This has been an amazing spring for Columbia County sports. There have been state championships, deep playoff runs and exciting moments in golf, tennis, soccer, baseball and lacrosse.
With the Lakeside girls golf team capturing the Class AAAA state title and so much excitement over several other county teams alive for state crowns, you might have missed that Augusta Prep and Westminster met for the GISA girls soccer state title.
The Lady Cavaliers came into the championship match unbeaten, having defeated Westminster twice in the regular season, but the third time was the charm for Westminster.
Neither team could manage a goal until Westminster star Cara Smith scored with just over 11 minutes to go in the match. That goal was all the Wildcats needed to win and to hoist the championship trophy for the second time in the past four years.
Smith, a Columbia County resident, closed out a brilliant prep career in the best way possible by scoring the game-winning goal to seal the state title for her team. Smith will continue her soccer career next season at the University of Georgia, where she accepted a scholarship on Feb. 1.
Greenbrier girls fall
It was a tough weekend for Greenbrier fans. The girls tennis and soccer teams had their terrific campaigns come to an end after deep playoff runs. The tennis team was making their fourth consecutive trip to the Final Four, but once again they were unable to get past the semifinals. The previously undefeated Wolfpack lost to the reigning three-time state champs from Marist.
Greenbrier should be applauded for another wonderful year as it finished the season 15-1.
The Greenbrier girls soccer team had a familiar scenario over the weekend. Like the tennis team, they were unbeaten and making another nice playoff push. Unfortunately, like the tennis team, they also had to square off with GHSA juggernaut Marist, an Atlanta private school. The Lady Eagles were too much for Greenbrier, and the ’Pack’s season came to an end.
Greenbrier finished the year with the most wins in school history at 19-1-1.
The girls suffered the same fate as the Lakeside and Greenbrier boys golf teams: losing to Marist in the state playoffs. Marist claimed the Class AAAA state title in boys golf at Jones Creek Golf Club May 7. Lakeside finished in second, just one shot back, while Greenbrier took fifth. For our public schools to be able to continually faceoff with one of the state’s most expensive private schools in sports like tennis, golf and soccer is a feat in itself.
At press time, Greenbrier’s baseball team was also preparing for a quarterfinal matchup with Marist.
You can help out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with their current fundraiser simply by playing some golf. The event will be taking place May 25-28 at Bartram Trail golf Club in Evans.
I will have all the details in an upcoming column.