FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone looking for a champion to be crowned during the opening day of the Hall County championships will have to wait another day. It's very close with individual and team titles still completely up for grabs in the two-day, 18-hole event that began on Monday at Royal Lakes in South Hall.
Colby Yates never cuts himself any slack. The pursuit of perfection always makes him work to get better.
As a third grader at Enota Elementary, John Thompson says he spelled out three life goals in a paper: play football for legendary Gainesville High coach Bobby Gruhn, play football at Georgia, and become a head coach.
Flowery Branch senior pitcher Patrick Henry was in a zone on Thursday night in the Flowery Branch Invitational.
GAINESVILLE - East Hall's senior class is quite comfortable in its own skin.
CARNESVILLE - East Hall was playing to survive and advance. Franklin County was playing with revenge on its mind in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs on Tuesday night in Carnesville.
Lakeview Academy boys basketball coach Seth Vining doesn't try to sugarcoat the fact that the Lions are playing against a more athletic basketball team in the second round of the Class A playoffs tonight. On top of that, the visitors from Whitefield Academy (19-8) are bigger, stronger, and almost always playing for a Class A title this time of the year.
DULUTH - Wrestling is a sport of vast emotion. Every end of the spectrum was on display in the traditional state finals Saturday at The Arena at Gwinnett in Duluth. Scottie Forrester tried to fight back tears. And Cason Thurmond had to just sit back, take a deep breath and reflect. But Carson Fields' reaction probably took the cake. After winning the Class AAAAA state ...
GAINESVILLE - Lakeview Academy's boys basketball team is making plans for something totally revolutionary after Friday's 80-62 first round playoff win against Bremen: A second round playoff game.
Flowery Branch boys basketball coach Todd Cottrell purposely retreated off to the side as the Falcons (24-3) went to work on Wednesday practicing for Friday's Class AAA state playoff game against Southside (18-9).
GAINESVILLE - Flowery Branch's contingent wanted to be able to soak it all in.
ELLIJAY - Micah Mills didn't come away with a trophy for the two pins he recorded in the opening day of the Area 7-AAA traditional wrestling meet on Friday in Ellijay. And this Johnson High senior's strong performance at 189 pounds hasn't qualified him yet for next weekend's state finals at the Gwinnett Arena.
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville High's lone senior Abby Musselwhite was prepared to play in Saturday night's Region 7-AAA title game as part of a program that has played for the region crown the past 12 seasons in a row.
East Hall's boys basketball team is used to the stakes getting progressively higher this time of the year. This is the point in the season when the next game is always most important for the Vikings (21-5).
CUMMING - Jerry Davis' coaching career isn't over yet.
The Lanierland basketball tournament tips off Saturday at Flowery Branch High with the same luster and excitement that has sustained the annual tradition into the 54th edition of this Hall County exclusive high school tournament.
In a move to build a more competitive football program for the future, Johnson High's administration made its decision known Wednesday to continue playing a non-region football schedule for the next two years during the Region 8-AAAA meeting Wednesday in Oakwood.
CLARKSTON - Gainesville stood toe to toe with Tucker for most of the night in the Class AAAAA state semifinals on Friday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. What kept it close was the Red Elephants' remarkable defense for most of the night against the Tigers' vaunted running game.
This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.
Not even a tender left shoulder on quarterback Deshaun Watson or a potent Mundy's Mill running game could keep Gainesville from earning a win in the state quarterfinals on Friday at City Park Stadium.
CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.
CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.
Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.
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