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.
PORTAL - Savannah Country Day got a complete game out of starter William King (1-1) and used a two-out, four-run, sixth-inning rally to knock off the Portal Panthers (1-5, 0-2 Region 3-A) 8-3 Thursday in region play.
BROOKLET - Matt Conner pitched five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 10 in the span, as the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (5-4, 1-1 Region 3-AA) got their first region win of the season, knocking off the Laney Wildcats (3-2-1, 0-2) 5-0 Friday night.
SYLVANIA - For the first time in the program's young history, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks beat the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (4-2, 0-2 Area 3-AA/A). Despite just 10 shot attempts, the Gamecocks got a 3-1 win in a rain-soaked home contest Tuesday.
Emotions ran high after Shane Reese's 3-point attempt at the closing seconds of the 2007-08 Portal basketball season fell short.
MACON - Shane Reese's desperation 3-point attempt in overtime hit the rim and fell away, ending the Portal Panthers' run at a state title as the Hancock Central Bulldogs (29-2) got an 87-84 win in the Final Four of the GHSA Class A state playoffs Wednesday at the Macon Centreplex.
PORTAL - So far, 2008 has been an exciting year for the town of Portal. First, there was the family that was thrust into the national spotlight after cashing in a Mega Millions lottery ticket, and now, the Portal Panthers are heading to Macon for the semifinals of the GHSA Class A state basketball playoffs.
PORTAL - It's been a long time coming, but for the first time in five decades, the Portal Panthers are returning to the Final Four.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Portal's hopes of a trip to the GHSA Class A state championship were on the line.
The Terrell County Greenwave (19-3) wants to do what nobody else in Class A has been able to do all season. They want to beat the Portal Panthers.
BROOKLET - Corey Nesmith's grand slam in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the difference for the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (2-1) as they knocked off the Calvary Day Cavaliers 9-6 Thursday night at the SEB preseason baseball tournament in Brooklet.
PORTAL - The Wilcox County Patriots didn't forget about the 2007 GHSA Class A state playoffs when Portal eliminated them in a close 73-71 first-round game, but their revenge efforts fell short as the Panthers used hot shooting from Shane Reese and David Buchannon to advance to the Elite Eight with a 69-49 win in front of a rowdy crowd Tuesday night.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers (27-1) are set to play No. 3 seed Wilcox County tonight in the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A state playoffs.
PORTAL - Every time the Portal Panthers (27-1) got a comfortable lead, Tavis Williams and his 27 points put Seminole County right back in it. But PHS was able to control Williams in the second half as they knocked off the Indians 75-66 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A state playoffs.
As Brian VanGorder learned in 2006 during his year as Georgia Southern's head coach - Eagle Nation doesn't like its traditions messed with.
Note: "Jerick's journey into the NFL" will run each Sunday during the preseason in the Statesboro Herald.
Note: "Jerick's journey into the NFL" will run each Sunday during the preseason in the Statesboro Herald. This series is brought to you by Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company.
Edwin Jackson, Georgia Southern's leading tackler in 2013, was named preseason second-team, All-Sun Belt and its a good thing, because he's really the only linebacker in the mix that played a lot of football last year.
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