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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Living in the past or just reminiscing?

There was no playoff game to broadcast last week.
In fact, the local radio station carried some other school with some other set of announcers. That was no fun.
There was nothing for me to prepare for. There were no standings to study, no stats to remember and no difficult names to try to enunciate.
My dose of high school football for the week consisted of reading playoff brackets and pregame descriptions from the Georgia High School Football Daily newsletter e-mail. Oh yeah, I did read the “Vent” a time or two.

Gamecocks to stay AA

With the new classifications released this week, the Georgia High School Association quintiles again placed Screven County High School in the AA classification.
The news was nothing new but the more significant news, the new region alignments, is not due out until the first week in December. 
“There is no reason to even speculate what region we will be in,” said Athletic Director Pat Collins. “That is all anything is at this point, speculation.”

SCHS softball dominates all-region

Surprising no one, the Region 3AA champion Lady Gamecocks dominated the All-Region softball team tabbed last Tuesday evening at a meeting of the region coaches.
“I think every girl on this team was of all-region caliber,” said Billy Pollock after the meeting. “To have this many players (six) honored is a tribute to our program.”
As expected, Marla Thompson was named “Pitcher of the Year” and, after a lengthy discussion, Tiffanie Burns was named, along with Vidalia’s Kourtnee Williams, the 3AA “Co-Player of the Year.” 

Shifting a lot of gears this week

Congratulations to the Lady Gamecock cheerleaders. 
We now have a second Fall sport region championship trophy for the new case in the front office. Hopefully, there are more to come for this school year.
Hey ladies, four in a row is pretty darn good. 
Saturday was my first cheerleading competition I have attended. My very, very untrained eye felt that we were headed to state after a performance that looked pretty good to me (I picked the region champion from Region 3AAAA as well). 

MAKE IT FOUR: Cheer squad captures region again

In their closest battle of the past four years, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cheerleaders took home the Region 3AA title for the fourth consecutive time Saturday; this time at the spacious Jenkins County High School gymnasium. 
With their title in hand, the squad will head to Columbus Friday, Nov. 13, for the state competition with a schedule that shows them hitting the mat at 9:50 Saturday morning in the civic center.

Cross country closes season at state

The SCHS Lady Gamecock cross country team concluded its 2009 campaign with a 21st state-wide finish from among the 29 competing schools at the GHSA Class AA state meet in Carrollton Saturday afternoon.
“We did not meet the goal of finishing in the top 15 that I had for this year,” said coach Anna Canetto, “but only two of the seven runners have run on this course. We worked hard and will work even harder next season.”
Freshman Jennifer Suggs was the top Lady Gamecock finishing with a time of 25:29, good enough for 106th of the 190 runners. 

Girdiron Gamecocks fall to Jefferson County in season finale

With their playoff aspirations hanging in the balance, the SCHS Gamecocks were unable to muster anything on the offensive side of the ball Friday night, falling 35-0 to Region 3AA and state fourth-ranked Jefferson County in Louisville.
Since their open date in the region schedule is for tomorrow night, the Roosters finished their season a week earlier than most, finishing 5-5 for the campaign.

Cross country heads to state

Following their fourth place finish in the Region 3AA competition in Cochran Oct. 27, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cross country team of Anna Canetto will make the long trip to the GHSA state meet in Carrollton Saturday. 
The Class AA girls are set to leave the starting line in North Georgia at 1:30 p.m.
“Our girls are determined and bold on the track right now,” Canetto said. “Practices have been great and our next goal will be to beat the teams from our region in state. We are leaving on Friday morning [tomorrow] to go to Carrollton High School to practice on the course.”

Cheerleaders seek another region title

Traveling only as far as Millen for 2009, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cheerleaders of Mary Helen Harrison and Vette Rountree will attempt to claim their fourth consecutive Region 3AA title Saturday afternoon in the Jenkins County High School gymnasium. 
The region competition is set to begin at 2 p.m. with the Lady Gamecocks set to perform at approximately 2:48 p.m.
The order of competition, randomly drawn, will be East Laurens, Dublin, DEB, Toombs, Dodge County, Swainsboro, Vidalia, SCHS and Bleckley. Region 3AAAA will follow before the 3AA titlist is crowned.

I think that maybe we did the best we could

Sometimes putting a description on something you just witnessed is easier than other times. 
Sometimes an eye-witness account flows like the Savannah River under the Burton’s Ferry Bridge after three days of rain up Augusta way in March while other times the flow is like a dried up Buck Creek under the Bridgeton Drive Bridge in July. Such is the case with the 2009 Gamecock football team.
What did I see?
Here is what things look like from the exact middle of the pack.

Cheerleaders take third in regular-season finale

Guilty of a trio of falls during their routine the SCHS Lady Gamecock cheerleaders took a third place from the field of ten Class AA teams at the Effingham County competition last Saturday. 
Trailing Region 1AA Fitzgerald and 3AA foe Toombs County, the squad has another week before they attempt to four-peat as 3AA champions in the region competition at Jenkins County High School Nov. 7.
Coaches Mary Helen Harrison and Vette Rountree had similar sentiments after the Saturday competition.

Lady Gamecock softball bows out in three

Picking up their first win in three trips to the state finals in Columbus, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks finished their most successful season in history with a 27-3 record, a Region 3AA championship and a sixth place finish in Class AA. 
Though they fell to 8AA Union County 4-3 in eight innings and 7AA champion Rockmart 2-0, the team gained that elusive first win on Saturday morning at the expense of region foe Vidalia 9-1.

Gridiron Gamecocks bomb Jackets 37-8

Accumulating nearly 500 total yards, the Screven County Gamecocks used four long touchdown passes to bomb the visiting Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets into submission 37-8 to culminate senior night at Kelly Memorial Stadium Oct. 16. 
The Red and White will close out their regular season Friday night as they travel to Louisville to face unbeaten, region-leading Jefferson County.

Two weeks to go in 3AA

The 3AA race is winding down. 
Laney joined the five-loss club last week and is now realistically out of the playoff hunt.  Jefferson County (8-0) and Swainsboro (7-1) have clinched post season berths.
Dublin (6-2) is at Southeast Bulloch (0-8) this week and stands a great chance to clinch a playoff spot with their seventh win.

SCHS softball team met its own preseason goals

Maybe the numbers preceding the team into a hostile Muscogee County (just ask the parents who had their room reservations cancelled before they got there) were all too gaudy.  Expectations for a team with a starting lineup composed entirely of underclassmen were probably too high. Whatever the case, maybe two losses in three games was disappointing to an extent, especially when rolling out the “what-ifs”   But….

3AA pigskin playoff picture still muddy

The 3AA playoff race is realistically down to seven teams now. 
At the top coasting are the “Big Three” of Jefferson County, Swainsboro and Dublin though Dublin has slipped of late and stands a good chance of no better than fourth place.
There is a pair with three losses (Vidalia and Dodge County) who play this week meaning one will move into fourth place alone.  Then there is another pair with four losses (Screven County and Laney) each looking up at five teams, but each still with a chance to go. 
The chance for a 5-5 team to go is probably over. 

Lady Gamecock softball returns to Columbus

Putting together their finest play of the season, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock rolled past visiting Putnam County’s Lady Eagles 8-0 and 11-0 Oct. 17 at the SCHS field.
With the sweep, the Red and White improved to 26-1 on the season and punched their clock for a noon contest in Columbus today, Oct. 17, with Union County’s Lady Panthers of Region 8AA to begin the Class AA double-elimination finals tournament.

Roosters declaw East Laurens’ Falcons 20-9 on the road

Keeping their playoff hopes alive, the SCHS Gamecocks scored twice in the first quarter and then thwarted any hopes for an East Laurens comeback in a 20-9 victory over homestanding Falcons Oct. 16 in East Dublin. 
Getting back to .500 for the second time this season at 4-4, the Roosters will host winless Southeast Bulloch Friday night at Kelly Memorial Stadium.

Third time a charm?

Is the third time a charm for the Lady Gamecocks of coach Billy Pollock? 
Today at noon the 26-1 Region 3AA Champion ladies will take on Union County, the fourth-seed from Region 8AA. This will mark the third time in four years the SCHS team has made the journey to the “far side of the universe” that is Georgia to participate in the most prestigious high school tournament there is -- the GHSA state finals.

3AA playoff four going down to wire

Don’t look now, but the 3AA playoff race is going down to the wire again. 
Maybe Jefferson County is going to be too far ahead after this week, but there are still nine teams with a mathematical chance to finish in the top four. 
Only Southeast Bulloch’s Jackets can be eliminated by a borrowed and vandalized BCS computer.


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