The Statesboro Blue Devils ended their season with a 71-50 loss to Griffin Thursday night in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state tournament. Their performance was not very impressive that night, but considering what type of team head coach Lee Hill had this year, an 18-12 finish and a run to the second round of the state tourney was more than he could have hoped for.
Saturday night in Savannah, Portal High experienced something which hadn't happened to them to much during the 2006-2007 season: a cold shooting night.
BROOKLET - Brandon Mock pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout and Tagg Lanier went 4-for-4 with a triple, a double and three runs scored as the Portal Panthers topped the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors 9-0 on the final day of the SEB Yellow Jacket baseball tournament.
BROOKLET - It took two extra innings, but - on the strength of a David Ogden sacrifice RBI - the West Laurens Raiders defeated the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 6-5 on the fourth day of the SEB Yellow Jacket baseball tournament.
SAVANNAH - The Portal Panthers took a 12-8 lead after one, but a cold shooting night doomed PHS in a 58-39 loss to Terrell County Saturday in the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class A state tournament.
MACON - Too much speed, too much size and too much talent - the Griffin Bears (17-10) jumped out early on Statesboro and never looked back, advancing to the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class AAAA tournament Thursday night at Mercer University with a 71-50. Griffin will face North Clayton Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for a chance at the Final Four.
From Staff Reports
When it comes to milking the clock it is evident the Portal basketball team is not made up of a group of farmers.
Brett Rivers pitched a complete game and Brandon Mock scored three times and drove in two as the Portal Panthers topped the Claxton Tigers 16-6 on the third day of the SEB Yellow Jacket tournament.
Statesboro senior Morgan Doty knows his role. The 6-foot-3 senior has come off the bench for most of the 2006-2007 season. After a good few days of practice last week, Doty earned a start against upstart Whitewater in the first round of the AAAA state tournament.
It's not too often that teams from different region meet three times in the same season, but that will be the case tonight when Statesboro travels to Macon to face Griffin at Mercer University in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state tournament.
Win back-to-back region and state titles, win over 20 games in a row and go undefeated - those are the lofty goals of the Lady Lions of Trinity Christian, who open the season today against Abundant Life at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.
BROOKLET - The Portal Panthers traveled to Southeast Bulloch Monday night to take on the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the SEB Yellow Jacket tournament. The game was full of offense from the start as the Panthers were able to pin eight runs in three innings on Yellow Jacket starter Scotty Beegle.
For 75 minutes, the Lady Blue Devils of Statesboro looked to be in total control of their foes from South Effingham. Unfortunately for SHS, the physicality of Tuesday night's non-region match finally got the best of them.
For most baseball teams, a 15-7 regular-season record wouldn't be termed a disappointment. But Statesboro is not most teams, and after a first-round, region-playoff loss to Lakeside, the Diamond Devils were unexpectedly sitting at home.
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia won't be playing in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.
NEW YORK - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league's personal conduct policy.
Florida International had a 6-foot-11 center named Adrian Diaz, who scored 33 points.
The good news is that Georgia Southern is the (a?) 2014 Sun Belt football champion.
NEW YORK - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.
CLEVELAND - A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel "a hug" was struck by the rookie quarterback's entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said.
ATLANTA - More time-management issues. A blown lead in the fourth quarter. Another loss outside the NFC South.
Ohio State finally took control of its game against Indiana in the fourth quarter. That was still better than Florida State.
The Atlanta Falcons won't apologize for somehow being in first place with a losing record.
ATHENS - Nick Chubb and Georgia took care of Charleston Southern early, looking to carry the momentum into next week's state rivalry game against Georgia Tech.
The Oakland Raiders have gone a calendar year without a victory.
PHILADELPHIA - The NFL on Wednesday urged a judge to approve an estimated $1 billion settlement of concussion lawsuits despite concerns raised by former players or survivors who feel left out.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M, LSU and Kentucky are off this week and five other teams in the Southeastern Conference get a respite from the rigors of league play with nonconference games.