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.
Youngsters around the community showed off their football skills this week during the Gator Elementary Fundamental Football Camp hosted by Bulloch Academy.
Pretty soon, the winter won't be the only time of year in which the area's top basketball talent is on display.
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