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.
BUFORD - Early in the third quarter Friday, Buford senior Blanche Alverson stopped playing nice. The Auburn signee decided to take control for the top-ranked Lady Wolves. She scored 11 of her season-high 29 points in the third quarter and added seven rebounds to pace Buford in a 77-41 win against Callaway in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.
BUFORD - It may have just been the first game of 2009, but Buford High baseball coach Tony Wolfe still left the field with a pretty good feeling about the way his club will be able to operate offensively this season. The Wolves strung together six hits with runners is scoring position en route to a 13-5 win against North Hall on Monday at Buford City Park.
East Hall High girls coach Joey Rider doesn't need a No. 1 seed in the Region 7-AAA tournament. The second-seeded Lady Vikings (19-7) may have more than enough depth to compensate for its lower spot in the bracket.