The Johnson High football program is itching to end a three-year span without a playoff appearance. With a team returning 13 starters and equipped with talented skill players, Johnson coach Paul Friel feels like the Knights can compete against traditional contenders Flowery Branch and Gainesville in Region 7B-AAA.
As winners of three of the past four region titles, North Hall has been the standard bearer for recent success in Region 7-AAA. But the challenge to the Trojans this season will be to make it back to the state playoffs after losing 15 starters that carried the school to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007.
Most programs that win a state title would be in for a rebuilding season; especially ones with only four returning starters. But at Buford it's just a chance for 18 new starters to etch their names in the history of this program that has won four state titles since 2001.
Riverside Military Academy athletics director Scot Sloan is most excited about creating a 'Friday Night Lights' atmosphere. Eagles football coach Chris Lancaster just hopes his home crowd isn't dwarfed by the opposing fan base of traditional public schools.
The apprehension, good and bad, is all part of the anticipation of Riverside's move this season from the Georgia Independent Schools Association back into the mainstream Georgia High Schools Association.
Megan Rogers was flawless for the North Hall softball team Thursday night. The Lady Trojans' pitcher recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two hits in an 8-0 victory against East Hall at the East Hall Park.
Flowery Branch boys cross country coach Jimmy Sorrells doesn't want to let a high preseason ranking get in the way of his team's ambition. The second-ranked Falcons, according to the gatfxc.com poll, feel like they have a team in place that can improve on last season's third place finish at the Class AAA state meet.
Friday's scrimmage at the Brickyard will be mostly used as a learning tool for North Hall football coach Bob Christmas. The Trojans coach liked the idea that he'll have plenty of quality film to evaluate against Class AAAAA's Roswell, which has been a top-tier Class AAAAA program in recent seasons, even though it did result in a 21-19 loss.
North Hall High baseball coach Trent Mongero is on a mission to send a great big Christmas present to the Czech Republic. He's hoping to send huge packages loaded down with baseball and softball equipment to the people in Hluboka, where he recently visited on a 12-day trip to share his faith and love of baseball through an organization called Purpose Driven Baseball.
Flowery Branch senior safety Greg Palmer calls it a good pressure. The Falcons leader in the secondary knows the window is starting to close to secure a football scholarship with only one season left to play, and he wants to make the most of it.
Chris Davis is quickly emerging as a leader for the Georgia Bulldogs offensive line. During the first day of practice, the Jefferson High graduate was quick to encourage his mates on the offensive line as they ran sprints across the practice field.
Paul Powers was in for a surprise in February when he opened an email from Lindsay Mintenko, the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. It was an opportunity that Powers, a North Hall High grad and University of Michigan freshman swimmer, didn't see coming.
Spencer Adams is not going to let the projections of his talent interfere with his preparation. The first-year minor league right-handed pitcher for Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the White Sox organization said he's going to continue to show up to the ballpark every day with one goal in mind: What do I have to do to get better?