A wrong has been righted.
For four years, the county's four hard-working junior varsity football teams have been battling one another every season.
Without the attention and support that their varsity teammates get, these junior warriors gather Thursday nights in the fall to hone their young athletic abilities into football skills they'll use on their varsity squads.
The experience they gain is more valuable than winning or losing, but since they're playing one another anyway, why not have a championship?
That's what the Columbia County junior varsity football coaches thought four years ago. It was then that the coaches decided that all four teams - Evans, Greenbrier, Harlem and Lakeside - would play one another during the season, and the team with the best record would claim the JV County Cup.
Greenbrier claimed the 2002 and '03 titles, and Evans was the best last season. This year, Lakeside knocked off the defending champs for the JV County Cup.
The only problem was that there has never been an actual County Cup!
There is now.
News-Times Publisher Barry Paschal (also my boss) had the idea, and one of our business partners, Cudos, graciously donated their time, effort and resources to create the first Columbia County News-Times JV County Cup.
At Tuesday night's Columbia County school board meeting, Lakeside Principal Jeff Carney accepted the County Cup.
Cudos outdid themselves with this award. The names of the past winners are engraved on the base, and there's plenty of room for future championship teams.
Who will take home the trophy next year? It's good to know our junior varsity kids will have something to shoot for.
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