It's his foresight for running that keeps Nick Long focused. He's not content with his list of achievements from a high school career at North Hall that included a team state title in cross country as a junior, and three individual state titles in track.
Johnny O'Connell had the same reaction any red-blooded American would have after he captured the title in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14. O'Connell, a Flowery Branch resident, stood on the podium in front of a crowd estimated at nearly 100,000 fans, listening as the Stars Spangled Banner played in his honor, acknowledging his team's win in the GT1 class of the famed LeMans Series endurance race in France.
The Gainesville Travelers and Gainesville A's will both stay occupied with a slate of games this week. The Travelers open the week against the Windward Blue team at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Forsyth High. Then on Saturday, the Travelers play host to the Athens Pirates in a doubleheader at Flowery Branch High.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Braves manager Dave Brundage had a smile that couldn't be undone before a recent game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It never gets old for this 12-year minor league manager to tell a player they've been called up to the majors.
OAKWOOD - Johnson High football coach Paul Friel is a forward thinking kind of guy. He's more concerned about thinking about the possibilities the upcoming season has to offer, instead of dwelling on a disappointing 2008 campaign. He knows looking back doesn't do anyone associated with the Knights' program any good.
These days, Ethan Souther doesn't have a herd of teammates by his side during a workout at Chestatee High. Just weeks after graduating from the school, the former War Eagles quarterback comes back focused on his next journey, as a college football player.
Josh Wright's GPS unit in his vehicle is going to be particularly useful this summer. Playing with the newly-formed Gainesville Travelers summer baseball outfit, this North Hall High graduate will spend much of his time in transit from game-to-game during the summer.
Now that the high school baseball season has drawn to a close, it's only fitting that summer baseball is about to kick into high gear. Two area summer baseball teams – the Gainesville Travelers and Gainesville A's - both open the season with games this week.