After successive losses in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs, the Screven County Lady Gamecock basketball team of Jennifer Acree exploded on the basketball scene a year ago, advancing to the Final Four before being ousted by eventual state champion Wesleyan. Can they repeat their success and their 29-3 record?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When the Atlantic Coast Conference expanded to 12 teams and added a lucrative championship game, officials figured either Florida State, Miami or Virginia Tech would be there every year and bring along national title implications.
From staff reports
The visiting Portal Panthers turned a tie ball game at halftime into a nine-point cushion at the end of the third quarter, then held on to defeat Screven County on Saturday, 74-68.
There's an old axiom you're only as good as your last game.
The Portal Panthers have a bitter taste in their mouth. Leading by nine points with four minutes left in last year's first round playoff game at Dooly County, PHS faded down the strecth and lost by two.
The Bulloch Academy boys basketball team finished off a sweep of Briarwood Thursday night with a 44-37 win over the Buccaneers.
Portal Middle splits with Collins
BROOKLET - Eric Ferguson scored a game high 21 points, including two one-handed jams to ignite a packed gym, and the Statesboro Blue Devils ran away from the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 92-55 Saturday night.
The Southeast Bulloch boys and girls teams open play tonight in Brooklet when they host cross-county rival Statesboro. The girls will tip at 6 p.m. with the boys' game immediately to follow.
The Screven County Gamecocks (6-4) have a pretty tall order ahead of them. Today, at around noon, SCHS will board the buses and head down to Folkston to face the No. 1, two-time defending champion Charlton County Indians (10-0).
Charlton County 43, Screven County 6
FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Vick's frustrations with fading playoff hopes and unexpected insults from home fans caused him to flash an obscene hand gesture on Sunday.
ATLANTA - Don't blame the defense for Georgia Tech's scares in taking narrow victories over North Carolina State and North Carolina the last two weeks.
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.
FORTALEZA, Brazil - The Dutch were worried about the oppressive heat at Arena Castelao, and they left it with the stifling hot conditions to thank for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.
LONDON - As Serena Williams began to fall behind in what would become her earliest Wimbledon exit in nearly a decade, her coach could tell something was awry.
SAO PAULO - DaMarcus Beasley is playing his latest, and likely last, World Cup with little fanfare - just the way the soft-spoken defender prefers it.
BETHESDA, Md. - Patrick Reed held it together Saturday at Congressional to build a two-shot lead in the Quicken Loans National and put himself in an ideal position.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Brazil advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win over Chile following a tense and thrilling battle that ended 1-1 after extra time.