Well, the school year has come to a close and what a finish there was to it. It almost couldn’t have ended any better.
On Monday, the golf season came to a rousing conclusion. The Greenbrier and Lakeside High School boys teams had shown to be two of the best teams in the state and they proved that at Bartram Trail.
Eighteen holes weren’t enough to decide a winner. Both finished with a 291 team score, requiring a playoff hole. Greenbrier prevailed, winning the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA title.
Greenbrier coach Alex Heider said he didn’t have words to describe it but his counterpart, Jody Hilley, called it gut-wrenching. Both were magnamimous, giving due credit to their opponent.
While Lakeside couldn’t pull out the team win, the Panthers’ Hunter Dunagan was low medalist, finishing with a sparkling 8-under 64.
Across town at Jones Creek, Lakeside’s Megan Sabol had qualified as an individual for the state event and finished her first nine holes at 1-over 37 and she would finish at 1-over 73 for the day. She had two birdies and two bogeys on the final nine holes in what was a consistent day of hitting greens and fairways. She would finish in second place individually, two shots behind the winner.
Congratulations to all involved in the golf tournaments on a job well done.
The same kudos go out to the Greenbrier baseball team that battled down to it’s final out in the state semifinals. After winning the first game 3-2, they lost 14-5 in the second game, but Whitewater scored eight runs in the final two innings to break open what was a tight affair. In the final game of the series, Adam Sasser’s potential game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh inning was taken away by the Whitewater center fielder to preserve the 5-4 win.
Two good teams fighting to the end is how the playoffs should be when you get this deep in the playoffs. The Wolfpack did all they could, they were just ousted by a team that made one or two more plays than they did.
Taking the Cup
With the county teams’ seasons closed out, so also is the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Region Directors Cup.
For the sixth time in seven years, the Wolfpack’s athletic program was the region winner, topping Lakeside by a scant 60 points (735-675). The Greeenbrier boys were first in Region 2-AAAAA as well, just ahead of Lakeside, while the Lakeside girls bested the Lady Wolfpack by a 342-317 margin.
In Class AAAAA, Greenbrier was sixth overall while Lakeside was 11th.
In Region 3-AA, Harlem finished with 165 points, good for a sixth-place finish.
Finishing in Style
Softball player Jenny Shepherd (Evans-2010) finished her collegiate career at NAIA Brenau University on a strong note, being named the Southern States Athletic Conference Division Player of the Year, on the all-conference team and taking home a Gold Glove for her defensive prowess as a pitcher. She finished 2014 with a 22-4 record, adding three saves and 216 strikeouts. In her four years at Brenau, Shepherd finished 59-21 overall with 597 strikeouts.