After a pair of impressive runs through the playoffs, both Southeast Bulloch and Bryan County saw their softball seasons come to an end Friday afternoon in Columbus at the GHSA Elite Eight.
Southeast Bulloch and Bryan County both got off to rocky starts in their first games at the GHSA Elite Eight state softball tournament in Columbus on Thursday afternoon.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch will play its season finale next week, but tonight will be a bittersweet game for the Yellow Jackets.
Statesboro will be going for an undefeated regular season tonight when it takes on Greenbrier at 7:30 p.m. in Evans.
PORTAL – When David NeSmith took over at Portal in May, there were a lot of questions hanging around a program that had won just six games in the previous four seasons.
BROOKLET - For the last few years, Region 3-AA has been a force in the state softball tournament.
PEMBROKE - Two years ago, Bryan County softball coach Al Butler knew he had something brewing when a young group of sophomores fought their way into the Elite Eight of the Class-A state playoffs.
Trailing Wheeler County 7-0 in last week's pivotal Region 3-A game, Portal needed a spark. Showing some senior leadership, Isiah Rich stepped up and made something happen.
For the third straight season, Bryan County is in the Elite Eight of the Class A state playoffs.
When Statesboro last went under the Friday night lights, it was still in a battle for control of its sub-region.
By RAHN HUTCHESON
PORTAL - Nearly half of Portal's roster was on the field to be recognized at Senior Night Friday. If the Panthers keep playing like they have been, those 15 seniors might still have plenty of games to look forward to.
CLAXTON-Special teams became the deciding factor for Bryan County's (6-2, 2-2) 13-12 win over the Claxton Tigers (4-4, 1-4). Sophomore kicker Ty Wilson would hit a pair of field goals from 28 and 15 yards to give the Redskins the edge.
Bulloch Academy made its final home game of the season a memorable one as the Gators trounced longtime rival Trinity Christian School 35-7 Friday night.
PORTAL - With wins in each of its last three games, Portal has found itself at the top of the sub-region standings. Tonight, the Panthers (4-3, 3-1 Region 3-A) will try to stay on the right track as it hosts Wheeler County at 7:30 p.m.
By MIKE ANTHONY and HORACE HOLLOMAN
Southeast Bulloch's boys soccer team have a tall order in front of them for the first round of the state playoffs. The Yellow Jackets will face a highly-touted Jackson High School today in a first round matchup.
The Southeast Bulloch girls soccer team erased a one-goal deficit, surrendered a two-goal lead, and finally put on an impressive penalty kick display to claim a road victory over Jackson in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs Thursday.
BROOKLET - There's nothing like playing in front of the home crowd, and the Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch plan to take full advantage of the community support.
ALBANY – Senior Ashley Burke and freshman Mattie Wynn Hendrix combined for eight points in the only event final on Day One of the GISA track and field championships at Hugh Mills Stadium.
By HORACE HOLLOMAN
Afforded the opportunity to play at J.I. Clements Stadium, the Gators of Bulloch Academy seemed to want to stay on the field all night. Bulloch battled arch rival Pinewood to a 6-6 stalemate through the regulation seven innings before mounting a huge rally to claim a 12-11 victory Tuesday night.
Slowly but surely, the Portal Panthers' girls track team are beginning to etch their name in the school record books. Last year, the track team crowned its first state champion in Unique Mosley. This year the girls accomplished hoisting the school's first region title in girls track.
Southeast Bulloch's Stephen Mikell epitomizes the phrase "student athlete." The 18-year-old No. 1 singles player for the Yellow Jackets capped off his senior season by going undefeated on the tennis court while still maintaining a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.
For the second straight season, Bulloch Academy travels to Atlanta to face Holy Spirit Prep in the 'Elite Eight' of the GISA Class AAA girls' soccer playoffs.
For six years, the Southeast Bulloch school record for the 4x400 time was 3:28.88, that is until Cecil McCollum, Ladarion Fonseca, Javarious Spaulding and Justin Youmans shattered it by one second in one of the biggest meets of the season.