It's put up or shut up time tonight as Statesboro welcomes Tri-Cities to Womack Field for the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs.
A new classification, a new set of opponents but the same result.
They might still be a young group, but each passing week leaves the Statesboro defense looking more and more like the dominant Blue Devil defenses of a few years ago.
Pete Nagel signs a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Georgia. As Metter's ace pitcher, Nagel has been a dominant force on the mound throughout his high school career. "It's a big thrill to be going to Georgia," said Nagel. "You see the talent of the SEC, and it's great to think that they want me to play for them. It'll be a lot of fun to play against the LSU's and South Carolina's of the world."
Lexi Allen signs a letter of intent to play softball for Georgia Southern next season. A four year starter, Allen earned All-Region 3-A honors in each of the last three seasons. "This is like a dream come true," said Allen. "I've been playing softball since I was 10 and I'm grateful for the opportunity to keep playing. I've got a lot of friends and family who have helped me get here, so I'm glad that I can stay near home and have them continue to come cheer me on."
SYLVANIA - They've been a part of four playoff teams at Screven County, advancing to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs three times, but now it's time for Marla Thompson, Tiffany Burns and Rochelle Schuman to go play at the next level.
After a few years spent toiling in the darkness, Corey Walker is helping Portal football climb back into the light.
The Southeast Bulloch football team may be done for the season, but their cheerleaders are still going strong.
The All-Region 3-AA softball team was announced Monday, with seven area athletes making the cut.
What a difference a season makes.
BRUNSWICK - For Statesboro, the third time was the charm.
It was the first time it had happened in seven years and it happened in a really, really big way.
BROOKLET-It wasn't the perfect ending to a long season, but it certainly wasn't terrible, either.
PORTAL – If what they say is true and "all's well that ends well," than all is certainly well in Portal.
ALBANY - Southeast Bulloch's furious second-half comeback attempt fell short as the Yellow Jackets fell 63-57 on Friday at the U-Save-It Classic against Class AAAAAA foe Lee County.
Region championships and state playoff berths will be determined in the coming months, but both Statesboro and Southeast Bulloch's boys squads will get some tough non-region competition to help close out 2014 as they travel to Albany for the annual U-Save-It Classic beginning today.
Over the last few years, the Lady Gators of Bulloch Academy have gone about setting all sorts of high-water marks for the program.
RICHMOND HILL - The Statesboro Blue Devils suffered their first region loss of the season as they were knocked off in overtime at Richmond Hill, 63-56.
PORTAL - Facing a Johnson County squad from the opposite side of the always-competitive Region 3-A, the Portal Panthers were in no mood to take prisoners.
Bulloch Academy basketball sweeps
PORTAL - Just one week after an overtime epic at the Devil's Den, Statesboro and Portal once again took to the court.
PORTAL - Over the last few seasons, Portal and Calvary Day have had plenty of classic shootouts in the Region 3-A tournament.
Bulloch Academy is no stranger to success on the wrestling mat, but this season offers a whole new host of opponents for the Gators to stack up
CLAXTON - The Claxton Tigers took down visiting Jenkins County with a 67-59 win on Friday.
ATLANTA - Warren Singletary scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Hawkinsville defeated Irwin County, 15-6, for the Georgia High School Association Class A-Public state football title on Friday at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - Calhoun scored on a 40-yard double-reverse pass from Baylon Spector to Carson Brown early in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington County, 27-20, to win the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state football title on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Statesboro spent three quarters not being able to hit much of anything that wasn't a layup.
Senior Pate Lomax banked in an offensive rebound with 23.4 seconds left to lead the Bulloch Academy girls to a thrilling 61-59 victory over Westfield Saturday.
PORTAL - Five players scored double digits and the Portal Panthers (2-1) hammered Wheeler County 78-53 on Saturday at home.