It takes a lot to be a student athlete. Aside from the everyday demands of keeping up with schoolwork, there are long hours in the weight room and at practice that have to be put in.
As players progress through their high school careers, it's up to them to take on more responsibility and help their team make progress.
Bulloch Academy senior Jaylen Evans has been selected to play in the 2011 Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) All-Star football game Saturday in Macon.
Bulloch Academy held its Fall Sports Awards ceremony for middle-school student-athletes recently. Major award winners were (front row, l-r) Anna Kate Cook (girls' cross country, coaches award); Jan Marie Page (cheerleading, leadership); Dailey Averitt (cheerleading, most spirited); back row l-r, Lanier Olliff (football, best offense); Hunter Perry (football, best defense); Hannah Dasher (softball, best offense) and Chandler Williams (boys' cross country, coaches award). Not pictured: Ansley Daughtry (softball, best defense).
The 2011 football season held a great deal of promise for Statesboro High, but - like so many other schools around the state - the end goal was simply not meant to be.
Shaking off the cobwebs after the quick break over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Statesboro girls got right back to top form. Hosting Swainsboro Saturday night at the Devil's Den, Statesboro got out in front quickly and never looked back in cruising to a 61-17 victory.
After signing her letter of intent to attend the University of South Florida last week, Statesboro's Alisia Jenkins showed exactly why she was recruited to play at the collegiate level.
For Claxton's Michael Peel, a player of the year award was four years in the making. Peel entered his high school career as a lanky freshman with a good head for football. He was trusted to direct the Tigers' running game from under center, but gradually proved himself to be an effective passer and broadened his role.
If Statesboro's annual tournament really is 'Ladies Night Out,' it's no secret as to what team has V.I.P. status at the party.
The Statesboro girls got their 2011-12 home schedule off to a great start, steamrolling Claxton by a final count of 63-32 Monday night in the SHS Ladies Night Out tournament.
For the last few years, the question hasn't been whether or not Statesboro can succeed, but rather how far it can go.
Senior Haley Burke scored a game-high 14 points and junior Anna Newton added 13 as Bulloch Academy defeated Robert Toombs Christian Academy, 55-24, Thursday night in the final game of the sixth annual Lady Gator Classic basketball tournament.
Statesboro Lady Blue Devils forwards Alisia Jenkins and Sierra Kirkland have run roughshod over the competition on the basketball court for the last three seasons. The duo still has one more season to play for the Devils, but both are also on their way to the next level.
BROOKLET - After a few down seasons, Southeast Bulloch is looking to rebound on the basketball court this season.
PORTAL - On senior day, the Portal Panthers didn't go down without a fight.
BROOKLET - After an 0-4 start to the 2014 season, the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets are now one step away from earning their second consecutive trip to the state Class AAA playoffs.
BRUNSWICK - It seems all too fitting that terror ruled the night on Halloween.
The Portal Panthers started the year with back-to-back wins, but they knew the schedule would get tougher as the year went on.
In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America and the nation's first African-American commander-in-chief. Pilot Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger successfully crash landed a U.S. Airways jetliner with 155 people on board in the Hudson River.
Struggles at the beginning of the season put Statesboro in an unfamiliar spot.
BROOKLET - Southeast Bulloch has passed the first test, but there is still plenty more work to be done.
SYLVANIA - When Ron Duncan arrived at Screven County prior to the 2012 season, the Gamecocks were in a decade-long rut.
Halfway through the season, the Metter Tigers found themselves with their backs against the wall.
PORTAL - The Portal Panthers celebrated their homecoming two weeks ago, but a few more alums will get an encore performance when Jenkins County comes to town on Friday night.
BROOKLET - Since taking over at Southeast Bulloch in 2010, head coach Pat Collins has been consistent with his plans for the Yellow Jackets.