IRWINTON - Portal's regular season came to an end on Friday as the Panthers defeated Wilkinson County 64-60 on the road.
By MIKE ANTHONY
Bulloch Academy senior center Chelsea Oglesby scored a career-high 25 points and senior guard Danielle Atkinson added some last-second defensive heroics as the Lady Gators nipped arch-rival Pinewood 55-53 in overtime Tuesday night.
GUYTON - Jaylan Rawls had a career night scoring 37 points and leading the Statesboro Blue Devils to an 84-80 win over South Effingham on the road on Monday.
PORTAL- Over the last few years, any showdown between the boys of Claxton and Portal has been likely to hold plenty of Region 3-A significance and almost guaranteed to be a nip-and-tuck matchup.
BROOKLET - After last week's winter weather postponed Tattnall County's originally scheduled date with Southeast Bulloch, the Region 1-AAA rivals met Monday night.
John Milledge Academy scored 10 unanswered points in the final 2:30 of the game to take a 61-52 victory over Bulloch Academy in GISA Region 4-AAA basketball action Saturday. The game had originally been scheduled for Tuesday night but extreme weather conditions caused the postponement.
PORTAL - One night after a huge region win, Portal locked up with Bryan County on the hard court.
NAHUNTA - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets were too much for Brantley County, winning 78-69 Saturday on the road.
Statesboro sent its 10 seniors off in style on Friday night as the boys and girls combined to sweep a doubleheader against Wayne County at the Devil's Den.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers held a 22 point lead midway through the second quarter, and if you showed up at halftime, you'd never have known it.
SAVANNAH - Matt McBride hit two huge 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets escaped from New Hampstead with a 61-59 win on Friday.
By MIKE ANTHONY
For a second consecutive night, Statesboro had to grind out a win in a defensive struggle.
PORTAL - Led by forward Trent Thomas, the Portal Panthers dominated defending the Class A Public state champion Wilkinson County from the opening tip to the final buzzer, winning 66-48 at home on Saturday.
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.
PORTAL - With a loss in last week's Region 3-A championship game, the Portal Panthers dropped from a potential top seed in the Class A state tournament all the way to the No. 6 slot.
As the GISA Class AAA get underway tonight, it's plain to see that the Lady Gators of Bulloch Academy should be considered a favorite to bring home a title.
CLAXTON - For all the pressure of a deep run into the state playoffs, things are looking like they always do for the Claxton girls.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets won their Region 1-AAA baseball opener, knocking off Brantley County 7-4 at home on Tuesday.
CLAXTON - The Lady Tigers of Claxton have faced off against region rival Portal four times this season. All four times, Claxton has been left standing after the dust settled.
Early rain postponed Friday's matchup between Statesboro and Southeast Bulloch. If the wait built up any anxiousness, the Blue Devils took it all out on their cross-county rivals with a 10-0 win Saturday evening at Mill Creek Regional Park.
The boys and girls squads of Portal and Claxton spent the entire regular season crafting impressive resumes. But a week full of bad weather, long road trips and surprising upsets has left the state playoff brackets jumbled as play begins this week.
MARTINEZ - Bulloch Academy used a lightning-quick fast break and dominated the defensive boards to pummel Pinewood Christian Academy 65-49 in the GISA Region 4-AAA girls' championship game here Friday.
SANDERSVILLE - An entire season's worth of hard work saw Southeast Bulloch make the state playoffs for the first time since the 2001 season, but the top-seeded Golden Hawks of Washington County saw to it that the Yellow Jackets' playoff stay was a brief one.
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Statesboro Blue Devils assistant basketball and track coach Earl Donaldson, a Statesboro native, was named to the Claflin University Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Feb. 7.
In the history of high school wrestling throughout the state of Georgia, Bulloch Academy's Mitchell Ball has put himself in the most elite company.