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Burton Kemp Jr.

Patriots in Sylvania Sept. 5

Stepping up in class to face a former region rival in AAA Westside’s Patriots, the SCHS Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will be back in action Friday night at Kelly Memorial Stadium after an open date last week.  
Kickoff time is slated for 7:30.
Westside enters the contest at 0-1-1 and is coming off a tremendously tough come-from-ahead 24-24 tie with AAAAA Richmond Academy after a 41-0 loss on opening night to another AAAAA foe, Evans. Last Friday on their home field, The Battlefield, the Patriots had a seemingly safe 24-6 lead heading into the final stanza.

An opportunity for redemption against Westside

Ron Duncan has had this game marked on his calendar since he finished the schedule with the Westside Patriots on it.  
No, Westside has done nothing to the Gamecock Nation or our sports program to create ire between the programs. No this is a burning from within.
A year ago the Gamecocks headed to Augusta at 3-3, 1-1 in 3AA. Two weeks before had been their most impressive performance of the season in a 35-13 thumping of 4-0 Harlem. A loss to eventual region champion Laney was on their record as well.  

Lady Gamecocks advance to 4-0 in 3AA play

Heading to face two-time defending 3AA champion in unbeaten Harlem this Aug. 28 afternoon in the biggest region matchup of the first round robin, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock stand at 4-0 in region play after a 10-2 victory over visiting East Laurens Tuesday.  
The team will host Metter Sept. 2; host South Effingham on the 3rd; and travel to Burke County on the 4th. Standing at 6-2, with both losses coming to the two much larger Effingham County schools, the Red and White are currently the surprise team of 3AA.  

Gridiron Gamecocks overwhelm St. John’s 48-0

Rebuffed on two of their first three trips into the red zone, the SCHS Gamecocks scored on six of their last seven possessions, including all four in the second half Screven County overwhelmed the visiting St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders by a margin of 48-0 in the regular season opener for 2014 before a tremendous home crowd last Friday night at Kelly Memorial Stadium.

Cross country takes second in opening meet

Finishing second to AAAAA Evans, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cross country team of Anna Canetto came in ahead of AAAA Burke County and region foe Harlem who hosted the meet Tuesday afternoon.  
The squad will next be in action Thursday, Sept. 4, at Southeast Bulloch.
Freshman Katelyn Alveraz (23:45) and senior KB Scruggs (24:00) were the top two runners as the Alveraz topped the two-time defending region champion in their first race as teammates.  

Always good to get that first one

Whoever the opponent, whatever the circumstances, getting a win in the opening game is always significant.  
If the margin is slim or if the margin is wide, getting a win in the opening game is always significant. But a 48-0 win over a team ranked in the South Carolina Class A top 10?  
Obviously, that is always significant, but only time will tell how significant it is.
It was a beautiful night, albeit so hot that the heat was the lone detriment to the pregame ceremonies rededicating Kelly Memorial Stadium to Maj. Charles L Kelly during the 50th since his death.  

St. John’s Islanders in Sylvania for season opener, stadium rededication

Recording their third earliest opening date in history and only the second-ever home-standing regular season Saturday game, the Screven County High School Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will host the seventh-ranked St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders on the night of the rededication of Kelly Memorial Stadium.
Pregame ceremonies, beginning with the Maj. Charles L Kelly monument unveiling in front of the ticket booth will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening kickoff scheduled for 7:30.

A big opening night for SCHS Gamecock football

It’s been over nine months in coming since the last time the SCHS Gamecock football team went to battle. That night was a none-too-pretty loss to Brooks County in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.   
I, for one, have been looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 season and still am. I think, judging by the attendance at last Friday’s scrimmage with Effingham County, a lot of other folks are looking forward to it as well.

Gamecocks host Rebels in football preseason warmup Aug. 15

Expected to bring 130 players, the AAAAAA Effingham County Rebels will be at Kelly Memorial Stadium Friday, Aug. 15, evening to face the Screven County Gamecocks in the 2014 fall scrimmage.  
With kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m., the event will go a long way in determining how ready the Roosters are for next week’s season opener against the visiting top-10 ranked St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders on Saturday night, Aug. 23.
Heading into this week, Rooster mentor Ron Duncan was concerned about the lack of true practice time his team had during its first full week in pads.  

SCHS softball has a lot of work to do

With but six playing returning with significant playing time under their belt and a roster that is nearly one-half freshmen, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Billy Pollock looked to have a tough row to hoe when they opened their 2014 campaign Monday at AAA Southeast Bulloch before traveling to Marlow to face AAAAA South Effingham Tuesday.  
SCHS defeated SEB 7-5, thanks to a three-run homerun from Rebekah Woods. On Tuesday, the Lady Gamecocks would lose to South Effingham 13-1.

Burns signs softball letter with Chaflin University

After a successful two-year stint at Florence-Darlington Technical Junior College, former Lady Gamecock Courtney Burns has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball the next two seasons for the Chaflin University Lady Panthers of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The regular season SIAC champions with a conference record of 21-3, Chaflin finished the season with their best-ever record of 42-8.  

Optimism returns to Kelly Memorial

Saying, “Overall, I am very pleased … a long way to go, but pleased,” SCHS head football coach Ron Duncan put the closing touches on the annual spring football practice with the Pizza Hut Red and White scrimmage May 16 at Kelly Memorial Stadium.  
The next time there will be serious action on the playing surface at the local stadium will be Friday, Aug. 15, when the AAAAA Effingham County Rebels are here for the fall scrimmage. The St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders will be here for the regular season opener Saturday, Aug. 23.

Pizza Hut Red and White scrimmage May 16

For a chance to see what may be in store for Gamecock football fans in the fall, make plans to attend the Pizza Hut Red and White scrimmage Friday evening at Kelly Memorial.  
The first play in what will feature an offensive versus defensive format is scheduled for 6 p.m. and admission is free.
During the game, the local Pizza Hut will sell pizzas with part of the proceeds going to the Screven County High School athletic program.

SCHS baseball has five named first-team all-region

To top off an 18-8 season that includes wins over two AA teams playing in the Elite Eight, this week, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks saw five of their members named First Team All Region 3AA at a meeting of coaches May 9.
Included in those named first team were three infielders, a pitcher, and an outfielder. Named from the infield were juniors Shadon Kemp and Brandon Whatley along with senior Bailey Pollock. From the outfield came senior Aaron Brower, while senior pitcher Carl Heindel also was named.  

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 …

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