CLAXTON - For the last two seasons, the Claxton boys have been building something on the basketball court. This season, they're hoping that it can all come together.
The Bulloch Academy varsity girls' basketball team kicks off its 2011-12 season today as the Lady Gators welcome seven teams to their gym over a three-day span for the sixth annual Lady Gator Classic.
For Statesboro, the 2011 football season was supposed to be one that reaffirmed dominance and ended in a championship.
MACON - Austin Simmons rushed for 155 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead second-ranked Stratford Academy to a 42-7 over Bulloch Academy in the opening round of the GISA Class AAA playoffs.
It may only be the first round of the playoffs, but tonight's matchup between Statesboro and Thomas County Central has all the makings of a title bout.
In August, Bulloch Academy traveled to Sparta to meet GISA Class AAA megapower Stratford Academy in the John Hancock Preseason Kickoff Classic.
Things weren't looking great for Bulloch Academy during last week's game. With all-important playoff seeding on the line, the Gators trailed rival Pinewood Christian, 21-14, with just over 10 minutes to play.
Claxton's Michael Peel, seated in center, is joined by family and coaches as he signs his letter of intent to play baseball for the University of Georgia next season.
Bulloch Academy has endured a host of changes on the football field this season, but one constant remains. With the GISA state playoffs set to begin this week, the Gators (8-2) are one of just eight teams still in the hunt for the Class AAA title.
Statesboro and Bulloch Academy have playoff games to prepare for this week, but there are a handful of other football teams around the area that are done for the season. Their postseason dreams may have disappeared in the final week of the regular season, but there is a bright future waiting for those players that will return next year.
BELLVILLE - Bulloch Academy scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to outlast Pinewood Christian Academy Friday night and capture its second straight trip to the GISA Class AAA playoffs.
SAVANNAH - Stung by a 71-yard run by Calvary quarterback Jake Clemens the Portal Panthers suffered a second half collapse and dropped a 34-8 play-in game to the Cavaliers Friday night at M.C. Anderson Field.
For the second time in as many seasons, Statesboro is dancing its way into the GHSA state playoffs as a No. 1 seed and a region champion.
The Region 2-AAAA champion will be decided tonight as Ware County comes to Womack Field to take on Statesboro in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
PORTAL - For the last five games, Portal has looked like a state playoff team.
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