At last, the best season of the year is here:
Sure, you won’t find it on any official calendar, but ask any student between the age of 7 and 18 and they can tell you to the minute when it starts.
Most graduations were yesterday and hopefully everybody made it through without incident. Well, at least without the kind that causes the arrival of law enforcement.
Most will now be headed to vacations, taking time off before playing on their summer teams or getting ready for college.
Of course, summer vacation hasn’t officially started for everybody, and that’s a good thing. The Greenbrier boys soccer team finished its season Friday night in the Class AAAA soccer championships. Fingers crossed it ended on a happy note and they brought home the school’s first boys state soccer title. They traveled to Suwanee, Ga., to face Lambert High School, and I’m guessing they had a strong contingent follow them there.
But they weren’t the last. The Greenbrier baseball team is still going strong with a Class AAAA state semifinal doubleheader at home against Whitewater on Monday at 5 p.m. The Wolfpack will try to win their first state championship since 2007.
The way the playoffs have been laid out, the 28-2 Wolfpack have been able to throw undefeated pitchers Jordan Hunt and Austin Robinson the past two rounds. Both have come through in spectacular fashion, hurling complete-game wins.
That has saved head coach Chris Wilkins from having to use other arms, notably submarine-style reliever Adam Grice. Among four other teammates who were named to the 2012 Region 2-AAAA Baseball All-Region Team, Hunt was named the Region 2-AAAA Region Player of the Year.
Now we turn our attention to the summer months, which I’m sure will include a fair amount of swimming coverage. And, of course, soon the 2012 Summer Olympics will be upon us.
I’ll be a little more excited for Major League Baseball this summer now that it appears my Baltimore Orioles might be legitimate threats in their division. I don’t want to jinx them by calling them contenders, but they might hold my interest through the All-Star break.
And then, before you know it, the fall season will be upon us and we’ll roll right back in with high school football, softball, cross country and volleyball.