Columbia County sports had a great year in 2012.
It started with an incredible run in the spring. Columbia County teams gave fans plenty to cheer about in soccer, tennis, baseball and golf, with several teams making deep playoff runs and some going the distance to win state titles. This summer, Lakeside High School product Reese Hoffa carried the torch (pardon the pun) for the county at the London Olympic Games. Then, this fall, Harlem and Greenbrier had tremendous seasons in softball, with each making it to the Elite 8.
And, to top things off, Augusta Christian won a state title in football. Yes, I would say 2012 was a pretty good year.
Here are some highlights:
Greenbrier advanced to the state final four and finished 14-1 on the season.
Lakeside advanced to the Elite 8.
Lakeside advanced to the Sweet 16 in the playoffs.
Greenbrier went 20-2-1 and lost in the state championship match
Greenbrier advanced to the Elite 8
Augusta Prep advanced to the state title match and lost to Westminster, which they had beaten during the regular season.
Lakeside claimed the AAAA state championship and Eunice Yi was the individual state medalist.
Lakeside was the AAAA runner-up, losing to Marist by one shot.
Greenbrier finished fifth, with Zack Tully posting an impressive 74.
Greenbrier won 31 games and made it all the way to the Class AAAA championship series.
Greenbrier went 30-8 and advanced to the Elite 8. Taylor Dupree was named state player of the year.
Harlem went 29-9 and advanced to the Elite 8.
Augusta Christian went 13-0 and claimed the SCISA state championship. (The Lions won 13 games by an average of 22 points per game.)
Reese Hoffa deserves his own category. The former Lakeside standout participated in his third Olympics. After failing to medal in 2004 and 2008, Hoffa claimed the bronze medal in August in London.
Conratulations to all who helped make 2012 a special year, and let’s hope 2013 is bigger and better.