With a new rule in place, hopefully ground is being broken for new county rivalries.
On Saturday, Sept. 30, Evans High School, Grovetown and Augusta Preparatory Day School will be the first county schools to take advantage of Georgia High School Association’s rule 2.62, which was passed at their April 14 executive committee meeting.
Previously, schools under the GHSA umbrella such as Evans and Grovetown were not permitted to compete against teams in the Georgia Independent School Association, of which Augusta Prep is a member.
But now, rule 2.62 clears the way for crossover, and the result will be a volleyball tri-match at Evans.
It is hard to project that far out, but Evans has an up-and-coming squad, Grovetown looks to be improved from a year ago and Augusta Prep is coming off a year in which they were GISA state runners-up. It should make for a good first crossover event.
Augusta Prep won the 2014 GISA state championship in boys golf and it would be fun to see how their squad stacks up against Greenbrier and Lakeside who were the 2014 boys state class AAAAA champion and runner-up, respectively.
Likewise, Augusta Prep’s girls 2014 state soccer championship team, loaded with returners and future collegiate talent, is free to see how they stack up against the county’s public schools. All that need happen is the coaches working it out.
The rule doesn’t come without restrictions, however. GHSA power-ranked sports: football, basketball, baseball and softball are not included and those sports allowed to compete cannot schedule more than 20 percent of their games against GISA schools.
Junior Team Tennis
Petersburg Racquet Club took six teams to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis Georgia State Championships on July 25 in Macon, Ga.
The teams were attempting to advance to the sectional rounds and hopefully further.
The 18 advanced gold team got close to sectionals. They tied in games won with another team but did not advance as they lost the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The 12U intermediate silver team won their division but that was all for them as their division doesn’t advance further.
Lakeside High School’s Megan Sabol competed at the Optimist Junior Golf Tournament July 24-29 at the PGA National Golf Course in West Palm Beach, Fla. Sabol shot a 74, 83 and 79 to make the cut, then finished with a final-round 79 to finish 28th overall.
Greenbrier High School and Aiken-Augusta Swim League’s Brennan Day competed at the 2014 Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine Calif. from July 30 to Aug. 3.
In the 1500 meter freestyle, Day finished 31st in 16:00.98 and 47th in the 800 free with a time of 8:24.24.