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Burton Kemp Jr.

Gamecocks finish track season at state

With their final appearance of the season, members of the SCHS track team participated in the GHSA state track meet at Jefferson High School last weekend.  
Seven athletes made the long trip with Josh Kerson’s fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.27) being the best finish.
Also there were Bryce Johnson (15th in the discus); Tyler Williams (8th in the triple jump); Rashad Hughley (15th in the triple jump); and the short relay team of Tavarious Johnson, Desmond White, Quan Smith, and Kerson (7th).

Thomasville closes door on SCHS tennis

With a stunning 3-2 comeback against the Lady Gamecocks and a resounding 5-0 win over the Gamecocks, the late-arriving Thomasville Bulldog tennis teams ended the seasons of both SCHS teams on the local courts May 2.  
For the SCHS teams, the girls finished at 20-3, while the boys finished at 10-12 with each claiming their second consecutive Region 3AA title.
For the Lady Gamecocks, who won the first sets in four of their five matches, the defeat was an especially difficult pill to swallow.  

Cook County ousts Diamond Gamecocks in third game

Able to accumulate only two hits and four base runners all afternoon, the SCHS Gamecock baseball team fell to home-standing Cook County 7-0 in the third and deciding game of the opening round state playoff series played in Adel Monday.  
The teams split a doubleheader on Saturday to force Monday’s rubber game. The games May 3 were originally scheduled for the day before, but rainy weather pushed the contests into Saturday.
In JR Doyle’s first year as the SCHS head baseball coach, the Roosters finished their season at 18-8, their most wins since 2009.

The school year is almost done. Can you believe it?

Unbelievable isn’t it?  
Except for another week of spring football with its scrimmage next Friday night at Kelly Memorial and a trip to Jefferson High School by a few Gamecock tracksters this weekend, the 2013-14 school year, athletic-wise, is done.
In another couple of weeks, it will be time to look back and see how this year stacks up against the more recent ones. Possibly there will be a look at the athletic department finances as we close the year.
Remember an earlier reminder of how bare bones many things are at this moment. Anyway …

Gamecocks head into Elite Eight

Avenging their second early season loss in barely a week, the SCHS Gamecock tennis team of Suzanna Kirkland hosted and defeated 2AA runner-up Benedictine Friday afternoon to earn their first trip to the Elite Eight since 2005.
The Roosters are scheduled to face 1AA champion Thomasville on the SCHS courts Friday at 2 p.m. The match was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but the day was switched because of the forecasted inclement weather. The home team was decided by a GHSA coin flip.
The Thomasville match will represent the team’s first in the quarterfinals since 2005.

Lady Gamecock tennis rolls into quarters again

Rolling past visiting Region 2’s second-seeded Jeff Davis 4-1 Monday, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Diane Freeman catapulted themselves into their 24th Elite Eight in the last 25 years in the state playoffs.
They are scheduled to meet 1AA champion Thomasville Friday on the local courts at 2 p.m. The match originally was scheduled for Wednesday, but was moved because of the potential rain storms.
As both teams were region champions, the site was determined by a coin flip conducted at the GHSA office after the Monday results were recorded.

Baseball state playoffs start up Friday in Adel

Apparently not wanting their regular season to end, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle took 11 innings to put away home-standing ECI April 23 in the regular season finale.
Finishing at 17-6 with a forfeit win over Josey April 25 and with a No. 3 seed from Region 3AA, the team heads into the state playoffs Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. in Adel at the home of 1AA No. 2 seed Cook County.
If necessary, the third game will be there Saturday at noon.

Tracking seven qualifiers for state finals

Led by Vaneisha Lawton’s second in the 300 hurdles, the SCHS track program qualified seven for the state finals by finishing fourth or better in their events at the Class AA “sectionals” at Greater Atlanta Christian Saturday.
The state meet for the girls will be May 1-3 in Albany, while the boys will be May 8-10 at Jefferson High School.
Lawton, the lone Lady Gamecock to qualify for the state finals, ran a 47.27 in the long hurdles.

Gamecocks track brings home third at 3AA meet

Compiling 123 points in a highly competitive meet, the SCHS Gamecock track team of Kenny Sanders brought home a third-place finish from the Region 3AA track meet held at Laney High School April 16 and 17.
Several Roosters now will compete in the “sectional” meet Saturday at Greater Atlanta Christian.
Unlike the girls meet that was truly dominated by host Laney, the boys meet had a field of four (of the seven total) teams that were very competitive for the title.

Gamecocks track brings home third at 3AA meet

Compiling 123 points in a highly competitive meet, the SCHS Gamecock track team of Kenny Sanders brought home a third-place finish from the Region 3AA track meet held at Laney High School April 16 and 17.
Several Roosters now will compete in the “sectional” meet Saturday at Greater Atlanta Christian.
Unlike the girls meet that was truly dominated by host Laney, the boys meet had a field of four (of the seven total) teams that were very competitive for the title.

Weaver named Peach Belt All Conference

Former Lady Gamecock Sydnee Weaver was named to the Peach Belt All Conference softball team April 17 becoming one of the first two players from Young Harris College to earn such an honor.
The distinction is one of the highest collegiate honors ever garnered by a former Lady Gamecock as well.
The Mountain Lions are in only their second season competing in the PBC, which is considered one of the best conferences in all of Division II.

Boys tennis edges Westside for title

In a contest literally not decided until the final point of the final individual match was completed, the SCHS Gamecocks of Suzanna Kirkland upset Westside’s Patriots 3-2 to repeat as Region 3AA champions in matches played at the Mill Creek Complex in Statesboro April 16.
To hold on to their championship, the Roosters had to down a pair of sub-region champions.
Region 1AA fourth-seed Fitzgerald was on the schedule April 23 in the opening round of the Class AA state tournament. The second round must be completed by April 29.

Girls steamroll to another region championship

Rolling through both seeded teams from the other half of the region, the SCHS Lady Gamecock tennis team of Diane Freeman soundly whipped East Laurens and Dublin to claim another Region 3AA championship April 16 at the Mill Creek Complex in Statesboro.
The team opened Class AA state tournament play Wednesday when Region 1AA fourth seed Fitzgerald was scheduled to journey to the local courts.

On championships, Elizabeth Reed, and the meaning of ‘sectional’

A week ago I planned to start my column with thoughts on at least one tennis region championship. I even said so. Well a week later I get to start it with not one, but two.
I said at least one because I had not put as much faith in the boys repeating as the top team in 3AA as I had the girls. Oh ye of little faith say the boys to me now.
Here we go again with the clichés. “To be the man, you gotta beat the man,” said the Nature Boy time and time again.

Baseball 13-5 with one week to go

With a state playoff spot realistically assured, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks are now about shoring up a better-than-fourth-place seed in the season’s final three region games.
Standing at 13-5 overall and 6-3 in the 3AA standings after wins last week over East Laurens and non-region foe Jenkins County, the Roosters have region games remaining in Harlem (April 18) and at home against Dublin (April 22) and T.W. Josey (April 25).
In between is an April 23 contest in Twin City against ECI.

Soccer downs visiting Johnson, 4-1

Outshooting their visitors 42-1, the SCHS soccer Lady Gamecocks lethargically defeated A. R. Johnson’s Lady Panthers 4-1 at Kelly Memorial Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the Red and White traveled to Dublin for a mammoth contest with the Lady Irish and they are scheduled to host T. W. Josey this, April 17 afternoon. The regular season finale is next Tuesday, April 22, in East Dublin against region champion East Laurens.

Hitting the year-end essentials of sports

This column was supposed to lead off with mention of the Region 3AA tennis tournament on Tuesday and the capture of at least one more region title by the netters. Didn’t happen.
For the umpteenth time this spring an event was rained out. The tournament was moved to yesterday with its 0 percent chance to rain. You’ll have to wait until next week to see the outcome, though I hope you already know even as you read this.
Anyway, some other random topics include:

SCHS tennis readies for region tourney

With everything for the regular season said and done, the SCHS Lady Gamecock and Gamecock tennis teams will head to Statesboro’s Mill Creek Tuesday for the one-day Region 3AA tournament.
As only the top two teams from each sub-region advance to the tourney, all four participating teams have qualified.
From each 3AA sub-region, the same pair of schools finished one-two in some order; in the “A” side Dublin (boys and girls No. 1) and East Laurens (boys and girls No. 2) while the “B” side shows SCHS (girls No. 1 and boys No. 2) and Westside (girls No. 2 and boys No. 1).

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