CLEVELAND - Even with the tremendous zip on the fastball for Buford lefty Jake Higginbotham, it was the knee-buckling curveball that got him out of trouble and preserved a 7-0 win against White County on Wednesday in Cleveland.
Tim Moon knows he's become an ambassador for the weight lifting community both locally and nationally.
Griffin Jolliff's two-run homer for Buford in the seventh inning was what cleared the dugout in celebration around home plate, but it was Jake Mayo's ground out that drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and locked up Buford's 9-8 win over North Hall on Wednesday at Jody Davis Field.
Gainesville senior Sims Griffith passed the biggest pitching assignment of his high school career with flying colors.
The swimming pool has always been a place where Brittany Litke found peace and solace. Before setting school records at Buford High, Litke found the water as a place to get away from the uncertainty that came with her younger sister Olivia's heath conditions as a child.
Jonathan Hughes made quick work of Gainesville on Friday.
The first words used by Johnson coach Jeff Steele to describe his team's effort in a difficult second-round playoff loss to Sandy Creek were character and heart.
COLLEGE PARK - North Hall's girls basketball team played with all the heart and effort its coach Kristi House could have hoped for in Monday's second-round playoff game at Woodward Academy.
East Hall's girls opened the Class AAA basketball state playoffs on Friday with the poise and passion of a team destined for a long run, even though just a week ago it was a long shot that the Lady Vikings would even reach the postseason.
There doesn't seem to be much of a dividing mark between the regular season and playoffs, which open Friday for 17 local programs, with first-round games.
BUFORD - The East Hall girls have had no time to listen to the naysayers. The only expectations they care about are the ones coming from inside their own locker room after an up-and-down regular season that has given way to the Region 7-AAA tournament.
The waiting game for region basketball tournaments to begin has finally ended, as the snow and ice that caused the delay has turned to slush.
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.
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.
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.
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.
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.
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.