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Grovetown teams eye school's first playoff berths

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The Grovetown boys and girls soccer teams meet rival Harlem today with both teams inching toward the first state playoff bids in school history.

Jon Zumbro (left) and Lakeside will take on North Augusta in a Masters Week matchup. 
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Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jon Zumbro (left) and Lakeside will take on North Augusta in a Masters Week matchup.

With victories over Harlem, both teams would be in nice shape to make the playoffs in the school's inaugural seasons.

None of the school's sports teams have made the playoffs this season.

The Grovetown girls, coached by former Evans coach Greg Young, are in the best shape. They hold key wins over Westside and Cross Creek and are sitting behind probable playoff locks Evans, Lakeside and Richmond Academy.

STAYIN' BUSY: Lakeside's baseball team will play at North Augusta Monday at 7 p.m. Monday, a meeting of area powers to take place during Masters Week. Area teams typically take the week off for spring break, but Panthers coach T.J. Davis wanted to avoid that.

"I don't want to sit for 10, 11 days and not play anyone," he said.

Lakeside and Evans will also both play Northside-Warner Robins this Saturday at Lakeside. The teams picked up two games each with Northside after Butler and Glenn Hills decided to play a non-region schedule, creating a two-game hole in Lakeside and Evans' schedules.

FAST TIMES: Glenn Hills senior Justin Lord won the 100- and 200-meter sprints over the weekend at the Garden City meet at Laney.

Lord and Evans senior Jonathan Finch had an exciting 100-meter duel, with Lord winning in 10.5 seconds. Finch was third in the state a year ago in the 100.

BIG EVENTS THIS WEEK

BASEBALL

Brookland-Cayce at South Aiken, 7 p.m. Friday: South Aiken is locked into the Region 5-AAA title chase along with Brookland-Cayce and Airport. South Aiken beat Brookland-Cayce 1-0 earlier in the year and has just a single blemish: a 3-1 loss to Airport on March 19.

SOCCER

BOYS

Silver Bluff at Barnwell, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Silver Bluff's ascension this season has made this rivalry game a meeting of Class AA top-10 teams. Silver Bluff is 5-0 and has scored 31 goals under first-year coach Forrest Wimberly.

GIRLS

Augusta Prep at Westminster, Thursday 7:30 p.m.: The Wildcats, defending state champions, are still undefeated. This is the first of two meetings between the rivals. The rematch is back at Augusta Prep on April 29.


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