When the basketball season tipped off in November, Southeast Bulloch wasn't exactly sure where its scoring would come from. The Yellow Jackets had been an improved team in 2012-13, but leading scorer Devontae Tremble had graduated.
The top storylines of the year in prep sports:
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers didn't have much trouble in their first two games at the Portal Holiday Classic, but a rough shooting night prevented them from making it a clean sweep as South Effingham claimed a 59-53 victory Monday night in the final game of the tournament.
MACON - In the championship game of the Tattnall Square Holiday Classic, the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators suffered their first loss of the season, 50-40, to tournament host Tattnall Square Academy.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers ripped of a 16-0 run to begin the second half and never looked back, cruising to a 61-45 win over Georgia Military in the final game of Saturday's action at the Portal Holiday Classic.
The Statesboro Blue Devils took an early 17-6 lead and never looked back as they knocked off South Carolina's Battery Creek 64-48 on Saturday in the finale of the Gentlemen's Classic at the Devils' Den.
A night after coming up just short in a high-scoring shootout, the drama continued for Statesboro at the Gentlemen's Classic.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers closed out Worth County in the fourth quarter and won 71-64 on Friday in the finale on the opening day of the Portal Holiday Classic.
The Gentlemen's Classic hosted by Statesboro High didn't waste any time in bringing the drama as Osborne defeated Statesboro in a high-flying 92-89 decision in the first of three nights of action Thursday at the Devil's Den.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers prepare to send off 2013 in style as they host their annual Holiday Classic beginning today and running through Monday.
ALBANY - Zaquavian Smith scored a team-high 29 points as the Statesboro Blue Devils knocked off Early County 84-61 on Saturday at the U-Save-It tournament in Albany.
BROOKLET - For the first time in her high school career, Southeast Bulloch's Jasmine Roberts is on a basketball team that is striking fear into opponents.
Trees are decorated, school is just about out and radio stations are pumping out the carols nonstop, but it isn't quite Christmas until the Statesboro boys basketball team has taken on some of Georgia's best at the annual U-Save-It tournament on the road at Albany.
The East division of Region 3-A is one of the most competitive regions in the state for football, but Portal and Claxton managed to place an impressive 22 players on the All-Region squad for the recently-completed season.
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.