Flowery Branch High's baseball team is one of the biggest surprises in Region 7-AAA this season. Considering the fact the Falcons (9-3, 8-3) only returned two everyday starters from last year's region title team, no one expected them to be right in the thick of the playoff race at the midway point of the regular season.
Johnson High midfielder Alberto Olvera had a definite plan of attack on his free kick in overtime Wednesday night. It made the difference for the Knights as they walked out of War Eagles Stadium with a 2-1 win against Chestatee in the Northeast Georgia Mountain Cup.
Chestatee High girls soccer coach Mark Dunn is used to winning Northeast Georgia Mountain Cup titles, even though the Lady War Eagles (10-3-1) qualified for their first tournament title game in school history with a 3-1 win against Habersham Central on Monday at War Eagles Stadium.
Saturday night will belong to bicyclists in downtown Gainesville. The fifth annual Downtown Gainesville Gran Prix Criterium will feature professional teams including Jittery Joe's and Toshiba going head-to-head in one of 12 venues for the third leg of the Georgia Cup Series.
Chestatee boys soccer coach Michael Herrin says its program got a great momentum boost out of its 5-2 win against Buford in the Northeast Georgia Mountains Cup on Saturday at War Eagles Stadium. For the first time this season, the War Eagles have won back-to-back games.
Gainesville junior quarterback Blake Sims went to the University of Georgia's Junior Day event on Saturday and came home with an official offer to play for the Bulldogs, says Red Elephants assistant coach Todd Wofford. Sims, who passed for 2,453 yards and rushed for 822 yards in 2008, has picked up some steam on the recruiting trail with big offers from Michigan, West Virginia and Arkansas, to name a few. As recently as Wednesday, Wofford indicated that Sims was high on Michigan's program, through his communication with the school.
FLOWERY BRANCH - West Forsyth's girls soccer team took all the drama out of its top 10 matchup against Class AAA's fifth-ranked Flowery Branch (8-5, 5-2 Area 7-AAA) early on Friday in South Hall. There was no last-minute suspense and no late goal to tip the balance of the outcome. It was just a well-played game on both ends by the No. 9-ranked Lady Wolverines (8-1, 4-1) as they cruised to a 3-1 victory.
Chestatee High principal Bill Thompson will begin a search immediately for a new boys basketball coach after former coach Russ Triaga resigned Thursday from his position he held the past six seasons with the War Eagles. Triaga resigned as Chestatee's coach after accepting an assistant coaching position at Dacula High in Gwinnett County.
This week marks the start of a major local tournament for high school soccer. The 25th Northeast Georgia Mountain Cups kicks off Saturday with games at Chestatee High and the Allen Creek Soccer Complex.
Danny Bell never imagined athletic success in his future prior to reaching high school. An undersized kid, Bell stayed away from sports until his freshman year at Flowery Branch High, when he joined up with the wrestling program.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High baseball coach Jimmy Lawler has to be pleased with the way his program handled early season adversity. The Falcons didn't let an early three game losing streak in the Region 7-AAA schedule throw their season off course.
DALTON - Forgive Gainesville coach Todd Cottrell for not knowing how to react after his team's 58-46 win against Cedartown in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Saturday at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center in Dalton. It's his first state quarterfinals victory and the first for the Red Elephants since 2002.