With a little over a month to go in the 2018-2019 school year, many of the schools in our area are looking to continue what has been a successful year, while these final days offer others an opportunity to experience success.
The dominant sport for many teams in our area is baseball. Multiple teams in both Northeast Georgia and in the upstate of South Carolina are jockeying for positions in the upcoming post season.
In northeast Georgia, teams in our area are getting ready for post season play which begins this week. In Region 8-AAA, Jefferson and Morgan County have battles to the top of the Region, and will play host to opening round series this week against Westminster and Redan. The Bulldogs of Hart County qualify for post season and will be playing on the road against Lovett, while East Jackson continues their schools athletic success by entering this years playoffs, traveling to play Pace Academy.
In Region 8-AAAA, the Indians of Stephens County are the Region runners-up and will host LaGrange in the opening round of the AAAA baseball tournament. Joining the Indians in the playoffs from Region 8-AAAA are the Titians of North Oconee, St. Pius, and Oconee County.
As for 8-AA, Banks County currently is holding the top spot by 1 game over Elbert County, with these teams playing a double header at Banks the final game of the season. Social Circle and Union County round out the playoff field from the region.
In the upstate, T.L. Hanna continues to enjoy a remarkable year by leading 1-AAAAA by 4 games over Mann High School. Crescent and Seneca are battling for the top spot in Region 1-AAA, and Belton-Honea Path leads the field in Region 1-AAAA.
Boys and Girls Soccer is the other post in the spring for many schools in the area, and the state playoffs are right around the corner. In Georgia’s Region 8-AAA, Jefferson and Morgan County again are pacing the field for boy’s soccer and will play host to first round matches in the playoffs. Congratulations to Hart County for qualifying for post season for the first time this decade. Their prize for qualification is a match with the nations 2nd ranked team in Westminster, while East Jackson rounds out the field for boys soccer.
In girls soccer, Jackson County and Jefferson are the top two teams while Morgan and East Jackson will open play on the road.
Elsewhere in our area, the Madison County Red Raiders enter post season play against Cartersville in boys Class AAAA soccer, while the Lady Indians of Stephens County have earned the fourth spot from 8-AAAA in girls soccer. In Class AA, Social Circle and Union County lead the qualifiers in boys and girls soccer.
In the upstate of South Carolina, Region 1-AAAA’s soccer standings look confusing and look like a misprint. The region standings for boys and girls are identical with Daniel High School, leading Wren Walhalla and Palmetto. In 1-AAA, Powdersville girls and Seneca boys lead the standings, while Mann High School and Wade Hampton lead the standings for girls and boys soccer in region 1-AAAAA.
In other sports crowning champions this spring, the top girls and boys golf teams in Georgia Class AAA will gather at The Cateechee Golf Club in Hartwell and at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Club on Lake Russell in Elberton to crown there champions on May 21st and 22nd to crown champions. This is the fourth time that the state championships have been held for Class AAA boys at Cateechee since it opened in 1998.
The best of our area will convene at Jefferson’s Memorial Stadium and in Albany for the Girls and Boys State Track and Field Championships in May. These meets will have the best of the track and field athletes in Georgia, regardless of classification.
In South Carolina, the champions of girls softball will be crowned during the month of May. Will Crescent continue its run of success in softball and capture another State Championship?
As said before, 2018-19 has been an extremely successful year for many of the high schools in our area. What will the final weeks of the school year show? Time will reveal the answer to that question. The important thing is that there are many important games to be played in our area over the final weeks of the season, and that these games are better when you attend and support the participants.