Gerry Grogan was much like every other U.S. soccer fan enjoying the World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday at the Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville.
While the Atlanta Falcons have wrapped up mini-camp, training camp in Flowery Branch is just a month away. Hard to believe, right?
Andrew Smith and Sims Griffith are friends with the same expectations in the Heartland Baseball Classic, even though they will take very different roads once this week-long baseball showcase for some of the nation's top talent representing seven different states is complete in Oklahoma.
East Hall's Devin Watson didn't try to dial back his athletic brilliance, even though Monday's competition against Johnson was just the first of two days in the NFL High School Player Development Camp sponsored by the Atlanta Falcons at East Hall Stadium.
Michael Gettys changed the face of the Gainesville High baseball program.
No matter the situation, West Hall baseball coach Dustin Rennspies could always count on his bunch to compete vigorously this season.
Thursday night action for the Gainesville High football program is like a mini-season early in the summer.
Dawson County's Madison Caldwell did just as much worrying as she did playing golf on the day of the state championship meet.
Josh Wright is finally finding a little time to get acclimated with his new surroundings in the desert of New Mexico.
Ty Maxwell didn't even have to think twice about becoming the new football coach at Lumpkin County when the opportunity arose.
Flowery Branch football coach Chris Griffin had to debate what was best for his program when it came to conducting spring drills this month, which is an opportunity for every school to hit the gridiron for a couple weeks to do some early evaluating of talent.
BUFORD - Buford made one critical error early in the deciding third game of its state semifinal series against Cartersville, and it proved too much to overcome.
Preparing for a late-round playoff series requires a little creativity on a coach's part.
DALLAS – Flowery Branch suffered a breakdown in defensive communication when it could least afford one Thursday against North Paulding.
There was no dispute as to which one of Brandon Sewell's home runs had a bigger impact Wednesday in Gainesville's two-game sweep of Sequoyah during the second-round playoff series at Ivey-Watson Field.
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.