An active 2006-07 sports year couldn't have started better for the Augusta Prep athletic department.
The Martinez private school began the fall season by opening the doors of a new athletic facility. Boardman Athletic Center saw its first action Aug. 22, when the Augusta Prep volleyball team welcomed Monsignor Donovan, a private school from Athens, for the first athletic event in the new gymnasium.
The Lady Cavaliers swept the visiting team 3-0 and never looked back. In the facility's first few months of existence, Augusta Prep put up a 19-3 overall record. By the time the season was over, head coach Rich Bland's squad had claimed a Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA volleyball state championship at home.
The Lady Cavaliers brought home the school's first state volleyball title Oct. 28 with a 3-1 win over Pinecrest Academy in the state finals.
Four Augusta Prep girls were named to the GISA All-State Team: Nicole Abbott, Mary Beth Horton, Laura Kopald and Kelley Toney.
While the Augusta Prep girls were winning a state title, the boys were finding a way to their own successful season. The Augusta Prep boys soccer team entered the fall season with only four experienced players and started the year by losing four of its first six games.
The team rebounded with a big homecoming win over John Milledge Academy and ended the regular season with a second-place finish in GISA Region 4-AAA.
The Cavaliers knocked off Tattnall Square in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Class AAA No. 4 Dominion Christian to end the season.
Cavalier seniors Harold Rivner, Chris Burch and Phillip Tuten were all named to the GISA all-star game.
A SUCCESSFUL FALL soon gave way to an unforgettable winter when Augusta Prep basketball star Jim Hull ruled the GISA basketball spotlight on a nightly basis.
The sophomore ended the season with a GISA-leading 26.1 points-per game average. His 43-point performance Dec. 9 in a 4-point win over Tattnall Square was the top offensive shown by a Columbia County athlete in the 2006-07 season.
The Cavaliers went on to finish the season with a 12-17 record but did manage a big 66-61 win over rival Augusta Christian in a home game Jan. 6.
On the girls' side of the court, senior Laura Kopald wowed the Lady Cavalier fans each night by averaging more than 20 points per game.
The Augusta Prep girls team finished the year with an 11-18 record.
AS THE SPRING season approached, the Augusta Prep athletes headed outdoors in search of more success.
The girls tennis team found it in the form of a GISA Class AAA state runner-up finish April 25.
The boys golf team matched the effort with a second-place finish in the state tournament May 7.
Senior Keaton Sanders and junior Shikha Jerath led the girls tennis team, and juniors Madison Harte and Lee Knox led the golf team.
The Lady Cavaliers track team also made school history with its first region championship.
Also in the spring, the Augusta Prep girls soccer team was filled with seven starters that had yet to see their junior year. Still, the Lady Cavaliers finished the season with a 14-7-3 record and reached the state playoffs.
The Cavaliers baseball team finished the year with only four wins, but seniors Spencer Morgan (14 hitting school records) and Brad King (9 pitching school records) finished unprecedented Augusta Prep baseball careers.
To wrap up a successful 2006-07 sports year, Augusta Prep athletics director Tom Holodak announced steps are being taken to explore the possibility of adding a football program in the near future.
With physical expansion in the form of a new athletics facility and an expansion in success highlighted by the school's first volleyball state championship, the 2006-07 sports year began and ended strong for the Augusta Prep athletic department.
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