When Georgia high schools begin play in 2012-13, there are going to be some big changes in store.
Much is being made of Statesboro High School's girls basketball team this season. Six seniors are leading the Lady Blue Devils in their quest for a state championship, but it's a sophomore who is provided a good amount of firepower in each game.
Think of a wrestler - quick, efficient and light on his feet. Now think of an offensive lineman - tall, strong and lumbering. The two don't seem to go together, but when you mix them up, you get Bulloch Academy's Asa Johnson.
Bulloch Academy held its Fall Sports Awards ceremony for varsity student-athletes recently. Major award winners were (front row, l-r) Haley Burke (softball, rookie award), Corley Turner (competition cheerleading, coaches award), Danielle Atkinson (softball, most improved), Madelyn Vickery (softball, coaches award), Ashley Burke (cross country, best at state), JoBeth Hendrix (competition cheerleading, most improved), second row, l-r, Jaylen Evans (football, outstanding skill player), Bill Nguyen (cross country, coaches award), Clayton Rogers (football, team gator), Conner Fordham (football, outstanding lineman), Will Marsh (cross country, best at state) and Jake Hagan (football, most improved player). Not pictured: Jan Marie Page (competition cheerleading, best ...
Statesboro High will resume old rivalries, Southeast Bulloch will get some new ones and Portal stays pretty much the same in the new sports region alignments proposed Tuesday by the Georgia High School Association.
Bulloch Academy "brothers" Themba Twala and Jaylen Evans don't look anything alike, are not close in height nor do they have the same mother or father.
This could be the year for the Bulloch Academy wrestling program.
Bulloch Academy had three players in double figures as the Gators whipped David Emanuel Academy 47-38 in their home opener Thursday night.
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.
Loganville Christian Academy beat back a fierce fourth-quarter rally to beat Bulloch Academy 50-40 in the Elite Eight of the GISA Class AAA state boys' basketball playoffs Saturday.
Richmond Hill scored three goals in a five minute span midway through the second half on their way to knocking off Statesboro High 5-3 Friday night at Womack Field.
When the game is on the line, Bulloch Academy head girls' basketball coach Paul Webb can usually count on senior point guard Ashley Burke.
Bulloch Academy senior Will Marsh scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Gators to a 61-47 thrashing of Tiftarea Academy in the first round of the GISA Class AAA state boys' basketball playoffs Thursday night.
Bulloch Academy point guard Ashley Burke used her superb ball-handling skills and quickness to lead the Lady Gators to a 61-46 victory over Deerfield-Windsor School in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA girls' basketball tournament Tuesday night.
PORTAL - For the third consecutive season, the Portal Panthers have reached the quarterfinals of the Class A state playoffs.
The Bulloch Academy boys' and girls' basketball teams will be able to stay home for the first round, and possibly second, of the GISA Class AAA basketball tournaments this week.
PORTAL - A three-pointer by Tyler Budgett off the opening tip and then a monstrous slam from Trent Thomas opened the game for the Portal Panthers as they raced out to an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a 78-58 win over Taylor County the opening round of the Class A state playoffs.
After having been swept by Trinity Christian School of Dublin during the regular season, the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators got the sweetest revenge possible Friday night in the championship game of the GISA Region 2-AAA basketball tournament.
PORTAL - After last year's loss in the Elite Eight, the Portal Panthers are back in the state playoffs looking for another run deep into the tournament with this year's squad.
Statesboro raised some eyebrows earlier this week with its win over Drew in the first round of the Class AAAAA state basketball playoffs.
In early February, the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators struggled and suffered defeat when they had to play without star senior forward Pate Lomax due to injury.
After a winter spent celebrating win after win on the wrestling mat, the only thing more dominant than Bulloch Academy's individuals at last weekend's GISA Class AAA state meet in Macon was the Gators' runaway showing on the team leader board.
When basketball season began back in November, the Statesboro Blue Devils weren't sure what to expect.
Both Bulloch Academy basketball teams hold the top seeds headed into this week's GISA Region 2-AAA basketball tournament.