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.
Halfway through the season, the Metter Tigers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers celebrated their homecoming two weeks ago, but a few more alums will get an encore performance when Jenkins County comes to town on Friday night.
BROOKLET - Since taking over at Southeast Bulloch in 2010, head coach Pat Collins has been consistent with his plans for the Yellow Jackets.
DUBLIN - Bulloch Academy's Lanier Olliff and Will Rushing combined for just 16 carries, but the duo amassed 216 yards and five touchdowns as they led the Gators to a dominating 42-16 victory over Trinity Christian School in GISA Region 2-AAA action at Cleve Warnock Stadium Friday night.
Statesboro entered Friday night's game on a two-game winning streak, but the top-ranked Gators from Ware County brought it to a screeching halt.
BROOKLET - It's safe to say that the rough start for Southeast Bulloch is all but forgotten.
The Statesboro Blue Devils are coming off a pair of wins that have given them a spark after an 0-5 start to the season.
PORTAL - The road doesn't get any easier for the Portal Panthers tonight as they face their sixth consecutive opponent that will likely make the Class A state playoff field in November.
Bulloch Academy will have to find a way to derail the 'Payne Train' tonight when they face Trinity Christian School in a key GISA Region 2-AAA matchup at Cleve Warnock Stadium in Dublin.
The Statesboro Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to announce the upcoming addition of six new members.
As the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets entered the 2014 season, they knew that they would need a spark. The entire offensive backfield from last season had graduated, leaving SEB to rely heavily on youth and inexperience.
As the regular season winds down and games become more important, every team wants a solid offensive threat that it can rely on.
DUBLIN - Senior Ashley Burke and freshman Mattie Wynn Hendrix finished first and second respectively to propel the Bulloch Academy girls' cross country team to the GISA Region 2-AAA championship Monday.