With all the talk regarding Greenbrier High School (though well deserved) as the baseball season approached, many people might have been overlooking one of the state's finest programs: Evans.
The Knights have a 4-0 record against four very solid opponents. Evans has defeated Burke County (6-3), Cross Creek (4-1), Elbert County (7-0) and Washington County (9-6). It is early in the season, but coach Ricky Beale's squad is looking very good. Keep in mind that Evans lost four players from last year's team who signed to play at the college level. It is a long season, but keep an eye on Evans this spring.
Evans also might have as good a group of ninth- and 10th-graders as any school in Georgia, so Evans baseball appears to be in excellent shape.
Thanks for four years of memories, Lady Wolfpack
Greenbrier's incredible 2006-07 season came to an end in Round 2 of the state playoffs. The Lady Wolfpack finished the season 29-1 and has put together a four-year run that is unprecedented in the county.
2004-05: 23-8 (State Final 8)
2005-06: 28-4 (State Final 4)
2006-07: 29-1 (Region Champs and Round 2 of State Tournament)
That is a record of 97 wins and 21 losses in four seasons for a school that had never won 15 games in a season before 2004. The Greenbrier seniors should be extremely proud of their prep careers at Greenbrier. I know the loss to Northside Warner Robins is still stinging a bit, but hold your heads high. You girls have given your school, your county and the area a sense of pride. You have left your mark on Columbia County basketball, and it is a standard of excellence that all teams can strive for.
Todd Greene in camp with San Diego Padres
A number of people have asked about Todd Greene recently. The former Evans slugger is still in pro ball. He was signed in the off season to a minor league deal by the San Diego Padres. He is going to try to make the Padres club in spring training. That is exactly what he did with San Francisco.
One good sign is that Greene has been given jersey No. 4. Most players who are long shots to make the team are given numbers above 60. I'll keep you posted on how Greene fares.
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