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Burton Kemp Jr.

Boys tennis have crucial match with Harlem Tuesday

With their postseason hopes already on the line, the SCHS Gamecock tennis team will host Harlem’s Bulldogs this Tuesday, March 11 in a crucial Region 3AA-B match.
As only the top two teams from each four-team 3AA subregion advance to the region tournament, a 4-1 road loss to Westside on this past Tuesday puts the backs of the Red and White up against the proverbial wall.
This weekend the team will face AAAAA Union Grove at 3:05 in the opening contest of the 20th annual Jekyll Jam.

Lady Gamecock soccer falls to Westside 3-0

A disappointing 3-0 loss to Westside’s home-standing Lady Patriots on Tuesday sent the SCHS Lady Gamecocks to 2-2 overall but 0-2 in Region 3AA play. SCHS will travel to T. W. Josey Thursday in search of their first region win before going to Harlem on Thursday, March 13, and A.R. Johnson at Laney
Stadium in Augusta on March 14 in another pair of region contests.
After a 0-0 first half, the home team put three goals in the second in the final 40 minutes. SCHS managed but seven shots on goal. Whitney Gay had 10 saves for the Red and White.

On the cost of winning and just plain winning

Not many weeks ago I wrote a column about the possibility of financial troubles looming for the athletic department come May. Apparently a few folks did read it and expressed concern. It goes without saying that when monetary numbers were put on a spreadsheet to be examined for future spring plans, no one included the costs of the Gamecock basketball team advancing to the state tournament.

Boys basketball concludes in state playoffs in Pelham

With an amazing 3AA basketball tournament that saw them upset East Laurens to earn a trip to state -- just as in the final games of the region tournament – this time, however, there was no upset for the SCHS Gamecocks in the first round of the state as their season ended with a 76-18 loss to Region 1AA champion Pelham Feb. 21.
The Roosters finished the season at 3-21.
Pelham’s Hornets jumped out to an 18-0 lead and were never threatened, leading 46-9 at intermission.

Lady Gamecock tennis jumps to 2-0 start

Gaining an extremely hard-fought 3-2 win over AAAA South Effingham’s Lady Mustangs, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Diane Freeman are off to a quick 2-0 start and will host the AAAAA Effingham County Lady Rebels this Feb. 27 afternoon beginning at 4:00.
On March 4, the team will travel to Augusta to face the Westside Lady Patriots in the 3AA opener.
In a match that was everything the visiting Savannah Christian coach had predicted just the day before, the team won at two and three singles and at No. 1 doubles while falling in three sets at the other two spots.

SCHS falls to South Effingham in baseball lidlifter

Falling behind 10-0, the SCHS Gamecock baseball team of Jim Randall Doyle could not catch up as they fell 18-13 to visiting AAAA South Effingham in a much-delayed season opener Tuesday night.
The Roosters are scheduled to participate in Burke County’s Diamond Day March 1 before opening their 3AA schedule at Laney March 4. Swainsboro will be here March 5.
A six-run fifth put the Red and White back in the game, but the Mustangs came right back with two in the sixth with many more in the seventh.

Soccer falls to East Laurens in region opener

After a pair of non-region wins to open the season combined with a pair of region weather outs, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team of Terry Markovcic finally opened its 3AA schedule on Tuesday, falling to East Laurens 2-1 at Kelly Memorial Stadium.
A busy week is scheduled for the first days of March with the team traveling to Augusta to face Westside in another region contest March 4 before hosting AAA Southeast Bulloch the following day.
Thomas Walter Josey’s Lady Eagles are scheduled to be here March 7 for another 3AA contest.

SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer takes season opener from Toombs County

Their opening game weathered out on Feb. 11, the Lady Gamecocks became the first spring sport to start its season on Saturday in Portal as they faced the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs as part of the Statesboro Soccer Tournament.
The Red and White took a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining and then held on in some precarious late moments for a 3-2 win.
TCHS advanced to the second round of the state playoffs a year ago.
The team was in action yesterday in Garden City against AAAAA Groves and will open Region 3AA play Friday in Harlem against the Lady Bulldogs.

With just a trio of wins, SCHS boys hoops head to state

With an outcome that turned heads around the state when the final Class AA playoff brackets were published Wednesday, the SCHS Gamecocks defeated Region 3AA-A runner-up East Laurens by a 60-55 score Saturday night in the region quarterfinals to lock up just the program’s fifth state playoff appearance in all of history.

Your sports calendar is about to get busy

Get your schedule, your All-Sports Booster Pass, and, of course, your coat, ready.  
It is time for spring sports at Screven County High School. On the SCHS campus, get ready for 12 home baseball games and seven home tennis and soccer matches as well as seven home track meets.
There are six different dates with at least two teams hosting on the same day.
I always say it; spring is the sports fans’ dream.  

3 defending region champs highlighting your spring

As a dismal winter of sports draws to an end, so comes the optimism of spring.  
With the plethora of spring sports comes a trio of defending region champs -- a returning runner-up; a returning No. 3 seed; and a returning No. 4 seed.  
The bottom line is that all six spring sports finished in the top four of Region 3AA in the spring of 2013. Few schools can boast that feat.
Leading the list of those teams is the Lady Gamecock tennis team.  

Boys hoops down Harlem 71-68 for first win in 40 tries

Halleluiah it is over!
Scoring the first points of the night and never trailing, the SCHS Gamecocks survived a late Harlem surge and hung on for a 71-68 win before a sparse crowd at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium Jan. 31.
The three-point win gave the Roosters their first win since Feb. 13, 2012, and brought an end to their 39-game losing streak.
The regular season will close this weekend with Swainsboro’s Tigers here on Friday, Feb. 7, and a trip to South Effingham on Saturday in a makeup of a contest postponed Jan. 28.

Tennis, soccer open their seasons Tuesday

Two weeks after an actual snowfall in Screven County a pair of spring sports schedules will kick off with another set to crank up on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the SCHS tennis teams will host South Effingham beginning at 4 p.m. while the Lady Gamecock soccer team will head to Dublin to face the three-time defending region champion Lady Irish in what is not only the season opener, but the 3AA opener as well.
On Thursday, Feb. 13, will find the SCHS track teams hosting Jenkins County and Effingham County in what is a very early meet.

Best there ever was? Might be Bob Waters

There will always be cross-generational athletic arguments about who is “the best there ever was.”
The argument is just a given. It is the nature of the sports fan. From every decade there is a favorite. From every decade there is a “best there ever was.”
Unfortunately, players born one, two, three generations apart can neither compete against each other nor did any of them compete under the same circumstances for a legitimate comparison.
Sports writers get off easy -- all we have to say is that one is “arguably the best ever” and we have “covered” ourselves.

Gamecocks honored at football banquet

The 2013 football Gamecocks were honored Jan. 22 at their annual banquet held this year at the Screven County Middle School lunchroom.
SCHS head coach Ron Duncan presented awards and certificates for weight room participation, letters and certificates of participation, scholarship, positions, all-region, and senior plaques. Becky Triplett also presented the Donnie Oliver Christian Athlete Award.

SCHS basketball teams fall twice more

Lucy Laney and ECI swept the SCHS basketball teams over the weekend as the season heads down the home stretch.
Upcoming contests have the Red and White hosting Harlem Friday, Jan. 31, evening, and Swainsboro on Friday, Feb. 7. The Jan. 28 game with South Effingham was canceled because of anticipated inclement weather. The road contest was rescheduled for Feb. 8 in Rincon.
The Gamecocks fell to Laney 91-34 and to ECI 73-47. The Lady Gamecocks fell 97-16 and 69-30 to the opponents, respectively. The Lady Gamecocks actually led ECI 8-7 after a quarter.

Area traditional tourney concludes wrestling season

The Area traditional tournament at Toombs County Middle School will conclude the 2013-14 wrestling season Saturday, Feb. 1.
Any wrestlers finishing in the top four will travel to Dublin for the sectionals Feb. 8.
SCHS finished its regular season with a trip to the Brunswick Duals Jan. 25, but results were not made available as of press time.
A trip to South Effingham Jan. 21 saw only Adam Austin (285) record a victory in a loss to the host Mustangs.

Price of small football gates and winless basketball teams

Less than two weeks (Feb. 11 to be exact) from today soccer is scheduled to kick off and tennis is scheduled for its opening serve.
Believe it or not, it is possible that a net football gate from Oct. 25 of less than $1, 000 and a pair of not unforeseen winless basketball teams may have an adverse impact on these sports before the spring is over.
If not these two sports, maybe another sport, or maybe the entire athletic program for that matter.

For the basketball Gamecocks, the win is hopefully coming

Put Friday, Jan. 31, on your calendar, if you are a die-hard Gamecock basketball fan that is.
On that date, the Harlem Bulldogs will come to the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium for a rematch of a Region 3AA cage contest. As I write this, the Roosters have a trio of games before that date -- Laney, ECI and South Effingham (all on the road) -- to end a losing streak that has now extended to 36 games. But whatever happens in those three, the streak could possibly end with the Dawgs’ visit.

Gamecocks come close again

Leading for the better part of three quarters, the SCHS Gamecocks could not hold on at the end as they fell to home-standing Harlem 67-65 in a 3AA contest in Harlem on Friday night.
On Tuesday, Westside came to town and left with a 75-34 win. Three straight road games at Laney on Jan. 24, ECI on Jan. 25, and South Effingham on Jan. 28 are to come before Harlem comes to the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium.
With the Roosters now standing winless in 14 tries, the Lady Gamecocks also fell to Harlem 50-29 and Westside 62-19 to stand winless in 13 tries.

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