Greenbrier enjoyed its finest season in school history a year ago. Garrett Black's squad set a county record for victories and advanced to the Class AAAA Final Four before falling to Marist.
Despite losing three-time All-County performer Melissa Lewis, the 'Pack could be better this season.
They are currently 7-0 and have out-scored their opponents by an incredible average of 32 points per game. Greenbrier is averaging 72 points per contest.
Ironically, their high scoring average is a direct result of the team's terrific defense. Led by guards Michelle Swiec, Brooke Jackson and Sara Oland, Greenbrier has been giving opposing offenses fits all season. Greenbrier currently stands at No. 5 in the latest Class AAAA state poll, and I would not be surprised to see the 'Pack make a deep playoff run again this season.
Senior guard and two-time Columbia County Player of the Year Michelle Swiec has received quite an honor. This week she became the second player in county history to be named a McDonald's All-American Nominee. McDonald's and the McDonald's All-American Game Board of Directors recognizes the very best players from all over the country each year. This means Swiec will be considered for selection for the prestigious McDonald's All-American Game this spring. Swiec also will be a contender for All-State and State Player of the Year honors.
All-Region football honors handed down
Versatile Evans standout David Smith was one of a trio of county players to be named to the All-Region 3-AAAA football team. Smith was used about every way imaginable for the Knights this season and always answered the bell.
Joining Smith on the All-Region squad was Greenbrier duo Freddie Jones and Rick Stahman. Stahman led Greenbrier in tackles with 95 and also tallied four quarterback sacks. He was one of the premier defensive players in the area this season, while Jones was the Columbia County Player of the Year after piling up more than 1,100 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns this season.
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