PORTAL - It is an old cliché: keep your friends close and your enemies closer. For Portal, they don't come much closer than Emanuel County Institute, home of the Panthers' mortal enemy, the Bulldogs.
Big, strong and fast are the adjectives Bulloch Academy head football coach Clint Morgan uses when he talks about his squad's next GISA Region 1-AAA opponent, the fourth-ranked Sherwood Christian Eagles.
As the Region 2A-AAAA race heats up, Statesboro appears to be in top form.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch tries to shake off a four-game slide tonight as the Yellow Jackets travel to Eastman to take on Dodge County.
Will Rushing, Andrew Howell and Jake Hagan each scored touchdowns as Bulloch Academy blasted Robert Toombs 26-6 in junior varsity football action Thursday.
SYLVANIA - Screven County took down Southeast Bulloch by a count of 8-4 to sweep their doubleheader and clinch the consolation series of the Region 3-AA tournament Wednesday evening in Sylvania.
PERRY - Three runs were all that separated the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators from their first-ever GISA Class AAA fast-pitch softball Final Four.
It was Lauren Dennard's first postseason experience, but she looked like a seasoned veteran.
Dequan Daniels may not have seen any varsity action on the football field last season, but anyone who saw Daniels, now a sophomore, take on the 100-meter dash during track and field season knew what was coming this year.
Statesboro has run wild through the opening half of its schedule and among all of the weapons at its disposal in the backfield, it's a sophomore that is leading the way.
Screven County and Southeast Bulloch figured that they might meet again - just not under these circumstances.
During the regular season, Bulloch Academy head softball coach Chandler Dennard would often hold his breath when the ball was hit to one of his fielders.
Scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth, the sixth-ranked Screven County Lady Gamecocks (22-7) earned a double header split with the visiting, seventh-ranked Dodge County Squaws (24-7) to send their 3AA semifinal playoff series to a deciding third game. The contest will be Monday in Eastman at 5 p.m.
COCHRAN - Bleckley County swept a pair of games from Southeast Bulloch Saturday to advance to the championship round of the Region 3-AA softball tournament.
Statesboro and Effingham County were putting on quite a display before Dequan Daniels ran away with the show.
The Bulloch Academy varsity softball team will do its part to bring an end to a horribly devastating disease by hosting the third annual Miriam Burnette Memorial "Striking Out Alzheimer's" softball tournament on July 30-31.
Barbara Conner, the backbone of Bulloch Academy for nearly 30 years, was recently inducted to the Georgia Independent School Association Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
BROOKLET - No matter the strategy of any football team, it's pretty likely that the team's head coach will preach special teams as one of the most important factors for success.
With Friday night's Fourth of July celebrations fresh in the minds of local residents, it's hard to believe that in just 50 days the midair explosions of fireworks will be replaced with the pad-crunching hard hits of Statesboro High football.
The Statesboro High baseball season is a distant memory and the Blue Devils' now-graduated star Jackson Ware has been committed to play at Mercer for over seven months.
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