It was champion against champion in the final game on the second day of the ninth annual Lady Gator Classic pre-season basketball tournament Wednesday.
What a difference one offseason can make.
It was only the first game of the season for both schools, but Statesboro and Liberty County looked to be in midseason form as they gave the crowd at the Devil's Den a show Saturday evening.
After a longer offseason than most years in recent memory, the boys and girls of Statesboro basketball are ready to retake the court.
Statesboro's Michael Solomon was a new addition to the Blue Devils' starting lineup last season.
When the final Class A football power poll was released by the GHSA Tuesday morning, some area teams rejoiced while one other started packing away the pads for the winter.
After two seasons of heartbreak, the Jenkins County cross country team has finally reached the top of the mountain.
All of the regular season action on the field has concluded, but for area teams residing in Class A of the GHSA, all eyes will be on computer screens as the final step of the state playoff qualification process is about to play out.
Adairsville 49, Gordon Central 14
Deerfield-Windsor tailback Steven Williams didn't enter Friday night's GISA Class AAA first-round playoff game against Bulloch Academy until late in the second quarter.
PORTAL - If the waiting is the hardest part, the Portal Panthers have done the easy part.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets rushed for 321 yards but unfortunately, with a spot in the GHSA Class AAA playoffs on the line, it wasn't enough.
It seemed as if Statesboro caught every tough break it could catch throughout the 2014 season.
It's a strange situation for Statesboro to know exactly when and where its football season will be ending.
BROOKLET - According to Southeast Bulloch head coach Pat Collins, his team is in 'Week 0' of the state playoffs.
Bulloch Academy hit 9 of 27 free throws through three quarters Friday night in their home opener against Deerfield-Windsor, But seniors Marvin Perkins and Smith Reeves canned 6 of 8 from the charity stripe with under a minute left in the game as the Gators upset the squad from Albany 48-45.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets dominated Pierce County at home Friday winning 82-52.
In a heated battle of county rivals, four quarters of action just wasn't enough.
Editor's note: This article has been revised to reflect the following correction, which will appear in Saturday's print edition. Statesboro High School's boys basketball team won two games over Portal in the 2008-09 season, the last time the teams faced each other. Because of a reporter's error, a sports article on page 11 Friday incorrectly stated who won those games. The Statesboro Herald regrets the error.What's at stake?
Bulloch Academy senior Dylan Stuckey has been selected to play in the 2014 Georgia Independent School Association All-Star football game this Saturday in Macon.
Bulloch Academy is rarely at a loss to find a great athlete walking its halls, but senior Cody Lanier is taking things to a new level.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch boys dropped their season opener one week ago.
The Statesboro High girls got their Thanksgiving celebration off to an early start, feasting on Southeast Bulloch to claim a 65-18 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Devil's Den.
Much was made about the dominance of graduated Bulloch Academy wrestler Mitchell Ball and his three individual state championships.
The Statesboro girls were finally cooled off after a fast start, falling to Calvary Day by a count of 51-45 Monday evening in the first day of competition at the Blue Devils' annual 'Ladies Night Out' tournament.
CLAXTON - A raucous crowd turned up at the Pecan Grove to cheer on the Claxton Tigers as they hosted their first playoff game in over a decade.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Gamecocks led at the half, but couldn't survive a second-half onslaught by Heard County and lost 28-6 on Friday in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
GHSA Playoff Scores
CLAXTON - For the first time since 2001, the Pecan Grove is preparing to host a postseason party.