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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 …
Back on March 6, I wrote a column that included a conversation about the recent home record of the Lady Gamecock tennis teams. Let me quickly bring it back up.   
Diane Freeman’s teams have still not lost a regular season home matchup since March 26, 2008 (0-5 to Savannah Country Day) and only a total of five since 2003 (another to SCD, a pair to Appling County, and one to Lakeside-Evans).  
Friday they lost just their fourth post-season home match over the same span -- the 2003 region title to Appling County; the state quarterfinals to Thomasville in 2008; the state semifinals to Lovett a year ago; and now the state quarterfinals to Thomasville again.  
The match with Thomasville last week marked the sixth time since 2006 the teams have met in the state playoffs. The series is now even at 3-3. One of those losses (2012) came five hours away.
SCHS tennis has had some good state playoff battles with a couple of other programs from deepest South Georgia in recent years, but the Red and White are unbeaten against the rest.
The Lady Gamecocks are 4-0 against Pierce County and Jeff Davis since 2003; and 3-0 against Fitzgerald, Cook County, and Berrien County over the same span.  
There have been some Jekyll Island matches with Berrien that have gone the other way however.
Freeman’s Lady Gamecocks will reload. There were just three seniors on the roster out of nine who played a lot of tennis.  
For the Gamecocks, well there were eight on the roster and six of them were seniors. Do the math. Six of the seven starters from Friday were seniors. Talk about rebuilding.  
After a brilliant comeback victory completed with a walk-off grand slam, the SCHS Gamecock baseball team saw its season come to a close Monday. Maybe our best chance for two wins over Cook’s Hornets came in the first game Saturday. We threw that one away.
There were not many chances on Monday.  
Some interesting numbers on the baseball season now complete:  
The Roosters finished at 18-8, their most wins since a 20-8 campaign in 2009.
On the year, there were 14 different opponents in those 26 games. Of those 14 foes, 10 made the state playoffs. Two of the four that did not play last Friday and Saturday were Laney and Josey. The other two were Burke County and East Laurens.
Region 1AA took three of four series from our own 3AA. Only Westside won against Brooks County (who stunned Thomasville to claim fourth place). We and Dublin (to Berrien County) lost in three and -- very surprisingly -- Harlem was swept by Fitzgerald.
I said at the outset the baseball Gamecocks should be better because they had pretty well all of their pitchers back. That proved true.
Pitching is the key to all success. Now will begin the rebuilding for next year.  
Down the stretch, there were five pitchers who logged the huge majority of innings -- three of them (Carl Heindel, Jamie Scarboro, and Bobby Hodges) were seniors.  
From time to time, I am guilty of throwing in seemingly irrelevant things in here. Things with nothing to do with sports -- though I usually try to make them equate.  
Here’s one totally off the subject, but I think significant. If you are a fan of things that are relevant to Sylvania, I am currently reading the book “Dead Men Flying, Victory in Viet Nam the Legend of Dust off: America’s Battlefield Angels” by Patrick Henry Brady. A while back I alluded to a magazine article about this book.  
One of the principle characters in the book is our own Major Charles Kelly (of the stadium if for some reason you don’t know).

Burton Kemp Jr. is a contributing writer to the Sylvania Telephone.