Originally created 04/25/06

Wolfpack shortstop skilled in the field and at the plate



WHO'S HOT: Greenbrier's Chris Johnson. No other player brings the all-around game of a strong bat and a super glove to the diamond this year.

Johnson looks like a young Terry Pendleton manning shortstop and firing assists over to first. Throw it that megawatt smile and you've got one fun ballplayer to watch.

BEST AREA WINS LAST WEEK

Girls soccer: Lakeside 1, Greenbrier 0: Was this the biggest Lakeside victory this school year?

Boys soccer: Aquinas 1, North Oconee 0: The Irish region title win was closer than expected.

Softball: North Augusta 10, T.L. Hanna 2: The Lady Yellow Jackets kept their season alive at home.

Baseball: Greenbrier 10, Harlem 0: Not much drama here, but the Wolfpack's 20th consecutive win made them perfect in Columbia County.

BIG AREA GAMES THIS WEEK

Girls soccer: Thomas County Central vs. Greenbrier, Thursday: Can the Lady 'Pack rebound?

Boys soccer: Peach County at Richmond Academy, Friday: The Musketeers (11-7) can take their first steps toward winning their third consecutive state title.

Baseball: Baldwin at Greenbrier, Friday: A likely Richmond Academy win Wednesday plus a win here would mean a perfect regular season for the Wolfpack.

BUSY IRISH: Aquinas senior Patrick May has the Bo Jackson thing going this spring. He gets quality minutes on soccer field and was unbeaten as of last week through his varsity tennis career in singles play.

- The boys tennis team is 16-2 and ranked second in one state ranking. The girls tennis squad is 13-5 and ranked fifth in the Class A rankings. Each team won the region title last week.

- Aquinas senior David Leonard was honored by the Georgia Soccer Coaches Association as the Class A/AA player of the month for March.

CRAZY SIGHT: North Augusta's infield has a little hand signal for every girl who generates an out in the infield. The mixture of jumps, chest bumps and hand motions never makes for a dull moment. On some outs its looks as if the girls are all playing the piano. It is also a bit non-traditional to see a softball team hand out hugs at home plate instead of high-fives after a home run.

EARLY FOOTBALL GLANCE: The construction of Laney's new football stadium is thought to be ahead of schedule, but the team will play only three home games next season. The Wildcats' new facility has been designated to open Oct. 13 against Screven County the same weekend the new stadium plays host to the CSRA Classic between Savannah State and Morehouse College.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Getting that loss out of the way was a motivator. We learned what it felt like to lose and don't want that again. And any team that's seen it can be beaten knows not to get the big head. Getting that first loss out of the way actually added a lot of relief to our team."

- Aquinas senior Ed Detchemendy, on how his team responded after losing its only game of the season earlier this year to Greenbrier.

Reach Jeff Sentell at (706) 823-3425 or jeff.sentell@augustachronicle.com.