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Waters leading SCHS into state

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    Jenkins County infielder Caleb Chance is playing his first year of varsity baseball this season, and the Eagles couldn’t be happier. Ever since Chance’s first varsity hit — a double that drove in three and put his team ahead for the win over East Laurens — JCHS has known that they have something special on their hands. The 5-foot-7 junior gets on base a lot has become a trendsetter.
    “I’ve led off a lot of innings this year,” said Chance. “Sometimes my first hit starts a couple of rallies.”
    The Eagles also recently found out something new about their infielder. He can pitch. The coaching staff tried out Chance in a B-team game in which he pitched one inning facing three batters and striking out one. The next time the Eagles need a closer, they may have their man.
    Jenkins County has had a rough year, but Chance feels he and the rest of the young Eagles will be ready to compete at the top of their game next season.
    “I think we’re going to be better next year because we have a lot of youth,” Chance said. “Hopefully next year we’re in the state playoffs.”

Waters leads SCHS into state
    Whitney Waters knows how to win. The Screven County senior was involved in 48 straight winning matches for the SCHS tennis team at one point in her career. In four years at Screven, Waters has notched 81 wins, tying her for second on the school’s all-time wins list.
    Waters and the Lady Gamecocks begin the GHSA Class AA state tournament today in Sylvania, welcoming Pierce County at 4 p.m.
    “I think we just have to not get down on ourselves,” said Waters of Screven chances at a run at a state championship. “I think we just have to think positive and just not quit, even if we do lose that first set.”
    The future University of Georgia student is 13-7 this season and considers her serve the strongest part of her game.
    Waters has been playing tennis for seven years. At SCHS she’s compiled a singles record of 37-8 and a doubles record of 44-5. In 2005, Waters was 24-0 in doubles play and is the only remaining player for Screven’s 2004 state runner-up team.
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