Riverside Military Academy athletics director Scot Sloan is most excited about creating a 'Friday Night Lights' atmosphere. Eagles football coach Chris Lancaster just hopes his home crowd isn't dwarfed by the opposing fan base of traditional public schools.
The apprehension, good and bad, is all part of the anticipation of Riverside's move this season from the Georgia Independent Schools Association back into the mainstream Georgia High Schools Association.
The practice field is ready. The weight room is ready. The new jerseys have been ordered. Year two of the Billy Kirk regime will provide the players with new amenities, but will the team garner any wins? That's the big question.
The Flowery Branch boys cross country team opened the season with a second place finish in a 10 team field, including three defending state champions, Saturday at the Kosh Classic at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
Megan Rogers was flawless for the North Hall softball team Thursday night. The Lady Trojans' pitcher recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two hits in an 8-0 victory against East Hall at the East Hall Park.
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.