Bulloch Academy travelled to the GISA state wrestling tournament in Macon looking forward to a weekend of tough competition and a chance to be crowned the top team in the state.
Earlier in the week, every member of the Statesboro High School boys basketball team suffered the worst loss of his high school career. The 80-34 pummeling at the hands of Effingham County was humbling, but the Blue Devils weren't about to let one loss lead to another.
Bulloch Academy seniors Haley Burke, Taylor Collins and Amelia Akins shone during Senior Night to help lift the Lady Gators past Augusta Prep, 50-36, on Friday night.
CLAXTON - Labron Glover scored 16 points, Kelsey Wilkerson added 12 points and Zenas Moore had 11 points as Claxton beat Savannah Country Day, 52-37, in a Region 3A-A boys basketball game Friday night. The Tigers improved to 14-5, 8-1.
BROOKLET - Tony Boyd scored 15 points to lead Jefferson County to a 62-53 victory over Southeast Bulloch in a Region 3A-AA boys basketball game Friday night.
CLAXTON - Polly Murray scored 16 points, Whitney Ponder had 13 points and her twin sister, Brittney, added 10 points in Claxton's 53-38 victory over Savannah Country Day in a Region 3A-A girls basketball game Friday night. The Lady Tigers improved to 16-5, 7-2.
BROOKLET - Nira Byrd scored 18 points, Chelsea Oglesby added 13 points and Jasmine Roberts had 11 points to pace Southeast Bulloch to a 53-37 victory over Jefferson County in a Region 3A-AA girls basketball game Friday night. The Lady Yellow Jackets improved to 10-10, 5-3.
After a dominating season on the mats, the Bulloch Academy wrestling team now finds itself just one step short of the mountaintop.
Statesboro's Freddie Burden, center, is joined by his parents Willie (left) and Velma (right), and by his older brother, Willie, Jr., as he signs a letter of intent to play football for Georgia Tech. Burden was an integral part of Statesboro's Region 2-AAAA championship team this season, making the all-state team as a tight end. Burden intends to become a center for Georgia Tech.
Statesboro's Reggie Owens, center, signs a letter of intent while family members watch. After patrolling the Statesboro linebacking corps, Owens is off to South Carolina State to continue his career on the football field. "It's an incredible feeling," Owens said. "It's really hard to describe. I'm going to miss Statesboro and playing with my brothers here, but I also can't wait to get started at South Carolina State."
Portal's Joseph Lockley, center, is joined by family members as he signs his letter of intent to play football for Georgia State University. This season, Lockley was one of the most valuable players for the Panthers in all aspects of the game. He anchored both the offensive and defensive lines, and even provided his services as the team's kicker for one of the smallest schools in the state.
Southeast Bulloch's Jamal Johnson, center, is joined by (L-R): mother Sophia Johnson, SEB athletic director Jack Webb, SEB football coach Pat Collins, and father David Johnson as he signs a letter of intent to play for Georgia Southern. After numerous accolades and honors garnered during his high school career, moving on to play with the Eagles is a dream come true, Johnson said.
Statesboro's Michael Summers, center, is surrounded by family as he signs a letter of intent to play football at Georgia Tech on Wednesday morning in the Statesboro High auditorium. After starting his career in Statesboro at the middle school level, Summers left for Benedictine Military School before transferring to Statesboro for his final two seasons. Summers made an immediate impact for the Blue Devils.
For nearly the entirety of her tenure at Claxton, Polly Murray has been the beginning and end of all discussions on Lady Tiger basketball. Now in her senior season, Murray continues to be a standout player and has her team on the rise as well.
Many freshmen aren't counted on to provide vital minutes and points, but Portal's Akeem Oglesby is proving to be an exception.
By HORACE HOLLOMAN
The regular season is over for Statesboro High School's baseball team and despite a rocky season, the Blue Devils are just two wins away from the state playoffs.
BROOKLET - Andrew Kalaani scored two second half goals to lead the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets to a come-from-behind 4-1 win over Jenkins in the first round of the Region 1-AAA playoffs Tuesday night and clinching a spot in the state playoffs.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers baseball squad battled the elements while also dealing with the fellow Panthers of Glascock County Monday evening.
In a cross-town rivalry, non-conference match between Southeast Bulloch and Statesboro High School, the Blue Devils got the best of its counterparts for the boys, while the girls game ended in a tie.
It didn't take long for the Panthers offense to get going Wednesday afternoon against Savannah Country Day in a 6-3 victory.
16 teams came to compete in the 12th installment of the Derrick Plankenhorn Invitational Friday afternoon with Statesboro High School coming away with a clean sweep for boys and girls.
With just one region series left in the season, the Statesboro Blue Devils are not out of the region 3-AAAAA playoffs by a long shot. Statesboro High School's baseball team had a tough loss Tuesday in region play, losing to South Effingham 3-1, however SHS can still bounce back and finish the year strong.
Southeast Bulloch (5-4, 4-4 Region 1-AAA) battled for seven innings to defeat region foes Island High School in a 5-3 victory Tuesday night. The win not only gave the Yellow Jackets a much-needed region win, but extended the team's win streak to five games after starting the season 0-4.
Bulloch Academy claimed the top trophies in both the girls' and boys' meets of the 16th annual Gator Relays Saturday at the Georgia Southern University track and field complex.