For all the hours Trent Mongero has spent in a dugout over the years, even the North Hall coach is occasionally thrown a curveball he hasn't seen before.
North Hall pitcher Brandon DeLong said he didn't know he'd be making the first start of his varsity career until about 30 minutes before opening pitch on Friday.
Lakeview Academy coach Deuce Roark said it best: Defensive mistakes and stranded baserunners are never a good mix on the baseball field.
CUMMING - Flowery Branch suffered from a variety of self-inflicted wounds against West Forsyth, including a few that provided Chris Cullen and Alec Wilson opportunities to compound the damage.
Gainesville's boys soccer team tested McIntosh as well as any squad has since the end of the 2012 season.
ATLANTA - With a late-season surge fueled by a young roster, East Hall's girls showed they have a bright future ahead of them.
The upset loss that Johnson's boys suffered against Shaw in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs weighed on coach Jeff Steele for the past year.
Gainesville's boys basketball team needed some time to level off from the emotional high of Senior Night. Luckily, solid defense and a hot hand by Sam Carpenter helped overcome a brutal start that saw the Red Elephants held scoreless for the first seven minutes of the game.
Camille Anderson believes Buford's opponents expected to face a vulnerable, beatable Lady Wolves squad on the basketball court this season.
Although the 2013 sports season hasn't yet drawn to a close, the Georgia High School Association's recent reclassification and region alignment procedures already have schools making plans for Fall 2014 and beyond.
David Sokol led South Forsyth's boys basketball team to its fair share of signature wins during a successful seven-year stint as the War Eagles' coach.
Just like last season, Gainesville's football team will have to find a way to win in enemy territory in order to reach the Class AAAAA state championship game in The Georgia Dome. Buford, meanwhile, can punch its ticket to the Class AAA title contest in the friendly confines of Tom Riden Stadium.
Of the 10 area teams that opened the state playoffs on Friday, only half managed to avoid elimination.
At this time last season, Gainesville High appeared to be a football team in free fall.
BUFORD - It has not been easy for Buford to establish itself as a championship contender while sharing Area 5-AAA with the two highest-ranked volleyball teams in the state.
When Michael Curry wasn't helping his pitcher's bid for a no-hitter behind the plate, the junior catcher was busy making sure Gainesville had more than enough run support to work with.
For all the eye-popping statistics that Deshaun Watson posted during his record-setting 2012 season, the categories where he avoided large numbers may have been just as important to Gainesville's state championship run.
Page 1 of 1