This time of year, sports fans in Columbia County have plenty of things to cheer for. The state baseball tournament is getting under way, area golfers are preparing for the state championships and both soccer and tennis teams are in the midst of post-season play.
On Friday at Lakeside High there is a huge boys matchup that local sports fans should not miss, and it does not involve any of those sports. Lacrosse will take center stage.
While still a relatively new sport in this area, both Greenbrier and Lakeside have made tremendous strides with their respective programs.
Of course, the two schools are bitter rivals. Both teams are ranked in the top 25 in the state and a playoff spot is on the line.
The teams played earlier this season, with Lakeside edging Greenbrier 11-10. Now it is down to one game; the winner makes the playoffs and the loser is done for the year.
So let’s get out to Lakeside on Friday night to support these two schools, which have labored in obscurity to build quality lacrosse programs. The game is at 7 p.m. The girls teams play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenbrier.
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The Augusta Lacrosse Club will hold a pair of clinics at Patriots Park this spring. The East Coast Supreme by Flyte Lacrosse Camp will consist of two clinics. The first will take place June 8-9 and will be for middle school ages and younger, followed by a second clinic June 11-13 for high-schoolers and older.
The clinics will give area lacrosse players a chance to get instruction from some of the nation’s top Division I lacrosse players, including Jack Reilly and Phil Castronova. Both play for the powerhouse program at Johns Hopkins.
What Duke is to college basketball, Johns Hopkins is to men’s lacrosse. Heck, its program might be even better. It was founded in 1883 and has won an astonishing 44 national titles, including nine Division I titles since 1974.
Reilly and Castronova are sophomores for the Blue Jays, who currently are ranked 10th in the nation.
The duo helped Johns Hopkins finish sixth in the nation in scoring defense.
The cost for the clinic is $150 for the middle school camp and $250 for the high school camp, with a $25 discount for those who register before May 15.
To register, or for more information, call Jeff Becker at (706) 627-9264 or Steve Boe at (706) 339-1336.