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Awards rolling in for Columbia County grads

Good for the lake level, but...

Posted: April 21, 2013 - 12:05am

It’s been a good month for former Columbia County athletes as awards are coming in fast and furious.

The tennis season in the Peach Belt Conference ended April 14, but not before Georgia College and State University junior Kayla Barksdale (Lakeside) and freshman Katie Krupp (Greenbrier) took home some hardware.

During the 2013 season, the pair teamed up to go 16-7, 9-4 in PBC play, for the Bobcats at first doubles. They finished the year with victories in 12 of their final 13 regular-season matches and were named 2013 All-PBC second-team doubles.

Barksdale’s award was her third All-PBC doubles honor, winning each time with a different partner.

The Peach Belt also recognized former Lakeside baseball player Clayton Miller and Harlem’s Derek Brooks for their oustanding performances. For the week April 1-6, Miller was named the PBC Player of the Week while Beasley had bestowed pitcher of the week honors.

Miller, a junior catcher at Armstrong Atlantic University, hit an astounding .632 in four games, threw out two of three base stealers and was error-free in 24 chances.

Beasley, a junior pitcher for USC Aiken, was awarded after shutting down Augusta State April 5. He went six innings in the Pacers’ 7-1 win, allowing one run on two hits while striking out 10.

He is 9-0 for the year – tied for the league lead in wins – and leads the team in ERA (3.30) and strikeouts (67) on a team that sits atop the Peach Belt standings with a 35-8 mark.

Good for the lake level, but...

Maybe the schedule makers should have consulted the Farmer’s Almanac before crafting the 2013 high school spring schedules.

Rain wreaked havoc with the beginning of the spring outdoor seasons, and has done the same once again as region play begins. The majority of the games scheduled for Friday, including region tournament soccer matches, were moved to Thursday in anticipation of thundershowers throughout the day.

Greenbrier had a lacrosse match scheduled for Thursday, so the boys and girls soccer games for Friday remained on the schedule as such. A Monday rain date was tentatively scheduled.

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