SYLVANIA - When the 2011 softball season began, Screven County had more questions than answers.
Many high-schoolers would find it hard to live up to expectations after being named to an All-State team in their sophomore season.
Three weeks ago, Southeast Bulloch was stunned as longtime rival Screven County came to town and took away a 1-0 victory.
PEMBROKE - The Bryan County Lady Redskins (22-7) wrapped up the regular season with a pair of wins over Effingham County Tuesday at home.
PORTAL - For three weeks, the Portal Panthers were forced to lick their wounds. Two consecutive blown second half leads and a tough sub-region road loss would be enough to dishearten most teams, but Portal bounced back with a vengeance in its 29-6 victory over Montgomery County last week.
SAVANNAH - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets finished the regular season the same way it started - a two-run win over Calvary Day.
For much of the first half of the season, Statesboro - while ranked near the top of the state polls - has looked like a vulnerable team. In closing out the second half of last Friday's win over Lakeside, Evans to move to 5-0 on the season, the Blue Devils showed why so many pollsters think that they are such a dangerous team.
Bulloch Academy senior catcher Taylor Collins played her final regular-season game at home Monday.
Statesboro hasn't notched many style points this season.
Delete Third-ranked Westfield held Bulloch Academy to under 100 yards of total offense as the Hornets won an ugly 17-0 slugfest in the stifling humidity at Gator Alley Friday night.
PORTAL - After trading turnovers with the Montgomery County High School Eagles (0-4) in the opening seconds of the game, the Portal Panthers (2-3) never looked back and rushed their way to their first home victory behind senior running back Trai Gadson 29-6.
BROOKLET-For Southeast Bulloch, the season is becoming a trial by fire, but the fire may finally be forging something positive.
After four straight wins to open the season, tonight is the night that things start to get serious for Statesboro. The No. 3 Blue Devils host Lakeside, Evans tonight at Womack Field in each team's opening game of Region 2-AAAA play.
Bulloch Academy has had Pajama Day, Flashback Day, Hillbilly Day and Happy Birthday to BA during Homecoming activities this week.
PORTAL - With sub-region play in full swing, now is the time for Portal to make its move.
The Bulloch Academy Gators already have five games in the books, but more than half of their schedule is still in front of them.
The Bulloch Academy Lady Gators have seen a long run of excellence on the softball diamond. Unsurprisingly, each year seems to bring about a new group of veteran leaders who lead the team through a tough region slate and on into the postseason.
DUBLIN - Seniors Kristin Kingery and Powell Fennell had three hits each to lead Bulloch Academy to a 5-2 victory over Trinity Christian School Thursday in GISA Region 2-AAA action.
Alpharetta 35, Lambert 17
A big running back and an even bigger offensive line usually mean a win every time.
GUYTON - The Statesboro Blue Devils continued their early season struggles Friday, dropping a 17-0 decision at South Effingham in being shut out for the second time in three games.