Sporting notes compiled while happily watching the Braves batter the Pirates bullpen Wednesday night:
For the Statesboro track and field team, 2008 has been anything but a normal season.
When thinking of a star tennis player, the image that comes to mind is average height and build with a exceptional backhand.
Approaching Saturday's Plankenhorn invitational - Southeast Bulloch's annual track meet participated in by teams from all over southeast Georgia and all GHSA classifications - the Portal Panthers are pleased with the way their program is coming together.
BROOKLET - With Saturday's annual Plankenhorn Invitational looming, Southeast Bulloch picked up two big wins Wednesday in a five-team meet.
Crawford Simmons pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits, propelling Statesboro to a 2-1 win Monday at Mill Creek over visiting Evans.
BROOKLET - Brittany Hood scored four times as the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (9-3, 3-3 Area 3-AA/A) avenged a March loss in Sylvania with a 4-0 area win over visiting Screven County Tuesday at Fred Shaver Field.
Two Bulloch Academy seniors will get the chance to perform on the gridiron in front of the hometown crowd on Saturday afternoons.
The William James boys track team won its third straight Coastal Empire title over the weekend, besting seven other teams.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The 2008 Southern Conference football schedule was announced by Commissioner John Iamarino. Samford joins the league for the 2008 season, bringing league membership to nine for football. Each team will play eight conference contests over a 13-week span.
Bulloch Academy took batting practice Monday afternoon but it wasn't Gator head coach Daryl Evans who pitched - it was Robert Toombs' Trey Wingate, Joseph Holmes and Matt Parker.
I'd like to start this week off by sending a warm and gracious 'Thank You' to the fine folks over at Georgia Southern.
Bulloch County sure is going to miss them, but there's one last chance to see them play.
Auburn University's Football Lettermen Club recently named Statesboro's Waymon Reese as the first recipient of its "Letterman of the Year" award. The award was presented to his wife, Genelda, at the club's annual appreciation night earlier this month.
Southeast Bulloch High School has announced its Hall of Fame inductees for 2008. They are as follows:
SHANGHAI - Graeme McDowell typically looks at the leaderboard more often at the start of a tournament. It gives him a sense of how the course is playing and what score he might need to contend at the finish.
When Syracuse played defending national champion Florida State the only thing surprising about the outcome was the score.
Too often, the so-called Battle of Ohio has been about as tasty as week-old Skyline Chili.
Georgia's bobwhite quail season comes in later this month and that is the best news I can give you.
MIAMI - The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez gave his cousin nearly $1 million last year to keep secret Rodriguez's use of performance enhancing drugs.
Jahlil Okafor has yet to play a game for Duke. The hype surrounding his arrival is all pegged to potential and what he accomplished against high school players.
CHICAGO - Joe Maddon's unusual road to the manager's office at Wrigley Field included a job interview at an RV park in Pensacola, Florida. The first public stop was a bar across the street from the iconic ballpark, where Maddon offered to buy a beer and a shot for everyone in the room.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina has tried for years to remove the stain of an academic scandal that began with an office administrator setting up sham classes to help struggling students - only to see things get worse.
SHANGHAI - Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is among the longest hitters in golf. When he's hitting it straight, it can be a dangerous combination.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.
Back in 2010, New Orleans went 11-5 and Seattle was 7-9. But the Saints were a wild card for the playoffs and the Seahawks won their division.