FLOWERY BRANCH - Winning a Super Bowl isn't a goal you'll catch Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith talking about to the media.
Until Saturday, the Buford Wolves had steam rolled through the Class AA state playoffs without a loss, sweeping the first four series over Fannin County, defending state champions Calhoun, Pierce County and Appling County.
As I type these words, I really thought at this point they'd be accompanied by an area baseball team from Region 8-AAA still alive in the state playoffs. Though White County, Gainesville and North Hall were all eliminated in the second round, it doesn't take away from what they accomplished this season.
There's a civil war going on in Georgia, and once again, it's the North that's winning - for now.
Why do GHSA soccer state playoff matches come down to penalty kicks? I never understood that. During the regular season, I understand. Sure, that's slightly hypocritical, since the regular season determines playoff spots, but it makes sense to me to have a definitive ending on a school night. But not during the state playoffs. In the state playoffs, matches should be determined on the field by playing the actual game of soccer. In the current ...
Johnson's boys soccer team now has everyone's attention in Class AAA. Scanning the first round results from the tournament bracket, the Knights' 10-0 trouncing of Troup County sticks out more than any other match. No other team in AAA recorded a mercy rule win, though Grovetown beat Crisp County 9-0, and St. Pius X won its match over Heritage (Catoosa) 6-0. I always wonder when a team opens the playoffs with such a convincing win, ...
In my three years covering high school sports, never have I seen the transferring of student-athletes from one school to another like here in Hall County.
For a second there, it looked like Georgia's football team was going to make it through the entire spring without the word "arrest" coming up. It was almost too good to be true for Bulldog Nation.
Don't fix it if it ain't broke. If I'm affiliated with of one of 20 northeast Georgia schools in The Times' coverage area, that's my stance. As you may have heard, sometime in May, the Georgia High School Association will decide whether to drastically alter the current five-classification format for its sports. In March, the reclassification committee voted on what's known as the 4/8 plan, which splits the state into four classifications that branch out ...
Katie Scali knew she had a good team this season, and like any good coach, she made it her job to hide from her team just how good she thought they were.
North Hall started the baseball season splitting its first two games, losing the second 11-1 to Flowery Branch. In their third game of the season, the Trojans were on their way to another sound defeat in their Region 8-AAA opener at White County, trailing 9-3 through five innings.
John McFall has seen a lot of West Hall tennis teams in his tenure as coach of the Spartans, which dates back to 1988.
Yes, it's early in the baseball season and there are plenty of games to be played, but it's hard not to notice Flowery Branch's quick start.
In recent years, Hall County has been a producer of top-tier high school soccer teams. This year is no different. In Class AAA, the boys' side has two teams, Johnson and Gainesville, inside the state's top five. The undefeated Knights (8-0) are ranked No. 3, and the defending state champion Red Elephants (6-1) are No. 4, according to the EuroSportScoreboard.com coaches poll. Both schools are prime candidates to continue a trend of Hall County schools ...