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.
Friday's baseball game between Chestatee and White County magnified how physically grueling a week its been for both teams. Weather cancellations earlier in the week made for a busy stretch early in the Region 7-AAA schedule. With games postponed from Monday, most in 7-AAA are having to play four games in as many days.
DECATUR - West Hall's boys basketball team can take comfort in the fact that it didn't get star struck going up against second-ranked Columbia (29-2) in the second round of Class AAA state playoffs on Wednesday night in Decatur.