PORTAL - The second game of Wednesday's doubleheader was one out from becoming official, but Emanuel County Institute's Nikki Ellison belted a two-out single into left field as the rain opened up, and the game was called with the Portal Lady Panthers (2-0) holding a 3-1 advantage.
BROOKLET - Some heads-up base running allowed Ansley Rushing to cross the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (5-2) a 3-2 win over the Brantley County Lady Herons (4-1-1) Tuesday at SEB's home opener.
PORTAL - The Portal softball team won its first ever game against Calvary Day on Tuesday by a score of 6-2 at the Portal Athletic Complex.
After only a handful of victories in 2007, Statesboro looks to get back to its winning ways in 2008 with a slew of upperclassmen and an upper edge in experience.
With so many young players forced onto the field in '07, the silver lining was the playing time the underclassmen now have under the belt going into '08.
Georgia Southern took an early lead in the second half and never looked back winning the first exhibition game of the season 2-1 over Georgia State.
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.
By WILL GRAVES
ORLANDO, Fla. - Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 95-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
In a tightly contested pitcher's duel Tuesday night at Mill Creek Park, the Statesboro High School Blue Devils came out on top 5-2 against Effingham County to extend the team's winning streak to eight games and a perfect 4-0 region record.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
OMAHA, Neb. - Le'Bryan Nash stared at his feet, unable to speak. His teammate, Anthony Hickey, patted him gently on the back. Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford gave him an encouraging nod.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely won't return this season.
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Even though he won 10 games for the marlins last season, Tom Koehler isn't considering himself a lock for Miami's rotation.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The UAB Blazers may not have a football program anymore. They do have the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament and hope they can give their university something to rally around.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Jim Boeheim became the face of Syracuse University over the past five decades, first as player, then as coach - revered for wins and delivering a national title to a struggling city in 2003. But the coda to his decorated career has become tinged with undeniable blemishes, laid out in harsh penalties for violations the NCAA says show Boeheim and the university lost control of athletics.
DeleteINDIANAPOLIS- Butler is heading back to the NCAA Tournament with a new resume and an old mantra.
You can still count on two hands how many players walked away from a pro football career with more good days likely ahead of them than behind.
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.