(Public Girls) Wheeler County: The Bulldogs rallied from 11 points down in the third quarter to claim a 55-50 win over Central-Talbotton, and bring the program its first state title. Were it not for a 53-48 loss to Calvary Day in early December, the Bulldogs (31-1) would finished undefeated. They avenged the loss by dominating Calvary Day in the Region 3 tournament finals, 62-47. Wheeler County will lose a great senior class, including Keonya Mincey and Samarria Bryant, who led the way in the title game with 23 and 16 points, respectively, as well as Jayla Bryant, Terriyonna Cummings and Le'la Wright. But returning are talented junior Keleiyah Harris and sophomore Chelsea Chapman.
(Private Boys) St. Francis: The Knights (29-3) won the program's second consecutive state title, its fourth overall, with a 76-55 blowout of Greenforest. It was the fifth time in the past eight seasons that the schools have met in the state semifinals or better. St. Francis is 2-3 in those games, but both wins were in the finals. St. Francis jumped out to a 12-0 lead early, and never looked back. The Knights finished the season with a record of 29-3. All three losses were to teams from larger classifications, including two eventual state champions: Class AAAAAAA champion Wheeler and Dorman of South Carolina. St. Francis will lose one of the state's top players in guard Dwon Odom, who led the way in the title game with 27 points and will play at Xavier next season, as well as Chase Ellis, who had 14 points. But a talented core group of younger players will be back including juniors Jusaun Holt and Kai Simmons, along with sophomores Seth Hubbard and Jordan Brown.