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New beginnings don't mean the end is near

Posted: October 21, 2012 - 12:03am

Time sure flies when you’re having fun.

Colleges have their basketball Midnight Madness, and according to the Georgia High School Association master calendar, the first day of high school winter sports is Monday. That’s when swimmers can take to the pool, while basketball and wrestling practice begins Oct. 29.

I guess the fall is coming to a close. I had to don a sweatshirt one night earlier this week.

By the time winter sports start, the only fall sport that will have decided its state champions is softball.

As has been noted, probably ad nauseum to some, Columbia County is making its mark in softball this season with Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs and Greenbrier’s Lady Wolfpack making deep runs in the AA and AAAAA playoffs, respectively. They are in the Elite 8 of their tournaments beginning Thursday in Columbus, Ga. Hopefully they will have satisfying outcomes.

The state volleyball tournament began Thursday at Greenbrier, but will have just completed its semifinal round before the start of basketball and wrestling.

Cross country has its region meets Nov. 3. The Region 2-AAAAA meet will be held at Wildwood Park. There will be an interesting race on the boys side featuring Evans’ Justin Weegar and Lakeside’s Chase Fowers. At the recent Asics Invitational, Weegar finished sixth in 15:36.21, a little more than a second faster than the seventh-place finishing Fowers (15:37.32).

GHSA football, meanwhile, will not even be close to finishing. The regular season doesn’t end until Nov. 9, the same day as the cheerleading finals.

For private schools, the Georgia Independent School Association football champion will be decided Nov. 9. The Augusta Prep Cavaliers have earned a berth in the playoffs and were awaiting weekend results to see if the team has a bye or will be playing its first game in Atlanta on Saturday.

The Lady Cavaliers’ volleyball team is Region 1-AAA’s No. 1 seed and will be playing host to the region playoffs Friday and Saturday. This is a team that can make noise and has the potential to walk away with the state title.

At Augusta Christian, the football team has had a spectacular year thus far and are 8-0 as of this writing. The team defeated longtime nemesis and six-time defending state champion Hammond 29-28 on the road Oct. 12. The road to the South Carolina Independent School Association AAA title game likely will go through the Lions.

The team needs to win one of its final two games to wrap up first place and home field advantage in the first two rounds.

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