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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

On championships, Elizabeth Reed, and the meaning of ‘sectional’

A week ago I planned to start my column with thoughts on at least one tennis region championship. I even said so. Well a week later I get to start it with not one, but two.
I said at least one because I had not put as much faith in the boys repeating as the top team in 3AA as I had the girls. Oh ye of little faith say the boys to me now.
Here we go again with the clichés. “To be the man, you gotta beat the man,” said the Nature Boy time and time again.

Baseball 13-5 with one week to go

With a state playoff spot realistically assured, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks are now about shoring up a better-than-fourth-place seed in the season’s final three region games.
Standing at 13-5 overall and 6-3 in the 3AA standings after wins last week over East Laurens and non-region foe Jenkins County, the Roosters have region games remaining in Harlem (April 18) and at home against Dublin (April 22) and T.W. Josey (April 25).
In between is an April 23 contest in Twin City against ECI.

Soccer downs visiting Johnson, 4-1

Outshooting their visitors 42-1, the SCHS soccer Lady Gamecocks lethargically defeated A. R. Johnson’s Lady Panthers 4-1 at Kelly Memorial Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the Red and White traveled to Dublin for a mammoth contest with the Lady Irish and they are scheduled to host T. W. Josey this, April 17 afternoon. The regular season finale is next Tuesday, April 22, in East Dublin against region champion East Laurens.

Hitting the year-end essentials of sports

This column was supposed to lead off with mention of the Region 3AA tennis tournament on Tuesday and the capture of at least one more region title by the netters. Didn’t happen.
For the umpteenth time this spring an event was rained out. The tournament was moved to yesterday with its 0 percent chance to rain. You’ll have to wait until next week to see the outcome, though I hope you already know even as you read this.
Anyway, some other random topics include:

SCHS tennis readies for region tourney

With everything for the regular season said and done, the SCHS Lady Gamecock and Gamecock tennis teams will head to Statesboro’s Mill Creek Tuesday for the one-day Region 3AA tournament.
As only the top two teams from each sub-region advance to the tourney, all four participating teams have qualified.
From each 3AA sub-region, the same pair of schools finished one-two in some order; in the “A” side Dublin (boys and girls No. 1) and East Laurens (boys and girls No. 2) while the “B” side shows SCHS (girls No. 1 and boys No. 2) and Westside (girls No. 2 and boys No. 1).

GSU Blue-White Game Saturday at Paulson

The annual Blue-White Spring Game Saturday will provide Georgia Southern fans with multiple new things to see – like additional seating, changes in the Eagles’ offense, and a different coaching staff.
Admission to the Blue-White game April 12 is free, but Georgia Southern Athletics is asking Eagle Nation to bring canned food items to help stock the shelves of the Statesboro Food Bank. In addition to canned items, boxed macaroni and cheese and cereal with a long shelf life are other non-perishable items that are also welcome.

Soccer falls to Harlem 2-1, hosts Johnson Tuesday

With their road to the playoffs now a little more complicated, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team will host the A.R. Johnson Lady Panthers at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
T.W. Josey’s Lady Eagles are scheduled to be here Thursday, April 17, for the final regular season home game.
In between is a crucial trip to Dublin to face the Lady Irish Wednesday. All are region contests.
Now sporting an overall record of 9-5, 6-4 in 3AA, the Red and White lost a chance to clinch a state playoff berth April 2 at Kelly Memorial Stadium with a 2-1 loss to visiting Harlem.

Crunch time, college softball, lawsuits & Southern Rock

I probably overuse clichés and the like, but here is one any way. It is crunch time for spring sports beginning next Tuesday.
For the defending region champion Lady Gamecock and Gamecock tennis teams, the Region 3AA tournament is Tuesday in Statesboro at Mill Creek. For the defending region champion Lady Gamecock and region runner-up Gamecock track teams, the Region 3AA meet is Tuesday and Wednesday at Lucy Craft Laney High School.

Girls face tough foes

Taking the measure of a defending region champion and a state quarterfinalist March 28, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks fell to a pair of defending region champions March 29 in the extremely intense play of the Coastal Empire Tennis Classic at the Bacon Park Courts in Savannah.
With their regular season done Wednesday with a trip to Swainsboro, the Red and White will not be back in action until the 3AA tournament April 15 at the Mill Creek Complex in Statesboro.
SCHS stood at 14-3 as it headed into Wednesday.

Baseball Gamecocks whip home-standing East Laurens 10-4

Scoring five second-inning runs, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks downed the home-standing East Laurens Falcons 10-4 Tuesday night to improve to 10-4 on the season, 4-2 in 3AA play.
Another region contest against Laney was scheduled for Wednesday night and the Roosters are scheduled to head to Augusta Friday evening to face the defending region champion Westside Patriots.
The April 2 game was set to be played after the Sylvania Telephone’s press deadline.

Tennis Gamecocks have rough go of it in Savannah

With their regular season having closed with a trip to Swainsboro Wenesday, the SCHS Gamecock tennis team fell three times over the weekend in the Coastal Empire Tennis Classic played on Savannah’s Bacon Park Courts.
Standing at 6-10 going into that match with Swainsboro, the Roosters will face 3AA-A champion Dublin in the first round of the one-day April 15 region tournament played at the Mill Creek Complex in Statesboro.

Lady Gamecock soccer downs Jefferson County 4-0

With a forfeit looming this April 3 afternoon in lieu of a scheduled region match in Augusta with Lucy Laney, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team stood at 8-4, 5-3 in 3AA play heading into a key makeup match with Harlem at Kelly Memorial Stadium Wednesday.
The April 2 game was scheduled to be played after the Sylvania Telephone’s press deadline.
As next week is spring break, the team will not be in action again until April 15 when A.R. Johnson comes to town.
Traveling to Louisville to face the Lady Warriors of Jefferson County Tuesday, SCHS came home with a 4-0 victory.

SCMS boys tops in region again

The impressive string of region titles continues for the boys athletic programs at Screven County Middle School as the track repeated as the champions, winning the trophy by 45 points over its closest school March 22.
The SCMS boys scored 107 points on the Saturday at Southeast Bulloch High School, compared to Coastal Empire Region runner up SEBMS’s 62.
At the 10-school meet, the SCMS girls had impressive individual performances as the team finished in seventh place with 28 points.

Soccer gets big win, has huge game Friday

Holding on to state playoff hopes by the slimmest of margins at kickoff time, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team of Terry Markovcic put together their finest game of the season on Friday in disposing of Westside 3-0 at Kelly Memorial Stadium.
Following a 12-0 win over visiting Laney Monday, the Red and White can go a long, long way toward assuring themselves of that state playoff spot as Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs come to town Friday afternoon for a 5:30 kickoff.
The win over Laney has the team at 7-4 on the season, 5-3 in 3AA action.

Post-season talk picking up for spring athletics

There are still a lot of contests to be played in all of the spring sports.
There are some big ones coming up and some not-so big ones.
Some teams, like tennis, have finished their subregion schedule, sewn up a state playoff spot, and haven’t another 3AA contest til the region tournament in mid-April.
Some teams, like soccer, have a huge game Friday that may decide state playoff chances.
Some teams, like baseball, have Josey and Laney this week before really big road games at East Laurens and Westside next week.

Tennis concludes sub-region play

Traveling to Augusta to face the Lucy Laney Wildcat tennis teams, the SCHS Lady Gamecock and Gamecock teams concluded their Region 3AA-B schedule Tuesday with victories.
The teams will next be in action Monday, March 24, when Southeast Bulloch will come to the local courts and the following day when Calvary Day comes.
During the weekend of March 28-29, both teams will be in Savannah participating in the Coastal Empire Tennis Classic.

Soccer to host Harlem

Finishing their first round robin against the other 3AA playoff contenders at just 1-3, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team will begin the second go round by hosting Westside Friday at Kelly Memorial Stadium with kickoff at 5:30 p.m.
The team is scheduled to host Laney Monday, March 24.
Standing at 5-4 overall and 3-3 in region play, the Red and White are one of five teams from within the eight-team 3AA with realistic state playoff hopes. The others being Dublin, East Laurens, Harlem and Westside.

Rain playing havoc with week’s baseball schedule

With an eight-game winning streak under their belt, the longest in better than a decade, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle watched a pair of games, including a key region game with Harlem on Tuesday, get “weathered” out earlier this week.
With the Harlem game rescheduled for Wednesday night, the Gamecocks are set to travel to Dublin for another region contest Friday evening.

SCHS Gamecocks capture first at home track meet

With another home meet on tap for this March 20 afternoon, the SCHS Gamecock track team of Kenny Sanders pulled out a 109-103 win over soon-to-be AAAAAA Richmond Hill in a five-team meet March 13.
The Lady Gamecocks were not as fortunate as they finished fourth from among the five teams. After two consecutive rainouts, the meet took place under sunny, but cold conditions.
Also participating in the meet were Savannah Country Day, Metter and Bryan County.

SCHS baseball stuns Westside 7-4

Scoring three times on a pair of big two-out hits in the bottom of the sixth inning, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle stunned the defending Region 3AA champion Westside Patriots 7-5 Tuesday evening at the high school field.
In winning their sixth consecutive game to improve to 6-1 on the season, the Roosters may have sent the message to the rest of 3AA with the win that the Red and White are to be reckoned with in 2014.


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