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.
Lakeview Academy notched four scores, a missed extra point and a safety and came away with a 29-28 win against Athens Academy on Friday in Gainesville.
Xavier Gantt powered the top-ranked Buford offense with a trio of touchdowns in a 51-12 victory over Monroe Area on Friday in Monroe.
Riverside Military Academy scored its second win of the season Friday, beating Oglethorpe County 21-0 in Lexington.
Rabun County pulled away late to defeat Union County 45-31 on Friday in Blairsville.
Prince Avenue Christian defeated Towns County 40-7 on Friday.
Fannin County defeated Dawson County 36-28 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Cole Chancey's 130 yards on just three carries propelled Commerce to a 49-10 victory over Providence Christian Academy on Friday in Lilburn.
North Oconee defeated White County 31-6 on Friday in Cleveland.
Five different players scored for Banks County in a wild 49-46 win over Lumpkin County on Friday night in Dahlonega.
West Hall stayed unbeaten in Region 7-AAA play with a 27-12 victory over Franklin County on Friday in Carnesville.
HARTWELL - In what has been a disappointing and tough 2014 campaign, the Jackson County Panthers looked to turn their luck around Friday night and put a second "W" in the win column.
A special teams breakdown and a lost fumble Friday turned the tide quickly against North Hall.
A weather delay and various injury stoppages couldn't stop the Indians as they earned their third straight win on Friday in Blue Ridge, beating Fannin County 34-20.
Union County stayed undefeated, moving to 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Region 8-AA with Friday night's 42-27 win over Greene County in Greensboro.
Johnson shutout Osborne 13-0 Friday night in Oakwood, the Knights' second win in a row.