With just a handful of days left in the school year, let’s take a quick review on recent results.
In the first round of the state Class AAAAA tournament, Evans (17-12) was ousted in three games by Starr’s Mill while Lakeside (10-16) dropped a pair to Whitewater.
We’re three rounds away from it, but the GHSA Class AAAAA state championship is slated to begin on Saturday, May 24. Yes, that’s right, once again it will be on Columbia County’s main graduation day.
Last year, the Greenbrier seniors were on the road playing and had to skip their graduation. This year, the Wolfpack would be the host team if they make it to the final series for the third consecutive year. Greenbrier is slated to graduate at 1:30 p.m. at the James Brown Arena, so with some creative scheduling, the seniors might be able to do both.
If Greenbrier’s boys soccer team won Friday night, then Wolfpack supporters may be torn Tuesday night. The baseball team will be playing host to Stephenson in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals while the soccer team would host the McIntosh-Gainesville winner in the AAAAA semifinals.
The Evans boys and girls missed qualifying for the state Class AAAAA tournament. The girls finished 11 in the sectional competition with a 347 while the boys finished 13th (335).
The Lakeside girls team was the only one to make the state tournament. The Lady Panthers (10-4) lost to Northview 17-4 in the first round. The Lakeside boys finished at 12-4, Greenbrier’s boys were 7-9 and the Lady Wolfpack were 8-6.
Monday night, the Greenbrier girls (9-3-1) ran into a team that had their number–and not by much–in 2014, losing 1-0 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state tournament to McIntosh in overtime. When the teams met during the regular season, McIntosh beat Greenbrier 3-2 on penalty kicks. The first round marked the end for Evans against Starr’s Mill; their girls (7-9) losing 4-0 and the boys (10-6) falling 2-0.
Both Harlem squads finished with winning records before bowing out in the first round of the state Class AA tournament. The Bulldogs (8-6) lost 7-0 to Fitzgerald. The Lady Bulldogs (10-7) lost to Thomasville, 3-1.
Augusta Prep’s Brooke Stevens won her fourth state Georgia Independent School Association singles title. She’s only a junior, so she’ll have a chance to walk away with an unprecedented fifth title next year.