Sometimes we get caught up in thinking the teams in our area are the best in the state, South Carolina and Georgia. Well, even if they don't win a state crown, you have to give it up to the kids in the area who really put on quite the show over the past few weeks.
What a year it was at South Aiken high school! The baseball team made it to the championship series while both the boys and girls soccer teams played for state titles. While they couldn't come up with the top prize, no hanging heads here. Just to be in this position is an amazing accomplishment. On the diamonds, the Thoroughbreds were led by a couple of big time pitching prospects and some timely hitting. While falling to Lugoff Elgin, can anyone ever remember that many people at a South Aiken baseball game? I don't know what the attendance was, but it was cool to see those come out and support the teams. Same for the soccer programs. I know they both were in the finals a year ago, so getting back to the title games makes it even that much more impressive.
For a while, I thought we'd have three Georgia teams going for state baseball titles as well. Thomson and coach Osborne had their best season ever. One win away from the championship series, but hey, the Bulldogs have built something to be proud of.
Then you have Aquinas and Lakeside. Both got to the title series in very different ways and have plenty to be proud of. The Irish were overachievers all year and coach Laney will be the first to admit it. Only three seniors on the team, but boy could those kids hit the ball. First time ever they've played for a title. In Columbia County, the juggernaut continues, this time for Lakeside. The Panthers were ranked number one for a good portion of the season and were loaded with talent. In that championship series, again, has anyone ever seen that many folks at a game before? Extra bleachers were brought in to accommodate everyone. A great performance to say the least.
I know I'm forgetting a lot of others. We had a few state title winners in track and field on both sides of the Savannah and area tennis teams made a run deep into the post season as well. Sure, a few tears were shed when the seasons ended, but when these kids, coaches, and fans look back, be proud of everything they've accomplished!