It's put up or shut up time tonight as Statesboro welcomes Tri-Cities to Womack Field for the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs.
A new classification, a new set of opponents but the same result.
They might still be a young group, but each passing week leaves the Statesboro defense looking more and more like the dominant Blue Devil defenses of a few years ago.
Pete Nagel signs a letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Georgia. As Metter's ace pitcher, Nagel has been a dominant force on the mound throughout his high school career. "It's a big thrill to be going to Georgia," said Nagel. "You see the talent of the SEC, and it's great to think that they want me to play for them. It'll be a lot of fun to play against the LSU's and South Carolina's of the world."
Lexi Allen signs a letter of intent to play softball for Georgia Southern next season. A four year starter, Allen earned All-Region 3-A honors in each of the last three seasons. "This is like a dream come true," said Allen. "I've been playing softball since I was 10 and I'm grateful for the opportunity to keep playing. I've got a lot of friends and family who have helped me get here, so I'm glad that I can stay near home and have them continue to come cheer me on."
SYLVANIA - They've been a part of four playoff teams at Screven County, advancing to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs three times, but now it's time for Marla Thompson, Tiffany Burns and Rochelle Schuman to go play at the next level.
After a few years spent toiling in the darkness, Corey Walker is helping Portal football climb back into the light.
The Southeast Bulloch football team may be done for the season, but their cheerleaders are still going strong.
The All-Region 3-AA softball team was announced Monday, with seven area athletes making the cut.
What a difference a season makes.
BRUNSWICK - For Statesboro, the third time was the charm.
It was the first time it had happened in seven years and it happened in a really, really big way.
BROOKLET-It wasn't the perfect ending to a long season, but it certainly wasn't terrible, either.
PORTAL – If what they say is true and "all's well that ends well," than all is certainly well in Portal.
JESUP - The Statesboro Blue Devils boys and girls golf teams competed in matches on Thursday in a tournament hosted by Wayne County.
Some shaky weather forecasts put the 46th Annual Statesboro Relays on hold last weekend, but the show went on Monday night at Womack Field.
Statesboro High's Clay Cribbs won a two-hole playoff to take home low medalist at a three-team golf match hosted by the Blue Devils at the Georgia Southern University golf course on Monday.
God must be a track and field fan.
When you're in charge of a 46-year old legacy in the state's track and field scene, the show must go on.
SAVANNAH - The Portal Panthers (7-8, 3-7 Region 3-A) ended region play in style on Friday. , hammering Savannah Country Day 13-1 in five innings.
Statesboro goalkeeper Drew Funk, center, is joined by parents Mike and Lisa as he signs a letter of intent to play soccer for the Savannah College of Art and Design.
A non-region game against a stellar Savannah Country Day squad proved to be too tall an order for the Statesboro girls soccer team as they dropped a 5-1 decision Thursday night at Womack Field.
The Statesboro Blue Devils played host to Effingham County and South Effingham in a golf tournament on Thursday at Forest Heights Country Club, with the Lady Devils placing first and the boys finishing second.
Chase Kirkland, Portal
BROOKLET – Southeast Bulloch High School will send its baseball, soccer, and track teams into competition throughout the rest of the spring in search of region and state recognition, but one of the school's most prestigious and highly decorated squads will wrap up its 2014 campaign this weekend.
PORTAL – An eight-run fifth inning finally put the brakes on a five game losing skid as the Portal Panthers powered their way to a 14-6 victory over Montgomery County Tuesday evening.
MILLEN - The Statesboro High School JROTC Drill Team competed against Area 9 at the last practice meet of the season on Saturday in Jenkins County.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets run-ruled New Hampstead in three innings and Bryce Harnage retired all nine batters he faced as SEB won 15-0.
The Bulloch Academy boys' and girls' track teams have had two overwhelming early-season victories headed into a tell-tale meet at Stratford Academy next week.