Although it was a not-so-perfect ending to an almost perfect season for the Buford Lady Wolves soccer team, coach Crystal Fowler knows that this season is one for the history books for the girls soccer program.
North Hall and Gainesville both have a number of things in common, such as strong pitching, exemplary senior leadership and playoff experience. But while the Red Elephants are appearing in the state quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, the Trojans are making their first-ever appearance in the third round.
It was a defensive battle, and although West Hall's boys soccer team had a number of chances to score, the Spartans couldn't capitalize in a 2-0 loss to Oconee County in the second round of the Class AAA state tournament on Wednesday in Oakwood.
Despite a slick field, gusts of wind and the cold, the West Hall boys soccer team was able to create chances that led to a 4-0 win against Decatur in the first round of the Class AAA state tournament on Friday in Oakwood.
Over the years, Gainesville's Pep Brown has learned that with golf, it's best to take a match one hole at a time and worry less about the big picture.
According to head coach Adam Johnson, West Hall's Gabrielle Ligas always does one of two things on the soccer field. Either she shines on her own, taking opportunities to score whenever the defense is looking away from her, or she takes a chance to make a play so that someone else can shine.
The Gainesville girls' tennis team may not have ended the season like they had hoped, but it certainly didn't go down without a fight.
Even as a sophomore, Dakota Chalmers has already solidified his role on Lakeview Academy's baseball team.
Confidence, calmness and chemistry are key to Johnson forward Chandler Steele's success on the soccer field this season.
Buford's Josh Bryan admits to having some weaker games early in the Wolves' season, but recently, Bryan found a groove and has been leading Buford on offense in some key region wins.
Growing up, Chestatee's Alexis Rebollar was trained as a goalkeeper for her soccer teams. Now, as a senior for the Lady War Eagles, this knowledge of the net gives her an advantage as a striker that makes her an offensive threat against any team Chestatee faces.
When White County sophomore Joel Pritchett was moved up from the junior varsity baseball team to varsity this season, he was expected to be a strong center fielder for the Warriors. He was not, however, expected to enter a game against Region 7-AAA's then No. 1 team, Buford, as a pitcher.
Flowery Branch center back Alex Lee may not always be in the spotlight, but she is an essential part of the Lady Falcons' soccer success this season.
When he began coaching basketball, Dawson County's Steve Sweat never imagined that he would be coaching a girls' team, much less guiding them to a state championship game.
Buford's Elexa Bahr might as well have been born with a soccer ball attached to her foot since the sport was certainly etched into her brain from infancy.
Antonio Pittman's role as a West Hall Spartan has been increasing ever since he first stepped onto the field in Oakwood.
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