayne Riles said "It is all I think about these days about how sweet it would be to win three in a row. It is a once in a lifetime deal and hopefully we can get it done."
Of course the Southland baseball team would loving nothing more than to deny Deerfield-Windsor a third state title this year.
The Raiders beat Deerfield-Windsor 8-2 on the Knights home field back in March has lost the last two meetings to the Knights including the one game playoff for the region title.
The series starts with a doubleheader Wednesday at two o'clock at Deerfield-Windsor.
If the two teams split those games, a third game to decide the state champion would be played Thursday at four o'clock at Deerfield-Windsor.
The AA state finals will be played in Thomasville on Wednesday at Broookwood School where the Warriors facing John Hancock for the state championship.