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.
Jefferson coach Mike Paul didn't have a lot to complain about following the Battle at The Branch.
BUFORD - Tony Wolfe does his best to avoid dwelling on the streak.
The East Hall community might be the most unique in Hall County.
Billy Wells has lived in northern Hall County for the past six years while working as a coach and athletic director in Gwinnett County.
Ben Corley's background could go a long way toward making him a coach's best friend.
Lakeview Academy athletic director Deuce Roark will see a lot of familiar faces this year, both within the walls of his own school and from the teams the Lions' athletic programs compete against.
It's been a banner year for soccer in the United States, where record numbers of viewers watched the U.S. escape from the Group of Death and into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
Jimmy Lawler has watched Flowery Branch High School grow on a near-daily basis since its infancy in 2002.
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.
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