Statesboro needed one of its leaders to make a big play when it counted most, and Branden Williams was up to the challenge.
As the Bulloch Academy girls embark on a new season, a new leader is quickly emerging.
There is winning, and then there is winning with authority. Statesboro usually take the court with the latter on its mind.
It doesn't take much to get Statesboro going, and when the Blue Devils punch, it hurts.
The naysayers must be getting pretty tired of the Statesboro Blue Devils.
SAVANNAH - The Statesboro Blue Devils opened the 2010-11 basketball season with a pair of wins Friday and Saturday at the Windsor Forest tounament.
Bulloch Academy fought off a strong third-quarter charge from the Frederica Lady Knights and pulled away in the fourth for a 50-39 victory Thursday in the final day of the fifth annual Lady Gator Classic.
BROOKLET - As Southeast Bulloch prepares to tip off the new basketball season, there are still plenty of questions to be answered.
Last year, the Statesboro girls were just a few points away from reaching the Final Four in the state basketball tournament.
Statesboro's dramatic comeback win last week was one to be remembered, but for now, it has to get right back to business.
Bulloch Academy had three girls in double figures as the Lady Gators whipped Thomas Jefferson Academy 53-26 Wednesday in the second day of the Lady Gator Classic.
The special teams of Statesboro have been more than just special this season. They've been downright invaluable.
MOLENA - The Jenkins County JROTC Raiders completed their 2010 Raider season Saturday in Molena, Georgia at the national championship competition tying with Smith-Cotton High School from Sedalia, Missouri, the defending national champions.
When Statesboro's back was against the wall, Dequan Daniels dug deep and - along with the rest of his teammates - showed that the Blue Devils are region champions and a No. 1 seed for a reason.
The Metter cheerleading squad capped an impressive year last weekend as the Lady Tigers notched a 6th place finish at the GHSA Class A state competition in Columbus.
There were a lot of 'firsts' for Wyatt Morris as he signed his national letter of intent to play tennis at Brewton Parker College Thursday afternoon in Southeast Bulloch High School's media center.
It appears as though the tides have turned for female athletics at Portal Middle-High School. First the girls track team shocked Class A public schools by finishing second in the state competition. Just a few days later, the Lady Panthers' golf team narrowly missed earning a state title at the GHSA Class A golf championships.
In front of friends, family and fellow golfers, Statesboro High School's Jordan Woody signed his national letter of intent to attend Savannah State University on a golf scholarship Tuesday afternoon in the school's media center.
The sound of Statesboro High football coach Steve Pennington screaming instructions to his players in a long sleeve jacket in 91 degree weather can mean only one thing-football is back for the Blue Devils.
In just three short years high school football participation has decreased by 10 percent, according to statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations- and many states are beginning to take notice.
One of the most accomplished athletes in recent history at Bulloch Academy made her move to the next phase of her athletic career Tuesday afternoon in front of friends, family and teammates.
Portal High School's girls track and field team showed they can compete with any school at the state level, despite not having a home track to practice on.
PORTAL - In just a few short years, the Portal girls golf team has gone from a brand new program to a local power.
After a thrilling final week of the regular season, the Gators of Bulloch Academy are set to open the GISA Class AAA state baseball playoffs this afternoon.
After the bell rang to dismiss class for the day at Metter High School, Chris Johnson walked with a purpose Thursday afternoon as he trotted on the Tigers' practice field.
BROOKLET - The Yellow Jackets dropped two consecutive games at home for the first time since the start of the season to end the team's hope of a state title Wednesday afternoon.
BROOKLET- High school baseball aficionados in and around southeast Georgia predicted it would be a rebuilding year for the Yellow Jackets. After hosting a home state-playoff game and advancing to the Sweet 16 in the state tournament, it's safe to say those baseball "experts" were wrong.