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SCHS Gamecock athletics earn top sportsmanship honor

Reviewing the 2014-2015 Screven County High School Gamecock athletic season, it is easy to find winners -- both individually and as overall teams.
Region titles were won by football, cross country, baseball, and girls tennis, while the cheerleaders claimed fifth in state.
However, no matter in triumph or defeat in competition, the Gamecocks and everything connected to the athletics program were winners in another way.
SCHS garnered all the votes from Region 3AA for sportsmanship except for one cast ballot.
The lone vote that went to another region school was made for Metter and that was from SCHS.
The honor goes well beyond the competition on the field, on the courts, or on the mats. It involves the student-athletes, coaches, administration, facilities, and fans. 
High school principal Brian Scott, who also serves as the SCHS athletic director, said each region in the state votes on a sportsmanship award winner and each school gets one vote.  
“You are supposed to base your vote on the sportsmanship of the student-athletes, the coaches, staff and the fans at each school,” Scott said. “You take into consideration the facilities and how well maintained they are.”
SCHS has a tradition of good sportsmanship.
Last year the school won the Planters Electric Sportsmanship award, an honor that was presented at a home football game to Scott on behalf of the program by Screven County resident Bobby Smith, who serves as Planters Electric’s director.
Scott said he proud of the Gamecock community.
“Our coaches and student athletes always display excellent sportsmanship and we have the best fans of anywhere around here,” Scott said. “Their sportsmanship and the staff that take care of our facilities is what sets us apart from other places we go. We have an overall community pride about our athletic program that visitors see when they come here.”    
Superintendent William Bland said a lot more goes into receiving the 3AA sportsmanship honor than only the actions during the games.
“There is parking, concession stands and the fans,” Bland said. “There is a lot that goes into getting that award.”