Banks County High running back Justin Beasley may not attract scouts from big Division I schools or have five stars next to his profile on recruiting web sites, but what he has done for the Leopards this year has made him a big name among Region 8-AA football teams.
Flowery Branch High cross country runner Daniel Martinez didn't win the Region 7-AAA race last Thursday at Unicoi State Park, but without his 16-minute, 39-second fourth-place finish, Class AAA's top-ranked Falcons may have not won the region title.
A brotherhood, a family, a stone wall. Those are a few of the words that the seven members of the Gainesville offensive line used to describe themselves, but their coach Bruce Miller had the best one-word summation: Unity.
With one week left to play in the regular season, the playoff picture is getting clearer. Except of course in Region 8-AAAA and Region 7-AAA, where the teams that make the postseason could come down to a mathematical equation.
Jonathan Gettys recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of hits for Gainesville in a 6-2 win against Greenbrier to open the Class AAAAA state championship series in Evans. Game 2 will begin at 6 p.m.
After Gainesville wrapped up its state semifinal sweep of Jones County last week, athletic director Wayne Vickery leaned back against the rail on the steps overlooking Ivey-Watson Field, where he won five state titles as the school's baseball coach.
ROSWELL - For the first time in program history, the Jefferson Dragons' baseball team played for a state championship on Saturday at Blessed Trinity. The problem was, they were playing the defending Class AAA state champions, the Blessed Trinity Titans.
FAYETTEVILLE - Buford baseball coach Tony Wolfe got the icewater bath when it was all said and done Saturday night. At the same time, Wolves catcher Joey Bart was crouched down, holding tight to his team's shiny state championship trophy.
The top-ranked Buford baseball program will play for the Class AAAA state championship against Whitewater, starting with a doubleheader in the best-of-three championship series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville.
Gregg Hartsuff took out a screwdriver as he worked on a trophy in the bed of his truck, carefully putting the cup back together after disassembling it for the long drive down from Ann Arbor, Mich. It's a labor of love for the University of Michigan men's rowing coach, who has led his team to seven straight American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) national championships, including four since the tournament moved to Gainesville.
ATLANTA - After dropping Game 2 of the Class AAA state semifinals to the Westminster Wildcats, Jefferson coach Tommy Knight said his team would "be better" in a pressure-packed, season-deciding Game 3.
The Gainesville High baseball team will visit Greenbrier for the Class AAAAA state championship, starting with a doubleheader in the best-of-three series at 3 p.m. Monday in Columbia County. The third game, if necessary, would be Tuesday.
ATLANTA - The Jefferson Dragons' baseball team split its first two games against the Westminster Wildcats in the Class AAA state semifinals on Tuesday. The deciding Game 3 will be played today at 5:30 p.m. at Westminster. The winner plays at Blessed Trinity for the Class AAA state championship on Saturday.
Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 73 to win the Class AAA girls golf individual state title Monday at Horseshoe Bend in Roswell. Caldwell beat out second place finisher Clara Halsey of Sonoraville. The Dawson County girls finished seventh as a team with a score of 298. In addition to Caldwell's 73, Sydney Morgan shot a 103 and Hannah McConnell shot a 122 for the Lady Tigers. The Dawson County boys shot a 343 to finish seventh at the state tournament. David Ford led the way with an 81.