Well, here we are again at Masters Week, and that can only mean one thing.
It’s a great time for our high school athletes to go on vacation or work at Augusta National Golf Club and basically put the stress of academia behind them for a week.
It also means that teams building up to their respective region tournaments have to cool their heels and quickly jump back into the flow of the action upon their return.
For the first time in three years, the Region 2-AAAAA track meet won’t be held at Grovetown High School. Instead, teams will have to travel to Warner Robins on Tuesday, April 15, the first day back for schools after spring break. After a break Wednesday, the competition finishes that Thursday.
The Region 2-AAAAA soccer playoffs also begin that Tuesday, but things are a little less involved for four of the teams. The Greenbrier girls and boys won the subregion and will play host to first-round games as will the second place Lakeside girls and the second place Evans boys.
A trio of undefeated tennis teams will begin their region competitions on Wednesday, April 16, which is a busy day.
The Lakeside girls, the defending Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA champions, and the boys team have perfect 14-0 records and will travel to the John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon, Ga. for Region 2-AAAAA action. Augusta Prep’s girls team, also undefeated at 5-0 heading into play Thursday, will be playing the Region 4-AAA tournament that Wednesday at the Newman Tennis Center in Augusta.
Harlem will start its two-day Region 3-AA track competition at Laney High School on Wednesday and finish on Thursday.
Thursday, April 17, Augusta Prep hits the road to Georgia Southern University for the Region 4-AAA track meet.
Friday, April 18, there should be a number of choices to be made about which sporting events to attend. Wins by any of the four home soccer teams on Tuesday – everybody still keeping up? – would ensure a home soccer game that night, putting it head-to-head with the beginning of the Region 2-AAAAA baseball playoffs.
Greenbrier wrapped up first place in the subregion quickly and will play host to one of the games while the winner of Thursday’s Evans-Lakeside game will be the No. 2 seed and play host as well.
The Wolfpack baseball team will have a busy schedule comparatively this week as they play host to Aiken tomorrow and South Aiken on Wednesday with both games beginning at 1 p.m. Evans gets into the mix on Saturday playing host to South Aiken at noon.
I hope the schools all have a happy spring break and come back engergized for the final push to the spring season.