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Four Columbia County teams to be on TV

Lakeside grad breaks record

Posted: July 28, 2012 - 11:12pm

In Wednesday’s column I released some news regarding this season’s WJBF Game Night Live broadcast team. I can now unveil the schedule for 2012, which features four games involving Columbia County programs.

The broadcast will be each Thursday night beginning Aug. 23 as Midland Valley High School visits North Augusta. Each game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a pre-game show. The games will be run live on WJBF’s Digital Channel RTV 6.2, which is Channel 380 on Comcast and 246 on Knology. Also, the games will be rebroadcast on Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. on WJBF News Channel 6.

Here is a list of the games involving Columbia County schools:

Aug. 30 – Evans at Richmond Academy

Sept. 13 – Fox Creek at Augusta Christian

Sept. 20 – North Augusta at Grovetown

Oct. 18 – T.W. Josey at Harlem

Lakeside grad breaks record

Last weekend, Mark Greubel of Greubel’s Mixed Martial Arts took a group of fighters to Orlando, Fla., for the International Kickboxing Federation World Classic. It should come as no surprise that they returned home with four more IKF titles to brag about.

This is getting to be a broken record for Greubel’s. Mark and his brother John each won multiple world kickboxing titles. Now Mark is gaining a reputation in the kickboxing world for producing champions.

Since winning championships is common for Greubel’s fighters, what made this trip so special?

It is not every day that a local athlete breaks a world record, and that is exactly what Nathan Key did in Orlando. Key, a former Lakeside High School football player, broke an IKF record by winning his seventh World Classic title. He did so in dominating fashion. Key was fighting the Irish champion, who sported an unbeaten 19-0 record. After a devastating head kick late in the first round, that streak was over.

Key, now 23, has 38 amateur victories – not bad for someone who got in to kickboxing to stay in shape for football. I remember talking to Mark Greubel about Key back in 2006. At the time, Key had been training for less than a year, but Greubel knew he had something special. He said Key’s long, lean frame and athleticism made him a natural. Add that to Key’s relentless work in the gym and desire to be great, and it was no wonder Greubel thought Key would be a champion one day. Well, that day has arrived – seven times over.

Key was not the only Greubel’s fighter to pick up hardware in Orlando. Chris Richardson, Nicholas Torrance and Jason Dunaway also came away with titles.

For more info on Greubel’s MMA, go to www.greubelsmma.com.

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