new basketball season may mean a leaner and meaner look for the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets will host their first game in their brand new basketball facility today as the Statesboro Blue Devils come to town to take on SEB for the second time in the young 2007-08 season.
It's been a quick transition from the football field to the basketball court for many Portal Panthers, and for Steven Cox, it's no exception.
TWIN CITY – After last week's pummeling of Seminole County, the Bulldogs of Emanuel County Institute welcomed Dooly County to town as they rolled into Rountree Stadium for the second round of the 2007 state football playoffs. Though the Bobcats' record was a formidable 10-1 entering the contest, the Bulldogs made quick work of their latest victims, gaining the upper hand early and refusing to let go as they cruised to a 35-0 victory.
The Screven County Gamecocks are one win better and one seed higher heading into the GHSA Class-AA State Playoffs than they were in 2006. While the improvement is nice, SCHS won't settle. The goal is to advance in the playoffs.
By MATT YOGUS
The Portal Panthers knew they would have a big gap to fill in 2007 when senior and leading scorer Fred Williams played his last game of the season in the 2006 GHSA state playoffs, but with some familiar faces and some new additions, PHS hopes it will not miss a beat.
TWIN CITY – Last season, the Bulldogs of Emanuel County rolled into the state playoffs as the top ranked team, only to walk away with a devastating first round loss. Ranked number one yet again this season, it is evident that they plan on sticking around a bit longer. The Bulldogs rolled to victory in their first round game against visiting Seminole County, pasting the Indians by a score of 49-23.
Southeast Bulloch (0-1) kept it close for the first two quarters, but the Statesboro Blue Devils (1-0) outscored the Yellow Jackets 43-22 in the second half to open their season with a 64-38 home win Saturday night.
Steve Pennington put it best earlier in the week: "As long as we still got a breath, we still have a chance."
BAINBRIDGE - Bainbridge scored 28 unanswered points and rode a dominant second half effort to beat Statesboro 28-14 Friday at Centennial Field in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA playoffs.
The Blue Devils are looking for leaders.
There's no avoiding that big elephant in the corner of the room over there. Emanuel County Institute was in this exact position just one year ago - a 10-0 record, a region 3-A title and a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. Result: A 10-6 loss to Hawkinsville.
Washaun Ealey's numbers are unreal.
The Bulloch Academy varsity girls' basketball team kicks off its 2007-08 season tonight by hosting the second annual Lady Gator Classic.
PHOENIX - Domestic violence. Questionable discipline. Player safety. Confusing officiating. Deflated footballs.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump.
ATLANTA - Al Horford scored 23 points, including a tying basket after Philadelphia took its first lead late in the game, and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after squandering a 21-point lead to beat the 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night and stretch their franchise-record winning streak to 19 games.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks overcame 37 points by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge to extend their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games by beating the Trail Blazers 105-99 on Friday night.
PHOENIX - Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL:
Danny Ferry can only watch from afar, surely with plenty of satisfaction at the juggernaut he created, undoubtedly offset by a sense of melancholy that he's not along for the ride.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - The mother of the man who former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing was overcome with emotion Friday as a prosecutor showed the jury graphic photos of her son's body at the industrial park where he was found.
MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis.
PHOENIX - Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he's C-SPAN - minus the information.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Tiger Woods helped attract a record, raucous crowd to the Phoenix Open on Thursday, the first big event in a week that concludes with the Super Bowl.
College football's free-agent market is open and Oregon is searching for the next Russell Wilson to replace Marcus Mariota.
PHOENIX - Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.
MELBOURNE - It was difficult to tell who was more pleased with reaching the Australian Open semifinals: No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, advancing to his 25th at a Grand Slam tournament, or 19-year-old Madison Keys, who beat Venus Williams to get into her first.
Mark Gonzalez scored in the 66th and 75 minutes, rallying Chile to a 3-2 exhibition win over the United States on Wednesday night that sent the Americans to their first five-game winless streak since 2007.