A glance into the rafters at Johnson High's gymnasium reveals quite a run of late for the Knights' boys basketball program.
All-Area Volleyball First Team
Eight seasons ago, Ted Deppe took charge of an East Hall volleyball team that had won a single match in its first four years of existence.
Ted Deppe's best choice for outside hitter quickly became the best roster move in East Hall volleyball history.
Breanna Locke led four double-digit scorers with 19 points as Flowery Branch dominated Forsyth Central 70-34 on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Anne Kelley tallied 16 points as the Lady Trojans routed Lanier 51-19 on Friday in Gainesville.
The North Hall High wrestling team finished third in the Lambert High School Hook 'Em Holiday Clash on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ty Cockfield could hear the chants ringing from the other side of the court as Johnson limped into halftime of the Lanierland title game.
Neither team could get in a rhythm or sustain momentum. Neither team could find much breathing room or stay out of foul trouble. And making foul shots was a tricky exercise for the pair of rivals.
The Banks County girls emerged victorious in the Commerce Holiday Tournament after a 60-52 win against Madison County in the championship game on Tuesday.
A pair of undefeated teams will battle for the Lanierland boys basketball championship.
Winning her team's ninth straight game in a row was pretty cool, according to Flowery Branch's freshman guard Lexie Sengkhammee.
Following Tylor Brown's best performance in an East Hall uniform, Vikings coach Joe Dix raved about how composed his talented junior looked.
Kylah Mize has not taken a back seat shooting the ball to her more veteran East Hall teammates. Though only a sophomore, Mize had the hot hand early in the Lanierland opener on Saturday against Lakeview Academy. Lady Vikings coach Justin Wheeler has no reservations about letting her take the shot when it's open.
The Gainesville High football program made a run to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals this season, while West Hall earned the Region 7-AAA championship.
All Johnson coach Jeff Steele wanted for senior wing Roderick English was to pick up 16 rebounds in Tuesday's home game against North Hall.
Hazel Hall wanted to speed Gainesville up.
Carly Winters knocked down eight 3-pointers for 24 points and tied the East Hall school record for most 3s in a game as the Lady Vikings defeated Lumpkin County 64-38 on Tuesday in Dahlonega.
Lakeview Academy's Hanna Grogan already has many of the skills for playing at the college level, according to her coach John Carrick, even though she's only a sophomore. Carrick would know as well as anyone, having coached at Georgia College for 27 years, before retiring and coming to Lakeview five years ago.
The North Georgia Christian boys basketball team defeated Maranatha Christian Academy 55-31 on Monday in Flowery Branch.
Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.
The way Gainesville's boys spread the wealth scoring points, it made for an easy win at North Hall on Saturday. Junior D'Marcus Simonds had a typical big night scoring, junior center Tyler Scott was key inside with hitting baskets and changing the direction of Trojans shots, and K.J. Buffen scored a number of early baskets for the Red Elephants.
Ty Cockfield scored a game-high 26 points as undefeated Johnson (20-0) topped West Hall 65-40 on Saturday. Rod English was also in double figures, scoring 15 for the Knights.
In the race for third place in the talent-packed Region 8-AAAA, White County won the first lap.
Flowery Branch's Julianne Sutton connected on 9 of 10 shots from the field and scored a team-high 19 points in a 69-31 win against Apalachee on Friday in Winder. Sutton also finished with 13 rebounds.
A scoring drought that lasted more than a quarter and a pair of dynamic brothers from Oglethorpe County were too much for the Riverside Military Academy basketball team to overcome Friday night.
Buford's Camille Anderson hasn't forgotten the agony attached to coming up three points short of St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship last year, a game she felt her squad should have won.
A football player by upbringing, Derek Benoit was ready for much of the tough preseason conditioning program that wrestling coach Kendall Love demands of the Commerce squad.
Another game, another signature reel of Ty Cockfield highlight moves.
East Hall's relentless effort proved to be too much for Banks County in a matchup of Region 7-AAA's best boys basketball teams Tuesday night.