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.
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.
BUFORD - For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.
HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.
JEFFERSON - The No. 1-seed Jefferson Dragons put together another dominant performance in the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Memorial Stadium, ousting the No. 3-seeded Dodge County Indians, 27-7.
COMMERCE - Once Will Thomas found running room, there was no stopping him.
Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.
Elbert County bested Lumpkin County 28-18 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on Friday night in Dahlonega.
BUFORD - Sixteen different players carried the ball as top-ranked Buford racked up 423 rushing yards on 36 carries to defeat Southeast Whitfield 63-0 in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
HARTWELL - Bryan Gray looked over his team of quiet, disappointed East Hall Vikings and gave them a simple message following their 42-14 loss at Hart County.
The running of Kwon Williams and Tyquan Statham was a perfect analogy for the West Hall football team's mentality on Friday night. Quite simply, the Spartans refused to go down without a fight.
JEFFERSON - With freezing temperatures, it took a little time for the Jefferson Dragons' offense to warm up offensively during its Class AAA state playoff opener against the Franklin County Lions.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.