With ten players from last season's region championship team departed, this figured to be a rebuilding year for Claxton.
With just over a week remaining in the regular season, Screven County is rolling towards one of its best showings ever.
PORTAL - Having lost its last two region games, Portal decided to shake things up.
Bulloch Academy seniors Win Lee and Walker Blitch were named to the preseason All-State by the 2011 Georgia Dugout Club Preview Magazine.
Trailing 54-52 with under a second left to go, Pinewood Christian Academy's Taylor Lewis lofted a desperation shot from beyond the three-point arc toward the basket.
Bulloch Academy made the bus ride to Lyons facing Robert Toombs Christian Academy for Saturday afternoon games, and made the trip worthwhile by bringing home two in the win column.
CLAXTON - A year after winning its first region title in a decade, Claxton is intent to prove that last season was no fluke.
SYLVANIA - The Southeast Bulloch girls have been improving lately, but they ran into a buzz saw Friday night.
Junior Haley Burke pumped in 19 points, including three-of-four from the free-throw line with less than 50 seconds left, to lead the Lady Gators to a 47-42 region victory over Westminster School of Augusta Friday night.
On Friday, Portal High School's Nikki Sims and Megan Moore signed letters of intent to play for the Lady Bobcats next season.
EVANS - Statesboro High School defeated Lakeside, Evans 68-61 Friday night.
The Statesboro junior-varsity Lady Blue Devils won the 2011 Donell Woods Memorial Tournament in Hinesville on Jan. 15. Front row left to right: Niyah Drummer, RicaJanee Williams, Khayasia Rollins and Sarah Brown. Back row left to right: Coach DeMetria McClouden, Tanashia Thomas, Keiyonna Gusby, Quetta Morgan, Lashawn Lyons, Brianna Cone, Kyera Whitaker and coach Alex Parker-Robinson.
PEMBROKE - The Bryan County Lady Redskins (17-2, 6-0 Region 3E-A) stayed perfect in region play as they took down Claxton 69-53 Tuesday at home.
PORTAL - Johnson County knows how to score in the paint.
BROOKLET - Don't look now, but the girls of Southeast Bulloch are on a tear. And after a few down years, they're looking to keep the good times rolling.
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.
MACON - Bulloch Academy shook off some opening-game jitters to bounce Brookwood from the first round of the GISA Class AAA state tournament with a sluggish 54-33 win Wednesday night at Tattnall Square's gym.
PORTAL - The state playoffs usually find powerful teams running into each other for the first time.
CLAXTON - The Lady Tigers entered Wednesday's Class A state quarterfinal against Emanuel County Institute aiming to take the next step after last year's squad fell short in the same round.
When the 2012-13 season began, the Portal Panthers had just one Final Four appearance in school history and were coming off of back-to-back first round exits in the state playoffs.