Few Statesboro fans saw this one coming.
PORTAL - Things were looking worrisome for the Portal Panthers after the 2006-07 season. Leading scorer Fred Williams played his last season and the girls finished with only three wins. The Panthers were in a bind.
The Bulloch Academy boys began the defense of their 2007 GISA Region 2-AA crown with a rousing 68-44 romp over Trinity Christian School of Dublin Tuesday night.
David Buchannon made quite a splash when he and his family moved to Portal, and so far this season, he has helped lead the Panthers to a 14-1 start, including a 5-0 mark in Region 3-A.
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.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Jim Furyk hasn't competed on the PGA Tour in seven months, so he kept his expectations to a minimum at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The scenery will change, but some UAB football players forced to look for new schools after their program was shuttered in December will remain teammates next season.
NEW YORK - Commissioner Adam Silver is determined to make a schedule that keeps NBA players fresher, and he is willing to discuss starting the season earlier or ending later.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Peyton Manning huddled with Broncos general manager John Elway on Thursday to talk about his future in football. No decision was announced on whether Manning would return in 2015 or retire.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Enjoying the best weather Pebble Beach has to offer is one thing. Brandt Snedeker knew he had to take advantage of it with his golf clubs, too.
As an automatic-qualifying conference, the Mountain West is guaranteed to have one team get into the NCAA tournament. The conference appears to be in decent shape to add another for the second straight season.
Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens next week.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.
CHICAGO - A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tiger Woods said Wednesday his game is "not acceptable" to compete in tournaments and he will return when he thinks it is.
LAS VEGAS - He couldn't stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins and losses.
ATLANTA - Mike Budenholzer may coach one of the best teams in the NBA.
JACKSON, Miss. - Tim Corbin sounded more like a philosopher than Vanderbilt's coach as he talked about the new flat-seam baseball designed to bring a little more scoring back to the college game.
Five weeks into the new year, all five winners on the PGA Tour were among the top 50 in the world.
Winter is going to be over soon and those of us who look forward to spring will be on the lookout for new fishing adventures. I've got an idea for a trip that you will not regret. Head out to Paradise Public Fishing Area located between Tifton and Nashville in South Georgia and you will be in for a treat. From Statesboro it's about 140 miles and there are plenty of places to stay in Tifton.