BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch learned the tough lesson Saturday night that the Region 3-A schedule will be as brutal as ever.
CLAXTON - As a new year gets underway, it doesn't look as though Claxton wants anything to change from the recent past.
SOPERTON - The Portal Panthers remained perfect in Region 3W-A play and snapped a three-game losing streak Friday with a 57-55 win at Treutlen.
The Bulloch Academy boys scored early and often Thursday night as they pounded David Emanuel Academy 61-35.
It was close early, but a torrid Statesboro run bookended the halftime break as the Blue Devils ran away with a 67-26 victory over Southeast Bulloch Tuesday night at the Devil's Den.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks trailed by as many as 14 points, but fought back for a 53-50 win Tuesday against Burke County.
PORTAL - The nightcap on the final day of the Portal Holiday Classic ended with a bang, but the Panthers just ran out of time.
PORTAL - Nolan Clark, a senior at Portal High School, was selected as one of 20 state finalists in the 2010 Wendy's High School Heisman Award program. "I'm proud of the honor, and it's come after a lot of hard work," said Clark, who is the son of Neal and Joanne Clark of Portal.
PORTAL - An early second half run vaulted Portal into the lead, but Savannah Country Day had a rally of its own up its sleeve as the Hornets earned a 37-34 win Wednesday night at the Portal Holiday Classic.
Poor free throw shooting threatened to doom Statesboro for a second consecutive night, but some clutch performances from the charity stripe in the final minutes paved the way for a 58-52 win over Osborne Tuesday at the Gentlemen's Classic.
PORTAL - Theo Brunner and the Brunswick Pirates were a little too long and a little too strong for Portal.
Portal is no stranger to big holiday basketball tournaments, but this season the Panthers will finally be able to play the role of host.
ALBANY - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets fell three times in the Albany U-Save-It Classic Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
SYLVANIA - It was a dead heat through one half of play, but James Gunn's 3-pointer to open the third quarter gave Metter the lead for good as the Tigers picked up a hard-fought 71-55 victory over Screven County Friday night in Sylvania.
For most wrestlers, winning a state title as a freshman would be a momentous occasion. For Bulloch Academy's Mitchell Ball, it would merely seem like déjà vu.
Terence Hennessy returns to Rogers Field on the campus of Edmund Burke Academy tonight for the first time since he traded his red and white shirts for green and gold ones.
There's no good way to sugarcoat it.
BROOKLET - Over a month into the season, things seemed to be getting a bit dicey for Southeast Bulloch. A state playoff team last season, the Yellow Jackets stumbled their way to an 0-4 start thanks to a very tough slate of games to begin the year.
A season that started in the oppressive heat of August is cranking up the pressure just as the temperatures are cooling off.
Bulloch Academy pounded out 21 hits in two games to overpower Westwood Monday at Gator Alley in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA softball playoffs.
Bulloch Academy scored 23 unanswered points in the second quarter to break open a tight game to defeat the Brentwood Eagles 36-12 Friday night.
Allatoona 62, Alexander 21
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch Head Coach Pat Collins promised his 4-year-old daughter he would do a cartwheel after the Yellow Jackets won a game. Through the first four games of the season, he didn't have the opportunity to fulfill that promise.
CLAXTON - Quarterback Cornelious Taylor led the Claxton Tigers up and down the field and Portal couldn't keep up, as the Panthers fell 31-14 Friday in the Region 3A-A opener for both teams at the Pecan Grove.
DOUGLAS - An already rough season for Statesboro sustained another body blow Friday night as No. 5 Coffee dismantled the Blue Devils by a count of 35-7.
Despite the rough start to the season, Southeast Bulloch's dreams of reaching the state playoffs are within reach, but that journey starts tonight as the Yellow Jackets open subregion play against Beach High School.
In football, it's rare to find sympathy for a struggling team.
PORTAL - A cat fight is in store tonight as the Portal Panthers make the short trip to the Pecan Grove to take on the Claxton Tigers in each team's sub-region opener.
Three steps forward and two steps backward.
In addition to being one of the most electrifying players in the area, Claxton's Zach Grant has dealt with a bit more adversity than the average high school senior.