PORTAL - A seven-run third inning for the two-time defending state champion Calvary Cavaliers (15-6, 9-1 Region 3-A) put them up for good as they knocked off the Portal Panthers (4-11, 4-7 Region 3-A) 12-4 Tuesday night at Panther field.
PORTAL - When David Buchannon and the Portal Panthers made a run deep into the 2008 state playoffs, the Portal faithful weren't the only ones that noticed.
BROOKLET - Trailing the Claxton boys by 10 points heading into the 1600-meter relay - the final event of the 2008 Region 3-A championship held at Southeast Bulloch's track Wednesday and Friday - the Jenkins County Eagles needed a miracle.
The crowd at Saturday's Blue-White game at Paulson Stadium was a little thinner, a little wetter, and a little bit less enthused than the thousands that showed up for the 2007 edition of the game.
BROOKLET - Trailing 3-2 with the bases loaded and nobody out, Justin Daniels ripped a two-run double to deep right field to spark a six-run fifth inning and propel the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (9-9, 5-4 Region 3-AA) to an 8-5 win over the visiting Screven County Gamecocks Friday in a makeup of an earlier rainout.
BROOKLET - Although both the Statesboro boys' and girls' teams dominated the 5th annual Plankenhorn Invitational put on Tuesday by the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets, the Blue Devils knew why they were really there.
BROOKLET - Joe Wilson gave up only two runs in his 62⁄3 innings of work, and he made up for it by driving in two Southeast Bulloch runners in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Yellow Jackets (8-8, 4-4 Region 3-AA) knocked off visiting Swainsboro (10-6, 6-3) 4-2 Friday in a big region matchup.
Approaching Saturday's Plankenhorn invitational - Southeast Bulloch's annual track meet participated in by teams from all over southeast Georgia and all GHSA classifications - the Portal Panthers are pleased with the way their program is coming together.
BROOKLET - Cory Ward went 2-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and crossed the plate twice as the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (7-6, 3-3 Region 3-AA) got an 8-2 region win over the visiting Metter Tigers (1-13, 0-6) Friday.
BROOKLET - Brittany Hood pounded a penalty kick past Savannah Christian keeper Angela Paulos at the conclusion of the first half, and it was all the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (7-3, 1-3 Area 3 AA/A) needed to get their first area win as they knocked off the Lady Raiders 1-0 Wednesday.
BROOKLET - The Savannah Christian Raiders (10-1, 4-0) scored early and often Tuesday as they knocked off Southeast Bulloch 9-0 in an Area 3-A/AA matchup at Fred Shaver Field.
PORTAL - Brett Rivers threw a complete-game one-hitter and struck out seven as the Portal Panthers (2-6, 1-3, Region 3-A) snapped a six-game losing streak and got their first region win of the season, knocking off Bryan County 8-4 Friday.
BROOKLET - Although it didn't count, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (6-4, 2-1 Region 3-AA) got in some much needed work as they took a 5-3 lead over the Emanuel County Bulldogs through three innings Wednesday.
PORTAL - Harley Hendrix needed just 55 pitches and five innings to shut down Portal as the Claxton Tigers (3-1, Region 3-A) cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Panthers Tuesday.
Brian Pierce celebrated his 21st birthday with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, and he didn't party alone.
NEW ORLEANS - The one word that was thrown around all day was "unknown."
As the Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day gets underway today in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans - a long, long way from the Southern Conference event in the Spartanburg, S.C., Marriott - there will be many, many more questions than answers for the Georgia Southern Eagles.
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