Tis the season to be jolly, so I hope everybody has some good, relaxing time off during the holiday season.
I’ll get to use a few days off, then get ready to keep running until June.
For those off work and wanting to get their fill of high school basketball, Evans will be playing host to the Monterrey Christmas Tournament starting Thursday and finishing Saturday.
Games begin at 10 a.m. Thursday when the Grovetown High School girls take on Butler, with the Evans boys finishing out the non-stop day against Fox Creek at 8:30 p.m. The full line-up for Thursday is listed under the prep calendar. Games and times for Friday and Saturday will be determined by the previous day’s results.
The Evans tournament will mark the end – for the most part – of out-of-region basketball play. Private and public schools start back in earnest on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Columbia County schools battling one another that night are Evans at home against Greenbrier and Lakeside playing host to Grovetown.
Wrestling starts going full tilt on Friday, Jan. 3 at Greenbrier. The Wolfpack are the host school for the two-day Region 2-AAAAA Duals. County teams that have been wrestling each other for the first half of the year finally get some fresh faces to grapple.
Swimming starts ramping back up in early January as well. The public schools will build toward the Columbia County Championships on Jan. 23, the CSRA Championships on Jan. 28 and then on to the state meet Feb. 6-8. Augusta Prep will be – well – prepping for its state meet on Feb. 1.
Last year I ranted about the slew of meaningless bowl games and that still applies. But for those who are jonesing for college football, there are plenty of choices and not all of them are horrible.
For me, Jan. 1 used to be a magical day filled with bowl games from early afternoon until the late, late hours. Now, with the championship game being played on Jan. 6, these bowls are basically rendered moot and I’ll probably have watched more of Georgia High School Association football championship games than all of the bowl games put together when it’s all said and done.
I would have watched Marshall against Maryland this Friday just because it’s Maryland, but I imagine I’ll be tied up with basketball at Evans and I’m not so interested as to tape and watch later.