PORTAL - After struggling through the 2006 season, the Portal Lady Panthers turned things around in 2007, putting together a 7-5 record in Region 3-A under first-year coach Shannon Davis.
The anticipation began building two weeks ago when football practice started at schools all around our area.
Listening to FavreSPN radio late Friday night on the drive back from Hinesville, the question was posed on whether or not Michael Phelps' performance will turn swimming into a mainstream American sport.
REIDSVILLE - The Southeast Bulloch softball team took second place in the Glenville Bank and Trust Tournament this weekend in Tattnall County.
HINESVILLE - The Statesboro Blue Devils missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt as time expired to tie Bradwell Institute 14-14 in a preseason scrimmage Friday.
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets have one of the most dominant pitchers in the state in senior Megan Barnwell, a string of trips to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AA State Playoffs, and having lost only two seniors from 2007's 21-8 (14-3, Region 3-AA) squad, they look to keep up the momentum.
And this time around, there's one roadblock they hope to pass.
SYLVANIA - Defending the Region 3-AA title was no easy task in 2007 for the Screven County Lady Gamecocks.
Statesboro will get a chance to evaluate itself tonight when they travel to Hinesville to face Bradwell Institute in a preseason scrimmage.
METTER - The days of record-setting quarterback Zach Stanford in the Georgia Dome are a distant memory in Metter, but the Tigers feel that after back-to-back winless seasons in Region 3-AA, it's time to get back on track.
MACON - Bulloch Academy finished third in the 10-team Windsor Academy girls' varsity fast-pitch softball tournament over the weekend at Freedom Park.
I am a Child of the Braves - so forgive me if two weeks ago I made a promise to myself to quit mentioning the Atlanta Baseball Club and their pursuit to make the postseason.
Bulloch Academy vs. Memorial Day - Thursday, August 7.
Bulloch Academy fans got their first look at the Gators' football team Thursday night at Gator Alley where BA took on Memorial Day School in a controlled scrimmage in unseasonably cool conditions.
No score, nor time, was kept in the contest. Each team got ten plays on offense whether or not a score or turnover occurred.
The Georgia Southern University golf program will have three representatives in the upcoming U.S. Amateur Championships.
Emanuel County Institute's football team went undefeated in 2007 on their way to the school's first-ever Class A state championship.
NEW ORLEANS - Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game.
PASADENA, Calif. - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
Gordon loose on Auburn, there was no stopping the nation's leading rusher.
The main question for the NFL's weekend of wild-card games is who will advance, of course. The next big query: Who do you trust?
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State
Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time re-living the Georgia Southern Eagles sweeping the Sun Belt Conference through the eyes of Herald Staff Photographer Scott Bryant.