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.
BROOKLET - Last week was a cause for celebration, but now it's right back to business.
It hasn't been the smoothest of sailing for the Statesboro Lady Blue Devils softball team this fall, but as the postseason begins, they have what everyone wants come this time of year - a chance to keep on playing.
PERRY - It was a David vs. Goliath storyline Friday night as Bulloch Academy marched into Marvin Arrington Stadium to face The Westfield School.
Friday night featured the 50th anniversary of Statesboro's 'homeless' 1964 squad finally making its first appearance on Womack Field.
LOUISVILLE - The Screven County Gamecocks were shut out for three quarters, but scored twice in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 12-7 win over Jefferson County in the region opener for both teams.
"Homecoming, at last!"
The Bulloch Academy Gators already have five games in the books, but more than half of their schedule is still in front of them.
The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators have seen a long run of excellence on the softball diamond. Unsurprisingly, each year seems to bring about a new group of veteran leaders who lead the team through a tough region slate and on into the postseason.
DUBLIN - Seniors Kristin Kingery and Powell Fennell had three hits each to lead Bulloch Academy to a 5-2 victory over Trinity Christian School Thursday in GISA Region 2-AAA action.
Alpharetta 35, Lambert 17
A big running back and an even bigger offensive line usually mean a win every time.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils continued their early season struggles Friday, dropping a 17-0 decision at South Effingham in being shut out for the second time in three games.
BROOKLET - Dodge County jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter and didn't look back as the Indians ran past the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 24-6 Friday night in a game delayed 15 minutes due to lightning in the area.
BROOKLET - Coming off a tough three-point loss to Bryan County last week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to notch their first win of the season tonight as they face the undefeated Dodge County Indians at Fred Shaver Field.
The last time Statesboro carried an 0-2 record into its third game of the season, the members of the 2014 Blue Devils were in diapers - if they had even been born yet. A team with a history of excellence such as Statesboro means that rough starts like the last 0-2 beginning in 1998 won't come around very often.