Seth Vining, the dean of Hall County coaches, winner of 730 games, 15 Lanierland championships, 11 region titles and four state championships, is stepping down as the coach of the Lakeview Academy boys at the end of the season.
A week later, four area teams are still pushing forward in the high school football state playoffs.
After a pair of first-round upsets, only five area teams are still standing in the high school football playoffs, and just two of those call Hall County home.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It took less than one practice for Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin to figure out he had a football player on his hands in Jacob Allen.
Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson entered this season as one of the most highly touted juniors in the state. Already with two seasons as a starter under his belt, the Clemson University recruit had already led the Red Elephants to two region championships, four playoff wins, one trip to the state semifinals, and had been named the Class AAA Offensive Player of the Year after a record-breaking sophomore season last fall.
Excitement is at a fever pitch around Chestatee High School this week. Tonight's game might be the biggest in the history of the school's 11-year-old football program.
In Bob Christmas' 12th year on the Trojan sidelines, North Hall is looking like North Hall again by changing what made them North Hall in the first place.
On a night when little went right for Gainesville, not much went wrong for Starr's Mill.
Buford football will forfeit its wins against Banks County and West Hall after the school self-reported the use of an inelgible player to the Georgia High School Association.
Twenty-six years after he coached his final game on the East Hall sidelines, Jim Lofton is now enshrined as a member of the school's Hall of Fame.
Flowery Branch began the season ranked in the top five of Class AAAAA, so the Falcons certainly had no intentions of opening the 2012 campaign with back-to-back losses.
Johnson's season ended Wednesday - one win short of the Lady Knights' final goal - as visiting Northwest Whitfield knocked off the Lady Knights, 25-15, 29-27, 25-14 with an impressive showing in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament.
It might sound ironic, but as Johnson volleyball enters the state tournament as a No. 1 seed for the first time in her eight-year tenure, Lady Knights coach Deb Eidson feels like all the pressure is off.
For the first time in recent memory, more than half a season has passed and four Hall County teams are still sitting atop their respective regions.
FLOWERY BRANCH -Two wins, you're in. Two losses, you're out. That was the scenario facing both Flowery Branch and Gainesville as each team opened play in the Area 8-AAAAA tournament Thursday.