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.
Bulloch Academy seniors Haley Burke, Taylor Collins and Amelia Akins shone during Senior Night to help lift the Lady Gators past Augusta Prep, 50-36, on Friday night.
BROOKLET - With a thrilling 4-3 victory over Jackson High in the first round of the state playoffs, the Lady Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch (12-6-1) are one step closer to advancing to the "Elite Eight" round.
ALBANY – Work hard, be humble and good things will happen.
By MIKE ANTHONY and HORACE HOLLOMAN
Southeast Bulloch's boys soccer team have a tall order in front of them for the first round of the state playoffs. The Yellow Jackets will face a highly-touted Jackson High School today in a first round matchup.
The Southeast Bulloch girls soccer team erased a one-goal deficit, surrendered a two-goal lead, and finally put on an impressive penalty kick display to claim a road victory over Jackson in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs Thursday.
BROOKLET - There's nothing like playing in front of the home crowd, and the Yellow Jackets of Southeast Bulloch plan to take full advantage of the community support.
ALBANY – Senior Ashley Burke and freshman Mattie Wynn Hendrix combined for eight points in the only event final on Day One of the GISA track and field championships at Hugh Mills Stadium.
By HORACE HOLLOMAN
Afforded the opportunity to play at J.I. Clements Stadium, the Gators of Bulloch Academy seemed to want to stay on the field all night. Bulloch battled arch rival Pinewood to a 6-6 stalemate through the regulation seven innings before mounting a huge rally to claim a 12-11 victory Tuesday night.
Slowly but surely, the Portal Panthers' girls track team are beginning to etch their name in the school record books. Last year, the track team crowned its first state champion in Unique Mosley. This year the girls accomplished hoisting the school's first region title in girls track.