The top storylines of the year in prep sports:
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers didn't have much trouble in their first two games at the Portal Holiday Classic, but a rough shooting night prevented them from making it a clean sweep as South Effingham claimed a 59-53 victory Monday night in the final game of the tournament.
MACON - In the championship game of the Tattnall Square Holiday Classic, the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators suffered their first loss of the season, 50-40, to tournament host Tattnall Square Academy.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers ripped of a 16-0 run to begin the second half and never looked back, cruising to a 61-45 win over Georgia Military in the final game of Saturday's action at the Portal Holiday Classic.
The Statesboro Blue Devils took an early 17-6 lead and never looked back as they knocked off South Carolina's Battery Creek 64-48 on Saturday in the finale of the Gentlemen's Classic at the Devils' Den.
A night after coming up just short in a high-scoring shootout, the drama continued for Statesboro at the Gentlemen's Classic.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers closed out Worth County in the fourth quarter and won 71-64 on Friday in the finale on the opening day of the Portal Holiday Classic.
The Gentlemen's Classic hosted by Statesboro High didn't waste any time in bringing the drama as Osborne defeated Statesboro in a high-flying 92-89 decision in the first of three nights of action Thursday at the Devil's Den.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers prepare to send off 2013 in style as they host their annual Holiday Classic beginning today and running through Monday.
ALBANY - Zaquavian Smith scored a team-high 29 points as the Statesboro Blue Devils knocked off Early County 84-61 on Saturday at the U-Save-It tournament in Albany.
BROOKLET - For the first time in her high school career, Southeast Bulloch's Jasmine Roberts is on a basketball team that is striking fear into opponents.
Trees are decorated, school is just about out and radio stations are pumping out the carols nonstop, but it isn't quite Christmas until the Statesboro boys basketball team has taken on some of Georgia's best at the annual U-Save-It tournament on the road at Albany.
The East division of Region 3-A is one of the most competitive regions in the state for football, but Portal and Claxton managed to place an impressive 22 players on the All-Region squad for the recently-completed season.
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, First Presbyterian Christian Academy senior center Ahman Muhammad had two inches and at least 40 pounds on Bulloch Academy's Hunter Perry.
MACON - Bulloch Academy won its first-ever girls' basketball state championship in convincing fashion Saturday night, whipping Stratford Academy 46-29 in the GISA Class AAA title game at Hawkins Arena on the campus of Mercer University.
BROOKLET - For the second consecutive season, the Southeast Bulloch girls brought home first place in one of their biggest meets of the year.
BROOKLET - The weather over the past few days has been anything but ideal for a track meet.
MACON - A balanced trio of rebounding, scoring and defense lifted the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators to lopsided 79-48 victory over the Westfield Lady Hornets in the GISA Class AAA semifinal game here Friday night.
For the fourth time in the last seven seasons, the Lady Gators of Bulloch Academy have found themselves in the state basketball semifinals.
AUGUSTA - Tyler Brown, a freshman at Georgia Regents and former Statesboro Blue Devil, threw six scoreless innings and allowed only three hits as the Jaguars knocked off visiting Paine 9-2 on Tuesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Heading into baseball season, the Statesboro Blue Devils had just about everything figured out.
On a cold night at Womack Field, Tyler Proctor's blazing strike off of a corner kick paved the way to a Statesboro High victory.
The Statesboro Blue Devils cruised to an 8-2 win over Effingham County on Tuesday at Mill Creek.
SAVANNAH - Claxton's first trip to the state girls' semifinals didn't turn out nearly as the Lady Tigers would have hoped.
Statesboro began its track and field season under perfect conditions Saturday afternoon as the Blue Devils hosted their 6th annual Statesboro Invitational.
MACON - Bulloch Academy avenged its only loss of the season as the Lady Gators punched their tickets to the GISA Class AAA Final Four with a dominating 52-22 victory over Tattnall Square Academy here Friday.
Statesboro began its baseball season with five consecutive victories, but couldn't get out of its own way Friday night.
ASHBURN - In a rematch of teams that split a pair of meetings in the regular season, Turner County put an end to another playoff run by the Portal Panthers Thursday night.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets boys and girls won a four-team meet on Thursday at home.