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Frankhouser to Presbyterian

After spending the past seasons in the trenches on the offensive line for the Screven County Gamecocks, Murphy Frankhouser on Wednesday signed a letter of intent to continue his education and playing career for the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.
“When I visited PC I met a lot of people and saw a lot of the school,” said Frankhouser. “The place was beautiful and the people that I met were fun. The place just felt right. They have a really strong business department and that is what I plan to major in.”

Former Gamecock Watkins puts on a new cap

Screven County Athletic Hall of Famer Jesse Watkins has been named the General Manager and Head Coach of the Evansville (Ind.) Swish of the upstart MidWest Basketball League (www.mwbasketballleague.com).
Watkins says, “The business owner was pondering about bringing a team here and he looked at the facility where I was employed. He talked to me about the possibility of coaching and decided to run with the idea and made me general manager and head coach due to my background with college coaching experience.”

Boys topple SEB, falter against Dublin

With a chance to upset the defending state champions of Class AA, the SCHS Gamecocks went 3-12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to fall to the visiting Dublin Irish 68-60 at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium Saturday afternoon in a Region 3AA crossover contest. 
On Jan. 29, the day before, Southeast Bulloch fell victim to the Red and White by a 72-58 margin in the final 3AA-A contest of the season.

Wrestlers prepare for traditional area tourney

Completing their busiest week of the season, the SCHS Gamecock wrestlers of Caleb White took to the mats against four teams last week before concluding with a participation in the Vidalia Sweet Onion Tournament over the weekend. 
The team will conclude the season this weekend, beginning Friday, with the 3AA Area Dual Tournament in Lyons at the Toombs County Middle School Gym.

2009 football Gamecocks honored

In probably their final gathering as a group, save graduation, the 2009 SCHS football Gamecocks were honored last Thursday night with their annual banquet held before a very large crowd at the SCES lunchroom.  The event, the last such presided over by outgoing Head Coach Pat Collins featured Elon Head Coach Pete Lembo as the guest speaker.

Lady Gamecocks overwhelm Toombs County

Taking their first lead at 3-2 with 4:52 remaining in the opening stanza, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks overwhelmed the visiting Toombs County Lady Bulldogs 43-27 Saturday afternoon at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium.  The game was not as close as the score would indicate.  Standing at 8-10 on the season, the Red and White will host a pair of 6 p.m. tip-offs on Friday and Saturday as SEB is here tomorrow in the final 3AA-A matchup before Dublin comes on Saturday in a 3AA cross over matchup.

Wrestlers crush SEB, Metter

Putting together far and away their best outing of the season SCHS Gamecock wrestlers of Caleb White soundly whipped both Metter and homestanding Southeast Bulloch in mat action last Wednesday afternoon. 
The team is in action this weekend in the Vidalia Sweet Onion Tournament after going to South Effingham this afternoon.
Taking the measure of Metter 46-12 and SEB 48-18 some members of the grappler squad equaled or bettered their win total for the season in one afternoon. 

Gamecocks run past East Laurens, 83-74

Shaking off their worst performance of the season the previous night, the SCHS Gamecocks of Brent Anderson came back by shooting 53 percent from the floor to outrun homestanding East Laurens 83-74 in East Dublin Saturday evening. 
Having Tuesday off, the Roosters now travel to Effingham County Friday night before hosting Toombs County Saturday with the girls’ game tipping off at 4 p.m.
Laney’s Wildcats will be at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium on Tuesday.

SCHS girls hold off Lady Falcons

Halting a three-game skid, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Roy Cooper jumped out to a quick early lead and then held off East Laurens in a 43-40 3AA cross-over win in East Dublin Saturday afternoon. 
Standing at 7-8 on the season, the youthful lasses, who have no senior regulars, will travel to Springfield Friday evening to face the AAAA Lady Rebels of Effingham County before hosting Toombs County in another cross-over contest on Saturday at 4 p.m.
On Jan. 26, 3AA-A leading Laney will be here for a 6 p.m. contest.

Wrestlers tie SEB in final home match

With a sparse crowd in attendance, the SCHS Gamecock wrestlers of Caleb White gained pins in their final three matches to salvage a 36-36 tie in a dual meet with the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets Jan. 6 in the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium.
Going to the second tie breaker, the Roosters claimed a victory on the basis of the most first takedowns.
After a disappointing trip last week to the area duals that saw the Red and White drop their opening match to Vidalia -- also involving a tie breaker, the team will next be in action Jan. 20 at SEB.

Gamecocks stun 3AA-B leader Vidalia

Down by four and in desperate foul trouble as the third quarter clock ran down, the SCHS Gamecocks of Brent Anderson used a fourth-quarter scoring explosion to claim a 75-61 victory over sub-region 3AA-B leader Vidalia Saturday night at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium. 
Claiming their third consecutive win, the Red and White will host Swainsboro Friday night before heading to East Laurens Saturday afternoon.

Lady Gamecocks split week’s games

After improving to 2-2 in sub-region 3AA-A with a 53-33 win over Southeast Bulloch Jan. 5, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks fell hard to visiting Vidalia 63-48 on Saturday night in a 3AA cross-over contest at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium.
After facing subregion-leading Laney in Augusta two nights ago, the Red and White host Swainsboro Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. before traveling to East Dublin Saturday for a 4 p.m. tip off with the Lady Falcons in another 3AA cross-over game.

Top 10 sports stories of 2009

Various Screven County sports teams and individuals performed well this season. But not all the items involved on-the-field competition. Here are the Top 10 athletic news stories of 2009 ---
1. SCHS cheerleaders finish fourth in state for second consecutive year.
2. Varsity softball wins game in Final Eight in Columbus.
3. Cornelius Roberts claims state titles in two track events.
4. SCHS head football coach/athletic director Pat Collins announces his resignation.
5. Screven County midget baseball team wins state.

SCHS boys topple tourney host Jenkins County, 76-59

Salvaging one win out of four holiday contests, the SCHS Gamecocks whipped homestanding Jenkins County 76-59 to conclude the War Eagle Holiday Classic Tuesday evening.
With tight losses to both Burke County and Metter in their own pre-Christmas tourney and a one-point loss to unbeaten Claxton the previous night, the Roosters picked up their fourth win of the 2009 part of the current season in convincing fashion.

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