Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.
Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.
Michael Gettys has to decide whether his future in baseball will take him to the West Coast, or to the University of Georgia.
Michael Gettys won't be sitting in the green room Thursday night.
Going into Game 3 of the state semifinals, Houston County's prolific offense had not scored less than four runs in any of its 32 games this season.
Sims Griffith wasn't afraid to take one for the team any way he needed to, even if it was a curveball to the top of his batting helmet.
BUFORD - Before their state quarterfinal series was over, the top two teams in Class AAA had abandoned playing baseball in favor of a makeshift game of Army on Gerald McQuaig Field.
Caleb Whitenton's arm injury gave Starr's Mill a brief glimmer of hope toward stealing a split with Gainesville.
Pouring rain quickly turned the field at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium into a marsh less than 20 minutes into Friday's state quarterfinal game.
ROSWELL - Patrick McNamara never gave North Hall much of a chance to recover from one bad inning.
BUFORD - With an opportunity for some good, old-fashioned payback right at his fingertips, Jake Higginbotham delivered his best.
RINGGOLD- West Hall coach Dustin Rennspies threw about everything he had at Ringgold on Saturday, including five pitchers.
A bad case of strep throat left Michael Gettys less than 100 percent for Gainesville's first round playoff series.
Riverside Military saw its perfect season hit a roadblock last year in the second round of the state tennis playoffs.
Though only a 16-year-old junior, Matt Booth is effectively the grizzled veteran of a young North Hall boys tennis team.
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.
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