PORTAL - After struggling through the 2006 season, the Portal Lady Panthers turned things around in 2007, putting together a 7-5 record in Region 3-A under first-year coach Shannon Davis.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets have one of the most dominant pitchers in the state in senior Megan Barnwell, a string of trips to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs, and having lost only two seniors from 2007's 21-8 (14-3, Region 3-AA) squad, they look to keep up the momentum.
And this time around, there's one roadblock they hope to pass.
SYLVANIA - Defending the Region 3-AA title was no easy task in 2007 for the Screven County Lady Gamecocks.
METTER - The days of record-setting quarterback Zach Stanford in the Georgia Dome are a distant memory in Metter, but the Tigers feel that after back-to-back winless seasons in Region 3-AA, it's time to get back on track.
There are dozens of new faces - incoming freshmen and transfers alike - giving a new look to the Georgia Southern Eagles in 2008, but that's not the only difference fans will see when the team kicks off a new season on August 30.
It all started with an off-handed comment by Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher on National Signing Day, and it brought with it a mountain of hype - hype about incoming freshman Leander Barney.
With so many incoming freshmen and underclassmen on the Georgia Southern football team, one of the top priorities for the Eagles' coaching staff is finding players to fill the gaps left by last year's graduating class - most notably those at offensive line, running back, and, of course, quarterback.
The heat of the summer is peaking, students are stocking up on school supplies, teachers are preparing their curriculums, and in Portal, all that can only mean one thing.
Summertime is usually a down time in the sporting world, but that changed Saturday when the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County gave everybody something to cheer for.
PORTAL - Portal's Mario Farris signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the NJCAA's Iowa Central Tritons Friday at Portal High School.
TWIN CITY - The Portal Panthers have high hopes for freshman quarterback Hunter Oglesby as he matures. Tuesday evening in a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Emanuel County Institute, he got in more reps than anyone expected.
It may be summertime, but that's no reason why the fields on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek should be without a little football.
Screven County is as far along in the playoffs as anyone can remember.
SYLVANIA - It seems that for the Screven County Gamecocks, the keys to winning in the playoffs are tight defense, well-conditioned pitching and six-run innings.
By MATT YOGUS