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Soccer picture getting clearer

A need for speed

Posted: March 17, 2013 - 12:06am

It seems amazing that the end of high school soccer’s regular season in Region 2-AAAAA is only about two weeks away.

After Tuesday night, when half of the region contests were completed, the race for the sub-region title and county bragging rights started to take shape.

On the boys’ side, Greenbrier, the defending region champion and one win away from being a state champion last year, is 3-0 in the county and in the driver’s seat. In the midst of their region schedule, the Wolfpack (5-1) took time out to beat Collins Hill, the defending AAAAA champ that has moved up to AAAAAA this year.

Among others, the Wolfpack lost three huge pieces in Luke Waechter, Reed Norton and goalie Zack Maxwell from a year ago. I don’t know if I can say that this year’s team is better (yet), but other players have stepped up and they are getting multiple contributions from a deep roster. That allows head coach Chip Warren to run players in and out, keeping legs fresh. Taking over Norton’s role in the middle is senior Michael Harris, who Warren says has emerged as the team’s silent leader.

The Evans boys beat Lakeside 3-2 Tuesday and are second with a 2-1 region record, 4-1 overall. They have a big game with Greenbrier on Tuesday, March 19. A win means a tie for first; a loss and the Wolfpack would all but have first place sewn up. The Panthers have a 4-2 record, 1-2 region, and could possibly still take first but would need a lot of help. Grovetown sits at 0-3 and appears destined for the fourth spot in the subregion.

The Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack are also the defending region champions, have jumped out to a commanding 3-0 region lead and are 3-1 overall.

Like the Wolfpack boys’ coach, head coach Wes Kendrick has a deep roster that allows for multiple substitutions at a time. Their only loss was a 1-0 affair with a 6-1-1 Collins Hill squad.

Lakeside (4-1) is ensconced in second place after a 2-1 win over Evans Tuesday. A win over Grovetown on Tuesday, March 19, would set the stage for a rematch with the Lady Wolfpack a week later on their home field. Evans (3-3, 1-2) can throw a wrench into the region with a home win against Greenbrier, but would need help to get the top spot. Grovetown’s Lady Warriors are 0-3, 0-3 and destined for fourth place.

A need for speed

Congratulations to the county runners who competed at New Balance Nationals Indoor March 8-10 in New York.

The boy’s 4x200 meter relay team, consisting of Darius Watkins (Grovetown), Xarious Henderson (Evans), Jeremy Harden (Greenbrier) and Ryan McCain (North Augusta), finished eighth in the nation. In the boys 60, Watkins ran a 6.89 finishing seventh, Harden (6.90) was eighth and Greenbrier’s Kayla Tyson ran a 7.73 and was eighth in the nation in the girls 60.

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