Friday was a scary day in the Columbia County sports world. There were eight different events, representing four different sports with five teams at home. All had do-or-die consequences. Throw in track meets on the road Saturday for both the Georgia High School Association and South Carolina Independent School Association, and it was quite a weekend.
At Greenbrier, the girls tennis team attempted to reach their fourth consecutive state tournament final four, playing host to Bainbridge, while the Wolfpack baseball team was holding a first-round state playoff game against Thomas County Central from Thomasville, Ga.
Evans’ baseball team, a No. 2 seed, played host to Northside-Warner Robins in a first-round game.
Increasing the natural rivalry that exists between the two lacrosse teams in the county, the Lakeside boys welcomed Greenbrier on Friday, with the winner heading to the Class AAAA state tournament.
Harlem’s girls played host to Spalding in the first round of the Class AAA soccer tournament, while Grovetown’s girls traveled to Eagle’s Landing in McDonough, Ga., in their first-round contest.
Harlem’s baseball team traveled to Eastside in the first round of the Class AAA baseball playoffs.
Augusta Prep’s girls were also a step away from the Georgia Independent School Association finals, playing host to defending champion Stratford Academy.
Some successful teams also saw their seasons come to a close this past week.
The Lakeside boys tennis team made it to the state’s second round before being eliminated. The Augusta Christian baseball squad traveled to Hilton Head Christian and were knocked out in the first round of the SCISA playoffs. The Evans boys soccer team reached the Class AAAA state tournament before losing 4-0 to No. 1 seed Houston County.
On the girls side, the Lakeside soccer team was a No. 4 seed and were tied with Lee County 2-2 at the end of regulation Wednesday. Much like their final game in the region playoffs, when they lost on penalty kicks, the Lady Panthers were outscored 3-1 on penalty kicks and were eliminated.
Looking ahead, Lakeside’s girls tennis team travels to Starr’s Mills in Fayetteville, Ga., Monday for a chance to go to the final four as well. In a perfect world, Greenbrier and Lakeside would reprise their battles on the court this year at the finals in Atlanta on May 12.