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.
ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Phelps has never been the patient type.
Youth travel baseball team Around the Horn 13AAA, won the USSSA Southeast State Championship held at Mill Creek Regional Park last week.
SAO PAULO - Goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate.
WASHINGTON - NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."
In just three years, Statesboro High has turned a fledgling volleyball program - with next to no previous experience in the sport - into a two-time state playoff qualifier.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.
SOUTHPORT, England - The friendly matches in South Florida can involve as many as eight players, with teams decided by drawing names from a hat.
Frog gigging is a dying art. Like grabbling or noodling (reaching under river banks for turtles and catfish) frog gigging is an outdoor activity that seems to be fading from view.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic knew all along that his game was good enough to win more Grand Slam titles. It was his mind that was the problem.
LONDON - At this point, the top Tour de France sprint star might be called Sir Marcel.
CLEVELAND - There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can transfer to a jail closer to Boston for easier access to his lawyers while he awaits trial on a murder charge, a judge ruled Monday.
LONDON - Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by outlasting the Swiss player in five sets Sunday.
BRASILIA, Brazil - This time for Argentina, it was less about Lionel Messi and more about the men behind him.
HARROGATE, England - Mark Cavendish went down in a late crash. Marcel Kittel's hands went up in victory. And British royals who turned out for the Tour de France debut in England witnessed new signs of a changing of the guard among two of the world's top sprinters.