So the World Cup is over – well the USA’s involvement in it anyway – back to the dog days of summer.
Sure, there’s plenty of Major League Baseball to watch, but the pros will be taking their midseason break at the end of this week to get ready for the All-Star game in Minneapolis, Minn. on July 15.
What to do?
Well, there will be plenty of local opportunities to catch live sporting events right around the corner.
First up will be Martinez Evans Little League playing host to three other teams in the 2014 Georgia Little League Senior League Baseball Championship at Evans High School.
The MELL seniors, who advanced all the way to the 2013 Senior League World Series, losing in the semifinal round, begin defense of their state crown on Saturday.
Their banquet the night before will feature University of Georgia head baseball coach Scott Stricklin.
Baseball doesn’t start at Evans until 11 a.m. on Saturday, but opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m.
As of now, the double-elimination tournament is scheduled to run through Wednesday, July 16.
I hope the seniors get a good turnout to help support their bid for another World Series appearance.
The same week across town at the Jones Creek Golf Club, the American Junior Golf Association’s E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf will be taking place.
It might be easier to shoot even-par over there than saying the name of the tournament fast five times.
Anyway, as of Wednesday, the field included a group of talented county golfers who have the chance to keep the trophy in local hands.
From the 2014 Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state champion Greenbrier High School Wolfpack, rising seniors Taylor Barker and Jack Rautenstrauch as well as junior States Fort will make a run at it.
Lakeside junior Hunter Dunagan, who was the 2014 GHSA Class AAAAA state low medalist, will try to improve on his eighth-place finish a year ago at the tournament on his home course.
From the 2014 Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA champion Augusta Preparatory Day School Cavaliers is junior Salil Ghamande, who shot the team’s low round of 2-over 74 in their title tilt.
For the girls, Augusta Christian senior Sarah Harrison will try to get one place higher this year after finishing second in the tournament a year ago.
She’ll be joined by Lakeside junior Megan Sabol, who finished second in the 2014 GHSA Class AAAAA state individual competition, shooting a 1-over 73 on the Jones Creek course.
The field is not completely set, however. On Sunday, July 13 there is a tournament-qualifying round.
On Monday, July 14, the field has its official practice round and Junior-AM. From Tuesday, July 15 through Thursday, July 17, the golfers will take to the course each day at 8 a.m. until two champions are crowned.