Chestatee's Bart Velasquez has had to work for everything in his life. That's only served as a way of sharpening his desire on the wrestling mat, chasing his dream of a spot in the traditional state finals as a senior at 113 pounds.
To try and pick a frontrunner among the boys basketball programs in Region 7-AAA would be the ultimate shot in the dark.
This is the week Georgia and Georgia Tech look to cap off the regular season with a bowl victory.
Imani Cross had a much deserved break for a few days during Christmas to re-connect with family in Georgia, even though he was still in football mode as the University of Nebraska freshman running back and North Hall High grad was readying to face his home state University of Georgia in the Capital One Bowl on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
One of the greatest skills Ishmael Hollis has picked up is his networking ability. Hollis, a Flowery Branch High graduate, has been a constant ambassador for the North Georgia College & State University basketball program, where he currently leads the team with 19 points and six rebounds per game.
Just hours after winning the Class AAAAA state championship on Dec. 14, Gainesville High junior quarterback Deshaun Watson sent a text message to his position coach Michael Perry.
Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson always tries to have his priorities in order, and the scope of his day-to-day activities is not just limited to football, where he led the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship recently at the Georgia Dome.
Chestatee girls coach Web Daniel hopes that this is the season his program cracks through with its first Lanierland tournament championship, but to make that happen they'll have to go through undefeated Flowery Branch.
Chestatee girls basketball coach Web Daniel doesn't feel like there's adequate respect given to his program around Hall County. He knows winning the Lanierland tournament championship, starting with a semifinal game against North Hall on Thursday at Gainesville High, is one of the best ways to show local fans they can play with anyone.
ATLANTA – Buford never deviated from what works best, though it was tough sledding for much of the way against St. Pius X in Friday's Class AAA state championship game at The Georgia Dome.
Senior center Chase England is so grateful for the state championship game he's about to play in for Gainesville, one he's been dreaming about since he first threw on a jersey at age 8. England says the Red Elephants' rapid-fire offensive system he anchors up front deserves a fair share of the credit for earning them a berth in the Class AAAAA title game against Ware County on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Kara Hix has a battered bedroom wall to prove her dedication to volleyball. The East Hall junior libero isn't destructive; she's just always working on perfecting her setting skills.
ATLANTA – For most of the season, North Hall's wishbone offense was able to run at will. In Friday's Class AAA state semifinal game in Atlanta, St. Pius X had the answer time and time again.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller made one thing crystal clear with his players early in the week: He didn't want to hear any talk about playing for a state title at the Georgia Dome before they've earned a spot in the game that's still seven days out.
North Hall's T.J. Tate was welcomed back by past teammates with open arms when he told his father it was time to return to Georgia for his final season of high school football. Right away, the Trojans knew Tate had the potential to add to deep backfields on both sides of the ball.
Paul Powers appears to be preparing for a situation that, from the outside, seems ideal. On Monday, the rising North Hall High senior and four-time swimming state champion, gave a verbal commitment to compete for the 2013 National Champion University of Michigan starting in 2014.
Austin Montgomery was never the typical college basketball prospect. His faith and family have always outweighed any desire to play at the next level.
Veteran Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas struck just the right tone for the audience of high school football players and their participating coaches Thursday during the NFL's High School Player Development Camp at East Hall.
Pep Brown is finding that a confident approach to an unfamiliar course is paying off well at the Southern Junior Championship.
Jared Hodge couldn't have asked for better training prior to landing his first head baseball coaching job at Johnson.
Preston Graham and Colton Duttweiler are looking to play together one last time before heading off to different colleges. Both of the left-handed pitchers who helped North Hall advance all the way to the Class AAA baseball state finals will represent Team Georgia in the upcoming Heartland Baseball Classic.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones says their offense could be unstoppable in 2013.
Three years is all it took for Ty McCormack to leave a lasting legacy as a great distance runner at Clemson University.
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