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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

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.

Gamecocks to host wrestling camp

The SCHS Gamecock wrestling coaching staff and wrestlers will host a wrestling camp June 9-13 at the middle school gym.
It will be open to all kids aged 5-13 with each camper receiving a Screven County Gamecock wrestling camp T-shirt on the final day. Each day the camp will begin at 8 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m.
Registration for the camp is $50 and will take place between 7 and 8 a.m. on June 9.
“It is vital for the future of our wrestling program that we introduce the sport to athletes at a young age,” said SCHS head coach Matthew Sheley.

Pizza Hut Red and White scrimmage May 16

For a chance to see what may be in store for Gamecock football fans in the fall, make plans to attend the Pizza Hut Red and White scrimmage Friday evening at Kelly Memorial.  
The first play in what will feature an offensive versus defensive format is scheduled for 6 p.m. and admission is free.
During the game, the local Pizza Hut will sell pizzas with part of the proceeds going to the Screven County High School athletic program.

SCHS baseball has five named first-team all-region

To top off an 18-8 season that includes wins over two AA teams playing in the Elite Eight, this week, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks saw five of their members named First Team All Region 3AA at a meeting of coaches May 9.
Included in those named first team were three infielders, a pitcher, and an outfielder. Named from the infield were juniors Shadon Kemp and Brandon Whatley along with senior Bailey Pollock. From the outfield came senior Aaron Brower, while senior pitcher Carl Heindel also was named.  

Gamecocks finish track season at state

With their final appearance of the season, members of the SCHS track team participated in the GHSA state track meet at Jefferson High School last weekend.  
Seven athletes made the long trip with Josh Kerson’s fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.27) being the best finish.
Also there were Bryce Johnson (15th in the discus); Tyler Williams (8th in the triple jump); Rashad Hughley (15th in the triple jump); and the short relay team of Tavarious Johnson, Desmond White, Quan Smith, and Kerson (7th).

Thomasville closes door on SCHS tennis

With a stunning 3-2 comeback against the Lady Gamecocks and a resounding 5-0 win over the Gamecocks, the late-arriving Thomasville Bulldog tennis teams ended the seasons of both SCHS teams on the local courts May 2.  
For the SCHS teams, the girls finished at 20-3, while the boys finished at 10-12 with each claiming their second consecutive Region 3AA title.
For the Lady Gamecocks, who won the first sets in four of their five matches, the defeat was an especially difficult pill to swallow.  

Cook County ousts Diamond Gamecocks in third game

Able to accumulate only two hits and four base runners all afternoon, the SCHS Gamecock baseball team fell to home-standing Cook County 7-0 in the third and deciding game of the opening round state playoff series played in Adel Monday.  
The teams split a doubleheader on Saturday to force Monday’s rubber game. The games May 3 were originally scheduled for the day before, but rainy weather pushed the contests into Saturday.
In JR Doyle’s first year as the SCHS head baseball coach, the Roosters finished their season at 18-8, their most wins since 2009.

The school year is almost done. Can you believe it?

Unbelievable isn’t it?  
Except for another week of spring football with its scrimmage next Friday night at Kelly Memorial and a trip to Jefferson High School by a few Gamecock tracksters this weekend, the 2013-14 school year, athletic-wise, is done.
In another couple of weeks, it will be time to look back and see how this year stacks up against the more recent ones. Possibly there will be a look at the athletic department finances as we close the year.
Remember an earlier reminder of how bare bones many things are at this moment. Anyway …

Gamecocks head into Elite Eight

Avenging their second early season loss in barely a week, the SCHS Gamecock tennis team of Suzanna Kirkland hosted and defeated 2AA runner-up Benedictine Friday afternoon to earn their first trip to the Elite Eight since 2005.
The Roosters are scheduled to face 1AA champion Thomasville on the SCHS courts Friday at 2 p.m. The match was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but the day was switched because of the forecasted inclement weather. The home team was decided by a GHSA coin flip.
The Thomasville match will represent the team’s first in the quarterfinals since 2005.

Lady Gamecock tennis rolls into quarters again

Rolling past visiting Region 2’s second-seeded Jeff Davis 4-1 Monday, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Diane Freeman catapulted themselves into their 24th Elite Eight in the last 25 years in the state playoffs.
They are scheduled to meet 1AA champion Thomasville Friday on the local courts at 2 p.m. The match originally was scheduled for Wednesday, but was moved because of the potential rain storms.
As both teams were region champions, the site was determined by a coin flip conducted at the GHSA office after the Monday results were recorded.

Baseball state playoffs start up Friday in Adel

Apparently not wanting their regular season to end, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle took 11 innings to put away home-standing ECI April 23 in the regular season finale.
Finishing at 17-6 with a forfeit win over Josey April 25 and with a No. 3 seed from Region 3AA, the team heads into the state playoffs Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. in Adel at the home of 1AA No. 2 seed Cook County.
If necessary, the third game will be there Saturday at noon.

Tracking seven qualifiers for state finals

Led by Vaneisha Lawton’s second in the 300 hurdles, the SCHS track program qualified seven for the state finals by finishing fourth or better in their events at the Class AA “sectionals” at Greater Atlanta Christian Saturday.
The state meet for the girls will be May 1-3 in Albany, while the boys will be May 8-10 at Jefferson High School.
Lawton, the lone Lady Gamecock to qualify for the state finals, ran a 47.27 in the long hurdles.

MY MOCK: The NFL Draft arrives & here’s how Round 1 will go

Two weeks.
Two extremely long and for all intense purposes useless weeks.
Well, tonight at 8 is the first round of the NFL Draft. For any of you who pay even the slightest bit of interest in the draft that reloads the professional football teams with a new arsenial of college players probably have noticed the first-round of selections is late this year. You would be correct. It’s 14 days later because a viable venue in New York City ala Radio City Music Hall could not be found to host the event at its normal time.
Don’t believe it? Me either.


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