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.
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, First Presbyterian Christian Academy senior center Ahman Muhammad had two inches and at least 40 pounds on Bulloch Academy's Hunter Perry.
The Bulloch Academy Gators suffered a rare down year on the football field last fall, missing out on the state playoffs for the first time in a decade.
BROOKLET - When basketball season began back in November, the Southeast Bulloch boys had a clear goal.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch's baseball season got off to a bit of a shaky start as a few untimely errors proved to be the difference in a 7-3 Savannah Christian victory Wednesday night.
SOPERTON - The Portal Panthers' reign atop Region 3-A came to an end after nearly three years Tuesday night as Treutlen claimed a 68-62 victory in the region's tournament championship game.
SOPERTON - The Claxton girls erased an eight-point deficit in a thrilling semifinal win Monday night, but couldn't make lightning strike twice.
MARTINEZ - John Milledge Academy had a surge of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and held off Bulloch Academy 68-63 on Tuesday in the first round of the GISA Region 4-AAA tournament at Augusta Prep.
Winter weather brought most of Bulloch County to a standstill last week.
The Bulloch Academy middle school Lady Gators won their region title Tuesday, completing the season with a perfect record after a 32-17 win over Thomas Jefferson.
SOPERTON - The Portal girls have been the Cinderella story of the Region 3-A tournament, but midnight finally struck Monday night.
SOPERTON - After Portal received a big scare in its Region 3-A tournament opener last weekend, the Panthers didn't allow for nearly as much drama Monday afternoon.
AUGUSTA - The Richmond Academy and Statesboro girls basketball teams went almost two weeks withoutplaying a game.
SOPERTON -Throughout the first three quarters of Saturday's Region 3-A tournament quarterfinal between Savannah Christian and Portal, it seemed as if Savannah Christian could do no wrong.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets lost to New Hampstead 51-44 on Saturday in the consolation game of the Region 1-AAA tournament.
Winter weather threw a wrench into Statesboro High's Boots in the Boro soccer tournament, but at least some of the games will go on.
SOPERTON - The final brackets for the Class A public school state playoffs won't be known until the middle of next week, but Portal is making a strong case to make the field for a second consecutive season.