JEFFERSON - Cole Hightower knows there isn't any shortcut or magic formula to explain Jefferson's success on the statewide stage in wrestling. The Dragons don't credit their triumphs to a stock of naturally superior athletes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - When Jordan Frost walks into the Flowery Branch High cafeteria each Monday afternoon, she goes through a meticulous process. This Flowery Branch High fencing club member puts on protection for her chest and shoulders, a jacket, face mask, pants and a glove.
Then the only female member of the first-year fencing club at the school is joined by 11 males athletes on the team as they proceed to fold up and slide away lunch room tables to make room for practice with Hall County's only fencing program at the high school level.
A 2-3 start to the basketball season didn't give Gainesville boys coach Todd Cottrell any reason to panic. Any questioning the Red Elephants level of talent after losing in the first round of the Lanierland tournament and then losing 2-of-3 games in the Wolverine Christmas Invitational, would have to be left to the spectators.
Leaving the nest to play college football had to come with some apprehension for Daniel Franklin. It's not like it's a normal progression to graduate from Habersham Central and move on to the University of Oklahoma to play at the next level.
Flowery Branch High's wrestling team certainly dominated the lightweight divisions in the individual matches of the Hall County championships. Whether that translates into a repeat team title for the Falcons will be determined today at East Hall.
Jaybo Shaw was left doing a little scrambling during his Christmas vacation. No, the Georgia Tech freshman quarterback wasn't trying to stay on his toes to avoid the rush of a defender. The Flowery Branch High graduate was trying to work his magic to secure enough tickets for family members to today's Chick-fil-A bowl against LSU at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Jefferson High senior Zac Crosby was probably one of the happiest players when he found out he was invited to play in today's GACA North South All-Star Classic at Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Immediately, he saw the opportunity to go up against the best high school seniors in the state.
Vince Dooley always likes to make a trip to Gainesville. The former Georgia football head coach and athletic director made his third trip to Gainesville on Friday since he started his book tour three years ago, this time at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center to promote his new book "The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History."