My grandfather gave me a vacuum cleaner when I visited him during Memorial Day weekend. He's always giving me stuff he no longer needs. But some of it is worthwhile, and I was excited about the vacuum.
I returned to Augusta on Memorial Day and attacked my apartment with the goal that when all the floors were clear, I would vacuum.
This vacuum isn't new. It looks what you'd expect of a hand-me-down from Granddaddy, complete with brown floral print. I needed to see if it would work. My apartment needed it.
I shattered my coffee pot while cleaning the kitchen and didn't get around to finishing the remaining rooms. I needed the vacuum for the shattered glass in the floor. I swept up as much as I could and ran the vacuum over the remaining pieces. Some pieces remained under the cabinets. I vowed to return and get them later.
It didn't happen and I forgot about the broken glass until I stepped on a shard two days later.
Sometimes I find myself doing the same thing when covering sports. I set aside a couple of items to revisit and forget about them until reminded.
Today, I'll finish up some spring cleaning.
Lions finish as runners-up
Augusta Christian finished second to Wilson Hall in the SCISA Class AAA state track meet on April 26.
Fred Auston was named the SCISA Male Track Athlete of the Year after taking first in the 100-meter hurdles for a third consecutive year. Auston, William Banks, Evan Wells, Corey Critell and Christian Croft were named to the SCISA All-State track team.
The Lions' top finishers were as follows:
3. William Banks 11.5
1. Fred Auston 16.01
2. Evan Wells 16.67
1. William Banks 23.1
4. Evan Wells 54.3
6. Jaiden Brandt 11:17
1. Christian Croft 59:08
2. Fred Auston 59:09
6. Jonathan Smalley 62.84
3. Travis Cerasuolo 129'9"
5. Austin Matthews 125'1"
2. Corey Critell 47'11"
5. Jonathan Gibbs 41'11.5"
6. Austin Matthews 41'8"
4. Corey Critell 20'1.5"
6. Christian Croft 19'10"
2. Christian Croft 6 feet
3. Fred Auston 6 feet
1. William Banks 43'1"
2. Christian Croft 42'8"
3. Fred Auston 41'6"
6. Evan Wells 40'7"
3. Augusta Christian 46.59
Individual finishes highlight state meet
Lakeside freshmen Anna Bowles and Katie Townsend completed their inaugural high-school seasons with solid finishes at the Class AAAA state meet on May 1.
Bowles finished second in the 3,200 meter with a time of 11:25.79, and Townsend finished third at 11:27.844. Bowles also finished second in the 1,600 meter with a time of 5:16. Townsend finished seventh.
The Panthers finished eighth as a team with 22 points, all coming from Bowles and Townsend.
Evans runner Ivana Hughes finished second in the 800 meter with a time of 2:19.568.
On the boys side, Greenbrier junior Taylor Snyder finished fifth in the 1,600 meter with a time of 4:30.160.
Lakeside's Atom Young finished the 3,200 meter in 10:08.210 to place seventh. Snyder ran the 3,200 in 10:23.340 and placed 11th.
Wolfpack pole vaulter Matt Gooding cleared 12'6" to finish sixth. Greenbrier shot-putter Dylan Turner also finished sixth with a toss of 50'9.5".
Evans sprinter Jonathan Finch took sixth in the 100-meter dash by running it in 11 seconds.
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