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Swimming Coach of the Year: Flowery Branch's Valerie Lancaster

There's nothing that excites Flowery Branch swim coach Valerie Lancaster more that the impending start of the swimming season each year, but seven years ago, this kind of excitement wasn't even a figment in her mind.

March 16, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Alden Powell

North Hall's Alden Powell has been playing soccer since she her childhood, and from the age when teams begin using goalkeepers, she has been in the net.

March 11, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: Johnson's Brittany Martin

Johnson senior Brittany Martin has a pretty unique quality that makes her a major threat to every opponent the Lady Knights face this season-she's left footed.

March 05, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Buford's A.J. Davis

The Buford basketball team is lucky to have a number of players that contribute each night, but A.J. Davis plays a major role every night in one way or another.

February 26, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Sheyenne Seabolt

Sheyenne Seabolt always had the potential to be a star for the Dawson County girls' basketball team, all she had to do was start believing it.

February 25, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Buford's Chip Ness

From the side of the mat, Buford's Chip Ness looks like just another wrestler cheering on his teammates. When he steps on the mat, however, it is clear that Ness is one of the state's elite wrestlers.

February 19, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: Buford's Kristina Nelson

After losing ground last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery and weeks of physical therapy, Buford forward Kristina Nelson has gotten back into her scoring groove at the perfect time for the Lady Wolves.

February 18, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Shaquan Cantrell

Gainesville basketball star Shaquan Cantrell prepares for every game as if it's his last. Going into tonight's Region 8-AAAAA tournament game against Flowery Branch, he knows it very well could be, but he believes that he and his teammates can keep the Red Elephants' momentum rolling and that he can keep scoring.

February 11, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Local wrestlers look to build on individual success at sectionals

While North Hall continues a tradition of sending wrestlers to the sectional tournaments, Chestatee wrestling is setting a new precedent in 2013 as the War Eagles continue to build on the most successful season in program history.

February 07, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: Banks County's Taylor Kennedy

In addition to being a great basketball player, Banks County's Taylor Kennedy is also a stellar student and an incredible leader, according to Lady Leopards coach Jerry King.

February 05, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Paul Powers

For North Hall's Paul Powers, the Hall County Championship swim meet is a time to fine tune skills before the state meet, as well as a weekend full of "friendly competition."

February 04, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Adam Kelly

North Hall's Adam Kelly is known for his skills on the baseball diamond, but this season for the Trojans' basketball team, he has proven that he has what it takes on the hardwood as well.

January 28, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Carly Gilreath

Dawson County head coach Steve Sweat doesn't even try to hide it - Carly Gilreath is the go-to girl on this year's girls basketball team.

January 22, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Banks County's Eli Smallwood

Jovial and business-like are not two words typically used together, but when describing Banks County wrestler Eli Smallwood, they seem to fit perfectly.

January 15, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


Girls Athlete of the Week: Flowery Branch's Marissa Ivey

Flowery Branch senior guard Marissa Ivey is a player the team depends on to do it all. From knocking down 3-pointers, to making the crucial jump shot at the end of the game, to defending the pass, to sending out text reminders to her teammates about practices and other events, the Lady Falcons know they can turn to Ivey for anything.

January 14, 2013 | Kelsey Williamson | High schools


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