FORT VALLEY – Statesboro worked hard all year to force a sequel, but wound up with the same unhappy ending as Forest Park came away with a 47-41 victory Friday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Georgia High School Associated Class AAAA state playoffs at Fort Valley State University.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
PORTAL - After three wild innings to open the game, Claxton finally settled down as it defeated Portal by a score of 20-12 Wednesday evening.
Alcovy came to town Tuesday night boasting a high-flying offense, just three losses on the season, and owner of the No. 3 spot in the state rankings.
The Statesboro Lady Blue Devils (3-2, 2-1 Region 2B-AAAA) defeated South Effingham 3-0 Tuesday in a region match.
The Statesboro girls got off to a strong start in the state playoffs, but the road only gets tougher from here.
BROOKLET – Southeast Bulloch recorded its second run-rule victory over Portal in as many weeks as it rolled to a 10-0 victory in five innings Monday evening.
The opening round of the GHSA playoffs is hardly a fitting stage for offensive blunders and poor free throw shooting, but that did not prevent the Portal Panthers (18-11) from using it as such.
Statesboro's pitching proved to be suspect again as the Blue Devils dropped a 10-4 decision to Lee County Saturday afternoon at Mill Creek Regional Park.
Great teams aren't always great. They're just great when they have to be.
Statesboro begins what it hopes will be a long postseason road tonight as it hosts Banneker in the first round of the Georgia High School Association playoffs.
After failing to advance to last season's state basketball tournament, the Portal boys are right back where they know they belong.
THOMASVILLE - The No. 1 seed Thomasville Lady Bulldogs, Region 1-AA champions, defeated the Screven County Lady Gamecocks Friday, 76-60, in the first round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs.
With a second consecutive Region 2-AAAA title already in the books, the Statesboro girls are now setting their sights even higher.
Sally Marie Futch, a senior at Bulloch Academy, signs a letter of intent to become a thrower for Jacksonville's track and field program. Pictured seated left to right: Father Floyd Futch, Sally Marie Futch and mother Dr. Lynn Futch. Standing, left to right: BA athletic director and girls track coach Clint Morgan and BA assistant coach Barbara Conner.
GUYTON - For the first time in its program's young history, the Statesboro volleyball team beat South Effingham. The Lady Blue Devils won 15-25, 25-16, 25-20 to reach the milestone on the road.
Football programs in the counties surrounding Bulloch have seen varying degrees of success over the past few years, but all seem primed to make a run towards the postseason in 2014.