And here we go.
Thursday’s volleyball contest between Lakeside High School and Greenbrier kicked off the fall sports season and the beginning of nine months of basically non-stop action.
Softball followed on Friday and Saturday at Harlem’s Chick-fil-A Tournament at Patriots Park – that is if the scheduled games weren’t rained out.
Augusta Preparatory Day School opens the slate of football games on Friday night, playing host to Holy Spirit Prep. Then Grovetown is in charge of the first cross country meet at Wildwood Park on Saturday morning.
Some questions that will be answered as the season unfolds, sport by sport.
How will Greenbrier’s volleyball team fare after a 38-2 year, but returning just three players? Will other teams in the county take a step up and challenge the Lady Wolfpack this year? For head coach Debbie Born, returning DeJhana Cotton, the region player of the year and Gabbi Meyering, coming off a solid season and now a senior captain, is a good start.
Mike Leverett faces the same question applies after losing six starters from his region-winning, state playoff-appearing Harlem Lady Bulldogs softball team. The three returners include Lindsey Stokes and Amber Garrett, the Region 3-AA player of the year and pitcher of the year, respectively, and four-year starting centerfielder Christian Mullis.
Conversely, the Greenbrier Lady Wolfpack lost just one player from a 30-8 team a year ago. Will they be able to win another region crown and even more this year or will Evans be a thorn in their side?
For football, how will Augusta Christian handle the loss of several key players from their 13-0 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA championship team? They have a number of talented players coming back, so will head coach Keith Walton be able to mold another title-bound team.?
Augusta Prep made the semifinals of the Glory For Christ Conference playoffs a year ago after playing under the lights for the first time at home. Can playing in front of a new stadium be an omen that they’ll make it to the finals this year?
Lakeside made the state playoffs a year ago and seem to have the most-talented team in the county. Will they be able to turn that playoff experience into a repeat appearance in the postseason?
Lakeside won region championships in both boys and girls cross country.
Both squads graduated their top runner, will the returners be able to step up and successfully defend the titles?
It’s way too early to tell what’s going to happen, but that’s the fun in watching the various seasons unfold.