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COOK HIGH HORNET BASEBALL, A TRADITION OF CHAMPIONS, THE TRADITION OF "EXCELLENCE"
*27 Consecutive Seasons of Playoff Baseball* 1989,1990,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,2000,01,02,03,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14,15(592-254 record through 2015)
*62 Consecutive Region Wins* 2007-2011
**1975 AAA State Runner-Up**
**1983 AAA State Runner-Up**
**1992 AA State Champions**
**1998 AA State Runner-Up**
**2000 AA State Champions**
**2010 AA State Runner-Up**
Cook Hornet Baseball is one of the highly respected programs in the state of Georgia, as the Hornets average over 20+ wins a season and produce some of the states top players. The Hornets have played in a State Championship Series in every decade dating back to the 1970's(1975,1983,1992,1998,2000,2010) and have won two (1992,2000). Cook has also won 17 Region Titles and 9 Sub-Region titles. The Hornets have also played in a post-season either Region Playoffs or State Playoffs (16 consecutive) for 27 consecutive seasons, with an overall record of 592-254 (excluding current season) in that 27 year span.
THE 1990's "SOUTH GA's TEAM OF THE 90'S"
The Hornets won over 200 games in the 1990's, played in six Final Fours, won six of seven Quarter-Final appearances, played in two State Championships, won the 1992 State Championship, and won four Region Championships. The graduating class of 1994 made the Final Four every season of play from 1991-1994. The success in the 1990's gave Cook High Baseball the label as South GA's AA "TEAM OF THE 90's."
THE 2000's THE WINNING TRADITION CONTINUES, "SOUTH GA's TEAM OF THE DECADE"
Cook opened up the new decade with a bang, destroying their opponents in 2000 on their way to a 30-win State Championship season. It was Cook's second state title appearance in three seasons. Beginning in 2000 through 2009, Cook was 177-43 against AA schools (113-17 in Region play, 48-22 in state playoffs, and 16-4 vs non-region AA opponents in reg. season play). Overall, Cook posted a 239-87 record. The Hornets made the state playoffs every season, won 6 Region Titles (00,02,05,06,08,09), finished Region Runner-Up three times (01,04,07), made eight Elite Eight appearances (00,01,02,05,06,07,08,09), played in four Final Fours (00,05,08,09), and won the 2000 AA State Championship with a 30-7 mark (18-1 against AA opponents that season). Cook posted undefeated region records in 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Hornets have set #1 in the A.P and/or Coaches Poll in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2009 in either pre-season, regular season, or final state rankings. Cook finished in the top 10 State Rankings every season but one since 2000 (Finished ranked in the top ten 16 times in 19 seasons). The success in the 2000's gave Cook High Baseball the label as South GA's AA "TEAM OF THE 00's."
2010 - A New Decade
Cook opened up the new decade in 2010 much like the previous by playing for a state championship. However, they fell short of their goal after being just four outs away in game two, they eventually fell in a three game series to the Calhoun Yellow Jackets. The Hornets finished with a 31-5 record and set the tone for a new decade of excellence. The season was filled with much success as Cook extended their region win streak to 53 games and won the region for a third straight season. Senior Kaleb Cowart was named Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year, Gatorade National Player of the Year, and also USA Today National Player of the Year. Cowart was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and signed. DJ Johnson was drafted by the New York Mets but opted to play his collegiate ball at Mercer. Parker Nix signed with Darton College and finished his successfull career at Savannah State. The Hornets followed the magical 2010 season up with four straight playoff apearances in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. The 2014 squad won 24 games and earned a berth in the Elite Eight finishing ranked #7 in the AP poll. The success in the new dacade has also produced nine players at the college level and two at the pro level. The Hornets have won 129 games since the turn of the decade.
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"A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE"
SUB-REGION CHAMPIONS *excludes seasons after 2000 due to realignment, eliminating split regions*
PLAYOFF STREAK:(****27 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS OF POST-SEASON BASEBALL****)
THE STREAK, 4 State Championship Appearances, 2 State Championships, 11 Region Championships, 8 Region Runner-Ups, 11 Final Four Appearances, and 18 Elite Eight Appearances.
1989 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
1990 - Region Playoffs
1991 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
1992 - STATE PLAYOFFS "STATE CHAMPIONS"
1993 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
1994 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
1995 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Quarter-Finals"
1996 - Region Playoffs
1997 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
1998 - STATE PLAYOFFS "STATE RUNNER-UP
1999 - Region Playoffs
2000 - STATE PLAYOFFS "STATE CHAMPIONS"
2001 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Quarter-Finals"
2002 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Quarter-Finals"
2003 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Sweet 16"
2004 - STATE PLAYOFFS
2005 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
2006 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Quarter-Finals"
2007 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Quarter-Finals"
2008 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
2009 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Final Four"
2010 - STATE PLAYOFFS "STATE RUNNER-UP"
2011- STATE PLAYOFFS "Sweet 16"
2012 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Sweet 16"
2013 - STATE PLAYOFFS
2014 - STATE PLAYOFFS "Quarter-Finals"
2015 - STATE PLAYOFFS
**19 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS OF 15 OR MORE WINS**
YEAR - WINS
1997 - 21 (Final Four)
1998 - 24 (State Runner-Up)
1999 - 18
2000 - 30 (State Champions)
2001 - 19 (Elite 8)
2002 - 22 (Elite 8)
2003 - 16
2004 - 16
2005 - 26 (Final Four)
2006 - 27 (Elite 8)
2007 - 26 (Elite 8)
2008 - 28 (Final Four)
2009 - 29 (Final Four)
2010 - 31 (State Runner-Up)
2011 - 22
2012 - 18
2013 - 17
2014 - 24
2015 - 17
HORNETS IN THE PROS: *Player still active
Steve Browning - Baltimore Orioles
Andy Baker - Cleveland Indians
Norman Williams - Cleveland Indians
Shane Roland - Seattle Mariners (drafted,did not sign, FSU))
Derek Gooden - St. Louis Cardinals
Mario Williams - Cincinnati Reds - Free Agency
Brandon Durden - Chicago White Sox (drafted,did not sign)/ Colorado Rockies (drafted, signed as Rockies 4th overall pick)
*Kaleb Cowart - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010 18th overrall pick/Angels' #1 pick)
*DJ Johnson - New York Mets (2010 21st Round/Did not sign, Mercer)
*Palmer Betts - Pittsburgh Pirates (2014 34th Round)
ALL-AREA (TIFTON GAZETTE AND/OR VALDOSTA DAILY TIMES *excludes 2009)
PLAYERS: *inicates player is still active
Andy Baker - 1987,1988
Josh Barks - 2007, 2008
Nathan Barnes - 1997,1998, (1998 Player of the Year)
Brian Betts - 1994,1995
Kevin Betts - 1993
Will Brooks - 1991
J.J Brown - 1993
Daniel Connell - 1999
*Kaleb Cowart - 2007, 2008 (2007 and 2008 Tifton Gazette Player of the Year, 2011 GA Dugout Club AA State Player of the Year)
Lance Cowart - 1989,1990 (1990 Tifton Gazette Player of the Year)
Daniel Dukes - 1997,1998,1999,2000 (2000 Player of the Year, 2000 GA Dugout Club AA State Player of the Year)
Trammel Dukes - 2000,2001,2002,2003
Brandon Durden - 2001,2002 (2002 Tifton Gazette Player of the Year)
Cleve Edwards - 1997,1998,1999,2000
Andy Forte - 1994,1995
Scott Freeman - 1998
Jonathan Fulghum - 2005,2006 (2005 Tifton Gazette Player of the Year)
Jeff Gandy - 1991
Kyle Goff - 2000,2001,2002,2003
Ty Goff - 2006,2007
Cody Gooden - 2004,2005,2006
Derek Gooden - 1992
Kempe Greene - 1992
Kyle Hamilton - 2005
Trevor Hand - 2008
Marshall Hisaw - 1989,1990
Chris Howell - 2003
Jerrod "Punch" Inman - 1999
*D.J Johnson - 2008
Jerrel Johnson - 2001
T.J Johnson - 2007
Trey Johnson - 1996,1997,1998
Neal Jones - 2004
Jason Lavind - 1996,1997,1998 (1997 Player of the Year)
Justin Lassetter - 1997
Blake Mainor - 2004, 2005,2006 (2006 Tifton Gazette Player of the Year)
Brandon Mainor - 2005,2006,2007
Doug Martin - 1994,1995 (1995 Player of the Year)
Jonathan Mathis - 2004
Eric Mauldin - 1999,2000
Zach Mauldin - 2003
Kyle McClain - 1996
Deonto McCormick - 2001
Shane McDaniel - 1998
Garnett McMillian - 1994,1995
Derrick Merritt - 1986,1987
Adam Moore - 1997
Parker Nix - 2008
Josh Owsley - 2000,2001 (2001 Tifton Gazette Player of the Year)
James "Koko" Payne - 1997,1998,1999,2000
Jess Permenter - 1994,1995
Keith Philips - 1986
Justin Ray - 2004, 2005,2006
Jon Register - 1996
Greg Robinson - 2002
Jonathan Rogers - 1988,1989
Shane Roland - 1994
Seth Rountree - 1993
Justin Sadler - 2008
Brad Shackleford - 1994
Glenn Simmons - 1986
Austin Steel - 2008
Jonathan Surrency - 2006
Will Smith - 1989
Tom Thomas - 1986
Wes Warren - 2008
Mario Williams - 1999,2000
Norman Williams - 1990,1991,1992 (1992 Player of the Year)
Andy Womack - 1991
Donnie Woods - 1991,1992,1993
Johnny Woods - 1992,1993 (1993 Player of the Year)
Will Wright - 2007
GA Dugout Club Class AA Player of the Year
Daniel Dukes - 2000
Kaleb Cowart - 2010
GA Dugout Club Class AA Coach of the Year
Bob Owsley - 2010
Kaleb Cowart - 2010
Louisville Slugger All-American Team
Kaleb Cowart - 2010
DJ Johnson - 2010
Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year
Kaleb Cowart - 2010
Gatorade National Player of the Year
Kaleb Cowart - 2010
HEAD COACHES: *since 1970
Greg Williams - 2016-
Cleve Edwards (2011-2015)
Former Hornet All-Star Cleve Edwards was named head coach of his alma-mater following the 2010 season. Edwards was a four year starter from 1997-2000 and played in two state championships. He was the starting third baseman and team captain on the 2000 AA State Championship team. Following his high school career he played two seasons at Darton College. Edwards began his coaching career at Cook in 2003 and served as an assistant before being named the head coach following the 2010 season. In his first season as head coach, the Hornets posted a 22-8 record, finished second in Region 1-AA, and advanced to the second round of the AA State Playoffs falling to the eventual 2011 AA State Runner-Up, Pike County. His 2012 squad followed that up with another playoff berth in the Sweet Sixteen with an overall record of 18-11. His third season brought challenge as the program had to replace seven starters, however his team finished with a 17-10 record and another playoff berth. His 2014 Hornets won 24 games and finished 2nd in the tough Region 1AA. They advanced to the Elite Eight and finished ranked #7 in the AP Poll. Edwards closed out his five year tenure with a 17 win season and a playoff berth. Seven players advanced to the college ranks and one has went pro under Edwards. His overall record at Cook is 98-57.
Bob Owsley (1980, 1984-1991, 2001-2010) 2009 Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame/500 Win Club 2010
Owsley has spent 23 of his 32 years of coaching at Cook. Owsley's teams have won 11 Region Titles, qualified for the state playoffs 21 times, Quarter-Finals 10 times, Semi's 6 times, and 1 Finalist. Owsley guided the 2010 squad to a 31-5 record and a State Runner-Up finish. Owsley has an overall record of 520-218 following the 2010 season. Over Forty of Owsley's former players have played at the college level and eight have gone pro or been selected in the MLB draft. At Cook, he has been named All-Area Coach in 1989,1991,2001,2002,2005, and 2006, as well as Region 1AA Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Owsley was also named 2010 GA Dugout Club Coach of the Year for the 2010 season.
Frank Vashaw (1993-2000)
Led Cook to three Region Titles and two State Championship appearances (1998 and 2000). Vashaw's 2000 squad captured the 2000 AA State Championship with a 30-7 mark, and was 18-1 against AA schools that season with a 10-1 playoff record. He was named GA Dugout Club coach of the year in 1998 and GACA State Coach of the Year in 2000. Vashaw, while at Cook has also been named All-Area Coach of the year in 1994,1997, 1998. and 2000. Region 1-AA Coach of the Year in 1993, 1997, and 2000. Seventeen Hornets played at the college level under Vashaw and two at the pro level. Total Record at Cook, 175-86. Vashaw went on to be the head baseball coach at Coffee High (2001-2005) and North Gwinnett High School (2006-2013), making the state playoffs in every season. Vashaw has won over 400 games in his head coaching career.
Jackie Raley (1992)
Raley spent one season as Hornet Head Coach but it was an important season. That season was 1992 when Cook went 25-6 and captured the AA State Championship, the programs first. He was named 1992 All Area Coach of the year.
Mike Raynor (1981-1983)
Raynor guided the Hornets to three-consecutive region championships from 1981-1983 and also a State Runner-Up finish in the 1983 season.
Franklin Sumner (1979)
Bruce Long (1970-1978)
Long led Cook to its first of many Region Championships in 1975, which was also the program's first state playoff appearance. Under Long, Cook captured three Sub-Region Championships and two Region Championships and were State Runners-Up in 1975. Cook's baseball field, known to many road teams as one of "toughest" places to play, was dedicated to Coach Long in 1994, and since named Bruce Long Memorial Field, Home of the Hornets.
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