PORTAL - A capacity crowd showed up to say goodbye to Portal's seniors Friday night, but if the Panthers get their way, this won't be the last their crowd will see them in action.
The only bad thing about having a class filled with great talent in high school sports is that, eventually, they'll leave, and they'll all go at once.
In 2010, a young group emerged to give Statesboro's girls soccer team a big step forward. Last season, region realignment brought some dominating new teams into the Lady Blue Devils' region, and a year after going 10-5 and advancing to the state playoffs, the Devils slipped to 5-10.
Having one basketball team with a 20-win season would be great for any high school but having two squads with the same kind of success is phenomenal.
The Athlete of the Week feature is usually reserved for individuals, but the special bond between the senior class on Statesboro's girls basketball team deserves to be recognized for what they have accomplished as a group.
Last February, Bulloch Academy's Daniel Hendrix breezed through the 112-pound weight class to earn himself a state title. This season, Hendrix bumped up two weight classes, but kept his accomplishments at their same spectacular level.
SPRINGFIELD - Effingham County defeated Southeast Bulloch, 88-35, in a non-region boys basketball game Tuesday night.
For two years, the Southeast Bulloch boys soccer team was a work in progress. A young team just a couple of seasons ago, the Yellow Jackets have taken their lumps, but are now poised to do damage as the 2012 season is upon them.
ALAMO - Robert Lee scored 24 points, Cory Reese had 17 and Akeem Oglesby had 13 as Portal breezed to a 67-42 win over Wheeler County on Tuesday night. Portal is 21-3, 10-2 in Region 3B-A.
METTER - James Gunn scored 18 points to lead Metter to a 52-49 victory over Claxton in a Region 3A-A boys basketball game Tuesday night.
EVANS - Zaquavian Smith scored 15 points to lead Statesboro High to a 53-52 victory over Lakeside-Evans in a Region 2B-AAAA boys basketball game Tuesday night.
EVANS - Alisia Jenkins scored 14 points to lead Statesboro High to a 55-31 victory over Lakeside-Evans in a Region 2B-AAAA girls basketball game Tuesday night.
METTER - Deetra Williams scored 11 points to lead Claxton to a 63-34 victory over Metter in a Region 3A-A girls basketball game Tuesday night.
Bulloch Academy travelled to the GISA state wrestling tournament in Macon looking forward to a weekend of tough competition and a chance to be crowned the top team in the state.
Earlier in the week, every member of the Statesboro High School boys basketball team suffered the worst loss of his high school career. The 80-34 pummeling at the hands of Effingham County was humbling, but the Blue Devils weren't about to let one loss lead to another.
BROOKLET - In her varsity debut, freshman Emily Barnard scored four goals to lead Southeast Bulloch to a 10-0 season opening victory over Dodge County in girls soccer Thursday at Fred Shaver Field.
Two-time state wrestling champions Justin Lane and Dylan Stuckey lead a talented group of grapplers in a march to Americus this weekend to capture the GISA Class AAA crown.
GUYTON - The last thing Statesboro Coach Lee Hill wanted was a track meet, but that was what he got much to his chagrin.
After three months of grinding competition, prep basketball teams from around the area are priming for one more push that will either send them to the state tournament or send them home for a long offseason.
Bulloch Academy wrestlers won an incredible 12 of 14 weight classes en route to capturing the team's fourth consecutive region title Thursday.
The Statesboro Blue Devils find themselves in a familiar position again back in the state playoffs following their 74-65 win over Richmond Hill Friday night.
SAVANNAH - Lamont Ballard looked like the coolest person in the gym. And, as it turned out he was.