Portal fans can finally say it: "We beat Statesboro."
From 1981-1984, Statesboro basketball coach Lee Hill coached a young player named Jeff Brannen. Today - 24 years later - Brannen will attempt to beat his former mentor in a head-to-head matchup for the sixth time when his Portal Panthers face off against Hill's Blue Devils in Georgia Southern's Hanner Fieldhouse.
First off, a Happy New Year to one and all. Hope everyone enjoyed what little time off you may have gotten.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - After another slow start the Georgia Southern men's basketball team rallied to take the lead but was undone by a 61 percent shooting effort in the second half by UNC Greensboro to lose 79-67 Saturday afternoon at Fleming Gym.
It hadn't happened in recent history until Saturday night.
Portal got 24 points from David Buchannon and 19 from Mario Farris to beat Emanuel County Institute 61-52 on Saturday in Portal.
BROOKLET - In a game that saw 53 free throw attempts, it was only fitting that it would be two Robert Johnson foul shots that ended Southeast Bulloch's upset bid over the Region 3-AA defending-champion Josey Eagles (14-1, 5-0) Saturday night.
At 1 p.m. today, Statesboro's Deangelo Tyson will be one of 84 football players on display in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Screven County led by as much as 27, dominating visiting Southeast Bulloch 66-48 Friday in Sylvania.
MILLEN - The Portal Panthers (13-1, 5-0 Region 3-A) picked up their fifth-straight region win as they jumped out to a 19-point, first-quarter lead and never looked back, toppling the Jenkins County Eagles 85-39 on the road Friday night.
Statesboro's winter break hadn't been anything to brag about up until Wednesday night.
Yes, Statesboro still has a basketball program.
The Bulloch Academy boys' basketball program has taken on a European flair with the addition of Arne Bencker.
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METTER - The Metter Tigers (3-4) took their biggest lead of the game on a Jamar Mosley foul shot with 30.6 seconds remaining to go up by seven and held on to beat non-region Treutlen County 59-54 Tuesday night.
There's plenty of issues to discuss in the Southeastern Conference.
HOYLAKE, England - Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chirped to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
RIO DE JANEIRO - No European team has ever won a World Cup played in the Americas. Just one more source of motivation for Germany ahead of Sunday's final against Argentina.
SILVIS, Ill. - Brian Harman is going to play in the final pairing of a PGA Tour stop for the first time. His playing partner is one accomplished part-timer.
NEW YORK - A word of caution to anyone anointing the Cleveland Cavaliers as the NBA favorites.
CHICAGO - Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning Friday that sent the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves 5-4.
SILVIS, Ill. - Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase "defending champion."
ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.
SOUTHPORT, England - Mo Martin had a plan for Royal Birkdale, and it's working better than she imagined at the Ricoh Women's British Open.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.
CLEVELAND - LeBron James' latest decision is in: He's returning to Cleveland.
When it comes to LeBron James, all that's certain is this: One fan base is about to feel scorned, and other is about to feel absolute joy.
SILVIS, Ill. - Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman shot 8-under-par 63s Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic.
RIO DE JANEIRO - The best player in the world goes up against the ultimate team machine, on the world's biggest stage.