Originally created 02/05/06

Teammates will go separate ways in high school



Jason Thompson and Chris Thomas are going to miss each other next school year.

When the two eighth-graders leave Our Lady of Peace School in North Augusta, Chris will head to Aquinas High School and Jason will attend North Augusta High School.

"We work good together," said Chris, who played basketball and soccer with Jason at Our Lady of Peace.

Basketball season is wrapping up. All the regular season games have been played, and all that is left is a regional Catholic schools basketball tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in March. It wasn't the best of seasons, but it was better than last year, the duo said.

The team finished 3-7, but the record probably would have been better if Chris hadn't missed the game against Hillcrest in December, Jason said.

"We would have won if Chris had been there," said Jason, who scored 19 points in the 49-39 loss. That was about seven points higher than his average per game and his highest scoring game of the season.

Chris said he averaged about 12 points a game, with his highest total also being 19 points. That came in a win over a home-school association team in January. Our Lady of Peace won that game 67-22.

Although Jason likes basketball, this probably was the last year he will play for a school team.

"I don't think I would make the team at North Augusta," said Jason, who might play for a recreation league team next year.

Chris plans to try out for basketball at Aquinas.

"I'll probably be sitting, and he'll be playing," Chris said, referring to his 6-foot-7 older brother, Anthony, who will be a senior on the team next year.

When it comes to sports, basketball isn't Chris' first love - it's soccer, a game he's played since he was 5.

A defender, he and Jason played on the Our Lady of Peace team in the fall. Jason played goalkeeper.

Chris also plays for the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club. He said he definitely plans to try out for the Gunners next year.

Although Jason doesn't plan to try out for the North Augusta High basketball team, he will go out for football and baseball.

As a seventh-grader, Jason played on the Aquinas High junior varsity football team and started one game.

He played "wherever they put me," he said. If he makes the North Augusta team this season, he thinks it will be as a defensive player.

Jason said his favorite sport is baseball, where he plays catcher and outfielder. He said he likes being behind the plate the best.

"It's more exciting than the outfield," he said.

Though he's leaving a longtime teammate in Chris, Jason said he will be joining several of his teammates from baseball leagues at North Augusta next year.

Chris said he is looking forward to attending Aquinas next year.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.