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