PORTAL - The Portal Panthers have not won a state playoff game for as long as anyone can remember, so Saturday night's down-to-the-wire victory over the visiting Patriots of Wilcox County was extra sweet.
Stateboro knew its mission coming into Saturday night's contest with Whitewater. After 32 minutes: mission accomplished.
The Statesboro Lady Blue Devils couldn't overcome a 15 point second half deficit, eventually falling to Westlake 59-50 in Atlanta on Friday in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA first round.
SYLVANIA - The Screven County Lady Gamecocks proved to be too much for the visiting Lady Blue Tide of Long County, advancing to the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs with a 67-36 Friday night victory.
The Bulloch Academy boy's basketball team picked up a 44-30 victory over the Heritage Hawks Thursday in the first round of the GISA Class AA state tournament at Middle Georgia College in Cochran. With the win, BA advances to the Elite Eight and will play Westminster Christian Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at MGC.
Saturday at 7 p.m. the Portal Panthers will welcome Wilcox County, one of Class A's top 10 teams boasting a 21-5 record. Does that make the homestanding Panthers an underdog?
BROOKLET - The Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (2-1-1) took on Toombs County (1-1-1) on Thursday night, and the strength of SEB was enough to overcome the team speed of the visiting Lady Bulldogs, as SEB won 2-0.
The Jenkins County Lady Eagles will go on the road to take on the Lady Vikings of Treutlen County in the first round of the state playoffs tonight, and JCHS coach Randy Cooper and his girls want to take a no-nonsense approach.
The Whitewater Wildcats are coming to town Saturday, and rumor has it they may be bringing a pretty big crowd with them. With that in mind, coach Lee Hill hopes the Blue and White nation will do its part to fill the stands Saturday night, and he'll do his part to prepare his team for Stephen Sargent and Zach Scurry.
After stumbling during the region playoffs, the Screven County Lady Gamecocks are back for a second year in a row to compete for a state championship in region 3-AA. This time, they intend to get the job done.
The Statesboro Lady Blue Devils are hoping to catch Westlake at the right time.
COCHRAN - Heaven Hinton's layup with 2.4 left gave the Bulloch Academy Lady Gators a 38-36 win over Arlington Christian in the first round of the GISA Class AA state playoffs at Middle Georgia College on Wednesday.
Will Powell's 24 point effort in Friday's semifinal win over Frederica and five point output Saturday against Trinity Christian helped give Bulloch Academy its first region championship in basketball since 1992.
SAVANNAH - For a moment, it looked as though the Portal Panthers were going to stroll right into Savannah and steal a region title from hometown favorite Calvary Day. The Cavaliers, however, were just too much.
It's something that hasn't happened in 15 years.
SAO PAULO - Tim Howard left a lasting impression on Americans from coast to coast - and fans around the world, really - for his incredible, improbable saves in the loss to Belgium in extra time that sent the U.S. home from the World Cup to a country captivated.
LONDON - The silence at Centre Court made abundantly clear that Andy Murray's time as Wimbledon champion was coming to a close.
Tiger Woods back on the golf course is a big deal.
SALVADOR, Brazil - They captured the hearts of America - from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House.
LONDON - For the third year in a row, Rafael Nadal made an early exit from Wimbledon after a stunning loss to a player ranked 100th or lower.
This week always brings back some unpleasant memories. I know that Independence Day evokes thoughts of America's newly won freedom for most people but for me it is a reminder of a different war that was bitterly contested on American soil in the 1960's. Sadly it was brother against brother and friend against friend.
SAO PAULO - Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time Tuesday to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
RIO DE JANEIRO - Nigeria and Algeria made World Cup history for Africa and now leave with their heads held high.
Sonny Vaccaro already feels like a winner, no matter how a federal judge rules in the antitrust lawsuit he helped bring against the NCAA.
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and was able to understand the wrongfulness of what he had done, according to psychiatric reports submitted Monday at the Olympic athlete's murder trial.
LONDON - As the rain at Wimbledon wreaks havoc with the schedule, and players start to complain, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have found little reason to worry about the weather.
SAO PAULO - The last time the U.S. played in a World Cup in Brazil, just one American reporter was on hand, using vacation time and paying his own way.