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.
Ken Davis knew the impeccable character of Jim Lofton from the first time the two crossed paths in 1972.
Thomas Niles is carving out quite a legacy at the University of Central Florida.
Jordan Deep was always clutch at the plate for Buford.
Bria Bush is a rare blend of elite talent and humility.
BUFORD - D'Marcus Simonds delivered in a major way for Gainesville in a much-anticipated matchup on his former home floor at Buford on Friday. The junior guard scored eight of his 28 points in the first quarter, leading the Red Elephants to a 82-59 win against the Wolves.
Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.
Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.
Johnson's boys produced a region preview to whet the appetite of its faithful Friday for what they hope is a long and successful season.
North Hall's Sydney Cleveland isn't about to allow a past injury to interfere with enjoying her senior year on the basketball court.
Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.
Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.
A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.
Sterling Bailey isn't ready to start reminiscing yet. While his years playing football at Georgia have flown by, he's still got one more season to line up at defensive end for the Bulldogs.
Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.
Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.
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.
Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.