PERRY - Three runs were all that separated the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators from their first-ever GISA Class AAA fast-pitch softball Final Four.
It was Lauren Dennard's first postseason experience, but she looked like a seasoned veteran.
Dequan Daniels may not have seen any varsity action on the football field last season, but anyone who saw Daniels, now a sophomore, take on the 100-meter dash during track and field season knew what was coming this year.
Statesboro has run wild through the opening half of its schedule and among all of the weapons at its disposal in the backfield, it's a sophomore that is leading the way.
Screven County and Southeast Bulloch figured that they might meet again - just not under these circumstances.
During the regular season, Bulloch Academy head softball coach Chandler Dennard would often hold his breath when the ball was hit to one of his fielders.
Scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth, the sixth-ranked Screven County Lady Gamecocks (22-7) earned a double header split with the visiting, seventh-ranked Dodge County Squaws (24-7) to send their 3AA semifinal playoff series to a deciding third game. The contest will be Monday in Eastman at 5 p.m.
COCHRAN - Bleckley County swept a pair of games from Southeast Bulloch Saturday to advance to the championship round of the Region 3-AA softball tournament.
Statesboro and Effingham County were putting on quite a display before Dequan Daniels ran away with the show.
AMERICUS - Big offensive plays and a strong defense helped Bulloch Academy pummel GISA Region 1-AAA foe Southland Academy 38-8 Friday night at Harvey Simpson Stadium.
BROOKLET - When Southeast Bulloch looked on the other side of the ball Friday night, they saw what they hope to become.
DUBLIN - Dublin defeated the Screven County Gamecocks (2-4,2-2 Region 3-AA) 28-7 Friday in Dublin.
After a last-second comeback win over Lakeside, Evans last Friday, Statesboro has an opportunity to start off 2-0 in sub-region play tonight as it welcomes Effingham County for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Womack Field.
Mirror-image offenses collide tonight as Bulloch Academy takes on Southland Academy in a big GISA Region 1-AAA showdown in Americus.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch has hit a snag in region play and things don't look to get any easier tonight as No. 8 Swainsboro pays a visit to Fred Shaver Field for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Statesboro High girls got their Thanksgiving celebration off to an early start, feasting on Southeast Bulloch to claim a 65-18 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Devil's Den.
Much was made about the dominance of graduated Bulloch Academy wrestler Mitchell Ball and his three individual state championships.
The Statesboro girls were finally cooled off after a fast start, falling to Calvary Day by a count of 51-45 Monday evening in the first day of competition at the Blue Devils' annual 'Ladies Night Out' tournament.
CLAXTON - A raucous crowd turned up at the Pecan Grove to cheer on the Claxton Tigers as they hosted their first playoff game in over a decade.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Gamecocks led at the half, but couldn't survive a second-half onslaught by Heard County and lost 28-6 on Friday in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
GHSA Playoff Scores
CLAXTON - For the first time since 2001, the Pecan Grove is preparing to host a postseason party.
Bulloch Academy's starting five were poetry in motion Thursday night against Augusta Prep in the third and final day of the ninth annual Lady Gator Classic preseason basketball tournament.
It was champion against champion in the final game on the second day of the ninth annual Lady Gator Classic pre-season basketball tournament Wednesday.
What a difference one offseason can make.
It was only the first game of the season for both schools, but Statesboro and Liberty County looked to be in midseason form as they gave the crowd at the Devil's Den a show Saturday evening.
After a longer offseason than most years in recent memory, the boys and girls of Statesboro basketball are ready to retake the court.
Statesboro's Michael Solomon was a new addition to the Blue Devils' starting lineup last season.
When the final Class A football power poll was released by the GHSA Tuesday morning, some area teams rejoiced while one other started packing away the pads for the winter.
After two seasons of heartbreak, the Jenkins County cross country team has finally reached the top of the mountain.