Perfect record still intact, the Johnson boys will go for the Region 8-AAAA championship tonight in Oakwood.
Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox has been dismissed from the boys basketball program following an arrest on campus for possession of marijuana.
The competition at the top in Region 8-AAAAA has been a constant battle all season on the girls' side. From beginning to end, Flowery Branch (20-3, 12-1) and Gainesville (18-7, 10-3) have stood out near the top.
The East Hall's boys' final win of the regular season was just the icing on the cake to a perfect 12-0 run in region play.
Ty Powers knows exactly who he is as a swimmer.
ATHENS - Basketball is usually an afterthought at Georgia, something to pass the time between football season and spring practice.
Lakeview Academy's Hanna Grogan already has many of the skills for playing at the college level, according to her coach John Carrick, even though she's only a sophomore. Carrick would know as well as anyone, having coached at Georgia College for 27 years, before retiring and coming to Lakeview five years ago.
Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.
The way Gainesville's boys spread the wealth scoring points, it made for an easy win at North Hall on Saturday. Junior D'Marcus Simonds had a typical big night scoring, junior center Tyler Scott was key inside with hitting baskets and changing the direction of Trojans shots, and K.J. Buffen scored a number of early baskets for the Red Elephants.
Buford's Camille Anderson hasn't forgotten the agony attached to coming up three points short of St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship last year, a game she felt her squad should have won.
When Buford's girls need a shot of energy into the offense, the ball automatically goes into the able hands of senior guard Camille Anderson. Although she's a versatile weapon, scoring is where her skills were most apparent against North Hall on Friday.
Gainesville is approaching its trip to the 16-team wrestling state duals this weekend as a building block for what coach Nick Niesielowski hopes is a bright future for the program.
Winning 20 straight games to open the season is quite the accomplishment for Dawson County's girls. On Tuesday, it was 20 straight points the Lady Tigers scored to open the game and assure a victory, 73-47, against West Hall in Oakwood.
Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller has a justifiable frustration with the lack of interest from college programs in his senior quarterback, Mikey Gonzalez.
Even with considerable youth, the Lakeview Academy boys put up a scrappy effort against undefeated Athens Christian on Tuesday in Gainesville. However in the fourth quarter, the Eagles (12-0, 2-0 Region 8-A) found a way to pull away like they have many times this season.
BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.
Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).
EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.
Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.
Johnson's boys are enjoying two big benefits for winning the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Saturday night. First, the fifth-ranked Knights will be able to hang another championship banner in the gym as back-to-back champ.
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.
Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.
Gainesville finished the regular season with a much different feeling than it started just three months ago.
When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.
On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.
Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.
There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.
Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.
Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.