LAWRENCEVILLE - Buford coach Tony Wolfe describes pitcher Connor Bennett as a "bulldog" on the mound, especially in relief appearances.
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.
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.
Sid Maxwell said football is still in his blood. A year away from the sideline has done nothing to change that.
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.
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.
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.
Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield's game-high 31 points, Johnson's victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.
Again and again, coach Jeff Steele credits the Johnson boys basketball team's success to a close-knit family dynamic.
As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, D'Marcus Simonds recognized what was coming and reacted.
Flowery Branch's swimmers haven't grown complacent during their ongoing run of success at the Hall County championships.
Any way you look at it, similarities between the Gainesville and Lanier football programs are hard to find.
The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School's football practice field reads, "Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions."
Week 0 gave area football fans a taste of what is to come this season, highlighted by a nationally-televised defensive battle between No. 1 Buford and Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla.
Long before Jeremiah Goss ever donned a varsity football uniform - back when he was still steamrolling linebackers in youth games - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw a future high school star.
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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.
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