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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Gamecocks step up big in Westside win

If you weren’t there on Friday night, you missed a good one.  
It got kind of frustrating at times, especially in the second half, but do you remember when a Gamecock defense did the things that it did in the clutch; especially against a good team?
And yes, Westside is a good team.
Now the Roosters must hit the road, in fact they will be on the road for the next three games. This road trip will cross the Savannah River; the first time we have crossed it to play a football game since 1960.

Patriots in Sylvania Sept. 5

Stepping up in class to face a former region rival in AAA Westside’s Patriots, the SCHS Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will be back in action Friday night at Kelly Memorial Stadium after an open date last week.  
Kickoff time is slated for 7:30.
Westside enters the contest at 0-1-1 and is coming off a tremendously tough come-from-ahead 24-24 tie with AAAAA Richmond Academy after a 41-0 loss on opening night to another AAAAA foe, Evans. Last Friday on their home field, The Battlefield, the Patriots had a seemingly safe 24-6 lead heading into the final stanza.

An opportunity for redemption against Westside

Ron Duncan has had this game marked on his calendar since he finished the schedule with the Westside Patriots on it.  
No, Westside has done nothing to the Gamecock Nation or our sports program to create ire between the programs. No this is a burning from within.
A year ago the Gamecocks headed to Augusta at 3-3, 1-1 in 3AA. Two weeks before had been their most impressive performance of the season in a 35-13 thumping of 4-0 Harlem. A loss to eventual region champion Laney was on their record as well.  

Lady Gamecocks advance to 4-0 in 3AA play

Heading to face two-time defending 3AA champion in unbeaten Harlem this Aug. 28 afternoon in the biggest region matchup of the first round robin, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Billy Pollock stand at 4-0 in region play after a 10-2 victory over visiting East Laurens Tuesday.  
The team will host Metter Sept. 2; host South Effingham on the 3rd; and travel to Burke County on the 4th. Standing at 6-2, with both losses coming to the two much larger Effingham County schools, the Red and White are currently the surprise team of 3AA.  

Gridiron Gamecocks overwhelm St. John’s 48-0

Rebuffed on two of their first three trips into the red zone, the SCHS Gamecocks scored on six of their last seven possessions, including all four in the second half Screven County overwhelmed the visiting St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders by a margin of 48-0 in the regular season opener for 2014 before a tremendous home crowd last Friday night at Kelly Memorial Stadium.

Cross country takes second in opening meet

Finishing second to AAAAA Evans, the SCHS Lady Gamecock cross country team of Anna Canetto came in ahead of AAAA Burke County and region foe Harlem who hosted the meet Tuesday afternoon.  
The squad will next be in action Thursday, Sept. 4, at Southeast Bulloch.
Freshman Katelyn Alveraz (23:45) and senior KB Scruggs (24:00) were the top two runners as the Alveraz topped the two-time defending region champion in their first race as teammates.  

Always good to get that first one

Whoever the opponent, whatever the circumstances, getting a win in the opening game is always significant.  
If the margin is slim or if the margin is wide, getting a win in the opening game is always significant. But a 48-0 win over a team ranked in the South Carolina Class A top 10?  
Obviously, that is always significant, but only time will tell how significant it is.
It was a beautiful night, albeit so hot that the heat was the lone detriment to the pregame ceremonies rededicating Kelly Memorial Stadium to Maj. Charles L Kelly during the 50th since his death.  

St. John’s Islanders in Sylvania for season opener, stadium rededication

Recording their third earliest opening date in history and only the second-ever home-standing regular season Saturday game, the Screven County High School Gamecocks of Ron Duncan will host the seventh-ranked St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders on the night of the rededication of Kelly Memorial Stadium.
Pregame ceremonies, beginning with the Maj. Charles L Kelly monument unveiling in front of the ticket booth will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening kickoff scheduled for 7:30.

A big opening night for SCHS Gamecock football

It’s been over nine months in coming since the last time the SCHS Gamecock football team went to battle. That night was a none-too-pretty loss to Brooks County in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.   
I, for one, have been looking forward to the beginning of the 2014 season and still am. I think, judging by the attendance at last Friday’s scrimmage with Effingham County, a lot of other folks are looking forward to it as well.

Gamecocks host Rebels in football preseason warmup Aug. 15

Expected to bring 130 players, the AAAAAA Effingham County Rebels will be at Kelly Memorial Stadium Friday, Aug. 15, evening to face the Screven County Gamecocks in the 2014 fall scrimmage.  
With kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m., the event will go a long way in determining how ready the Roosters are for next week’s season opener against the visiting top-10 ranked St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders on Saturday night, Aug. 23.
Heading into this week, Rooster mentor Ron Duncan was concerned about the lack of true practice time his team had during its first full week in pads.  

SCHS softball has a lot of work to do

With but six playing returning with significant playing time under their belt and a roster that is nearly one-half freshmen, the SCHS Lady Gamecock softball team of Billy Pollock looked to have a tough row to hoe when they opened their 2014 campaign Monday at AAA Southeast Bulloch before traveling to Marlow to face AAAAA South Effingham Tuesday.  
SCHS defeated SEB 7-5, thanks to a three-run homerun from Rebekah Woods. On Tuesday, the Lady Gamecocks would lose to South Effingham 13-1.

Locals compete at state on county recreation fields

Two of the Screven County all star teams finished fourth while the other was seventh during the GRPA State Tournaments at the county recreation department.
The tourneys concluded Saturday, July 12, as the Screven County Flea Boys and Midget Boys were fourth and the Flea Girls were seventh. Twenty-five teams competed in the 8-and-under Fleas and 12-and-under Midget baseball.
Visiting Jeff Davis County did well as their Flea Girls and Midgets won the state titles. Jeff Davis’ Flea Boys were runners-up to Evans County.

Taking on the world

This weekend Screven County resident Andi Johnson will compete against some of the best martial artists at the 2014 World Expo in Little Rock, Ark.
Johnson, 47, has been competing on a regular basis for eight years and Friday she will perform in the weapons and combat weapons competitions.
To reach worlds, Johnson had to excel at the state and district levels.

UFC has its own holiday fireworks

Independence Day was on a Friday this year so I enjoyed the extended weekend by watching mixed martial arts fights produce fireworks in addition to the normal American festivities (hot dogs and fireworks, anyone?)
There was a World Series of Fighting (WSOF) event Saturday, as well as an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view later that night and a The Ultimate Fighter Finale (TUF) 19 the next night as part of the UFC’s “Red, White & Fight Week.”

Boater education requirement mandatory starting July 1

Boaters, do you know the law on life jackets, minimum age limits for boat operators, or the punishment for boating under the influence? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants boaters to know the rules and be safe on the waterways in Screven this summer.
A new boater education requirement has been set for all vessel operators born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, making a boater education course mandatory July 1, 2014.

County recreation department hosting state tourneys in July

The Screven Co. Recreation Department will host GRPA State Tournaments July 9-12 at the SCRD Complex Fields 5-8.
Twenty-five teams will compete for a state championship in the following age divisions: Flea Girls (8&U) Softball; Flea Boys (8&U) Baseball; and Midget Boys (12&U) Baseball.
Each of the Screven County All-Star teams in these age divisions will compete.
Brackets for the tournaments can be found at

Screven County Boy Juniors capture district title

The Screven County Junior Boys (14&U) All-Stars won the GRPA District 1 Championship on Monday, June 23, in Hawkinsville. They went 4-0 in the tournament by defeating Glennville, Evans County, Hawkinsville, and then beat Hawkinsville again in the championship game. Players on bottom (from left) Braden Mock, Johnathan Roberts, Dixon Powell, Edward Lovett, and Antonio Stewart. Standing are Coach Andy Powell, Dalton Mock, Zackie Pendergrass, John Scott, Davien Perry, Ethan Bragg, Kashawn Robinson, John William Pollock, and Coach Josh Sheley. Not pictured was JD Johnson.

Burns signs softball letter with Chaflin University

After a successful two-year stint at Florence-Darlington Technical Junior College, former Lady Gamecock Courtney Burns has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball the next two seasons for the Chaflin University Lady Panthers of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The regular season SIAC champions with a conference record of 21-3, Chaflin finished the season with their best-ever record of 42-8.  

Optimism returns to Kelly Memorial

Saying, “Overall, I am very pleased … a long way to go, but pleased,” SCHS head football coach Ron Duncan put the closing touches on the annual spring football practice with the Pizza Hut Red and White scrimmage May 16 at Kelly Memorial Stadium.  
The next time there will be serious action on the playing surface at the local stadium will be Friday, Aug. 15, when the AAAAA Effingham County Rebels are here for the fall scrimmage. The St. John’s (S.C.) Islanders will be here for the regular season opener Saturday, Aug. 23.


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