Originally created 04/10/98

Prep notes: Johnson County's Roberts to resign



Johnson County head football coach and athletic director Eddie Roberts announced his resignation from the school last week.

Roberts had served as the school's head football coach for the past two seasons and as an assistant under former coach Bobby Humphries.

"I don't really know what I'm going to do," Roberts said. "There are a lot of things I'm working on right now. I don't have anything definite right now."

The Trojans were 6-5 this year and lost to Macon County in the first round of the state playoffs.

Roberts, a native of Elberton, said he is considering getting out of coaching.

"I felt I needed to make a move right now for me and my family," he said. "I've been looking into the private (business) sector and I'm looking at some other things. I'm definitely looking to move back closer to Elberton."

No replacements have been named yet, but one candidate could be current Hart County head football coach Bill Bonds. Bonds coached Johnson County to the state Class A football championship game in 1993, where it was the runner-up to Lincoln County.

NO BASEBALL TEAM: Warren County has dropped its baseball program, at least for this season. The Screaming Devils reportedly folded because they didn't have enough players to finish out the season.

BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: It's the time of year baseball players live for -- playoff time. The Region 3-A West subregion tournament begins next week.

On Tuesday, sixth-seeded Portal is at fifth-seeded ECI. Then on Wednesday, either Portal or ECI will play at second-seeded Treutlen, while fourth-seeded Claxton visits third-seeded Metter. The winners of Wednesday's games will meet Thursday at the site of the higher seed. Then Thursday's winner will meet top-seeded Jenkins County in Millen for the subregion title.

No times have been set.

FINALLY GETTING RESPECT: For most of the season, the Westside Patriots haven't gotten any respect on the baseball diamond despite a 14-5 season record.

But the Patriots finally got noticed in this week's Georgia High School Baseball poll as they entered the Class AAA rankings at No. 10.

A couple of other baseball teams around the area also were ranked. Evans, after a two-week absence, re-entered the Class AAAA rankings at No. 7.

Greenbrier moved up a spot in the AAA rankings to third, while Washington-Wilkes remained in the AA rankings at No. 4.

In Class A, Lincoln County remained third at 13-5.

TENNIS TOURNEY NEARS: Metro Augusta private school tennis teams will open region tournament play next week.

The Region 4-AAA tennis tournament will begin Monday at Newman Tennis Center. Starting times still are incomplete.

The Region 1-AA tennis tournament begins Tuesday at 9 a.m., also at the Newman Tennis Center.

BASEBALL SHOWDOWN: With Harlem's win over Morgan County on Wednesday, just one other team remains tied with the Bulldogs atop Region 4-AA. Harlem and Washington-Wilkes are both 7-1.

Barring an upset, next Wednesday's game between the Bulldogs and Tigers in Washington could decide the Region 4-AA title.

Harlem handed the Tigers their only loss of the season, a 15-5 whipping March 30.