In high school athletics, running a team can be a tricky business. Many coaches spend their careers bouncing from town to town in search of the perfect fit. And no matter where coaches set up shop, they are faced with the pressures of managing a constant flow of ever-changing kids coming through the system - not to mention the trials and tribulations of working with high school students and the many directions that they are pulled as they endure the rigors of teenage life.
BROOKLET - Saturday night marked the end of the regular season for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets, but more than four quarters were needed before heading into the postseason.
For three years, Statesboro's Sarah Brown patrolled the softball diamond and soccer field, starring for the Lady Blue Devils and becoming a leader among to teammates.
ATLANTA - For the second time in six years, the Bulldogs of Emanuel County Institute are state champions.
With just one more week of regular season action to go, the standings have shaken out and most teams from around the area have a good sense of where they are - or aren't - heading when the playoff brackets come out next week.
What do you call a team that seems flustered on offense, can't quite put its foot down on defense, and can't trust its special teams play with much more than an extra point?
The Georgia Southern football team might be stealing the headlines around campus with its rise to the top of the coaches poll, but another group of Eagles are flying just as high this fall.
The state playoffs are just a few weeks away and the usual suspects - as well as a few new faces - are in the running of area teams that are hoping for postseason success.
Another softball season has come to a close and - as has been the case recently - it was another year of highs and lows for area schools.
SYLVANIA - What started off as a new beginning for Screven County football has quickly escalated into a full-blown Cinderella season.
For a team that was created less than two years ago, 12 goals is a pretty big list of expectations.
For Georgia Southern fans, a date with Wofford can't be much different than looking at the calendar to see a scheduled dentist appointment.
SWAINSBORO - Notching a win is always nice, but taking down an old rival is even better.
SYLVANIA - What a difference a year can make.
BROOKLET - Piling up the early wins is always nice, but most teams don't find out what they're really made of until they have to bounce back from a loss.
Over the last few years, the Lady Gators of Bulloch Academy have gone about setting all sorts of high-water marks for the program.
Bulloch Academy is rarely at a loss to find a great athlete walking its halls, but senior Cody Lanier is taking things to a new level.
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