PORTAL - Cherard Freeman knows players can be successful even while playing on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Still, he's awfully glad to be getting his quarterback back.
SWAINSBORO - Tiffany Burns was one hit away from the cycle, and it was the easy one.
Bulloch Academy is flying high after a 2-0 start to the new season, but the Gators will have to be in top form Friday as they take on Tiftarea.
METTER - Ciera Clark's RBI single in the top of the sixth drove in Hannah Denmark and propelled Southeast Bulloch (8-5) to a 2-1 win Wednesday at Metter.
When Megan Moore threw a one-hit shutout in a rivalry game against Emanuel County Institute in region action last week, it was as good as it gets.
Southeast Bulloch is off to a 2-0 start in 2010 thanks in large part to a vastly improved defense. Through the first two weeks, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 30.9 fewer points per game than last season.
PEMBROKE - Last week, 15-year-old Dalton Raulerson of Pembroke suited up for his first game as a member of the Pinewood Christian Academy varsity football team.
SYLVANIA - Game planning for ways to beat Screven County doesn't take much time. Not because the Lady Gamecocks are easy opponents, but rather because there are so few ways to avoid their seemingly endless strengths.
He may not be the biggest player on the football field, but no one stands taller for Statesboro High than 5-foot-7 senior running back Aaron Lester.
From staff reports
Senior James Brack scored on both offense and defense as classmate John Harden broke into the record book twice in Bulloch Academy's 40-7 thrashing of Robert Toombs Christian Academy Friday night at Gator Alley.
METTER - The Portal Panthers had enough left over for one second-half push, but their 17-play, six-minute, 20 second, 57-yard drive stalled at the Metter 5-yard line as they fell 13-7 Friday at the hands of the Tigers in The Jungle.
BROOKLET - Pat Collins teaches math. So the Southeast Bulloch head coach had little trouble figuring out Friday night's results.
In a game that promised to have two talented teams squaring off in a playoff-type atmosphere, this one more than lived up to the billing.
It may still be early, but each week brings Statesboro face to face with another playoff-caliber opponent.
PORTAL - No matter the expectations, the preseason preparations rarely change for the Portal Panthers.
Putting answers next to preseason question marks and replacing departed seniors is an annual exercise for high school football teams everywhere.
The Bulloch Academy varsity softball team will do its part to bring an end to a horribly devastating disease by hosting the third annual Miriam Burnette Memorial "Striking Out Alzheimer's" softball tournament on July 30-31.
Barbara Conner, the backbone of Bulloch Academy for nearly 30 years, was recently inducted to the Georgia Independent School Association Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
BROOKLET - No matter the strategy of any football team, it's pretty likely that the team's head coach will preach special teams as one of the most important factors for success.
With Friday night's Fourth of July celebrations fresh in the minds of local residents, it's hard to believe that in just 50 days the midair explosions of fireworks will be replaced with the pad-crunching hard hits of Statesboro High football.
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