Lakeside High School’s boys lacrosse team knocked off Greenbrier 11-10 in a hotly contested match earlier in the regular season. But the rematch was all Greenbrier.
With a trip to the state playoffs hanging in the balance, Greenbrier jumped out to a 10-2 lead and cruised to a 14-7 victory at Lakeside.
Tyler Starnes led six different Greenbrier scorers with six goals, and Alan Troutman was outstanding protecting the net with 15 saves for the Wolfpack. Greenbrier (10-5) will be on the road today to square off with The Lovett School (13-5) in Atlanta at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, a day earlier, Lakeside’s girls soundly defeated Greenbrier’s girls 19-8 on the Lady Wolfpack’s home turf for a season sweep and also are headed to the playoffs.
The first round of the baseball playoffs went according to plan for a trio of Columbia County teams. Harlem, Evans and Greenbrier each broke out the brooms with two-game sweeps to advance in the Georgia High School Association state playoffs. Here is a look at some of the key performers:
Game 1 12-2, Game 2 3-1 over Eastside
Chaise Dukes: Complete game effort in Game 1. Allowed just nine hits and two runs.
Tyler Wirsu: Complete game in the clincher. Allowed only six hits and one run.
Aaron Moore: Smashed a pair of homers in Game 1 and combined to go 4-7 for the day with five RBI.
Devin Critell (4 for 6), Tyler Thigpen (4 for 7), Alex Hintz (2 for 4) in Game 1.
Next up for Harlem: At perennial power Columbus High School (25-3) today. Columbus has won the last two AAA state titles. Many of the seniors from Columbus’ team also played on their Little League World Championship team in 2007.
Game 1 4-2, Game 2 4-3 over Northside Warner Robins
Kyle Anderson: The talented freshman held Northside to just three hits and two runs as he improved to 6-2 with a complete game.
Matt Anderson: Freshmen are not supposed to start on the varsity level at catcher, but this player is that good. He was solid in both games for Evans.
Raekwon Bennett: Another great ninth-grader. Bennett went 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI in Game 1, then doubled again in Game 2.
Jeremy Clements: What a day as he went 5 for 8 with three RBI.
Next up for Evans: At Loganville (23-5) beginning this afternoon.
Game 1 11-1, Game 2 13-1 over Thomas County Central
Jordan Hunt: Hunt has been outstanding all year and Game 1 was no different. He pitched a complete game (five innings) and did not allow a run while striking out seven to earn his seventh victory of the year. He also hit 5-7 for both games with four RBI, and hit a home run in Game 2.
Clint Hardy: 6 for 7, five RBI and a home run in Game 2.
Next up for Greenbrier: Playing host to South Forsyth (20-8) this afternoon.
The Lakeside High School Panther Basketball Camp is set for June 4-7 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Lakeside High. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-13 with a cost of $80 for the week.
The attendees will get daily fundamental work, individual instruction, and get the chance to learn from some of the current Lakeside players.
The director of the camp is Lakeside head varsity boys coach John Kucela, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that few coaches in the area can boast. He has coached basketball for 30 years, with 24 years under his belt as a head coach..
Joining Kucela will be members of the Lakeside coaching staff, including Larry Wall. Wall has coached at virtually every level, including a four-year stint as the head coach at USC Aiken in the early 1980s.
For more, or to sign up, call Kucela at (706) 863-0027, ext. 4354, or (706) 726-3039.