Wolfpack focus in time for start of region play

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This is the part of the season that Chris Wilkins hopes his team is concerned about.

Steven FastenauSports reporter for Columbia County News-TimesJanuary 23, 2008  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Steven FastenauSports reporter for Columbia County News-TimesJanuary 23, 2008

Greenbrier High School's baseball team dropped three of four games to county rivals. It temporarily lost bragging rights held for a long time.

Outside that, the Wolfpack haven't lost much.

Wilkins, the Wolfpack's coach, said his team's focus would be on region competition. And the Wolfpack's start there has been fine. They beat Luella -- the defending Region 2-AAAAA champion -- on Tuesday. That was Greenbrier's first big test in region play, and it passed.

Pitcher Shawn McCain did what he was supposed to do. Lefty Chad Farmer dominated in relief.

The Wolfpack have been hitting the ball better.

Initial concerns about team chemistry were compounded by high expectations players set for themselves early in the season. With talk of state championships comes a lot of pressure, Wilkins said last week.

Greenbrier will have to play as a team, and that was the message during a players-only meeting March 1. The Wolfpack got back on track, winning their next three games by a margin of 36 runs. They won their first two region games before Friday's game at Newton.

Wilkins' team should win a region title and earn at least one home playoff series. Its players appear to have regained focus.

The important part of the season has started.

Augusta Prep golfer needs votes to win scholarship

An Augusta Prep golfer is vying to become part of the inaugural class of Golf Digest Scholars.

Sam Odi can earn a scholarship to the Hank Haney International Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, S.C., by receiving more online votes than four other male contestants.

The contest will award a scholarship to a male and female winner, for as many years as they have left in high school. Votes can be cast at www. golfdigestscholars.com. Voting will be held through Wednesday and a winner announced by April 1.

As part of his contest entry, Odi wrote:

"I am an ambassador for golf, because of the way I carry myself on and off the golf course. Raised by a single parent, my mom told me that anything is possible with hard work. Playing golf for five years, I have a handicap of 2.6. With honors classes I maintain a 3.86 GPA that I strive to improve. Knowing that younger kids look up to me, I always try to lead by example in everything I do. I also have given 200-plus hours to the community, including giving back to the First Tee that introduced me to golf."

Soccer camp coming to Blanchard Woods in June

The GA-SC Bulls soccer club and Clemson Soccer Academy are partnering for a June boys soccer camp.

The camp will be held June 24-27 at Blanchard Woods Park and will be for boys ages 15-19.

Ten NCAA-level coaches have committed to attend, including coaches from Coastal Carolina, Georgia State, Florida International, Tampa University, Methodist University, Wingate, Trinity, Clayton State, Old Dominion and High Point.

Interested players can visit www. clemsonsocceracademy.com or www.ga-scbulls.com.


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