Playing in the championship games of the boys state soccer tournament and state baseball playoffs helped lead Greenbrier High School to one more win.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Wolfpack’s athletic program was the region winner of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Region Directors Cup.
Lakeside was second in the region, finishing with 775.5 points to Greenbrier’s 804.5.
Greenbrier finished fifth in the state behind Marist, Johns Creek, Pope and Lambert.
“I’m proud of our athletic program. It’s the result of a lot of people contributing,” said Greenbrier Athletic Director and softball coach Garrett Black. “Our community loves athletics, and the coaches aren’t just about their sports. They’re about building life skills. And, of course, there are our kids, who sacrificed and worked out.”
While Greenbrier will receive a trophy and a wall banner, they won’t be the only Columbia County school to walk away with hardware. Awards are handed out to the top male and top female programs in the region. Greenbrier’s boys were tops, while Lakeside’s women finished first in the region.
In the state, the Panthers earned an overall top-10 finish, coming in at No. 8.
Points are determined by how well teams do in state postseason tournaments. Teams earn 100 points for a state title, 90 points as state runners-up, and the points are scaled down the line accordingly.
The Lakeside girls bested the Lady Wolfpack by almost 90 points in the region race. Helping lead the Lady Panthers’ charge was winning the GHSA Class AAAA state title in golf and a fourth-place finish in the state cross country championships.
For the overall race, heading into the spring sports season, the Panthers led the Wolfpack by a 528-407 margin. Along with the boys soccer and baseball teams, deep runs into state tournaments by the girls soccer and tennis teams, as well as good showings by the boys track and lacrosse squads, put the Wolfpack over the top.
“I’m proud of the athletic programs in the county,” Black said. “Lakeside in the top 10 makes Greenbrier look good and the county looks good.”