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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Lady Gamecocks drop opening pair of games

Scoring a combined two runs in their first two games, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks fell to homestanding Southeast Bulloch 5-1 on Monday and homestanding South Effingham 9-1 on Tuesday.
After a game in Vidalia Wednesday after the Sylvania Telephone press deadline, the Red and White will go to Springfield on Aug. 18 before participating in Burke County’s Diamond Day on Aug. 22.
The team will not be at home until Burke County comes here on Aug. 25.
Futility with runners on base was the crucial point in the season opener against AAA SEB.

GHSA has big meetings on schedule

Tomorrow night local eyes will look toward Effingham County and the preseason scrimmage that kicks off the 2015 season, a season that good, bad, or otherwise, is already greatly anticipated.
That scrimmage is for the football season that is upon us, but Sunday and Monday there are some really big GHSA meetings that may well have great impact upon the athletic calendars of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns.
The scrimmage is what it is, a tune up, but, again, the GHSA meetings are, well, important. Among the two most noteworthy things are reclassification and tennis.

Lady Gamecock softball opens Aug. 10

With a couple of key positions to fill, the 2015 Lady Gamecock softball team will open with three consecutive road games in three days beginning on Monday with a trip to Brooklet to face the Lady Jackets of Southeast Bulloch.
On Tuesday, the team will face host South Effingham before a trip to Vidalia on Wednesday.
The Red and White will not play at home until Aug. 25.

Effingham scrimmage a week away; heat cancels contact

The wait will soon be over.
Football contact drills at SCHS were supposed to crank up on Tuesday, however, the contact did not commence as the heat index was above the limit allowed by the GHSA for a practice in full pads.
With more of the same, indices over 100, predicted for this week, the first day of contact may be further delayed. The team did go though its two-hour limit in helmets and shoulder pads.

Boosters getting their SCHS football seats now

The Screven County Athletic Booster Club’s annual membership drive continues.
The club’s meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Films from the previous Friday night football games are shown every Monday at 7 p.m. All meetings/films viewings are in the high school health room, which is past the weight room.  
Members also are invited on Fridays of football home games at noon at R&D’s Restaurant to have lunch with the fall season athletes of cheerleading, softball, cross country and football.

Countdown to kickoff just keeps getting closer

For at least the third week in a row, I am opening some type of story with a countdown. Sorry to be so redundant.
We are now two weeks and a day from the trip to Springfield and the season-opening football scrimmage with the Rebels of Effingham County on Aug. 14. More importantly, we are but three weeks and a day away from the regular-season opener at Kelly Memorial Stadium when we host the Islanders of St. John’s Island, S.C., on Aug. 21.
Big football dates are that close and we have not yet donned the full pads and will not until next Tuesday.

‘Cooter’ at speedway for July 25 ‘Rebel Yell’

Ben Jones, who played “Cooter” on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” was confirmed Wednesday as the grand marshal for the 16th annual “Rebel Yell” at the Screven Motorsports Complex on July 25.
Jones will meet with fans and deliver a message on all four PA systems at the complex between Sylvania and Newington on Highway 21.
His message will in part be about the Confederate flag and how recently the “The Dukes of Hazzard” has been taken off television because of the flag being painted on the General Lee that was driven during the series.

Duncan extremely pleased with Gamecocks’ Mercer mini-camp

With the opening Effingham County scrimmage now four weeks and a day away, SCHS Gamecock head football coach Ron Duncan expressed pleasure after his team’s trip to a three-day “mini-camp” at Mercer University last week.
The intensity of preseason work continued to increase this week as the team went to Effingham County for passing league contests with, among others, the Rebels, Jenkins of Savannah, and Groves.
Tuesday the 21st will find Effingham County here for passing before the team goes to Burke County for an “uppers camp” (including shoulder pads) on July 23.

‘The Snake’ Stabler joins 'The Dream' in pro sports heaven

Within less than a month of each other, two of my all-time favorite professional athletes passed.
On June 11, Virgil Riley Rummels Jr., much better known as Dusty Rhodes, died and on July 8, just last week, Kenneth Michael Stabler, known to many as “The Snake,” died. Born two months apart in 1945, both were only 69.

Become an athletic booster today

The annual Screven County Athletic Booster Club membership drive has begun.
The club’s meetings are the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Films from the previous Friday night football games are shown every Monday at 7 p.m. All meetings/films viewings are in the high school health room, which is past the weight room.
Members also are invited on Fridays of football home games at noon at R&D’s Restaurant to have lunch with the fall season athletes of cheerleading, softball, cross country and football.
The boosters will only meet for home football games this year.

Mite boys sub-district tourney begins June 18

The Screven County Recreation Department will host several Georgia Recreation & Park Association baseball tournaments this summer, including one that starts this evening.
From June 18-20, the Mite Boys (10 & Under) Sub-District Tournament will be played at the SCRD Complex. Two early round games are on tap tonight with Reidsville against Jenkins County #1 at 6 p.m. and Glennville versus Jenkins County #2 at 7:30 p.m.

Hawkins verbally commits to GSU Eagles

Saying “it feels like the place for me,” the reigning Region 3AA Player of the Year and rising SCHS Gamecock senior Jermany Hawkins has verbally committed to play for Head Coach Willie Fritz and the Georgia Southern Eagles in the fall of 2016.
“It felt like the place for me,” said Hawkins. “My family and friends will be close so they can see me play. I like the program … how the coaches treat the players -- like another Screven County.”
In recent weeks, with a plethora of colleges making offers, Hawkins narrowed his final choices to Marshall, Troy, and GSU.

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.

I feel a Draft coming on tonight

Locally, there are plenty of postseason Gamecock sports happening these days in the county and for our student-athletes playing in other cities.
On a national level, some rather sizable sporting events are on the radar too. On Saturday, the Kentucky Derby and prize fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are pretty big. The Atlanta Hawks will be on the court against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs Friday. Yep. Kinda important.

Squad improves to 2-0

Behind a defense that made big play after big play in the fourth quarter, the SCHS Gamecocks of Ron Duncan hung on for a tense 28-12 victory over the visiting Westside Patriots in a nonregion contest at Kelly Memorial Stadium Sept. 5.  
The win sends the Roosters to 2-0 on the young season and into the South Carolina Low Country for this week’s encounter with the Wade Hampton Red Devils.
Twice in the fourth quarter while clinging to a 21-12 lead the Gamecock defense bent, but did not break as they allowed their guests into the red zone only to turn them away.

To the Low Country on a high note

For the first time in history, the Screven County High School Gamecocks will invade the true Low Country of South Carolina Friday night when they travel to Hampton County to face the Wade Hampton Red Devils in an interstate contest.  
Kickoff in the den of the Devils is scheduled for 7:30.
SCHS traveled to Allendale County to face the Allendale-Fairfax Tigers in both 1958 and 1960, but to only a few folks is Allendale part of the Low Country.
In the process of the game, Ron Duncan and his troops are seeking to improve to 3-0 on the season for the first time since 2003.

SCHS fast-pitch stops visiting Jefferson County 8-0

Opening the second 3AA round robin as they did the first with a convincing win over Jefferson County, the softball Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock are in Dublin this Sept. 11 afternoon looking for another win and a chance to stay within one game of Harlem and the region lead.
Standing at 9-5 overall and 5-1 in 3AA play, the SCHS team has a busy week coming up with four games in four days.
Effingham County will be in Sylvania Sept. 15; Swainsboro on the 16th; Southeast Bulloch on the 17th; and the team will travel to East Laurens on the 18th. 


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