Getting deeper into regional and state playoffs, there have been a number of exceptional individual and team performances. With limited space available, I will try to get as much in as possible.
On Monday, Lakeside and Greenbrier finished first and second, respectively, in the Boys Region 2-AAAA Tournament at Jones Creek.
On the girls side, Lakeside took first, beating Ware County by a stroke.
The Lady Panthers were led by Elizabeth Kim in third while Eunice Yi placed fourth.
At the Georgia Independent School Association 4-AAA Tournament on Tuesday, Augusta Prep took first, beating Westminster by 13 strokes.
Salil Ghamande led the way, firing an even-par 72.
Also Tuesday, in the Region 3-AAA Girls Tournament, Grovetown took second, six shots behind Burke County. Danielle Reynolds led the Lady Warriors shooting an 89.
On the boys side, Grovetown finished fourth, led by Garrett Spivey, who fired 79. Harlem finished out of the top seven, but the Bulldogs were led by Ben Gardner with 76.
State playoffs for AAA and AAAA start this week. In AAAA, the 10-6 Evans boys enter as a No. 4 seed after a 2-1 loss to Richmond Hill.
They travel to face Houston County on Tuesday.
The Lakeside girls also lost 3-2 (7-6 on penalty kicks) and begin the tournament at Lee County on Wednesday.
Greenbrier’s boys won the region and will play host to Hardaway on Tuesday.
In AAA, Grovetown’s boys and girls each made the state tournament. The boys will play host to Drew on Thursday while the girls will travel on Friday to Eagle’s Landing.
Harlem’s girls begin at home as well, playing host to Spalding on Friday.
Congratulations to Augusta Christian for winning the South Carolina Independent School Association Region 1-AAA track title.
The Lions are now off to the state meet on Saturday.
Saturday was a first for Georgia High School Association track and field as sectionals were held. The AAAA sectionals were hosted by Greenbrier at Grovetown High.
Entering the sectionals, Columbia County girls performed exceptionally well at the regional meet, having at least one person qualify for every event but one.
The boys did not qualify in as many events as the girls, but were still well represented.