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Johnson boys soccer team falls to Cross Keys, 3-2, after having late goal waved off

Fabian Abarca gave the home crowd at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium a moment of jubilation when he put the ball in the back of the net with less than two minutes remaining.

May 09, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Chestatee girls soccer team trounces West Laurens 5-1, reaches quarterfinals for first time

If Mark Dunn had chosen any other year to retire as Chestatee girls soccer coach, his remarkable career would have already been over by this point in the season.

May 05, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Salcido's strike lifts Gainesville boys soccer team to first-round win over Cambridge

Cesar Salcido extended his body as far as he could. It turned out to be just far enough to send Gainesville's boys soccer team forward in the playoffs.

April 29, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville girls soccer team drops postseason opener to Creekview in penalty kick shootout

Over and over again, Gainesville's girls were agonizingly close to the goal they needed.

April 28, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville boys clinch soccer region title, Howard's 250th win

For everything Rick Howard earned Saturday - a region championship trophy, a milestone victory and a plaque to commemorate it - his players' gestures of respect might be what sticks with the Gainesville boys soccer coach the longest.

April 18, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford baseball team defeats Gainesville, 2-0, at Coolray

LAWRENCEVILLE - Buford coach Tony Wolfe describes pitcher Connor Bennett as a "bulldog" on the mound, especially in relief appearances.

March 22, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


North Hall baseball team edges Madison County 2-1 in Region 8-AAAA opener

Even when Madison County saw glimpses of success against Corbin Lewallen at the plate, the North Hall left-hander continued to torment the Red Raiders once they reached the basepaths.

March 12, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford girls aim to wrap up 'unfinished business,' beat Carrollton for basketball state title

BUFORD - The team poster hanging on the wall outside Buford coach Gene Durden's office tells a year's worth of storyline in only two words.

March 04, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Former Lambert coach Sid Maxwell taking over Dawson County football program

Sid Maxwell said football is still in his blood. A year away from the sideline has done nothing to change that.

March 04, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Jonesboro shuts down Johnson, 50-35, in Class AAAA quarterfinals

Jeff Steele could only tip his hat to a performance unlike anything the Johnson boys basketball coach had ever seen - one good enough to end the previously unbeaten Knights' historic season.

February 26, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Johnson boys beat West Laurens, 75-60, to reach Class AAAA quarterfinals

If the Johnson boys have any remaining doubters this season, they'll need to find a new knock against the Knights. There will be no second-round exit for the team this season.

February 22, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford girls ride defense, free throws to 46-34 win over Westover

BUFORD - Buford coach Gene Durden had to get the Lady Wolves back to their "bread and butter" to finally gain the separation they needed against Westover.

February 20, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Cockfield's 31 points lead Johnson boys to 72-44 win over Southeast Whitfield

Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield's game-high 31 points, Johnson's victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.

February 19, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Johnson boys top Buford for 3rd straight Region 8-AAAA title; Buford girls dethrone Chestatee

Again and again, coach Jeff Steele credits the Johnson boys basketball team's success to a close-knit family dynamic.

February 15, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Simonds' steal in closing seconds lifts Gainesville boys to 58-57 win over Salem in region tourney

As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, D'Marcus Simonds recognized what was coming and reacted.

February 11, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


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Gainesville earns hard-fought sweep over Jones County to reach first state title series since 2002

In a lesser playoff series, Caleb Whitenton's go-ahead home run or Mikey Gonzalez's heads-up tag at third base might have been the defining moment.

May 19, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Whitenton's 7th-inning homer lifts Gainesville over South Effingham, 8-6, in Game 3 of quarterfinals

With the green light to swing on a 3-0 count, Caleb Whitenton saw the pitch he was looking for and cut his bat loose.

May 14, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


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