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Harlem works hard to avoid washout

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Spring sports teams are hoping the weather dries out over the next couple of months.

Early washouts have been frequent, and they led to a peculiar scene last week at a Harlem baseball game. The Bulldogs played host to Lakeside in a driving rainstorm, a game both coaches insisted on playing because they had already lost several games to the rain. Lakeside won 12-1, but Harlem did its best to ensure the game was played, tending to the field at the end of every inning, sometimes for more than 10 minutes.

Longtime Harlem coach Jimmie Lewis chuckled at the scene.

"You ever seen a team (losing) 12-1 working so hard to get the game in?" he said. "We do it the right way around here."

Lewis and Lakeside coach T.J. Davis said they were pleased to have played the game. Makeup dates are starting to stack up.

"We would be looking at playing four region games a week, and we don't want to do that," Davis said. "I don't think anybody has the pitching for that."

Lakeside will play three consecutive games, beginning today with a makeup contest against Richmond Academy.

FOR POSTERITY: The Richmond Academy boys basketball team finished the season ranked second in the state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. Though they didn't advance to the Class AAAA championship game, the Musketeers lost by only one point to eventual champion Miller Grove. Miller Grove won its other four playoff games by an average of 21.5 points.

Also finishing the year in the top 10 were the Glenn Hills boys (seventh in Class AAAA), the Laney boys (third in Class AA), the Laney girls (fourth in Class AA), the Aquinas boys (eighth in Class A) and the Warren County girls (10th in Class A).

SIGNINGS: Cross Creek senior Tarah Alexander will sign to play softball at East Georgia College on Wednesday. Alexander is only the third softball player in school history to sign a scholarship, according to coach Lisa White.

- Evans soccer goalkeeper Jeff DuMond signed with South Georgia College on Monday. DuMond has started at the position for four years at Evans. The Knights trail Lakeside in the Region 3-AAAA standings but remain a tough team. They lost 1-0 at home Saturday to Oconee County, ranked eighth in the state in the latest all-classification rankings.

- Lakeside senior Lindsey Williams signed with Berry College on Monday. Williams is a midfielder for the Panthers and was a key member of last year's region title team. Lakeside is in second place in the region this year behind Evans.

Big events this week

BASEBALL

Lakeside at Greenbrier, 6 p.m. Thursday: The Wolfpack will try to become the first team to top the Panthers, who were ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA last week. Lakeside won an earlier meeting 9-6 to open its season.

SOCCER

Airport boys at South Aiken, 7:30 p.m. today: The defending state champion Thoroughbreds have dropped two in a row, including a region game to Brookland-Cayce. Airport is among the 10 best Class AAA teams in the state.


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