Going into the 2011 season, Gainesville boys golf coach Bryson Worley believed he would have a talented team.
Every national championship event is special, but one that takes place where the Olympics once tread is something else entirely.
DAHLONEGA - Last season North Georgia softball pitcher Sarah Phillips won more than 50 games and was named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. This season, Phillips only has 19 wins and most likely will not win her third straight PBC award.
Two state titles last week, one state title last semester, three region titles and an admittance to one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
CLEVELAND - Moments after the last pitch Friday night in Cleveland, White County baseball coach John Brown said he was not surprised. His Warriors has just finished sweeping Carrollton in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs to advance to the second round for the first time in school history, but Brown was still not surprised.
CLEVELAND - With a shot at the program's first region title on the line last week, the White County baseball team needed someone to step up.
There are times when success means not worrying about failure. Last week was one such time for Lakeview Academy senior baseball player Jacob Whitenton. Going into the week, Whitenton was in a self-described "slump." "I was just worrying too much, getting too wound up at the plate," Whitenton said. "I just had to let that go, stay back, really see the ball, and try to turn that into some hits." If Whitenton's performance on Friday ...
When a team is in the midst of a playoff hunt, its most important players have to play their best.
CLEVELAND - According to coach John Brown, the White County High baseball program has never won a region championship, nor advanced past the first round of the state playoffs.
Going into last week, the picture atop the baseball standings of Region 6-AA was murky, with three or four teams capable of securing the top seed before season's end.
With a roster that features eight seniors, most would assume the Chestatee girls soccer team would be led in scoring by a player who was among those with the most high school experience.
When Allen Whitehart took over as head coach of the Buford boys basketball team before the 2010-11 season, he inherited a program that had failed to win more than nine games in three consecutive seasons. The Wolves had reached the state quarterfinals in 2007, but that was a distant memory at a school where state championship bids are supposed to be a yearly occurrence.
After a disappointing 2010 season in which it missed the postseason, the North Hall baseball team seems determined to ensure that it at least gets a shot at the state tournament in 2011.
For most high school soccer players, scoring nine goals over the course of a season would be considered a successful year.
Last season, the Gainesville High baseball team was anchored by four seniors and made the state quarterfinals before being eliminated by Thomson.