It’s the beginning of the spring sports season and time for the weather to intervene.
True, the weather-guessers were wrong about multiple inches of snow falling recently – do we live in Arizona? I have a feeling that rain, which has already affected lacrosse, soccer and baseball games, is going to hit us full-force. As I was typing this Thursday, I had every expectation that the Friday and Saturday slate of baseball games, of which there were seven in Columbia County, would be washed out.
I know we need it, especially with fishing tournaments starting out at Clarks Hill Lake in March. But where was all this during basketball season when it didn’t matter?
And speaking of basketball, the season might be officially over now depending how the Evans girls fared Friday and how the Augusta Christian boys fared Friday and potentially Saturday.
The Evans boys’ season ended Wednesday night with a loss in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs, ending what was a great run for the Knights. They finished 23-6 and while they’ll need to replace Jacob Buchanan and Matt Epps from the starting lineup, they have a good young team coming back next year.
Harlem’s season also ended Wednesday in the first round of the Class AA playoffs and they finished at 15-15. They ran into a buzzsaw in the region tournament, facing a talented Westside team, and it got even worse in the state tournament as they were placed opposite a 26-1 Vidalia squad. Coach Kim Chambers liked the way his team battled and he also has high hopes for next year.
Rock the vote
Former Evans resident TJ Custer, who attended Evans High School but who now attends Forsyth Central in Cumming, Ga., is competing to get to the NCAA Division I Final Four in Atlanta. He is in the midst of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships on the Internet in the 3-point shooters bracket.
There’s nothing being decided on the court yet. Before two finalists get to prove themselves on the hardwood on April 6 in an actual competition televised by CBS, high school players from around the country face off against each other on the Web and those receiving the most votes advance.
Custer is currently in the final eight with a sizable percentage lead, but will need votes to ensure his place in Atlanta. To vote, go to www.highschoolslam.com.
In another online competition, the World Fishing Network will be accepting nominations March 4 for a city to be crowned WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town.
Last year the Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau nominated Appling, but anyone can nominate a town in the U.S. or Canada. The winning town in each country receives a $25,000 grand prize to be invested into fishing in their community, with eight $3,500 regional prizes to be awarded.
Go to www.UltimateFishingTown.com to register.