PORTAL - When the Portal Panthers changed up their coaching staff and offense in the middle of spring practice, it seemed as though they were put squarely behind the eight ball. After their first game of the 2011 season, it looks like they're ahead of the game.
CLAXTON - What is the best way to put a program on course for a chance to win its first playoff game since 2001? Well, in the case of the Claxton Tigers, beating a rival for the first time in that same span is as good a start as any.
As 11 schools descended on Mill Creek Regional Park this weekend, the host team couldn't take advantage. Statesboro hung in with some tough opponents, but ultimately dropped all five of its contests at the Battle in the Boro.
BROOKLET - Cory Walker did a little bit of everything when Portal's season kicked off at Fred Shaver Field.
Brunswick showed why it is such a fierce rivalry, but Statesboro showed why it has won the last three games in the series as the Blue Devils outlasted their opponents and pulled away late for a 35-14 season-opening win Friday night at Womack Field.
STILLMORE - Bulloch Academy rolled up over 400 yards of total offense as the Gators demolished David Emanuel Academy 40-6 Thursday night to give Ronnie Hodges his first win as a head coach in 34 years.
To kick off the brand new season, Statesboro is welcoming in a very familiar rival.
BROOKLET - Last season, Southeast Bulloch was able to end a long losing streak with a win over cross-county rival Portal. This year, SEB wants to prove that it was no fluke.
One of the largest high school softball tournaments in all of Georgia takes place this weekend as 13 teams descend on Mill Creek Regional Park for the annual Battle in the Boro tournament hosted by Statesboro.
LOUISVILLE - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (8-2, 2-0 Region 3A-AA) remained unbeaten in region play with a 9-1, six-inning win at Jefferson County Thursday.
Forget the spring drills, the passing camps, and the two-a-days. Tonight, football officially returns as Bulloch Academy travels to Stillmore to take on David Emanuel Academy in the 2011 season opener.
Athletic legends from Statesboro's past have a chance to be remembered forever as nominations for the Statesboro Athletic Hall of Fame are currently being accepted.
A youth movement is underway at Southeast Bulloch, and while sophomore quarterback Keagan Carter may have to wait his turn to get to the top of the depth chart, he made his playing time in the preseason count.
All of the hard offseason work that they've been putting in boils down to this week.
Bulloch Academy freshman Ashley Burke and senior Emily Morgan finished one-two to lead the Lady Gators to a team victory in their first cross country meet of the season.
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.