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.
It's the final home game for Bulloch Academy and an old rival visits Gator Alley to try and play spoiler for any of BA's post-season dreams.
CLAXTON - A pair of postseason aspirations are on the line tonight as Bryan County travels to The Pecan Grove to take on Claxton in a Region 3E-A showdown.
ADEL - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (22-7-2) went back and fourth on the road against Cook, but took Game 3 in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs with a 7-5 win Thursday.
ADEL - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets (21-7-2) split a doubleheader with Cook Wednesday on the road in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
In a season that Southeast Bulloch has made primarily about power pitching and aggressive, small-ball offense, one of its biggest bats made some noise when they needed it most.