MACON - Moving up to Class AA had little effect on the Jefferson Dragons, who won their eighth consecutive GHSA State Duals title following a dominating 48-19 win over Lovett in their championship match Saturday at the Macon Centerplex.
January 18, 2009|
By Renaldo Stover
For The Times
JEFFERSON - Cole Hightower knows there isn't any shortcut or magic formula to explain Jefferson's success on the statewide stage in wrestling. The Dragons don't credit their triumphs to a stock of naturally superior athletes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - If football is a game of inches, basketball is a game of seconds, and the Flowery Branch boys needed all 1,920 in the game to pull out its 70-68 win over Gainesville on Tuesday night at Flowery Branch High.
Lowndes High defensive back Greg Reid earned Player of the Year honors when the Georgia Football Magazine released its All-Classification team on Tuesday. Buford High's Dallas Lee, a Georgia signee, was named to the First Team offense. Georgia verbal commit Washaun Ealey, from ECI, was named Offensive Player of the Year. Tucker's Jonathan Davis was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year.
The West Hall boys basketball team remained at No. 6 this week in the Georgia Sportswriters Association Poll which was released on Monday. Buford's girls moved up to No. 1 in Class AA. The Gainesville girls dropped to No. 9 in AAA.
January 13, 2009|
From staff reports
Gainesville junior Spencer Ralston fired a blistering second-round 66, and the Red Elephants rallied to beat Marist by one shot at The Invite on Saturday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville. Over 36 holes, Gainesville finished at 573, Marist 574 and Lee Scott Academy placed third 582.
Caleb Whitenton's home run in Game 1 was just the energy boost seventh-ranked Gainesville needed Friday as it completed a two-game sweep of Cambridge in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament at Ivey-Watson Field in Gainesville.
Tim Gale hasn't yet figured out who will make up his starting 11 as West Hall progresses further through the state playoffs. As long as the Spartans keep pulling out wins, however, he'll have a while to tinker with his lineup.
Senior striker Leo Toledo scored eight goals as the fourth-ranked Vikings defeated Jefferson 11-3 in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs. Carlos Castrejon, Ruben Ramirez and Oskar Mejia also scored to lead East Hall into the second round, where the team will travel to Jackson High School on Wednesday.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson Dragons baseball head coach Tommy Knight called hitting "contagious," and nothing exemplified that statement more than the third inning of Game 2 against the Lumpkin County Indians in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
JEFFERSON – With time expiring, and down 4-3, the West Hall Lady Spartans' soccer team needed a prayer to make it to extra time against the Jefferson Lady Dragons. That prayer was answered off the foot of Izabel Salgado.