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New family member has some great sports to see

Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:12am
Calvin Taylor dunks for Augusta Christian against Cardinal Newman in January. The Augusta Christian boys won the 2014 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA title.  File photo by Jim Blaylock
File photo by Jim Blaylock
Calvin Taylor dunks for Augusta Christian against Cardinal Newman in January. The Augusta Christian boys won the 2014 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA title.

Some of you may or might not know that in late January I had a life-altering event with the birth of my first child, a beautiful boy we named Connor.

He’ll be too young to take to any sporting events this year, but at some point next school year I could see toting him to a softball game or baseball game.

It would be too early for him to understand the finer points of the game – OK, any of it really – but that won’t matter. It will be awesome to get him out in that type of setting.

Sunday was a pretty good day for us. With his mom getting a break to get out of the house for more than just a few minutes at a time, Connor and I got to watch a Maryland Terrapins basketball game in the early afternoon. It looked like my Terps were going to blow the game, much like Clemson did on Saturday against Pittsburgh, but they didn’t, and Connor was so excited he went to sleep.

Later, after another round of feeding, we got to watch Patrick Reed, of Augusta State University golf fame, hold off all comers at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla. for the win.

I admit I pay more attention to golf as the Masters Tournament approaches, especially if I have a chance to get out on the course for a few days and help out the guys at The Chronicle, who do a fantastic job with their coverage.

Who knows, I might even turn to the Golf Channel more often to make sure I’m on top of things.

Besides thinking about getting Connor a baseball glove, I’ve also started thinking about how old he should be to take golf lessons.

If ever there was a place to learn how to play golf, this would be it.

Before you say “Yeah, that’s great and all, how about some Columbia County high school spring sports stuff?” I’ve been trying to get spring sports in the paper as much as I can, but factors have limited me to some degree.

Last week, I had planned to see the Grovetown High School, Evans and Lakeside baseball teams in action, but rain decided that wasn’t going to happen.

And a run of fantastic basketball demanded it take center stage.

The ice storm of 2014 backed up the Region 2-AAAAA basketball tournaments almost a week, and then the Greenbrier girls made it to the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state tournament.

In succession, the Augusta Christian boys won the 2014 South Carolina Independent School Association Class AAA title while the Augusta Prep Cavaliers’ boys finished as runners-up at the Georgia Independent School Association Class AAA state tournament.

There’s now some pressure on the Augusta Prep spring sports teams, as the athletic program has had a state champion and four state runners-up through the fall and winter sports seasons combined.

Now, back to spring sports coverage.

This week I’ll be at soccer, golf and baseball and have plans for getting out to tennis, lacrosse and track as well.

I don’t mind if you call or write to wonder why your team that is doing well isn’t getting the coverage it deserves – just know I’ll be trying to get as much in I can about as many of the county teams and athletes as possible.

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