As the calendar turned from 2011 to 2012 the focus shifted to the hardwood as Spalding High won its sixth in row on Jan. 3, 96-84, at Jackson. No. 4-state ranked Griffin Christian also took down Trinity Christian 62-55 for its third win in a row, while the girls teams at Spalding High and Griffin High also scored region wins on the same night, Spalding at Jackson and Griffin at Ola.
Also in the first week of 2012, Griffin High wide receiver Quay Mangham was named a CBS Max Preps Freshman all-American. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder had 15 catches for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns in seven games.
On Jan. 6, Austin Gill scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as GISA No. 5-state ranked Griffin Christian rallied to beat Mount de Sales for the first time ever in the modern era, 59-53. A day later the Spalding High football team had 11 players named all-region.
Led by junior linebacker Jevaris Jones on the first-team, the Nick Davis-coached Spalding High football team had 11 players make the Region 4-AAA All-Region team released Saturday.
Second-team selections for the Jags included: Tight end Austin Smith (Sr.), offensive lineman Nick Argoe (Sr.), defensive lineman Justin Gawlowski (Sr.), defensive back Ronnie Owens (Sr.) and athlete Chris Dickson (Sr.).
Honorable mention selections for the Jags include: Quarterback Powell Krepps (Jr.), defensive lineman Jake Jeffcoat (So.) and James Raglin (Sr.) as well as offensive lineman Jay Westbury (So.) and defensive back Eric Alford (Sr.).
Under the direction of Davis, who was in his first season at Spalding, the Jaguars (2-8 overall, 1-7 region) finished eighth in Region 4-AAA this past season.
The same day, Jonathan Hammond scored 16 points and older brother Matthew Hammond added 14 as No. 5-ranked Griffin Christian topped Holy Spirit Prep 54-51 for its fifth straight win.
The same week, the GHSA ratified the new region alignments for the 2012-2014 cycle. Both Griffin and Spalding —now playing in the same region for the first time ever — consequently released their 2012 football schedules a day later.
On Jan. 12, former Griffin High football standout Bobby Rainey — at the tail end of a decorated career at Western Kentucky University — was selected to play in the East-West shrine Game on Jan. 21.
On Jan. 21, Elias Seise scored a game-high 21 points, Jonathan Hammond added 15 points and Austin Gill added 12 points and 13 rebounds as co-No. 3 state ranked Griffin Christian remained atop the GISA Region 2-AAA standings with a 59-40 win against visiting Mount de Sales. Academy.
On Jan. 24, the Spalding High Lady Jaguars basketball team got 25 points and 7 rebounds from Dee Dee Matthews and played excellent defense in the fourth quarter to defeat the Stockbridge High Lady Tigers 61-51 at home. The same night, the Griffin Christian Crusaders got a lead on Trinity Christian, lost it and regained it late to defeat the homestanding Lions 54-48 to remain alone atop the GISA Region 2-AAA standings.
On Jan. 27, the Griffin Christian Crusaders overcame another poor-shooting performance down the stretch in the final minutes to defeat Arlington Christian 75-69 at home. A day later, the Griffin High Bears played well enough on defense to break a three-game losing streak, winning 53-50 at home against the Howard Huskies.