The Flowery Branch Lady Falcons have learned that whenever times are rough or things "start going awry," the team can count on senior point guard Tavia Sykes to take over and make a difference both on the court and on the sideline.
Buford softball coach Tony Wolfe spends a lot of time with his team teaching them "the intangibles" - things like work ethic, commitment, and other positive qualities he believes come from playing high school sports.
North Hall coach Kristi House believes that Jordan Nix is simply picking up where she left off after tearing her ACL in the first game of the 2011 season. So far this season, she's the Lady Trojans' leading scorer.
Even when Kevin Christmas was less than a week old, North Hall coach Bob Christmas and his entire family still took to the sidelines on Friday nights to support another of the Christmas clan.
For Johnson's Cedric Harris, everything starts with leadership and drive. According to Knights coach Jason Roquemore, Harris had the drive that was contagious for all of the Knights' players this season, leading them to their first winning season since 2004 with a 40-21 win over Heritage-Catoosa last Friday night.
Lakeview quarterback Ted Reynolds has only been at the helm of the Lions offense since midway through last season. When he was put into the position, Reynolds admits he was hesitant, but coach Matthew Gruhn had confidence that Reynolds could lead the team on and off the field.
Will Brock's "will to win" attitude has set the rest of the White County football team on fire, according to assistant coach Jake Cantrell. In a back-and-forth 47-42 win over Dawson County last week, Brock was the catalyst for an offense that was able to find momentum at the beginning of the game and carry it through to get the crucial Region 7-AAA victory.
Flowery Branch faced their first tough region foe in the Heritage Patriots on Friday night in Flowery Branch, but the Falcons needed help from some unexpected places to be able to overcome a team that scored 17 points off of Flowery Branch turnovers in the first half alone.
North Hall's Andrew Smith just wants to be on the field any way he can in any position the team needs him.
Every time White County cross country coach Sam Borg sets a goal for freshman runner Jenna Gearing, she knocks it out and moves on to the next one. But that doesn't come as a surprise to Borg after seeing her run over the summer.
Any time Jackson County loses, according to quarterback Kyle Daniel, it lights a fire under the team that fuels them to come back and win the next week.
Buford sophomore Jordan Deep may have missed 11 games at the beginning of the season due to a hamstring injury, but the power hitter certainly didn't miss a beat when she finally returned to the lineup.
Sarah Wood has been put in a different position every season on the Jefferson volleyball team, but each season, she finds new ways to contribute and exhibit her skills, and she says that it makes her a better player overall.
Gainesville's Kayla Street may only be a sophomore, but coach Michelle Green said she fully believes Street is one of the strongest leaders the Lady Red Elephants have.
According to Lady Falcons softball coach Laura Beaver, Flowery Branch sophomore Kelly Kahlert can do just about anything when it comes to softball.
With less than two weeks until Christmas, tree-trimming and holiday decorating time is in full swing. However, each year new decor trends and methods appear to add a different flair to the season.
Pancake breakfasts with Santa have been a December tradition for years, but local community centers and organizations are adding new twists each year to provide a unique experience for children and parents alike.
Over the years, school lunches have evolved from mystery meat to "taco pizza." And as tastes improved, so has the healthiness of the options.
Santa Claus is real, and he lives in Gainesville.
Pet therapy is a common form of treatment for many individuals. However, patients who are hospitalized for long periods of time often spend weeks and even months away from their pets since animals are not allowed in hospitals.
For the 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's disease and especially those who are responding well to medication, more good news is at hand.
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