There's still a long way to go, but the Statesboro boys and girls track and field teams are both in competition to defend their Region 2-AAAA titles.
After a grueling regular season schedule, a pair of local teams is ready to make a run in the Class-AA postseason.
BROOKLET - The Bryan County girls track team tallied 155 points to claim the 2011 Region 3-A title, and the Jenkins County boys took the top prize with 163 points Thursday at the Region 3-A championships held at Southeast Bulloch Tuesday and Thursday.
MARTINEZ - The Bulloch Academy boys' track team did something Wednesday that no other Gator or Lady Gator team has ever done.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch ended its regular season schedule on a high note, pummeling Liberty County by a score of 13-3 in six innings Wednesday evening.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks cruised past Fitzgerald in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state plauoffs Tuesday to advance to the second round without dropping a set.
After four years spent dazzling Blue Devil fans, Jaqawn Raymond will be showcasing his talent on one of the biggest stages in the country.
With the postseason just around the corner, Bulloch Academy is looking to one of its biggest guns to lead the charge toward the state playoffs.
Although she is only a sophomore, Breanna Gates has already left her mark on the Southeast Bulloch record books.
Bulloch Academy pounded out 11 hits Tuesday against Region 4-AAA foe Trinity Christian School but still came up on the short end of the stick.
After a solid regular season, the Metter Tigers set their sights on an appearance in the Georgia High School Association state baseball playoffs this afternoon as they host Johnson County in the Region 3-A playoffs.
It's been a rough season for Statesboro baseball, but the Blue Devils put a silver lining on their year with a 7-6 win over Evans on Friday night at Mill Creek Regional Park in the last game of their Region 2-AAAA schedule.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets continued to roll, defeating Bryan County by a score of 10-2 Thursday night in a non-region matchup.
AUGUSTA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks (21-2) cruised past Dodge County Thursday at the Fleming Tennis Complex to make it to the Region 3-AA championship, but fell to Bleckley County in the finals to clinch the No. 2 seed in the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
You always want to do well in your final home event of the season.
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.