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Columbia County bids farewell to AAAA

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Posted: May 26, 2012 - 11:08pm

With the classifications of schools shifting next year, Greenbrier High School is giving Columbia County a fine farewell to Class AAAA play.

Last week it was the Wolfpack boys soccer team playing for a state title; this week it was the baseball team attempting to become tops in the state.

With a doubleheader scheduled against Loganville on Saturday, one of three things have already happened: the Wolfpack have won the state title; they finished the season as runners-up; or, they split and will play the “if necessary” game Monday in Loganville at 2 p.m.

Because there is only one county team involved, I will put on the homer hat and say here I am hoping they emerge victorious, and hopefully got it done on Saturday.

Of course, I will not go so far as to wear my collared Wolfpack shirt I got years ago when I was associated with the high school Wuerzburg Wolves in Germany.

In Greenbrier’s semifinal baseball games last week, it was nice to see that even though school was out for the summer, the student/graduate section was out in full force. The crowd wasn’t as large as it had been for the Greenbrier-Evans region final, but seating was still at a premium.

Like the soccer team, as a No. 1 seed, the Wolfpack have been at home throughout the region and state playoffs. They last played an “away” game more than a month ago on April 11 at Harlem.

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With the seasons over-or almost over-it’s now time to go camping.

Not the roughing it in the wild type, which has never really appealed all that much to me. My version of camping includes a standing structure and power.

No, instead it is the kind where the coaches turn their attention to the younger athletes and offer their and other experts’ advice. Obviously it is not free, but to learn how some of these high school programs have been so good for so long is priceless.

Virtually every sport you can think of is being covered. From baseball to wrestling, there are nine different sports with camps in the next two months. Check our sports calendar for listings or check your local high school’s Web page to see what they have to offer.

It’s Academic

Former Lakeside baseball player Clayton Miller, the 2010 Class AAAA Baseball Player of the Year as awarded by the Georgia Dugout Club, was named to the 2012 Peach Belt Baseball All-Academic Team earlier this month. The sophomore catcher at Armstrong Atlantic State University, who is a rehabilitation sciences major, helped his team to a 41-16 season while maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher.

Former Evans track performer Perron Jones was also named to the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team.

Jones is a sprinter in his junior year at Georgia Tech, where he maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

These are the kind of follow-up stories to the ones where high school athletes first sign their letters of intent that I love to see.

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