The Region 8-AAA baseball race is open to a number of teams. Currently, Gainesville, North Hall, Oconee County and White County are atop the standings, but no one in the region should overlook Lumpkin County.
Staying focused is what Clay McDonald stresses most to his golfers as coach of the Gainesville Lady Red Elephants. Based on his team's youth - three of the Lady Red Elephants' six golfers are freshmen - he believes it's what is most important for the team to succeed.
It wasn't a pretty start for Gainesville against Oconee County during Friday's 8-AAA showdown featuring two of the state's top 10 teams, but the No. 7 Red Elephants' recovery and finish more than made up for it in a 15-0, three-inning mercy rule win over the third-ranked Warriors at Ivey-Watson Field.
Gainesville's boys soccer team started and finished strong on the way to a 5-0 win against Chestatee on Friday at War Eagles Stadium. The Red Elephants punctuated the game with first and second-half scoring bursts in a physical Region 8-AAA game that featured four yellow cards.