There's still a long way to go, but the Statesboro boys and girls track and field teams are both in competition to defend their Region 2-AAAA titles.
After a grueling regular season schedule, a pair of local teams is ready to make a run in the Class-AA postseason.
BROOKLET - The Bryan County girls track team tallied 155 points to claim the 2011 Region 3-A title, and the Jenkins County boys took the top prize with 163 points Thursday at the Region 3-A championships held at Southeast Bulloch Tuesday and Thursday.
MARTINEZ - The Bulloch Academy boys' track team did something Wednesday that no other Gator or Lady Gator team has ever done.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch ended its regular season schedule on a high note, pummeling Liberty County by a score of 13-3 in six innings Wednesday evening.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks cruised past Fitzgerald in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state plauoffs Tuesday to advance to the second round without dropping a set.
After four years spent dazzling Blue Devil fans, Jaqawn Raymond will be showcasing his talent on one of the biggest stages in the country.
With the postseason just around the corner, Bulloch Academy is looking to one of its biggest guns to lead the charge toward the state playoffs.
Although she is only a sophomore, Breanna Gates has already left her mark on the Southeast Bulloch record books.
Bulloch Academy pounded out 11 hits Tuesday against Region 4-AAA foe Trinity Christian School but still came up on the short end of the stick.
After a solid regular season, the Metter Tigers set their sights on an appearance in the Georgia High School Association state baseball playoffs this afternoon as they host Johnson County in the Region 3-A playoffs.
It's been a rough season for Statesboro baseball, but the Blue Devils put a silver lining on their year with a 7-6 win over Evans on Friday night at Mill Creek Regional Park in the last game of their Region 2-AAAA schedule.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets continued to roll, defeating Bryan County by a score of 10-2 Thursday night in a non-region matchup.
AUGUSTA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (21-2) cruised past Dodge County Thursday at the Fleming Tennis Complex to make it to the Region 3-AA championship, but fell to Bleckley County in the finals to clinch the No. 2 seed in the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
You always want to do well in your final home event of the season.
DUBLIN - Seniors Kristin Kingery and Powell Fennell had three hits each to lead Bulloch Academy to a 5-2 victory over Trinity Christian School Thursday in GISA Region 2-AAA action.
Alpharetta 35, Lambert 17
A big running back and an even bigger offensive line usually mean a win every time.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils continued their early season struggles Friday, dropping a 17-0 decision at South Effingham in being shut out for the second time in three games.
BROOKLET - Dodge County jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter and didn't look back as the Indians ran past the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 24-6 Friday night in a game delayed 15 minutes due to lightning in the area.
BROOKLET - Coming off a tough three-point loss to Bryan County last week, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will look to notch their first win of the season tonight as they face the undefeated Dodge County Indians at Fred Shaver Field.
The last time Statesboro carried an 0-2 record into its third game of the season, the members of the 2014 Blue Devils were in diapers - if they had even been born yet. A team with a history of excellence such as Statesboro means that rough starts like the last 0-2 beginning in 1998 won't come around very often.
The third time will be the charm for the Bulloch Academy defense against highly-touted tailbacks.
SAVANNAH - The Screven County Gamecocks continued in dominating fashion on Thursday, hammering Windsor Forest 36-8 at Memorial Stadium.
Heading into the season, first-year Bulloch Academy coach Terrance Hennessy made it clear that one of his players would do a lot of the heavy lifting while new starters and younger players adjusted to new schemes and varsity competition.
TWIN CITY - Bulloch Academy freshman Kyle Samuels clocked a 20:26 to win a multi-team cross-country meet on the sandy and shady trails of George L. Smith State Park Monday.
PORTAL - It was barely a contest Tuesday afternoon as Portal bats and gloves alike caught fire to blow Claxton out of the water.
Statesboro High will honor its 1964 football team on its 50th reunion on Sept. 26-27.
When speaking of high school football, plenty of people love to wax poetic.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers suffered their first setback of the season, falling 42-14 to Emanuel County Institute Friday night in the 36th meeting between the rival schools.