February at Buford High means two things: the girls basketball team is gearing up for another state title run and the defending state champion football team is reloading.
College football rivalries among local athletes will probably crank up a notch or two with eight area high school players signing a national letter of intent Wednesday with Football Championship Subdivision programs, and none with the same school.
When Ray Drew opened an account on Facebook three years ago, he joined for the same reason millions of other users do: to network with friends and family. His account grew to 200 friends or so by 2010, but within the next year, his popularity rose to much larger proportions.
Marvin Justice felt like the luckiest man in the world when he received word of his promotion within the Commerce High football program on Monday.
Fifteen area players highlight the 2010 Associated Press All-State High School Football Poll, released Sunday. In Class AAA, Gainesville senior A.J. Johnson was named the Defensive Player of the Year after recording 186 tackles, 12 for loss, one sack and one interception this season from the linebacker position.
When A.J. Johnson speaks, people listen.
CLEVELAND - Tommy Flowers certainly made the most out of a terribly difficult situation this season as White County High's football coach.
Flowery Branch High senior Will Monday was tabbed as Region 8-AAAA Special Teams Player of the Year when the All-Region team was released on Monday.
ATLANTA - Senior quarterback Timmy Byerly accounted for 220 yards and his 51st touchdown as unbeaten Chattahoochee won its first state title, blanking Starr's Mill 24-0 in the Class AAAA championship game Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - Buford's overtime victory for the state title was historic on a number of levels. Not only was it the Wolves' (14-1) fourth straight championship in Class AA, but it was also the program's first game that went to overtime since a 22-21 state quarterfinal win against Hoganville in 1978.
ATLANTA - No matter how hard Calhoun tried, no matter how many big plays it made, and no matter how much heart it had, it just wasn't enough to dethrone Buford.
Three area football players highlight the 2010 Region 8-AAA All-Region Team, as voted on by the region coaches and released Friday.
BUFORD - Here we go again.
Hal Lamb is hoping the third time is a charm.
As quickly as Evan Shirreff's final high school football game began, it had ended with a performance worthy of any All-Star contest.
For some, old habits die hard.
ATLANTA - Buford was in unfamiliar territory, but the Wolves refused to stay there long.
ATLANTA - Quarterback Tobias Oliver scored on a 47-yard run with eight minutes remaining and Northside of Warner Robins won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA football championship with a 25-18 comeback victory over Mays on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - Calhoun scored on a 40-yard double-reverse pass from Baylon Spector to Carson Brown early in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington County, 27-20, to win the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state football title on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.
ATLANTA - Warren Singletary scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Hawkinsville defeated Irwin County, 15-6, for the Georgia High School Association Class A-Public state football title on Friday at the Georgia Dome.
Buford defensive linemen have been harassing opposing quarterbacks all season long. Now the hard-hitting, fast-talking unit is back on a familiar stage: the state championship game.
CARTERSVILLE - Momentum was moving fast in Cartersville's direction. Steven Reese changed that with one play.
Commerce at Irwin County
It's been two years since the Buford Wolves played at Weinman Stadium. But they haven't forgotten the standing-room-only crowd at Cartersville High and the atmosphere surrounding a 21-10 Buford win in the 2012 Class AAA semifinals.
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons' run at a second state championship in three seasons ended Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
BUFORD - Determination helped Joshua Thomas and Buford take control Friday night and punch the Wolves' ticket into the state semifinals for an eighth consecutive season.
COMMERCE - It wasn't a win for the highlight reel, but Commerce coach Michael Brown will take it.