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Soccer scoring is up in early going

A crash course in lacrosse

Posted: February 26, 2012 - 1:07am
Photo by Jim Blaylock Scott Rouch, sports reporter for the Columbia County News-Times. Feb. 2, 2012  JIM BLAYLOCK
JIM BLAYLOCK
Photo by Jim Blaylock Scott Rouch, sports reporter for the Columbia County News-Times. Feb. 2, 2012

I thought soccer was a sport where it was high-scoring if the total output was more than two goals.

That is not the case in Columbia County, where there have been two 10-0 games thus far with players recording multiple-goal games.

Robert Gvazgava was on a roll, scoring two goals in each of the Lakeside boys first two games before being shutout in the Panthers 1-1 tie at Aquinas on Tuesday night.

Freshman Devin Haygood continued her multiple-goal streak for the Lakeside girls Tuesday night with two against Aquinas, giving her five in two games.

Greenbrier boys standout Reed Norton scored the only goal in a 1-1 tie against South Aiken, but lit up the scoreboard with three goals and two assists against Hephzibah on Wednesday.

Jade Cotton matched Norton as she scored three goals in Harlem’s 7-0 win over Lincoln County the same night.

I expect goals will start getting harder to come by with the onset of region play, with a good-looking game in Region 2-AAAA this Tuesday night with Lakeside’s boys and girls playing host to Greenbrier.

A crash course in lacrosse

Before last week, the last time I saw a lacrosse game live was the early 1980s when my brother played.

Being from Maryland, a hotbed of lacrosse, it was a little embarrassing to admit to the Greenbrier and Lakeside coaches that my knowledge of their sport was not so great.

Just being on the sidelines for the scrimmage, I learned quite a bit. Mostly I learned that their rivalry is an intense one.

The varsity went at it for the first half, and it had all the feel of a championship game.

I used to describe the sport as guys running around whacking each other with sticks, but obviously that didn’t do it justice. It feels like soccer, hockey and football all rolled into one, but it is its own wonderful thing. Funny, I had to come all this way to find that out.

Being the only county teams with programs, Greenbrier and Lakeside have to travel far and often. Maybe in the next few years other county teams will make the push to add lacrosse.

Bikinis covered up?

It’s 2012. I find it hard to believe we haven’t passed the stage where the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is behind a semi-transparent barrier at grocery store checkout stands.

Seriously?

I would much rather see that than the assault of tabloids near the registers. By the way, many of those rags feature females in bathing suits.

To date myself, I grew up with the likes of Cheryl Tiegs and Christie Brinkley gracing the covers. As a teen, it made quite an impression, but it didn’t lead to a life of crime or to think of girls/women as things solely to be objectified.

I guess another argument could be made that it might cause young women to have body-image issues, which is a serious topic. These days, though, it’s not just stick-thin models. They also feature professional athletes like golfer Natalie Gulbis.

Whatever the real issue is, it will come down to parental control as this is not an age-restricted magazine.

I will admit I did not buy the issue on general principles.

I looked at it online for free.

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