Quiz time – Who do Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop play for?
I’ll even give you the sport - baseball.
OK, time’s up. If you know me you might have figured out I was talking about the Baltimore Orioles. Stay with me, I’m going to connect it up in just a minute.
The Orioles are 69-50 and hold an ever-widening lead in the American League East. Joseph and Schoop are far from household names and might never be, but they have been invaluable to their team’s success this season.
This coming Wednesday we will have our annual high school football preview section and there will be predictions and speculations as to what will happen to each team during the upcoming season. Which, if it’s escaped your attention, kicks off this Friday night.
But no one really knows how it’s all going to play out, and isn’t that the beauty of athletics in general?
We think we know which teams and players are going to be good. There are track records and past performances to judge. But it’s the ones that come out of left field that shake things up and make things interesting.
Who will that be this year?
I suppose I started thinking about this when Augusta Prep head coach Harry Bacheller, coming off his team’s 2013 Glory For Christ state championship, essentially said he wasn’t sure how many wins his team would have but he liked their chemistry and the heart they were showing in preseason practice.
Is that enough?
We’ll find out starting Friday when the Cavaliers open their season playing host to Augusta Christian for the first time. The Lions are entering after a down 2013 season, a year after their 2012 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA state title. Will a Week 1 win provide the spark that propels one of these squads on to great things?
In Region 2-AAAAA, Lakeside looks to be the prohibitive favorite in Columbia County. They have postseason experience and quality depth throughout their roster.
But not so fast.
Last year Evans toppled Lakeside in a late-season thriller and were close to making the state playoffs. They will make things interesting. Or will it be Grovetown that takes the next step this year, throwing that proverbial monkey wrench into the works?
We’ll just have to wait to see how it all unfolds.