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Valdosta hopes for title

Posted: Updated:

May 14, 2008

Valdosta - Two of South Georgia's biggest rivals, the Lowndes Vikings and Valdosta Wildcats are on the same team, vying to become ESPN's Title town.

The network nominated 100 cities that have a championship heritage.   Valdosta made the list.

ESPN will broadcast live from the winning town.

The two schools compiled a list of accomplishments to make their case.

Just in football, Lowndes won four state championships in the last five years.

VSU won two recent national championships.

And Valdosta High has the winningest football program in the nation.   "We surprised ourselves at the number of talented individuals we had in the community and just between the two high schools the number of wins was over 800 just in football so it was really impressive and I think we deserve to be called a title town," says Jennifer Steedley with the Valdosta City School System.

Friday is the deadline to vote for who you think should be named ESPN's Title Town.

To vote, click here.

The school systems have compiled a list of championships.  They are asking anyone who may know one that was left off the list to let them know.

High School & College Team Sports Championships won by teams in Valdosta, Georgia

Valdosta High School - Lowndes High School - Valwood School - Valdosta State University

DRAFT as of 5/8/2008

 

Proofreading:

Valdosta ] done

] Several region baseball championships with uncertain years are not listed yet

Lowndes ] done

Valdosta State ] in progress ] NAIA Basketball Championships are not be listed yet

Valwood ] done

Valdosta information from Jennifer Steedley <jsteedley@gocats.org>

Lowndes information from Heather Bonner <hbonner@lowndes.k12.ga.us>

Valwood information from Brett Martin <bmartin@valwood.org>

Valdosta State information from Shawn Reed <msreed@valdosta.edu>

List compiled by Bill Muntz <bmuntz@valdosta.edu>

283 total championship teams

(multiple level championships by same team in same year counted as one)

108 Valdosta

95 Lowndes

55 Valwood

25 Valdosta State

1920 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1923 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1924 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1927 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1938 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1940 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1947 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1947 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1948 Valdosta Boys Basketball ] State Champions

1949 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1950 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1950 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1951 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1952 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1953 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1954 Valdosta Boys Golf ] State Champions

1955 Valdosta Boys Golf ] State Champions

1955 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1956 Valdosta Boys Golf ] State Champions

1956 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1957 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] State Champions

1957 Valdosta Boys Golf ] State Champions

1957 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1958 Valdosta Boys Golf ] State Champions

1959 Valdosta Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

1959 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1959 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region & State Champions

1960 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1961 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] State Champions

1961 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1961 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region Champions

1961 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1962 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1962 Valdosta Football ] Region, State & National Champions

1963 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1963 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1963 Valdosta (Pinevale HS) Football ] State Champions

1964 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1965 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1965 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1966 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1966 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1967 Valdosta Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1968 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1969 Valdosta Football ] Region, State & National Champions

1970 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1970 Valdosta Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1970 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region Champions

1970 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1971 Valdosta Football ] Region, State & National Champions

1972 Valdosta Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1973 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1975 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

1975 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1976 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

1976 Valdosta Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1977 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] State & National Champions

1977 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

1977 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] State Champions

1977 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region Champions

1977 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1978 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region, State & National Champions

1978 Valdosta Baseball ] State Champions

1978 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1978 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region Champions

1978 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1979 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region, State & National Champions

1979 Valwood Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

1979 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

1979 Valdosta State Baseball ] National Champions

1979 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1979 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1979 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1980 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region, State & National Champions

1980 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

1980 Valdosta Girls Track ] State Champions

1980 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

1980 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1980 Lowndes Football ] Region & State Champions

1981 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

1981 Valdosta Girls Track ] State Champions

1981 Lowndes Baseball ] Region & State Champions

1981 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region & State Champions

1981 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1982 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1982 Valdosta Boys Track ] Region Champions

1982 Valdosta Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1982 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1982 Valdosta Softball ] Region Champions

1982 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1983 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1983 Valwood Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

1983 Valwood Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

1983 Valdosta Boys Track ] Region Champions

1984 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1984 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1984 Valdosta Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1984 Valdosta Football ] Region, State & National Champions

1985 Valwood Girls Track ] Region Champions

1985 Valwood Boys Track ] Region & State Champions

1985 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

1985 Lowndes Football ] Region Champions

1985 Valwood Football ] State Champions

1986 Valwood Girls Track ] Region Champions

1986 Valwood Boys Track ] Region & State Champions

1986 Valwood Baseball ] Region Champions

1986 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

1986 Valwood Football ] Region & State Champions

1986 Valdosta Football ] Region, State & National Champions

1987 Valwood Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

1987 Valwood Girls Track ] Region Champions

1987 Valwood Boys Track ] Region Champions

1987 Valwood Baseball ] Region Champions

1987 Valwood Football ] Region Champions

1987 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1988 Valwood Girls Track ] Region Champions

1988 Valwood Boys Track ] Region Champions

1988 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1988 Valwood Football ] Region Champions

1988 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1989 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1990 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1990 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1991 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1991 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1991 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1991 Valdosta Boys Tennis ] State Champions

1991 Valwood Golf ] Region Champions

1991 Valwood Football ] Region Champions

1991 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1992 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1992 Valdosta Boys Track ] Region Champions

1992 Valwood Baseball ] Region Champions

1992 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1992 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region & State Champions

1992 Valwood Golf ] Region Champions

1992 Valdosta Football ] Region, State & National Champions

1993 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1993 Lowndes Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1993 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1993 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1993 Valwood Golf ] Region Champions

1993 Valdosta State Softball ] Conference Champions

1994 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1994 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1994 Valdosta Boys Track ] Region Champions

1994 Lowndes Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1994 Valdosta State Women's Tennis ] Conference Champions

1994 Valdosta State Golf ] Conference Champions

1995 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1995 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1995 Valdosta Boys Track ] Region Champions

1995 Valwood Baseball ] Region Champions

1995 Valdosta State Baseball ] Conference Champions

1995 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

1996 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1996 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1996 Lowndes Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1996 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

1996 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

1996 Lowndes Football ] Region Co]Champions

1996 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

1996 Valdosta State Football ] Conference Champions

1997 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1997 Valdosta Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

1997 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1997 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1997 Lowndes Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1997 Valdosta Cheerleading ] Region Champions

1997 Lowndes Football ] Region Champions

1998 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1998 Valdosta Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

1998 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1998 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1998 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

1998 Lowndes Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1998 Valdosta Football ] Region & State Champions

1999 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

1999 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

1999 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

1999 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

1999 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

1999 Valdosta Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

1999 Valdosta State Golf ] Conference Champions

1999 Lowndes Football ] State Champions

1999 Valwood Football ] Region & State Champions

2000 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2000 Lowndes Baseball ] Region & State Champions

2000 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

2000 Valwood Boys Tennis ] State Champions

2000 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2000 Valdosta State Golf ] Conference Champions

2000 Valdosta Girls Golf ] Region Champions

2000 Valdosta State Football ] Conference Champions

2000 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

2001 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2001 Valdosta Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

2001 Lowndes Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

2001 Lowndes Girls Soccer ] Region Champions

2001 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2001 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

2001 Valwood Girls Cross Country ] Region Champions

2001 Valwood Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

2001 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region & State Champions

2001 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region & State Champions

2001 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2001 Lowndes Softball ] Region Champions

2001 Lowndes Football ] Region Champions

2001 Valdosta State Football ] Conference Champions

2002 Valdosta Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Girls Soccer ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

2002 Valdosta State Baseball ] Conference Champions

2002 Valdosta State Softball ] Conference Champions

2002 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region & State Champions

2002 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region & State Champions

2002 Valdosta Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

2002 Valdosta Girls Golf ] Region Champions

2002 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Softball ] Region Champions

2002 Lowndes Football ] Region Co]Champions

2002 Valdosta State Football ] Conference Champions

2003 Lowndes Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

2003 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2003 Lowndes Girls Soccer ] Region Champions

2003 Lowndes Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

2003 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2003 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

2003 Valwood Boys Cross Country ] Region & State Champions

2003 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region & State Champions

2003 Valwood Boys Tennis ] Region Champions

2003 Valdosta Boys Golf ] Region Champions

2003 Lowndes Softball ] Region Champions

2003 Valdosta Football ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Girls Soccer ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

2004 Valwood Boys Soccer ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Boys Track ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

2004 Valwood Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

2004 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2004 Valdosta Girls Golf ] Region Champions

2004 Lowndes Football ] Region & State Champions

2004 Valdosta State Football ] Conference & National Champions

2005 Lowndes Boys Basketball ] Region Champions

2005 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2005 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

2005 Valwood Boys Cross Country ] Region Champions

2005 Lowndes Tennis ] Region Champions

2005 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

2005 Valdosta Girls Golf ] Region Champions

2005 Valdosta State Women's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2005 Lowndes Softball ] Region Champions

2005 Lowndes Football ] Region & State Champions

2006 Lowndes Tennis ] Region Champions

2006 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2006 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

2006 Valwood Golf ] Region Champions

2006 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

2006 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] National Champions

2006 Valwood Football ] Region Champions

2007 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2007 Lowndes Wrestling ] Region Champions

2007 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2007 Valdosta Weightlifting ] Area & State Champions

2007 Lowndes Baseball ] Region Champions

2007 Valwood Girls Tennis ] Region Champions

2007 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2007 Lowndes Football ] Region & State Champions

2007 Valdosta State Football ] National Champions

2008 Lowndes Girls Basketball ] Region Champions

2008 Valdosta Weightlifting ] Area Champions

2008 Lowndes Girls Track ] Region Champions

2008 Valdosta Baseball ] Region Championship

2008 Valdosta State Women's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2008 Valdosta State Men's Tennis ] Conference Champions

2008 Valdosta Boys Tennis ] Region Championship

2008 Valwood Golf ] Region Champions

High School & College athletes who played in Valdosta, Georgia,

who have played professionally

DRAFT as of 5/8/2008

 

Valdosta High School (23):

Henry Bell, Football, Denver Broncos

Luther Blue, Football, Detroit, Philadelphia

Dana Brinson, Football, San Diego Chargers

Dexter Daniels, Football, Baltimore Ravens

Bill Dawson, Football, Boston Patriots

Rhett Dawson, Football, Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings

Willie Gary, Football, St. Louis Rams

Don Kato Hitson, Football, St. Louis Rams, Toronto Argos

Brice Hunter, Football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Todd Peterson, Football, Arizona, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta

Stan Rome, Football, Kansas City Chiefs

Coleman Rudolph, Football, New York Giants

Buck Belue, Baseball, Montreal Expos

Andy Boutwell, Baseball, Cincinnati Reds

Ellis Clary, Baseball

Buck Coates, Baseball, AAA Toronto Blue Jays

Brian Felkel, Baseball

Matt Herring, Baseball, Chicago White Sox

Alvin Moore, Baseball

David White, Baseball, Chicago White Sox

Cecil Whitehead, Baseball, Baltimore Orioles

Michael Smith, Baseball, Detroit Tigers

Raymond Washington, Baseball

Lowndes High School (13):

Randall Godfrey, Football, San Diego Chargers

Funtaine Hunter, Football, Canadian Football League

Vincent "Sweet Pea" Burns, Football, Indianapolis Colts

Jay Ratliff, Football, Dallas Cowboys

JD Drew, Baseball, Boston Red Sox

Stephen Drew, Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks

Tim Drew, Baseball, Atlanta, Cleveland

Aaron Taylor, Baseball, Colorado, Seattle, Atlanta

Luke Taylor, Baseball

Jordan Crews, Baseball

Zane Green, Baseball

Javon Moran, Baseball

Michael Johnson, Baseball

Valdosta State University (21):

Jessie Tuggle, Football, Atlanta Falcons

Richard Collier, Football, Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark Catano, Football, Pittsburg

Richard Freeman, Football, Atlanta Falcons

Randy Fisher, Football, New Orleans

Artie Ulmer, Football, Atlanta Falcons

Robert Williams, Football, Kansas City

Carlos Johnson, Football, Philadelphia

Robert Morris, Football, Seattle

Dusty Bonner, Football, Atlanta Falcons

Antonio Edwards, Football, Carolina

Mike Bowman, Football, Green Bay

Brad Trout, Football, Atlanta Falcons

Mike Berry, Football, Indianapolis

Reggie Rhodes, Football, Miami

Dominique Ross, Football, Tampa Bay

Erasmus Harvey, Football, Winnipeg

Lance Funderburke, Football, Montreal

Ced Dickerson, Football, Winnipeg

Andre Hampton, Football, Shreveport

York Kurinsky,