HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING
Lakeside rules pool again
Lakeside won both titles at the Augusta Aquatics Center in what its swimmers hope will be the first of two championships in three days.
HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING
Coleman will bring speed to The Citadel
North Augusta senior offensive lineman Charles Coleman is one of five Yellow Jackets who plan to sign with a Division-I FCS school.
Chemistry class
Westside teamwork makes up for lack of height
Westside is one of several teams in the area, boys and girls, enjoying a successful season even though their rosters violate basketball's most obvious tenet: taller players shall have a distinct advantage.
Laney High School
Player of the week: Mykala Jones
Mykala Jones scored 25 points Saturday in Laney's biggest win of the season, by six points over tough Region 3-AA opponent Dodge County.
HARRIS HONORED
Greenbrier aide headed for hall
To the long list of titles that precede Evans resident Gralyn Harris' name -- former U.S. Defense representative, wrestling state champion and judo national champion -- another impressive distinction was added last week: Hall of Famer.
NORTH AUGUSTA 55, DUTCH FORK 49
Lady Jackets' plan works
North Augusta girls basketball coach Jared Adamson knew his team had no answer for 6-foot-4 Dutch Fork center Alaina Coates. It turns out, he didn't need one.
HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITING
Lakeside defender headed to Harvard
Lakeside senior Khadi Tshishiku discussed the particulars that come with playing football in the Ivy League.
EVANS 67, LAKESIDE 52
Knights stop rival Panthers
The Knights went on the road prepared for a different Panthers team than the one they'd faced early in the season. This one was a better fight, but with a similar result.
JOSEY 63, HEPHZIBAH 52
Lady Eagles set the pace in win
The game plan worked so well, the Eagles walked into a gym named for the opposing coach and dominated Wendell Lofton's Rebels in a 63-52 victory.
ALL-AREA FOOTBALL BANQUET
No obstacle too big, Grant says
Jefferson County quarterback B.J. Bostic received the Deon Grant Player of the Year Award Thursday night.
LANEY 97, SCREVEN COUNTY 77
Laney runs wild against Screven County
Laney posted a season-high in points Tuesday night in a 97-77 victory over Screven County, the team that ended its season a year ago in the Region 3-AA tournament.
Signing Day
Robinson sticks with early decision
Hephzibah wide receiver Gary Robinson, a Furman recruit, last week discussed his decision to accept a scholarship offer.
Prep Basketball
Butler tops Lakeside
Lakeside's Keisha Grant (left) and Bulter's Daishell Lambert battle for a rebound during their game at Glenn Hills High School.
Curtis Baptist Basketball
Player of the week
Telia Hart scored a team-high 23 points -- including five consecutive in the final 15 seconds -- in a two-point comeback win over region foe Bulloch Academy this week.
EVANS 47, GLENN HILLS 38
Knights close out Spartans
On a cold night, with a sparse crowd in the Evans stands for the first game back from break, Knights boys basketball coach Kevin Kenny told his players they would have to find their own motivation.
RICHMOND ACADEMY 77, JOSEY 64
Musketeers ride late comeback
Josey's boys basketball players glided past Richmond Academy defenders in the first half of their game Tuesday night as if they possessed an unfair advantage in gravity. The Eagles regularly zoomed into the lane, kissed shots off the backboard and contorted their bodies to convert baskets against the taller, thicker Musketeers.
SILVER BLUFF 63, WESTSIDE-MACON 59
Sisters power Lady Bulldogs
When Silver Bluff junior Kaylin Foreman fouled out with her team down by nine, it was her sister who was in charge of taking over the comeback effort.
South Carolina Player of the Year
North Augusta QB shines in starting role
Game day staff tried to boost attendance with sideshow features. But none of the gimmicks could equal the show on the field in 2009.
South Carolina Coach of the Year
Garrick guides perfect run
Williston-Elko coach Dwayne Garrick led his team to an undefeated season and the Class A Division II state title this year.
All-Area Independent Player of the Year
Balentine's cool exterior is deceiving
JOHNSTON, S.C. --- If you're looking for the warrior in Stephen Balentine, you will have to dig much deeper than the cool exterior of the senior Wardlaw Academy quarterback.
All-Area Independent Coach of the Year
Spartans stay on rise
Two years into his new job, Buddy Sorrow is The Augusta Chronicle independent schools coach of the year for leading Edmund Burke to its most wins since the 2000 season.
All-Area Georgia Player of the Year
A lasting legacy
B.J. Bostic had only ordered a Sprite, but it wasn't food or drink that was keeping him hunkered in the corner booth of the local Huddle House.
All-Area Coach of the Year
Grooms finds redemption
It was in the heat of summer Lakeside coaches learned they had a group of football players capable of winning more games than any group in the school's 21-year history.
HEPHZIBAH 61, LANEY 58
Judge lays down law in title game
Hephzibah senior guard Aarika Judge torched the Lady Wildcats for 32 points, including 21 in the second half in a 61-58 win in the championship game of the Holiday Roundball Classic at Josey High.
ALSO: Watch highlights from the first half of the Hephizibah vs. Josey boys basketball game at the 2009 Holiday Round Ball Classic.
All-Area Softball
Hunt a dominant force in softball
Kaila Hunt, easily one of the top players in Greenbrier softball history, came close to never stepping foot on the high school's grounds.
LANEY 65, GLENN HILLS 48
Wildcats dominate Spartans
If Laney needed a statement win to stake its claim as the area's best girls basketball team, it got it on Tuesday night.
ALSO: Highlights from the first half of the Thomson vs. Cross Creek boys basketball game at the 2009 Holiday Round Ball Classic.
All-Area Volleyball
Aiken senior thrives in team leadership role
Aiken senior Kiki Hennessey led the Hornets to the state quarterfinals for the second year in a row. She will play at Lander University.
WILKINSON CO. 85, AQUINAS 56
Warriors overwhelm Aquinas in second half
Robert Turner flicked his wrist and splashed another 3-pointer through the rim, his third in less than two minutes.
All-Area Girls Cross Country
Lakeside runner Bowles finds right mind-set
A winter cold earned the distinction of being the first thing to slow Anna Bowles this year.
All-Area Athlete
Westside star finishes strong
D'Andre Smalley rarely listens to music while he runs.
Basketball
Schools serious in fight with flu
Basketball season is in full swing at local high schools. But, to the dismay of area coaches and players, so is flu season.
73rd annual Shrine Bowl
Tarheels strike early to take Shrine Bowl
SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- North Carolina parlayed a dominating first half into a 24-14 victory against South Carolina in the 73rd annual Shrine Bowl football game at Wofford's Gibbs Stadium on Saturday.
Basketball
Musketeers pull away
Richmond Academy stayed unbeaten in Region 3-AAAA with a 73-39 win over Glenn Hills
Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
North Augusta receiver to play in all-star game
Matt Hazel caught 75 passes for nearly 1,200 yards this season at North Augusta and was without peer among wide receivers in the area.
Basketball
Mustangs rise to occasion
Midland Valley hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation play to force overtime, then outshot Silver Bluff for the win..
Basketball
Musketeers top Evans
Richmond Academy never trailed, and the only tie came with 34 seconds left in the second quarter. That their lead was only two at halftime was a point of pride for Evans coach Kevin Kenny after the game.
Basketball
Thoroughbreds get boost
A packed gym cheered and booed emphatically after every basket as South Aiken and Aiken traded blows Friday night in a high-energy boys basketball rivalry game.
Basketball
Hornets roll to win
Starter Justina Tyler remained in the game for the Aiken girls basketball team throughout the fourth quarter of a 74-29 blowout win over South Aiken.
The Blitz Finale: Week 15, Episode 16
The Blitz finale reviews last week's big games, looks at player and coach of the year candidates, and for your enjoyment, a few bloopers from the 2009 season.
Musketeers' win is 'more like it'
Three days after a surprising loss to Laney, the Musketeers throttled Butler on Tuesday night, 78-59, in the Region 3-AAAA opener for both teams.
S.C. Class A Division II State Championship
Perfect run ends with title
Williston-Elko wrapped up a perfect season Friday afternoon by overcoming a not-so-perfect start in the Class A Division II state championship game.
Georgia Playoffs
Shutout stops Red Devils
A goal line stand was the pivotal moment in Lincoln County's loss to Savannah Christian.
Thanksgiving Classic
Mistakes in second half bite Bulldogs
Butler knew it was going to have to go through some growing pains this season with a young core of players. The first ache was felt Friday.
Williston-Elko
Blue Devils out to seize the moment
WILLISTON, S.C. --- Memories of a state championship loss still haunt the Williston-Elko upperclassmen. Last year's loss in the Class A Division II state title game hurt enough to make senior Ondrew Bellinger speak up after a less-than-stellar practice Monday.
The Blitz: Week 14, Episode 15
The Blitz reviews last week's playoff games and predicts this week's winners. Also, we talk with Jefferson County quarterback B.J. Bostic and coach J.B. Arnold about their team's dramatic overtime win.
Richmond Academy Boys
In a season of turnover, Musketeers are loaded
Steve Nobles' voice is strong. The Richmond Academy boys basketball coach hasn't been rendered hoarse, but he has been hollering the same thing building up to this basketball season: Here they come.
Playoffs
Three area squads go for crowns on Friday
Three area teams will try to win state football titles Friday: Willliston-Elko, Thomas Jefferson and Brentwood.
Playoffs: Round 2
Warriors wage comeback
The Warriors will meet reigning state finalist Calhoun next week in a location determined by a coin flip this morning.
Playoffs: Round 2
Loss halts Lakeside's run
The Seminoles jumped on Lakeside early, scoring two defensive touchdowns in the first six minutes.
The Blitz
Episode 14: Doomsday for some?
The Blitz takes a look at last week's playoff games and explains why this week will be a tough one for area prep football teams, with perhaps a single school going to the state finals.
College Signees
Eagles snag Westside basketball standout
Aishya Wofford was excited to sign a letter of intent to accept a basketball scholarship to Georgia Southern on Monday.
Week 12
Panthers get state win
As Lakeside's offense prepared to take the field for the final time Friday, coach Jody Grooms delivered instructions. "We're going to go, 'V,' " he yelled. "Victory."
Week 12
Musketeers rally to advance
Richmond Academy had waited nearly 40 years to win a state playoff game, and a few years ago it looked like that streak would last for decades longer.




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