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Lakeside fans: calm down and get behind your coach

Posted: May 3, 2014 - 11:11pm  |  Updated: May 4, 2014 - 12:16am
Steve Hibbitts, who was named as the new head football coach at Lakeside High School, addresses the team during a press conference at the school.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Steve Hibbitts, who was named as the new head football coach at Lakeside High School, addresses the team during a press conference at the school.

This message is not to all Panther Fans, but there are several that have been vocal about their displeasure with Lakeside’s decision to make Steve Hibbitts its new head football coach. A few others seem to be disappointed, but are supporting their school.

Well, all of the folks questioning the selection should at least give the guy a game or two before they write him off.

Hibbitts earned quite a reputation while serving as defensive coordinator at North Augusta High School.

He was chosen to be the head coach at Westside four years ago, after blowing his interview out of the water. While at Westside he started 1-9 in his first season in 2010.

However, despite having little talent, he improved the Patriots each year. They finished 4-6 in 2011 and then 5-6 and made the playoffs in 2012.

Last season, the team was 3-8, but they had to forfeit four games on a technicality, and were actually 7-4 on the field with another trip to the playoffs.

And, from what I hear, had Jarret Troxler not taken the Greenbrier post, Hibbitts may be wearing a “G” on his hat today instead of an “L”. Also, he will be working with more talent this season at Lakeside than he had in all four years combined for the Patriots. So, let’s give the guy a chance before we condemn the hire. He may be the right man to step in and guide this team on a deep playoff run.

Hardy launches first college homer

Former Greenbrier standout Clint Hardy is starting to get more playing time at Western Kentucky. The 6-0 freshman Inf/OF started at third base earlier this week for the Hilltoppers in a game versus Belmont.

Well, Hardy had the best game of his young college career. He went two for four at the plate and connected for his first collegiate home run. He ended the day with 4 RBI as WKU hammered Belmont 13-3.

For the season, Hardy has played in 15 games and made 5 starts for Western Kentucky (25-21). He is hitting .250 with a double, a HR, 5 runs scored, and 6 RBI. Not bad for a freshman making the jump to Division I.

It looks like Hardy has a bright future for the Hilltoppers. Western Kentucky has 9 regular season games left before they begin play, May 21, in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Mobile, Alabama. Hardy was a two-time all county selection and helped guide Greenbrier to back-to-back Class AAAAA state finals.

Robinson named Savannah State Freshman of the Year

Another former Greenbrier standout making the jump to college in 2014 is Austin Robinson. He was a three-time all county selection and boasted an impressive 27-7 mark on the mound over his final three prep seasons. That included an amazing 11-1 record as a junior.

The 6-2 right-hander may not have had tremendous numbers this season at Savannah State, but the coaching staff thought so much of his performance so far that he was named the team’s Freshman of the Year at a recent sports banquet.

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Westside Fan

How did he blow his interview

How did he blow his interview out of the water....when he was the 3rd choice. Enjoy Lakeside!!

Riverman1

Come On Lakeside Fans

Come on folks....Let's get behind Hibbitts. Frankly, I'm glad Troxler left. He was slowly leading the excellent program Grooms left into a .500 one. 7-4 record at Westside is amazing. Hibbitts will do well. I feel sorry for Greenbrier when they play Lakeside this year.

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