The opening round of the GHSA playoffs is hardly a fitting stage for offensive blunders and poor free throw shooting, but that did not prevent the Portal Panthers (18-11) from using it as such.
Statesboro's pitching proved to be suspect again as the Blue Devils dropped a 10-4 decision to Lee County Saturday afternoon at Mill Creek Regional Park.
Great teams aren't always great. They're just great when they have to be.
Statesboro begins what it hopes will be a long postseason road tonight as it hosts Banneker in the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs.
After failing to advance to last season's state basketball tournament, the Portal boys are right back where they know they belong.
THOMASVILLE - The No. 1 seed Thomasville Lady Bulldogs, Region 1-AA champions, defeated the Screven County Lady Gamecocks Friday, 76-60, in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
With a second consecutive Region 2-AAAA title already in the books, the Statesboro girls are now setting their sights even higher.
Sally Marie Futch, a senior at Bulloch Academy, signs a letter of intent to become a thrower for Jacksonville's track and field program. Pictured seated left to right: Father Floyd Futch, Sally Marie Futch and mother Dr. Lynn Futch. Standing, left to right: BA athletic director and girls track coach Clint Morgan and BA assistant coach Barbara Conner.
Statesboro got off to a rough start in this week's Blue Devil Diamond Days as it fell to Calvary in a lopsided 14-2, five-inning game Thursday night at Mill Creek Regional Park.
The Statesboro baseball team will get a big early-season test this week as the "Blue Devil Diamond Days" take place at Mill Creek Regional Park.
It took a crazy finish, but sophomore Tori Thompson's hat trick led the Statesboro girls over Effingham County for their first region win in a 4-3 victory Tuesday evening at Womack Field.
BROOKLET - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (2-0, 2-0 Region 3-AA) defeated Southeast Bulloch 4-0 Tuesday in region action.
PORTAL - Portal won't forget Luke Anderson.
Metter exploded out of the gate and then hung on late to clinch a season opening 10-9 win over Statesboro Monday night at Mill Creek Regional Park.
PORTAL - Megan Anderson got her first-career baseball game under her belt, but Portal mistakes led to seven unearned runs for Southeast Bulloch as the Yellow Jackets knocked off the Panthers 11-1 in six innings Monday at Panther Field.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins promised his 4-year-old daughter he would do a cartwheel after the Yellow Jackets won a game. Through the first four games of the season, he didn't have the opportunity to fulfill that promise.
CLAXTON - Quarterback Cornelious Taylor led the Claxton Tigers up and down the field and Portal couldn't keep up, as the Panthers fell 31-14 Friday in the Region 3A-A opener for both teams at the Pecan Grove.
DOUGLAS - An already rough season for Statesboro sustained another body blow Friday night as No. 5 Coffee dismantled the Blue Devils by a count of 35-7.
Despite the rough start to the season, Southeast Bulloch's dreams of reaching the state playoffs are within reach, but that journey starts tonight as the Yellow Jackets open subregion play against Beach High School.
In football, it's rare to find sympathy for a struggling team.
PORTAL - A cat fight is in store tonight as the Portal Panthers make the short trip to the Pecan Grove to take on the Claxton Tigers in each team's sub-region opener.
Three steps forward and two steps backward.
In addition to being one of the most electrifying players in the area, Claxton's Zach Grant has dealt with a bit more adversity than the average high school senior.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets only had one senior to honor on Senior Night, but they went out with a bang anyway, topping Calvary Day 3-2 in the final regular-season game of the year.
Statesboro's softball team is in a bit of an unfamiliar position, but one they're glad to be a part of.
BROOKLET - As volleyball's regular season enters its home stretch, Southeast Bulloch is looking to prove that last year's postseason run was no fluke.
The Statesboro High golf team has sent its boys squad to the state finals in each of the last two seasons.
It hasn't been the smoothest of sailing for the Statesboro Lady Blue Devils softball team this fall, but as the postseason begins, they have what everyone wants come this time of year - a chance to keep on playing.