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Sports news for Screven County and surrounding areas.

Lady Gamecocks sew up sub-region title

Easily handling visiting Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs Tuesday by a 5-0 score, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Diane Freeman sewed up the Region 3AA-B top seed with better than four weeks left in the regular season.
With their final sub-region contest scheduled in Augusta March 18 against Laney, that portion of the schedule will be done.
Improving to 7-1 on the season, the Red and White also will travel to Statesboro March 19 to face the Lady Devils.

SCHS Gamecock netters manhandle visiting Harlem

With their playoff backs already to the wall, the SCHS Gamecock tennis team of Suzanna Kirkland manhandled the visiting Harlem Bulldogs 5-0 in a crucial 3AA match Tuesday afternoon at the SCHS courts.
The team will next be in action March 18 when they travel to Augusta to face the Laney Wildcats in the final Region 3AA-B contest of the season.
The Tuesday win evened the SCHS region record at 1-1.

Track scheduled to finally have home opener

Weather permitting, the SCHS track team hopes that the third time is a charm as they attempt for the third time to open their 2014 home season.
Already with a pair of cancellations under their belt, the Gamecocks of Kenny Sanders have twice journeyed to Bulloch County for meets while the Lady Gamecocks of Roy Cooper joined the boys at Southeast Bulloch’s Plankenhorn Invitational Saturday.
The Red and White are scheduled to host meets on both Tuesday and Thursday of next week.

Where they are now & where we are now

For so early in the spring sports season, Tuesday was a really big day for three spring time teams.
The Lady Gamecock tennis team realistically sewed up another sub-region title. The Gamecock tennis team realistically sewed up the second seed from our sub-region. The baseball team scored a big-time upset victory over the defending region champion Westside Patriots.

Lady Gamecock soccer blasts Josey 12-0

Scoring at will in a game that lasted but one half, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team rolled to a 12-0 victory over home-standing Thomas Walter Josey in Augusta March 7.
The win evens the SCHS record at 3-3 overall and improves them to 2-1 in 3AA play.
Region play resumes for the Red and White this Thursday, March 13, afternoon as they travel to Harlem to face the Lady Bulldogs before they go back to Augusta Friday afternoon to face Johnson at Laney Stadium.
Dublin will be here Tuesday, March 18.

Diamond Gamecocks take four straight

Walking away undefeated in the Burke County Diamond Day on Saturday, the SCHS baseball Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle claimed three straight victories and opened 3AA play in Augusta at Lucy Laney with a 10-2 victory Tuesday night.
The Roosters have more region games coming up with East Laurens in Sylvania Friday, March 7, and defending region champion Westside will be here Tuesday, March 11. Both games begin at 5:30.

Rigdon signs to play football at Point

Wesley Rigdon did not have a traditional football season for the Screven County Gamecocks.
In reality, Rigdon’s season near even started.
During a 7-on-7 passing league contest, Ridgon tore his MCL and ACL, putting an end to the possibility of playing football for the Gamecocks after his family moved to Screven County from Texas.
While his brother Chandler was able to come from his own injury to play during the 2013 season, Wesley rehabbed and worked on his academics.

Girls tennis heads to Jekyll Jam

With a convincing 4-1 3AA-B win over home-standing Westside Tuesday that raised their overall record to 4-0 the SCHS Lady Gamecocks travel to Jekyll Island this weekend, facing AAAA Columbus at 3:05 tomorrow afternoon. They will play twice on Saturday. The Red and White will pick up their schedule with another subregion contest on Tuesday, March 11 when Harlem’s Lady Bulldogs come to town.

Boys tennis have crucial match with Harlem Tuesday

With their postseason hopes already on the line, the SCHS Gamecock tennis team will host Harlem’s Bulldogs this Tuesday, March 11 in a crucial Region 3AA-B match.
As only the top two teams from each four-team 3AA subregion advance to the region tournament, a 4-1 road loss to Westside on this past Tuesday puts the backs of the Red and White up against the proverbial wall.
This weekend the team will face AAAAA Union Grove at 3:05 in the opening contest of the 20th annual Jekyll Jam.

Lady Gamecock soccer falls to Westside 3-0

A disappointing 3-0 loss to Westside’s home-standing Lady Patriots on Tuesday sent the SCHS Lady Gamecocks to 2-2 overall but 0-2 in Region 3AA play. SCHS will travel to T. W. Josey Thursday in search of their first region win before going to Harlem on Thursday, March 13, and A.R. Johnson at Laney
Stadium in Augusta on March 14 in another pair of region contests.
After a 0-0 first half, the home team put three goals in the second in the final 40 minutes. SCHS managed but seven shots on goal. Whitney Gay had 10 saves for the Red and White.

On the cost of winning and just plain winning

Not many weeks ago I wrote a column about the possibility of financial troubles looming for the athletic department come May. Apparently a few folks did read it and expressed concern. It goes without saying that when monetary numbers were put on a spreadsheet to be examined for future spring plans, no one included the costs of the Gamecock basketball team advancing to the state tournament.

Boys basketball concludes in state playoffs in Pelham

With an amazing 3AA basketball tournament that saw them upset East Laurens to earn a trip to state -- just as in the final games of the region tournament – this time, however, there was no upset for the SCHS Gamecocks in the first round of the state as their season ended with a 76-18 loss to Region 1AA champion Pelham Feb. 21.
The Roosters finished the season at 3-21.
Pelham’s Hornets jumped out to an 18-0 lead and were never threatened, leading 46-9 at intermission.

Lady Gamecock tennis jumps to 2-0 start

Gaining an extremely hard-fought 3-2 win over AAAA South Effingham’s Lady Mustangs, the SCHS Lady Gamecocks of Diane Freeman are off to a quick 2-0 start and will host the AAAAA Effingham County Lady Rebels this Feb. 27 afternoon beginning at 4:00.
On March 4, the team will travel to Augusta to face the Westside Lady Patriots in the 3AA opener.
In a match that was everything the visiting Savannah Christian coach had predicted just the day before, the team won at two and three singles and at No. 1 doubles while falling in three sets at the other two spots.

SCHS falls to South Effingham in baseball lidlifter

Falling behind 10-0, the SCHS Gamecock baseball team of Jim Randall Doyle could not catch up as they fell 18-13 to visiting AAAA South Effingham in a much-delayed season opener Tuesday night.
The Roosters are scheduled to participate in Burke County’s Diamond Day March 1 before opening their 3AA schedule at Laney March 4. Swainsboro will be here March 5.
A six-run fifth put the Red and White back in the game, but the Mustangs came right back with two in the sixth with many more in the seventh.

Soccer falls to East Laurens in region opener

After a pair of non-region wins to open the season combined with a pair of region weather outs, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team of Terry Markovcic finally opened its 3AA schedule on Tuesday, falling to East Laurens 2-1 at Kelly Memorial Stadium.
A busy week is scheduled for the first days of March with the team traveling to Augusta to face Westside in another region contest March 4 before hosting AAA Southeast Bulloch the following day.
Thomas Walter Josey’s Lady Eagles are scheduled to be here March 7 for another 3AA contest.

SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer takes season opener from Toombs County

Their opening game weathered out on Feb. 11, the Lady Gamecocks became the first spring sport to start its season on Saturday in Portal as they faced the Toombs County Lady Bulldogs as part of the Statesboro Soccer Tournament.
The Red and White took a 3-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining and then held on in some precarious late moments for a 3-2 win.
TCHS advanced to the second round of the state playoffs a year ago.
The team was in action yesterday in Garden City against AAAAA Groves and will open Region 3AA play Friday in Harlem against the Lady Bulldogs.

With just a trio of wins, SCHS boys hoops head to state

With an outcome that turned heads around the state when the final Class AA playoff brackets were published Wednesday, the SCHS Gamecocks defeated Region 3AA-A runner-up East Laurens by a 60-55 score Saturday night in the region quarterfinals to lock up just the program’s fifth state playoff appearance in all of history.

Your sports calendar is about to get busy

Get your schedule, your All-Sports Booster Pass, and, of course, your coat, ready.  
It is time for spring sports at Screven County High School. On the SCHS campus, get ready for 12 home baseball games and seven home tennis and soccer matches as well as seven home track meets.
There are six different dates with at least two teams hosting on the same day.
I always say it; spring is the sports fans’ dream.  

3 defending region champs highlighting your spring

As a dismal winter of sports draws to an end, so comes the optimism of spring.  
With the plethora of spring sports comes a trio of defending region champs -- a returning runner-up; a returning No. 3 seed; and a returning No. 4 seed.  
The bottom line is that all six spring sports finished in the top four of Region 3AA in the spring of 2013. Few schools can boast that feat.
Leading the list of those teams is the Lady Gamecock tennis team.  

Boys hoops down Harlem 71-68 for first win in 40 tries

Halleluiah it is over!
Scoring the first points of the night and never trailing, the SCHS Gamecocks survived a late Harlem surge and hung on for a 71-68 win before a sparse crowd at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium Jan. 31.
The three-point win gave the Roosters their first win since Feb. 13, 2012, and brought an end to their 39-game losing streak.
The regular season will close this weekend with Swainsboro’s Tigers here on Friday, Feb. 7, and a trip to South Effingham on Saturday in a makeup of a contest postponed Jan. 28.


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