Aiken's Steven Kekacs capped off a great season swimming the freestyle in style by winning the boys state title in the 500-yard freestyle during the South Carolina High School League's Class AAAA Swimming Championships at the University of South Carolina last week.
Kekacs swam a 4:35.63 in the final, beating Wando's Jon Lierley by more than seven seconds. He also took second in the 200-yard freestyle.
Teammate Will Victor came away with a pair of top-five finishes, taking fourth in the 200-yard individual medley and fifth in the 100-yard breastroke.
North Augusta's Hannah Collins was fourth in the girls 100-yard breaststroke.
Overall, North Augusta's girls finished ninth, and Aiken's girls 27th. Aiken's boys came in eighth; North Augusta's were 11th.
In the Class AAA meet at Clemson, South Aiken's boys placed 10th and its girls came in 12th. Fox Creek's boys finished 20th, with a fifth-place finish from Stenson Turner in the 50-yard freestyle.
TWO STILL ALIVE: Only two area teams are still standing in the Georgia state volleyball playoffs after last week's first round.
Greenbrier, which won Area 2-AAAAA, won a long five-game match, 3-2 (25-19, 14-25, 23-25, 25-18, 17-15), against South Forsyth on Thursday. The Wolfpack play host to Shiloh, the second seed out of Area 8-AAAAA, this afternoon at home.
Lakeside also survived the first round, but with much less resistance than its county counterpart. The Panthers disposed of North Springs in three games and will take on Dutchtown at home this afternoon.
Cross Creek, Richmond Academy and Evans failed to advance.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK:
Today: GHSA volleyball playoffs
Greenbrier and Lakeside continue their drives toward a state championship. The Wolfpack take on Shiloh, and Lakeside plays Dutchtown.
Thursday: GISA Class AAA semifinals, boys soccer
Augusta Prep and Westminster are still alive after wins Saturday. The Cavaliers will play Mount de Sales and the Wildcats face Stratford. Both games are in Macon, Ga.
Thursday: GHSA softball Elite 8
The Columbus Softball Complex is the site for quarterfinal action in all classes. Greenbrier, Evans and Screven County -- three of the best area teams this season -- begin best-of-three series.
Reach Joey Jones at (706) 823-3304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.