CAIRO - Statesboro had to travel to the southwest corner of Georgia Friday night to take on the Cairo Syrupmakers, but life is still pretty sweet for the Blue Devils.
BROOKLET - It's playoff time in Georgia and for the first time since 2003, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets are invited to the party.
If the town feels a little less crowded today, it's likely because of a few hundred Statesboro High fans making their way across the state as the Blue Devils take on Cairo in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
With most of last season's Final Four squad returning this year, the sky is the limit for the Statesboro boys' basketball squad.
This year's Metter seniors began their high school football careers in Mike West's first season as head coach of the Tigers. Tonight, they'll all experience their first state playoff game as they take on Lamar County - No. 1 seed out of Region 4-AA and top-ranked Class AA team in the state.
BROOKLET - There was a time not too long ago that students at Southeast Bulloch High school and residents of Brooklet spent their Fridays in the fall trying to find something to fill the evening. For nearly a decade, undersized and outmanned Yellow Jacket football teams struggled while their fan base followed suit.
Statesboro's Sherrodric Rawls is well aware of the fact that he and the rest of his senior teammates only get one more crack at the playoffs and he intends to make the most of it. The Blue Devils came within seconds of the state championship game in Rawls' freshman season, but haven't advanced farther than the first round since.
It's a postseason party and plenty of area teams are invited.
AUGUSTA - Two plays into Friday's Region 3-AAAA play-in game, the Statesboro Blue Devils found themselves trailing Glenn Hills 6-0.
PORTAL - Trailing by five with 5:45 remaining, Portal needed to go 80 yards to score the go-ahead touchdown in the Panthers' final game of the season.
BAXLEY - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets traveled to Baxley to face the Appling County Pirates on Friday, with a potential region title on the line. The Yellow Jackets fell short 42-21 and finish third in the final Region 1-AAA standings for 2013.
BELLVILLE - All week long, Bulloch Academy's coaching staff had warned their players about Pinewood Christian Academy quarterback Dalton Johnson.
The do-or-die portion of the season begins a week early for the Statesboro Blue Devils as they make the trip up to Augusta tonight to take on Glenn Hills in the Region 3-AAAA play-in round.
BROOKLET - No matter what Southeast Bulloch does in tonight's game against Appling County in Baxley, the Yellow Jackets know that they're headed to the Class AAA state playoffs.
Georgia Southern vs. Furman, Statesboro vs. Wayne County, Portal vs. Metter, Southeast Bulloch vs. Screven County - great rivalries help players get motivated for great games.
After calling off all of Wednesday's scheduled games at the Region 3-A basketball tournament in Treutlen, more icy conditions have caused Thursday's slate of games to be canceled as well.
Statesboro's soccer seasons have had to sit on the sidelines as winter weather postponed the scheduled season openers for both the boys and girls this week.
BROOKLET - As the Region 1-AAA boys tournament began Tuesday evening, Southeast Bulloch knew exactly what the task was.
AUGUSTA - Richmond Academy exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter and eliminated the Statesboro Blue Devils from the Region 3-AAAA tournament with a 66-58 win on Tuesday in Augusta.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch girls had to fight and claw through the majority of their Region 1-AAA tournament opener Monday night, but a steady resolve and a big fourth quarter run paved the way for a 56-38 victory over Appling County.
Bulloch Academy wrestlers won three individual state championships and led the team to its second consecutive state runner-up trophy in the GISA Class AAA state traditional tournament this past weekend.
With nearly three months of regular season play in the books, area basketball teams are now preparing for their region tournaments with eyes set on the ultimate prize of landing a spot in the state playoffs.
IRWINTON - Portal's regular season came to an end on Friday as the Panthers defeated Wilkinson County 64-60 on the road.
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Bulloch Academy senior center Chelsea Oglesby scored a career-high 25 points and senior guard Danielle Atkinson added some last-second defensive heroics as the Lady Gators nipped arch-rival Pinewood 55-53 in overtime Tuesday night.
GUYTON - Jaylan Rawls had a career night scoring 37 points and leading the Statesboro Blue Devils to an 84-80 win over South Effingham on the road on Monday.
PORTAL- Over the last few years, any showdown between the boys of Claxton and Portal has been likely to hold plenty of Region 3-A significance and almost guaranteed to be a nip-and-tuck matchup.