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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Sunny day for Fritz’s Georgia Southern class

The first recruiting class of new Georgia Southern head football coach Willie Fritz is in the fold and one word best describes them – big.
Amend that to real big.
That’s real big in body size and real big in Sun Belt recruiting rankings as the Eagles topped the other schools in their new conference.
The size differential of the players from the GSU classes of the recent past until now can be most seen on those poised to line up on the offensive side of the ball for the Eagles whose scheme involved a triple option that led the nation in rushing as a FCS school.

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.

GSU Lady Eagle softball picked first in SoCon preseason poll

Georgia Southern Softball has been picked as the preseason favorite by the Southern Conference coaches. Sarah Purvis was named Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Kourtny Thomas and Shelby Morrill each garnered spots on the preseason all-conference team.
Georgia Southern was picked as the preseason favorite for the second-straight year and won their second-straight league title last year with a dramatic 11-inning win over UNCG in the Championship Finale. The Eagles picked up the maximum number of first place votes on offer, seven, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own team.

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.

Middle school boys win another region title as hoops take title

The SCMS Gamecocks boys continued in string of region championships Saturday when the squad defeated William James in Statesboro for the basketball title.
“This group has accomplished something that hasn’t been done in a long time,” said Doug Dirst, SCMS boys head coach. “It is the first boys basketball championship at the middle school since I’ve been here (22 years). This group of eighth graders will go down as the most successful ever in sports. They have won the last four boys region championships in a row (track, football, tennis and basketball).”

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.

Wrestlers down Burke County

A trip to Waynesboro to face host Burke County and visiting Swainsboro Jan. 14 resulted in a split decision, a 36-27 win over Burke’s Bears and a 36-24 loss to Swainsboro’s Tigers. The Roosters will head to the Brunswick Duals on Saturday before the Area Duals at Toombs County Feb. 1.
Unfortunately for all involved, there were very few contested matches in Waynesboro. While the Burke County encounter saw seven of the 13 weight classes contested, the contest with Swainsboro saw just six. SCHS won three of them against Burke and one against Swainsboro.

Fritz signs 17 to Georgia Southern’s first FBS class on National Signing Day

STATESBORO, Ga. – Head Coach Willie Fritz announced his first Georgia Southern signing class, welcoming, the 17 new Eagles Feb. 5 at the Parrish Football Center, for the program’s first Football Subdivision (FBS) class. Three individuals enrolled at the University at mid-year to bring the overall number of signees for Georgia Southern to 20.

Today’s list includes five Eagles from the state of Georgia, three each from Florida and Texas, two from Alabama and one each from Mississippi,

Gamecock football schedule now done

Though he is still awaiting receipt of one contract, SCHS head football coach Ron Duncan considers the 2014 and 2015 football schedules done. There is one difference in the version of the schedule that was originally passed around before Christmas, never the less, counting the preseason scrimmage with Effingham County this fall, there are six home games each year.

It’s region playoff time for the middle school boys

The SCMS boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Statesboro on Wednesday Jan. 8 to take on the nights of William James.
The girls’ game was a matchup of two teams looking for their first win. The game was close throughout with William James taking a 14-9 halftime lead. After a hard fought second half the Lady Knights defeated the Lady Gamecocks 26-19. Santana Jones led the Lady Gamecocks with 9.
The boys game was a battle for home court in the region playoffs.

SCHS wrestlers have big day

With their biggest day of the season, the SCHS Gamecock wrestlers took the measure of Southeast Bulloch, Savannah Arts Academy, and host New Hampstead in wrestling action in Savannah Jan. 8.
The team will next be in action Jan. 18 when they head to Dublin for a duals tournament.
SCHS defeated SEB 42-24; SAA 54-18; and New Hampstead 42-30.

SCHS basketball falls to Laney

Laney’s high-powered boys and girls basketball teams came into the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium Friday night and took no prisoners in a Region 3AA- B contest for both teams.
SCHS will next be in action this Friday, Jan. 17, when they travel to Harlem for another sub-region encounter. The teams will host Westside Tuesday, Jan. 21.
In the opening contest, the Lady Gamecocks struggled from the outset, falling behind 30-0 at the end of the first stanza.

The GSU Fritz Blitz begins

The official announcement of former Sam Houston State head coach Willie Fritz as Georgia Southern’s newest leader of the Eagles’ program Jan. 10 was merely an initial step in an upbeat process for a coach who has become accustomed to winning.
Fritz gave a speech to GSU fans at the Eagles’ basketball game against Western Carolina the next day; talked to current football players Sunday; and during that time and now organized his GSU coaching staff and readied himself for a whirlwind of recruiting.
“We will be very busy over the next few weeks,” Fritz said.

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