For years, Georgia Southern and Georgia State competed as conference rivals, going head-to-head in every sport. Even after Georgia Southern left the now-extinct Trans America Athletic Conference, the two programs battled almost yearly in baseball, though they haven't met since 2007 - a two-game Georgia Southern sweep. They last met in basketball this past season, though they didn't go head-to-head for nearly 14 years.
About 30 black-belt martial artists of all ages descended on the Pan American Goju Center in Hinesville this weekend for an annual training event. Goju is an ancient style of karate.
With school out for the summer, the mighty weightlifters that comprise Team Hinesville once again are hoisting up heavy irons as they prepare for this season's local and national meets.
Many athletes who got their starts in Liberty County still are racking up achievements, breaking records and advancing their sports careers. The Courier recently checked in on a few of the area's top performers.
Reigning Mite League softball, baseball squads rewarded for season's hard work. The Liberty County Recreation Department's Mite League baseball champion is the B&A Maintenance team. The Mite League softball champion is The Heritage Bank team. More LCRD championship team photos will be published in upcoming editions of the Coastal Courier.
Pumping iron isn't just a man's sport, as four Liberty County High School Lady Panthers are proving.
During high school, Keith McGee fell in love with basketball. But attempting to improve his game opened the door to his long-term passion - weight training.
Scott's All*Stars eighth- and ninth-grade boys' basketball teams claimed wins at the Super Regional tournament June 6-7 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Baseball camp set
The movement on Georgia Southern's football two-deep has continued into the offseason, as the loss of a running back has appeared to cause a chain reaction on offense.
STATESBORO - Seven members of the Georgia Southern baseball team will spend their summer developing and honing their skills in collegiate baseball leagues.
The coaching staffs at Bradwell Institute and Liberty County High School understand how important kickers and punters are, as both teams are searching for the right candidates to fill those critical spots.
The Liberty County High School and Bradwell Institute football teams are wrapping up conditioning and preparing for camps and full practices later this summer.
Two-person best-ball tournament planned
The team of Robert Darby, Pat Edwards, Travis Mobley and Jason Darby claimed the title at the Bradwell Institute Tigers Football Team Touchdown Club Golf Tournament held Saturday at Cherokee Rose Country Club.
The seventh-grade Coastal Crew Rebels are headed to Orlando this weekend for the Youth Basketball of America National Tournament, which takes place July 6-12.
The date has been set for the 10th annual Henry "Hank" White Memorial Golf Tournament.
The Low Country Storm, a basketball team representing Liberty and Long counties, recently traveled to Macon to compete in the Summer Slam-Fest Basketball Tournament.
All*Stars banquet planned
It's been long anticipated, but as of Tuesday, Georgia Southern officially became an all-sports member of the Sun Belt Conference.
STATESBORO - Carolyn Riley has rejoined the Georgia Southern women's basketball program as an assistant coach, head coach Chris Vozab announced this week.
The United States' run in the World Cup is over. The Internet's new hero, American goalie Tim Howard, couldn't save the U.S. in the tournament, and the team now is headed back stateside.