It was a big year for girls sports in Franklin County.

In only the fourth year having a girls soccer program, the Lady Seahawks won the school’s first-ever district crown in January, triumphing 3-1 in a thrilling match against Rocky Bayou on penalty picks after two sudden-death overtimes.

The team then secured a 3-1 win at home over Hamilton County 3-1 in the regional quarterfinals. Coach Kelli Maggio’s team fell at home to Maclay in the regional semifinals, capping an extraordinary year.

But this soccer excitement was not the biggest girls sports event of the year.

Under the hot July sun, Franklin County’s Debs softball team took top honors at the Florida Dixie Softball Tournament, held in their home county in Carrabelle.

The under-18 age girls squad, under coach Kevin Newell, mowed down the opposition to earn a berth in the 2012 World Series, August 3-9, in Powhatan, Va.  The five-day event, held at Fighting Creek Park, attracted 24 teams, comprising the 16 to 18 year-old Debs and 13 to 15 year old Belles, made up of 288 softball players from 11 states.