Statesboro's Yakeem Coleman had a night to remember - even if it cost him any future modeling gigs.
It takes a lot to be a student athlete. Aside from the everyday demands of keeping up with schoolwork, there are long hours in the weight room and at practice that have to be put in.
As players progress through their high school careers, it's up to them to take on more responsibility and help their team make progress.
Bulloch Academy senior Jaylen Evans has been selected to play in the 2011 Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) All-Star football game Saturday in Macon.
Bulloch Academy held its Fall Sports Awards ceremony for middle-school student-athletes recently. Major award winners were (front row, l-r) Anna Kate Cook (girls' cross country, coaches award); Jan Marie Page (cheerleading, leadership); Dailey Averitt (cheerleading, most spirited); back row l-r, Lanier Olliff (football, best offense); Hunter Perry (football, best defense); Hannah Dasher (softball, best offense) and Chandler Williams (boys' cross country, coaches award). Not pictured: Ansley Daughtry (softball, best defense).
The 2011 football season held a great deal of promise for Statesboro High, but - like so many other schools around the state - the end goal was simply not meant to be.
Shaking off the cobwebs after the quick break over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Statesboro girls got right back to top form. Hosting Swainsboro Saturday night at the Devil's Den, Statesboro got out in front quickly and never looked back in cruising to a 61-17 victory.
After signing her letter of intent to attend the University of South Florida last week, Statesboro's Alisia Jenkins showed exactly why she was recruited to play at the collegiate level.
For Claxton's Michael Peel, a player of the year award was four years in the making. Peel entered his high school career as a lanky freshman with a good head for football. He was trusted to direct the Tigers' running game from under center, but gradually proved himself to be an effective passer and broadened his role.
If Statesboro's annual tournament really is 'Ladies Night Out,' it's no secret as to what team has V.I.P. status at the party.
The Statesboro girls got their 2011-12 home schedule off to a great start, steamrolling Claxton by a final count of 63-32 Monday night in the SHS Ladies Night Out tournament.
For the last few years, the question hasn't been whether or not Statesboro can succeed, but rather how far it can go.
Senior Haley Burke scored a game-high 14 points and junior Anna Newton added 13 as Bulloch Academy defeated Robert Toombs Christian Academy, 55-24, Thursday night in the final game of the sixth annual Lady Gator Classic basketball tournament.
Statesboro Lady Blue Devils forwards Alisia Jenkins and Sierra Kirkland have run roughshod over the competition on the basketball court for the last three seasons. The duo still has one more season to play for the Devils, but both are also on their way to the next level.
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.
BROOKLET - The boys of Southeast Bulloch were able to muscle out a victory over Islands early in the week, but a non-region visit from Claxton proved to be just a bit too much as the Tigers earned a 63-57 win Saturday night.
Bulloch Academy hit 9 of 27 free throws through three quarters Friday night in their home opener against Deerfield-Windsor, But seniors Marvin Perkins and Smith Reeves canned 6 of 8 from the charity stripe with under a minute left in the game as the Gators upset the squad from Albany 48-45.