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Burton Kemp Jr.

Lady Gamecock soccer streaks to 4-0 in 4AA play

With a cautious eye toward Harlem on March 2, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team of Terry Markovcic improved to 4-0, all in 4AA play, with an 8-0 win over visiting T.W. Josey Tuesday afternoon. 

With an open date Friday, the Red and White will pick up play on Feb. 27 when the Glenn Hills Lady Spartans, the 2017 region runner-up, come to Kelly Memorial Stadium.

Standings through last Friday action in region play show unbeatens SCHS and Harlem at the top followed by both Jefferson County and A.R. Johnson at 2-1. 

Tennis sweeps Burke County by identical 5-0 scores

Screven County’s high-flying tennis teams of Kyle Reynolds took the measure of visiting Burke County by identical 5-0 marks Tuesday afternoon. 

The Lady Gamecocks improved to 3-0, while the Gamecocks picked up their first victory of the young season.

After better than two weeks between their opener on Feb. 3 and Tuesday’s contests and with still another week before another match, the meat of the schedule will get off on Feb. 28 when the teams visits Savannah Country Day. 

Baseball Gamecocks split in Swainsboro

The baseball Gamecocks of Coach Jim Randall Doyle split a pair of tight games in Swainsboro Saturday falling to Coahulla Creek of Dalton 5-4 before rallying to defeat home-standing Swainsboro 5-3.

Following a short stint of non-region games, SCHS will begin region play Friday night as they travel to Louisville to face the Warriors of Jefferson County. The teams split games a year ago and finished tied for the final playoff spot in 4AA. 

The Gamecocks through the head-to-head tiebreaker (12-2 SCHS and 5-3 JCHS) advanced to the state playoffs while Jeffco sat at home.

Lady Gamecocks start the spring strong

Despite the ever-changing weather of the late winter month of February, one thing is not changing, the success of the quick-starting Lady Gamecock tennis and soccer teams.

Both opened with strong wins against either much larger or region opponents and now look to continue on the good start.

Gamecock tennis had a rough start against larger competition and the baseball Gamecocks only opened up two nights ago.

Lady Gamecock tennis sweeps opening doubleheader

The Screven County High School tennis program got a jump on virtually everyone in the state on Saturday as they traveled to Springfield to log a doubleheader with AAAAAA Effingham County and AAAAA Wayne County. 

The Lady Gamecocks took the measure of both teams by 3-2 margins, while the Gamecocks fell 4-1 and 3-2 to ECHS and WCHS, respectively.

Next on the schedule is a Feb. 20 match in Sylvania with Burke County.

Lady Gamecock soccer opens Friday

With high hopes for the upcoming season, the SCHS Lady Gamecock soccer team of Terry Markovcic will open its 2018 campaign with a region contest at Lumpkin Road Stadium with the Butler Lady Bulldogs Friday. 

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Westside Lady Patriots will be at Kelly Memorial Stadium. All soccer matches for the season begin at 5:30 p.m.

Baseball opens regular season on Feb. 13

With a host of new faces in the lineup the SCHS baseball Gamecocks of Jim Randall Doyle will open their regular season on Feb. 13 as they travel to Waynesboro to face the AAAA Burke County Bears.

That will be followed by a doubleheader on Feb. 17 in Swainsboro. 

In Swainsboro the Gamecocks will face Coahulla Creek at 12:30 p.m. after Swainsboro and Washington County square off at 10 a.m. Following the Roosters’ contest the losers of the first two games will play at 3 p.m. and the winners at 5:30 p.m.

Still talking football

Even though football season is now officially over (isn’t it?), the honors keep rolling in for Gamecock football players whose season ended the day after Thanksgiving. 

Just in, on Tuesday Kashawn Robinson was named the GACA Defensive Player of the Year, while CJ Wright and Tyquan Johnson were each named GACA All State.

Last week Kashawn was named the 2017 WJBF Football Friday Night/Carolina Panther All-CSRA Defensive Player of the Year with CJ and Davien Perry making the All Area defensive and offensive lines, respectively.

Gamecock comeback routs Harlem 63-46

Overcoming a horrendous start that saw them trail 18-3 after a quarter, the SCHS basketball Gamecocks of Arthur Davis exploded in the third quarter and rolled to a 63-46 win over visiting Harlem Monday night.

The win in the 4AA play-in contest put the Roosters into the regular brackets of the region tournament and sent them to T.W. Josey Wednesday night after the Sylvania Telephone press deadline to face second-ranked and second-seeded Lucy Laney.

Door closes on Lady Gamecock season

With a pair of losses to Glenn Hills and a loss to statewide No. 1-ranked Laney, the door closed on the 2017-18 season for the SCHS Lady Gamecock basketball team of Stephanie Davis Monday evening at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium.

Behind the door is a 1-25 season that included the Dec. 27 victory over visiting Portal. They have since lost 15 in a row.

Wrestling season ends quietly

For one of the few times in SCHS history, the wrestling Gamecocks competed in the Area Traditional tournament and sent no one to the next level of state. 

Such was the case this past weekend when the Roosters of Matthew Sheley competed in the Area 1AA tournament Friday and Saturday at Toombs County.

When the season began, Sheley was able to see the ability to fill every weight class on the scorecard -- a very, very rare occasion for an SCHS coach. 

By the end of the season between injuries and drop outs, that was no longer true.

Tennis opens Saturday in Springfield

In what is maybe their earliest opening match ever, the SCHS Lady Gamecock and Gamecock tennis teams will open their 2018 schedule this Saturday, Feb. 3, with a doubleheader at Effingham County High School.

The teams will each play AAAAAA Effingham County and AAAAA Wayne County. Play for the Red and White will begin at 10 a.m.

The teams will not be in action again until Feb. 20 when AAA Burke County will be here for the home opener.

Lady Gamecock woes continue

Region struggles continued for the Lady Gamecocks as they fell to Josey on Jan. 23 by 48-12; Butler, who full-court pressed with their starters until the final buzzer, 64-21 on Jan. 26; 42-28 to Jefferson County on Jan. 27; and 55-27 to Westside on Jan. 30.

The latter three contests were at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium.

There are two more games on the team’s regular season schedule as well before the 4AA tourney starts with play-in games on Feb. 5. On Friday evening, the teams will head back to Augusta to face host Glenn Hills while Laney will be here on Saturday night.

Gamecocks down Westside 74-64 on Senior Night

Taking a big move toward avoiding a Monday contest to play into the Region 4AA tournament, the SCHS Gamecocks of Arthur Davis blew to a 41-19 first half lead and coasted to a 74-64 win over the visiting Westside Patriots at the Harold Lee Scott Gymnasium Tuesday night.

While Harlem is currently in eighth with two region wins, the Gamecocks and Patriots each have three with the Red and White owning a pair of wins over Westside. Westside has third place Butler Friday and once-beaten Glenn Hills Saturday.

Upcoming Super Bowl & upcoming region

Well another Super Bowl is upon us, this one is number LII, 52 if you don’t know your Roman numerals. 

This features a Blue Blood of the old AFL against a Blue Blood of the old NFL. The Boston Patriots were an original 1960 AFL franchise. Though the Eagles are not an original of the NFL, they do go back to 1933. That is a good ways back.

Wrestling Gamecocks have tough weekend

At the Area 1 AA traditional tournament Jan. 19 and 20 at Toombs County High School, the SCHS Gamecocks of Matthew Sheley had their final regular season action last Friday and Saturday in the same gym as they participated in the Sweet Onion Tournament. 

The tournament was the first traditional style for the Roosters all season.

Unfortunately, the team did not fare well heading into the area matches as just one wrestler claimed more than one victory.

At 120, Holden Driggers went 3-3 to claim a sixth place finish in the exceptionally large tournament. 

Harlem sweeps Gamecocks cagers

Harlem’s home-standing Bulldogs made the long trip to Columbia County miserable for the SCHS basketball Gamecocks Friday night as they upset the visiting Roosters with a 52-49 victory. 

Earlier in the night the Lady Gamecocks fell 34-22 in another winnable game for the Red and White.

After having played eight of their previous nine games on the road, the Gamecock teams will return home for three consecutive contests as Butler will be here Friday night, Jefferson County on Saturday night, and Westside on Tuesday night.  

In 2000, everyone passed on Tom Brady multiple times

Love him or hate him or just sit on the fence somewhere in between, Tom Brady is the best NFL quarterback there has ever been.

After watching him lead the New England Patriots to another fourth-quarter comeback Sunday night to catapult them into yet another Super Bowl, I can reach no other conclusion. There will still be those who argue the fact, but there is no debate, he is the most successful quarterback ever.

He is now doing this stuff at age 40. 

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