It's not Thanksgiving yet, and Christmas is more than a month away, but today could end up being sort of an unofficial York County Day in Columbia.
Today is state championship day for high school cross country, volleyball and tennis teams, and the planets are aligned for local teams and individuals to bring home several titles.
Cross country has been kind to locals for years, with Northwestern coach Calvin Hudgins' boys winning Class AAAA in 2006 and 2006, the Fort Mill under former coach Scott Barefield in 20007.
Fort Mill got an individual boys championship from Peter Raines in 2001 and had a possible fourth straight in the balance this season from Mark Blackmon, who moved to a private school in Raleigh, N.C., Mouth of God where John Wall went, to concentrate on basketball.
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Area girls have also done well. Northwestern got titles from Blackmon's older sister, Angelina in 2000 and 2001, another from Mary Kate DuBard in 2008. And in 1989, York's Kim Hefner was Class AAA's champion.
The closest a girls' team came to winning in recent years was Fort Mill, which lost to Spartanburg by five points in 2008. But they have a chance to get one this year as one of Class AAAA's favorites. Tayler Miller won the Upper State last week, and teammates Abby Lewis and Meredith Kilburn are top 10 runners.
Same for the boys' individual title in Class AAA, with a field that includes Nation Ford's Kevin Ketner, winner of the Upper State qualifier last week.
And don't count out Northwestern in Class AAAA, or the most improved team in the area, Rock Hill's Region 3-AAAA champion boys.
The scene shifts to White Knoll High School in the afternoon, where Nation Ford and Rock Hill continue their championship drives.
Nation Ford, 28-4 and No. 1 in Class AAA, is in its fourth season and the rise has come quickly. The Lady Falcons rolled through the Upper State playoffs, as did the Lady Bearcats, and play Hilton Head at 3:30 p.m. for the Class AAA title.
Rock Hill, which has been around since dirt was discovered, is in the championship for the first time. The Lady Cats came close the last three years, but were knocked out by Hillcrest. Rock Hill finally got past the Lady Rams, beating them Thursday in the Upper State championship, for a berth in today's final.
The Lady Bearcats, 37-1 and ranked No. 1, play Aiken at 6 p.m.