With the leaves changing and the World Series wrapped up, it must mean that seasons are changing.
With the NBA having started Wednesday, high school basketball can’t be far behind – and, in fact, it isn’t.
First, though, I have to comment on the World Series.
While the Boston Red Sox performed well on the field, I was most impressed by their facial hair. I grew a beard for about a week – OK, I was too lazy to shave – and I was about to jump out of my skin with how itchy it was. Hitting a baseball is hard enough – I can’t imagine how much more concentration it takes with what looked to be 5-pound beards on each of the players.
I think I even saw a small bird fly out of Mike Napoli’s chin. Maybe that’s why their hitting was a bit off at times, but with David Ortiz slugging his way to the Most Valuable Player award, it all worked out.
Reggie Jackson was Mr. October. If the series starts lasting much longer, they’ll have to designate a Mr. November.
Augusta Prep had a weird Saturday a week ago. The boys and girls cross country teams finished second at the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA state meet, then just hours later, the Prep volleyball team was the GISA Class AAA state runner-up. The school’s football team was playing in the first round of the Glory for Christ playoffs Friday, and as a No. 1 seed has a chance to break that streak.
When the Greenbrier High School volleyball team lost in the round of eight in the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA tournament, that brought a close to that season.
Harlem started the GHSA Class AA State softball tournament on Thursday and, win or lose, the latest their season would go is Saturday. I hope it was Saturday as this was a talented team with a lot of heart.
Football is still going strong. The county’s public schools finish up the regular season Friday, with the playoffs beginning a week later. Lakeside wrapped up a spot in the Class AAAAA playoffs and as of Thursday, Harlem still had a shot at the AA playoffs. They needed a Screven County loss to Josey Friday and to Dublin this week, coupled with a win over Laney in their regular season finale to make the postseason.
In South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA play, the defending champion Augusta Christian Lions will open on the road this week in postseason. They entered Friday’s regular season ender against Orangeburg Prep with a 3-6 mark and could open the first round of the playoffs at Orangeburg Prep on Friday.
Augusta Christian’s boys finished 11th and the girls 12th at the SCISA cross country state meet and all that remains is the GHSA Class AAAAA state meet Saturday at Carrollton, Ga.
Once cross country is over, there’s a scant four days until Greenbrier takes on Harlem in basketball.