Preparing for a region basketball tournament is hard enough for those involved without dealing with a winter storm that is expected to dump snow and ice throughout Northeast Georgia this week.
In an age when college football prospects are most routinely prioritized and evaluated by height and weight, North Hall's Andrew Smith is a refreshing exception to the rule.
Rarely, if ever, has this area produced such a diversified senior class of elite college prospects. Hall County alone had players sign with top college programs in football, baseball and swimming.
Imagine for a second being a high school wrestler with one of the most important weekends of the season on the horizon, only to have your practice routine interrupted by a major weather event.
Caleb Hamilton has shown how far dedication and a lot of hard work can carry a high school wrestler. As a senior, the North Hall grappler has become an anchor for his team with 44 wins and 30 pins, heading into tonight's matches against Habersham Central and Winder-Barrow for Senior Night in Gainesville.
Lakeview Academy boys coach Todd Cottrell didn't see Friday's 98-54 loss to No. 5 Athens Christian as any immediate need to panic, even though it did go down as a defeat in the region column.
The Hall County wrestling championships always boast competitive battles.
Riverside Military basketball coach Lazarus Chennault knows he has a constant competitor on his hands with junior Avery Cagle on the floor.
High school wrestling season is a complex two-part puzzle, where coaches have to prioritize team structure and athlete training to fit that given portion of the year.
Maggie Roper did everything imaginable to help put Buford High volleyball on the map these past four seasons. Still a relatively new program when she stepped on the court in 2010, she developed herself into an All-State player in 2013, and also set most of the Lady Wolves' career and single-season records.
There's no greater motivator than a chance at redemption.
On a night when baskets were hard to come by for both teams, White County's Juwan Dorsey broke it wide open with a run of second-half 3-pointers and a 60-42 win against North Hall on Friday in Gainesville.
Fred Payne's motivation to be the best is how he separates himself with work ethic on and off the football field.
There's nothing casual about the effort that goes into running for North Hall's Quintin Miles. He's running hard all year and building endurance for the grind of cross country season.
Jenna Gearing has only faced one limitation when it comes to running cross country - and it's not the stamina part of the distance sport. Usually, she's worrying about those pesky 'what ifs' that start floating around in the head of the two-time state champion from White County, which caused her so much angst.