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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Groves here for 2013 kickoff Friday

With an extra week gone by since their Jenkins County scrimmage of Aug. 16, the 2013 Screven County High School Gamecock football team of Ron Duncan will kickoff the regular season Friday evening at 7:30 when the AAAAA Groves Rebels come to Kelly Memorial Stadium.
Making their first appearance at the local stadium since Sept. 4, 1964, will present what Duncan earlier called the team to beat this season -- primarily because they are the first opponent of the season.

Ready or not readers, it’s time for football

It is finally time for football whether you are ready or not.
If you are not ready, someone needs to check your pulse and other vital signs. It is time to get with the program.
If I say it too much, forgive me. What a difference a year makes when it comes to anticipation and expectation. A year ago we did not what to expect. Our hopes and dreams all but exhausted by two years of chaos, we dared not hope for a turnaround. It came.

Groves is the team to beat on the Gamecock schedule

With a 2012 Region 3AA title to defend -- just as with the Lady Gamecock cross country team -- the gridiron Gamecocks of Ron Duncan are doing everything possible to get off to the fast start they did a year ago in hopes of gaining another trophy.  
With a strong 49-6 thrashing of nearby Jenkins County in the scrimmage now under their belt, those Roosters have an extra week to prepare for the AAAAA Groves Rebels.

Gamecocks crush Jenkins County 49-6 in scrimmage

Taking no prisoners in their season-opening scrimmage for the second consecutive season, the SCHS Gamecocks pounded the visiting Jenkins County Eagles 49-6 at Kelly Memorial Stadium Friday night.  The Roosters will now prepare for the Groves Rebels, who will be here for the season opener next Friday, August 30, with kickoff at 7:30.
As both teams finished their pregame warm up drills and headed for the dressing, the speakers of Kelly Memorial Stadium let loose with the Rolling Stones’ famous “Gimme Shelter.”

What a difference a year makes to SCHS football

Eighteen months ago the Screven County High School football program was on the verge of collapsing into the late 1970s-very early 1980s version of itself. Not a pretty picture at any juncture.   
You’ve heard it before; the win total for 2010 and 2011 was a grand total of five. Not since 1981-1982 had that number been so low for a similar period.
Enter Ron Duncan and a new system. The new system was more than just a new offense and defense.

Jenkins County here for football tuneup Friday

Football is at long last here.
Tomorrow night at 7:30 the SCHS Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will host the up-and-coming Jenkins County Eagles of former SCHS assistant Ashley Harden.
Game time, sans a kickoff, will be at 7:30.
According to Duncan everything Aug. 16 will be live game speed and game-style except the kicking game.
A year ago, as the Roosters began their trek toward a Region 3AA championship, they manhandled the Eagles on their home field across Horse Creek. Things are expected to be different this time.

Laney here for region softball opener

Off to a rough start, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Billy Pollock will host the Lucy Laney Lady Wildcats this Aug. 15 afternoon at 5:00 in what is the region opener for both teams.
Evans, a AAAAA power, will be here Monday for a doubleheader before AAAA Cross Creek is here on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Dublin will host the Red and White on the 22nd in the next 3AA contest.

Duo makes Sylvania a rest stop on 2,700-mile bicycle ride

A cross-country bike trip brought two Boston University graduate students to Sylvania last week.
Nick Wendel and Carolyn Harper, physical therapy students, wanted to promote physical activity by biking from San Diego, Calif., to Charleston, S.C. On the last night of their 2,700-mile trip, they stayed at Kinchley Place in Sylvania.
The pair rode an average of over one hundred miles a day, completing their journey in less than a month.

Pitching, developing youth the major keys to softball playoff hopes

With a possible starting infield and battery young enough to make up a junior varsity lineup in many large-school programs, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Billy Pollock will hit the field running this Monday, Aug. 12, at 5 p.m. when Class AAA powerhouse Southeast Bulloch will be here for the regular season lidlifter.

Today’s the biggest GHSA athletic day of the year

Across the state of Georgia in the empire that is the Georgia High School Association, this Aug. 1 day is a big day, maybe the biggest athletic day of the year. At sometime during the day five GHSA sports may start official practice.
Today football may conduct its first day in pads while cheerleading, cross country, softball, and volleyball may begin practice. Of course the latter sport is irrelevant to locals, but such is not so for the rest.

How have past gridiron Gamecocks done defending their championships?

When the SCHS Gamecock football team opens “fall” conditioning drills next week, it will mark the ninth time in the history of the school that the team will open with a region title to defend. It is noteworthy that six of those have been in the past 19 years.
Beginning Aug. 1 with the first day of full contact drills, interest will be high; maybe higher than a year ago. Is a new coach (2012) or the biggest change in offense (2013) since the end of the single wing more interesting?

Juniors claim third at state

The Junior Boys 14 and under team finished third in state during the week of July 9-13 at Cook County.
The local squad qualified for the GRPA state tournament by finishing runner-up in the GRPA First District.
While in Adel, Ga., the juniors defeated Berrien County 9-6 and defeated Appling County 5-3.
The Screven Countians then lost to Jeff Davis County 12-4 and lost to Appling County 8-0 to finish in third place.
Jeff Davis County won the state championship and Appling County finished runner-up.

Bargeron signs to play baseball for Southern Tech

Browning Bargeron, the MVP of the 2013 SCHS baseball Gamecocks and the Region 3AA All-Region catcher, has signed to continue his baseball career with the Southern Polytechnic State University Hornets of Marietta.
Already bound for Southern Tech, as it is known by several generations of Georgians for its academics, Bargeron was signed by Hornet coach Marty Lovrich to do more than attend classes.
Bargeron had a breakout senior season for the Gamecocks, who were ousted in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs by eventual semifinalist Benedictine’s Cadets.

Sylvania Ford helps GSU ground game

Georgia Southern is very recognizable on the gridiron for its vaunted triple-option running game that annually averages more than 300 rushing yards per contest.
While those rushing totals put smiles on the faces of members of the Eagle Nation and scowls on the mugs of fans of the Saturdays’ opposition, the GSU ground game and the whole roster needs assistance to have the right students-athletes in the right places.
That’s where local dealership Sylvania Ford comes into the picture.

Start of football two weeks away

The official date for the commencement of the defense of their 2012 Region 3AA title is exactly two weeks away for the Screven County Gamecock football team of Ron Duncan.
On Thursday, July 25, the gridiron Gamecocks will report at 5 p.m. for the first official day of practice.
At the same time, there will be a parental meeting in the SCHS auditorium at which point Duncan will go over the rules and expectations for the upcoming season. Attendance at the meeting is crucial so as to allow parents a chance to learn these expectations to which the players will be held.

300-game winner Ford seeks to assist SCHS boys basketball program’s rebound

Boys high school basketball at Screven County High School during the 2012-2013 season was difficult on the eyes – especially if you paid attention to the scoreboard.

While the SCHS boys did what they could on the court, the players could not  overcome the physical abilities of their opponents. The team went winless. 0-22.

Rough, tough tourneys on diamond

The Screven County Junior Boys of ages 14 and under are headed to state after battling through the losers’ bracket to match up with the undefeated tournament team of Metter.
Screven County and Metter were to square off at 5 p.m. at the Screven County Recreation Department complex Wednesday for the district title. Both teams will head to the state playoffs no matter the outcome of the game that was played after the Sylvania Telephone’s press time.  The top two squads from each district go to state.

Mingle now DEA football coach too

A former three-sport athlete and member of the Hall of Fame at Screven County High School has found additional success in the coaching ranks.
In his second year as a David Emmanuel Academy head baseball coach, Tyrone Mingle’s teams have completed two straight years of winning the Class A region championship. Mingle also won the Coach of the Year honors for the past two years.
With this success comes the opportunity for more success in another sport -- football. Mingle has been named the new DEA head football coach.

All-Star district tournaments hosted by SCRD this weekend

Flea Boys Sub-District will be June 20-22. First game for Screven County All-stars is Friday, June 21, at 6 p.m. vs the winner of Reidsville/Metter. The top two teams from the “East” Sub-District will complete in the District Finals Tournament in Screven County June 26-27.
Flea Girls District is June 20-25. First game for Screven County All-stars is Thursday, June 20, at 6:15 p.m. vs Millen-Jenkins Co.
Junior Boys District is June 21-26. First game for Screven County All-stars is Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m. vs. Cochran-Bleckley County.


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