CLAXTON - When the Claxton Tigers were bounced in the first round of last season's Class A state basketball playoffs, it looked like the dream was over.
Scoring from behind the 3-point arc is nothing new for Bulloch Academy's Zach Altany. The senior is something of a 3-point specialist and routinely zips the net with the long ball to help lead the Gators to victory.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch girls erased a 10-point deficit in the second half and rode the strength of a 13-0 closing run to defeat Metter by a score of 46-36 Tuesday evening in Brooklet.
Mt. VERNON - The Portal Panthers stayed unbeaten Tuesday as they went on the road and knocked off Montgomery County 60-53 in the Region 3W-A opener.
There's a dirty little secret that I need to get off my chest.
Both Bulloch Academy basketball teams topped Tattnall Square Academy in a pair of exciting, down-to-the-wire battles Saturday afternoon.
It was a heck of a ride, but things came to an end a couple of games too soon for Statesboro.
It's not every day you see two teams so evenly matched, yet so incredibly equally different.
It's an old cliché, but it really is a shame that someone had to lose that game.
BROOKLET - The Claxton Tigers also defeated Southeast Bulloch Friday night, 83-36.
With just one game standing between Statesboro and a shot at a state championship - and its sixth appearance in a title game in 11 years - it couldn't feel more at home.
Schools around the state are readying for the long winter break, meaning that many of them are focused on basketball.
BROOKLET - Jenkins County survived a war of attrition as it defeated Southeast Bulloch by a count of 41-28 Tuesday evening in Brooklet.
For as much as Statesboro has accomplished this season, it doesn't seem to be running out of new ways to impress.
PORTAL - When attending a Portal basketball game this season, picking up a game program will be a necessity.
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.