Jessi Vaverka did everything she could to make sure she would be with her Buford High teammates when the Lady Wolves' soccer season started in February.
Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.
West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."
Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.
KENNESAW - Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 7-over 79 in U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying held at Pinetree Country Club on Tuesday.
Everything really fell into place in a hurry for Hunter Mallard when he started to learn the ropes of the pole vault. As a freshman in 2014 at Gainesville High, he noticed it took strength, speed and lots of technique to master it appropriately. Now, less than a year after first trying his hand at this most complex event, he's going for a national title.
North Hall High Principal Jamey Moore has named former Lanier High football coach and athletic director Billy Wells as his choice to become the school's new athletic director, pending school board approval. The announcement was made Monday in a press release from Gordon Higgins, Hall County Director of Community Relations and Athletics.
Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.
Summer provides a different set of challenges than the fall season for cross country runners, and local teams have been hard at work to make sure they've made good use of these offseason months.
If you look closely during 7-on-7 summer football scrimmages, you'll see defenses on the field. As much as these fast-paced passing camps are designed to improve offenses, coaches say the setup also gives them a great defensive test.
ATHENS - Gainesville High rising junior Spencer Ralston has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the second year in a row.
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Colton Quinones was a spectator when Class AAAAA discus medals were handed out in 2013.
Gabrielle Hoffman never planned on being a pole vaulter. But a quick exchange at practice as a freshman at North Hall jumpstarted a passion that led to a pair of state championships.
Andrew Smith and Sims Griffith are friends with the same expectations in the Heartland Baseball Classic, even though they will take very different roads once this week-long baseball showcase for some of the nation's top talent representing seven different states is complete in Oklahoma.
An hour-long lightning delay didn't stop Kali Turner from going 2-for-3 with two singles to help East Hall beat North Hall 10-5 Wednesday night.
Long before Jeremiah Goss ever donned a varsity football uniform - back when he was still steamrolling linebackers in youth games - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw a future high school star.
Whitney Ledford, Madison Oliver and Kara England each put up two hits for Gainesville in a 6-2 win against Chestatee on Tuesday.
The Banks County softball team scored a trio of victories on Saturday to win the Stephens County Threads Tournament for the second straight year.
CLEVELAND – Even without Deshaun Watson, Gainesville's offense still looks awfully tough to stop.
The Buford softball team tallied 14 hits in a 7-3 victory against Archer on Friday in the Hawk-Bulldog Tournament at Flowery Branch.
Jefferson and West Hall players finally got to hit someone other than their own teammates Thursday night, as they faced off in one of the area's first scrimmages.
Kayla Street pitched a complete game with only a single earned run allowed for Gainesville in a 9-5 win against West Hall on Thursday in Gainesville. Abby Smallwood, Street, Courtney Presnell, Madison Oliver, Whitney Ledford and Tyra Newton each added a hit and run scored for the Lady Red Elephants, who move to 5-1 on the season.
Gainesville's Kayla Street struck out seven batters, while putting up two hits with two runs and two batted in for a 4-2 win against Central Gwinnett on Wednesday in Lawrenceville.
During the spring of 1985, fans of the Gainesville High baseball team routinely backed up their trucks onto the side of Elephant Trail, sat on the tailgates and settled in to watch Deuce Roark and his teammates play one final season on the campus field.
Whitney Coles tallied 15 assists and five aces for Flowery Branch in wins against East Hall (24-26, 25-13, 25-22), Gilmer (25-22, 19-25, 25-22) and Jackson County (25-11, 25-20) on Tuesday in Gainesville.
Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin didn't have time Tuesday evening to think ahead to how the Falcons might be looking come playoff time in November.
Jefferson coach Mike Paul didn't have a lot to complain about following the Battle at The Branch.
The Flowery Branch softball team beat county rival Chestatee 9-2 on Monday night.
The North Hall volleyball team couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.