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.
The U.S. men's national team trimmed its roster to 16 players Tuesday by cutting Washington's John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta's Paul Millsap.
BALTIMORE - Sitting on the deck at his beloved Meadowbrook, Michael Phelpsglances toward the pool where he was once afraid to put his face in the water.
BEREA, Ohio - Josh Gordon got back on the field before the NFL stopped him.
ATLANTA - Opponents of public money going toward new stadiums for the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons want lawmakers to require referendums for future public-private partnerships, even as those projects are underway.
TALLAHASSEE - Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he read books written by former NBA coach Phil Jackson in an attempt to discover the secrets of winning multiple championships.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Joe LaCava walked nearly never blade of grass on the 18th green at Valhalla Golf Club, jotting notes in his yardage book after stepping off the distances from every edge of the green to every possible pin position. It was just like any other Monday at a major.
AKRON, Ohio - Winning the British Open wasn't enough to make Rory McIlroy want to take the rest of the year off to celebrate. Neither was the first World Golf Championship he won Sunday at Firestone.