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SCMS boys tops in region again

The impressive string of region titles continues for the boys athletic programs at Screven County Middle School as the track repeated as the champions, winning the trophy by 45 points over its closest school March 22.
The SCMS boys scored 107 points on the Saturday at Southeast Bulloch High School, compared to Coastal Empire Region runner up SEBMS’s 62.
At the 10-school meet, the SCMS girls had impressive individual performances as the team finished in seventh place with 28 points.
Along with Screven County and SEB, the other schools were Burke County, William James, Effingham, South Effingham, Ebenezer, Richmond Hill, Langston Chapel, Savannah Christian as all of them had boys and girls teams at the meet. More than 300 athletes participated in the meet with points awarded for places first through sixth (10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1).
For the SCMS girls, Kara Canetto is region champion in the triple jump with a jump of 30 feet 3 inches and she is the region runner-up in the long jump with a jump of 14-foot-11.
Katelyn Alvarez finished fourth in the 3200 meters, while Ansley Dirst finished third in the 800 meters.
The Gamecocks took control of the meet early in the field events and then kept it going on the track. Among the strong finishes from multiple SCMS boys, Kim Hunter was awarded the “High Point Man” for the meet with 30.5 points.
“It was a dominating performance from our guys,” said Doug Dirst, boys head coach and SCMS athletic director. “We came in with a bull’s eye on our chest as defending champs, but these young men just refuse to lose.
“I’m very proud of this team. Everybody contributed today,” Dirst said.
CJ Wright is region champion in the boys shot put with a throw of 47 feet 4 inches and region champion in the discus with a throw of 133-foot4.
Armani Bunbury is region champion in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-foot-9. Bunbury also is the region champ in the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet 9 inches.
Hunter is the region runner-up in the high jump at 5-foot-7 and is region runner-up in the triple jump at 37-foot-3.
Ronnie Reed placed third in the long jump at 18 feet.
Keshawn Herrington placed fifth in the long jump at 16-foot11.
After the field events, SCMS had 64 points to the next closest team with 27 points.
“CJ, Kim and Armani really got us going early in the field events and we built a big lead,” Dirst said.  
In the running events, Bunbury placed sixth in the 100 meter dash.
Tyquan Johnson placed fifth in the 200 Meter Dash.
Ezra Ladler was region runner-up in the 800 meter dash with a season best time of 2:24.46.
Robert Reed placed fifth in the 1600 meter run.
Hunter is the region champion in the hurdles with a time of 14.19.
The 4x100 team of James Badger, Hunter, Bunbury and Johnson placed second. The 4x100 team of Tyler Robinson, Hunter Rigdon, Ladler and Ronnie Reed placed fifth.
The SCMS Boys 4x400 team of Rigdon, Bunbury, Hunter and Badger claimed the region championship with a time of 4:00.86.
“We had two of our middle distance guys run season best times (Ladler in the 800 and Reed in the 1600) and our relay teams finished first (4x400) and second (4x100),” Dirst said. “It has been a blast coaching these young men this year. I love the way they compete in practice and in games.
“This bunch has really spoiled me with their athleticism and commitment to the team,” Dirst said. “This core group of athletes has won four straight Coastal Empire Region championships (track twice 2013 and 2014; football 2013; and basketball 2014). This group is going to bring some exciting times for the next four years at the high school. I’m going to miss them here, but I can’t wait to watch up there next year.”