BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch missed out on two chances to put Claxton away in their first meeting this season, suffering a double-overtime loss.
The William James Middle School boys compiled a perfect regular season and breezed through the first two rounds of their postseason tournament, but the magic came to an end Saturday afternoon.
PORTAL - Harrison Sherrod sank a layup as time expired to lift the Portal Panthers to a 75-74 win over visiting Turner County on Saturday.
CLAXTON - When Portal and Claxton get together, nothing ever comes easy.
Post players and centers ruled the court Friday night as Bulloch Academy split with Westminster Schools of Augusta in GISA Region 4-AAA action.
Tyler Goodman drilled a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go and Dra Harrison hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds on the clock to lead William James Middle School to a 27-24 win over Richmond Hill on Friday in the semifinals of the Coastal Empire Region tournament.
Ja'Darius Smith drilled a three-pointer with 5.4 seconds left in overtime to lift Bulloch Academy over Bethesda 44-43 Thursday in a GISA Region 4-AAA thriller.
With non-region games and holiday tournaments growing more distant in the rearview mirror, area basketball teams are ready to make a run down the stretch and hopefully continue into the postseason.
Bulloch County turned into a basketball hotbed last season as three varsity squads made runs to the Final Four of their respective state tournaments.
SAVANNAH - With a little more than four minutes left to play it was now or never time for the Portal Panthers, who trailed Calvary Day by eight at the Calvary gym.
BELLVILLE - Pinewood Christian's Jessie Knaus intentionally missed a free throw with 1.3 seconds remaining to give PCA a chance at the game-tying shot, but Bulloch Academy held on for a 49-47 win on Tuesday on the road.
After a crucial Region 3-AAAA sweep over Wayne County Friday night, Statesboro's boys and girls picked up another pair of wins Saturday against Windsor Forest at the Devil's Den.
Bulloch County is no stranger to great teams and amazing athletes, but few individuals can claim to have been as singularly dominant as Bulloch Academy's Mitchell Ball has been on the wrestling mat.
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.
PORTAL - In a showdown between a pair of region rivals who both made the Class A Final Four last season, it was clear which school had peaked and which is looking for even more this time around.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch waged a furious rally to force extra innings after trailing by four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but a five-run explosion from Emanuel County Institute in the top of the 10th inning spurred the Bulldogs on to a 10-5 win Thursday evening.
PORTAL - After 12 innings, 30 hits, 14 errors, and three huge comebacks, Portal's Andy Harlow only had to stand patiently by as a walk ended a wild affair.
BROOKLET - It may have been April 1, but Southeast Bulloch's Bryce Harnage had no intentions of fooling around.
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.