David Ball admitted he was nervous.
BROOKLET - Brittany Hood pounded a penalty kick past Savannah Christian keeper Angela Paulos at the conclusion of the first half, and it was all the Southeast Bulloch Lady Yellow Jackets (7-3, 1-3 Area 3 AA/A) needed to get their first area win as they knocked off the Lady Raiders 1-0 Wednesday.
Both Bulloch Academy boys' and girls' track teams walked away from the competition to win their respective five-team meets Wednesday at Gator Alley.
AUGUSTA - The Statesboro baseball team pounded out 17 runs on 16 hits to beat the Academy of Richmond County 17-3 on Wednesday.
Statesboro's Cedric Wynn does a little bit of everything for the Statesboro track and field team. The trick was figuring out what exactly it was he did best.
DUBLIN - The Bulloch Academy baseball team beat Trinity Christian 4-3 Tuesday for a big region road win.
BROOKLET - The Savannah Christian Raiders (10-1, 4-0) scored early and often Tuesday as they knocked off Southeast Bulloch 9-0 in an Area 3-A/AA matchup at Fred Shaver Field.
The load has been lifted.
PERRY - Screven County High junior Travis Coles won the all-classification state championship in the 191-205 pound weight class at the GACA State Weightlifting Championship Saturday.
You, my faithful reader, should be ever grateful that another installment of the Mouthoff sits before you on this day. After Clemson's second-half debacle this weekend in the NCAA Tourney to Villanova, our Executive Editor turned into the Incredulous Hulk, terrorizing the office by upturning chairs, knocking down plants in the new studio, nailing objects to the freshly-painted walls and threatening to fire anyone and everyone that crossed his path.
PORTAL - Brett Rivers threw a complete-game one-hitter and struck out seven as the Portal Panthers (2-6, 1-3, Region 3-A) snapped a six-game losing streak and got their first region win of the season, knocking off Bryan County 8-4 Friday.
Nolan Belcher and Crawford Simmons turned in a memorable pitcher's duel Friday night in Greenbrier's 1-0 win over Statesboro at Mill Creek Park.
There's no question, the Greenbrier baseball club is the team to beat in Class AAAA.
The Georgia Southern women's soccer team announces the 2008 schedule which is highlighted by a pair of early tournaments, four 2007 NCAA tournament contenders, first-time opponents and familiar Southern Conference foes.
If Lindsey Martin has the ball at his feet - watch out.
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.
RECIFE, Brazil - Costa Rica beat Greece in a penalty shootout Sunday to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time after defending desperately with 10 men for nearly an hour.
LONDON - The so-called "Big 4" who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer - are all around for the second week at Wimbledon, joined by the new major winner on the block, Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka.
BETHESDA, Md. - Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference.