The latest coaches polls from Georgia PrepCountry.com are out, and once again Columbia County schools are well-represented across the board. But before running down the list, I’ll start with a notable absence.
Despite starting the year 8-0, outscoring teams 53-4 in that span, the Harlem girls soccer team is nowhere to be found in the latest Class AAA poll. Maybe coaches who actually vote haven’t seen this team play.
I caught their act for the first time last week. They have a number of talented players, but what struck me most was the way they meshed. Going down the road, their opponents will have problems focusing on just one person to stop. Shut down senior Jade Cotton, and you still have to deal with Olivia Fitzgerald, Christina Rentas and Karrie Sanders, all sophomores, just to name a few.
What’s really impressive is that of the 11 starters, six are sophomores and one is a freshman. Kudos to coach George Berry for putting together what appears to be a truly unified squad.
In baseball, Harlem remained at No. 9 in Class AAA and Greenbrier remained at No. 1 in Class AAAA, despite losses for each.
In Class AAAA soccer, the Greenbrier boys jumped four spots to No. 4 while the Greenbrier girls remained at No. 8.
The Greenbrier girls also moved up a spot in tennis, coming in at No. 7.
How much stock should we take in these polls?
I think the real measuring stick comes at the end of the season when coaches and players determine for themselves how successful they were. Success can be measured with wins, losses and championships won, but it shouldn’t be the sole criteria.