Bailey Whtlock had two hits and drove in a run for Lakeview Academy in an 11-1 win against Johnson on Monday in Gainesville. Rob Hamby, Rob Collison and J.D. Roark also drove in runs with a hit for the Lions. On Wednesday, Lakeview Academy hosts West Hall at 4:30 p.m.
Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).
If the Johnson boys have any remaining doubters this season, they'll need to find a new knock against the Knights. There will be no second-round exit for the team this season.
With a 10-point lead after one quarter of play, the Dawson County girls cruised to a 71-40 win in the second round of the Class AAA state tournament on Saturday in Dawsonville. With the win, the top-ranked Lady Tigers (29-0) advance to the state quarterfinals to face Laney this week. Game time and location will be determined by a coin flip.
Everything started on the perimeter for East Hall. By game's end, the Vikings made plays all over the court in a 95-62 second-round Class AAA playoff victory against visiting Peach County on Saturday night.
FORT VALLEY - All season long, East Hall's girls have thrived on responding from adversity in their run to the Class AAA state playoffs.
Hanna Grogan scored 17 points for the Lady Lions, but Lakeview Academy fell 51-43 to Calvary Day in the first round of the Class A Private basketball state tournament on Friday in Savannah.
BUFORD - Buford coach Gene Durden had to get the Lady Wolves back to their "bread and butter" to finally gain the separation they needed against Westover.
EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.
COMMERCE - Freshmen normally aren't the go-to players for any team, especially during the playoffs.
HOMER – If there's a winning formula for the second-seed Banks County Leopards in the Class AAA state playoffs, it is get it to the big men.
Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield's game-high 31 points, Johnson's victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.
Gainesville junior D'Marcus Simonds scored 33 points and knocked down a game-winning shot at the buzzer in overtime for a 56-54 win against North Atlanta in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament on Thursday.
Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.
The Jefferson High baseball team picked up a 14-1 and 10-0 doubleheader sweep of East Jackson on Saturday.
ALL-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM
Given one last chance to play high school basketball in their home county, Hall County's best seniors didn't disappoint.
Ty Cockfield had a penchant for making things look easy during his senior year for Johnson High's boys basketball team. Looks can be deceiving.
One of the most telling moments in Camille Anderson's senior season was also one of the scariest.
Coaches are always seeking to get more out of their players.
The Buford High girls basketball team began the 2014-15 season with a sense of unfinished business after losing to St. Pius X in the state title game last year.
Junior Gonzalez delivered when Johnson needed him most - but he's missing a vital piece of equipment.
The Flowery Branch boys soccer team was pushing hard. Down a goal in the second half, the Falcons were creating scoring chances and fending off Gainesville's opportunities.
Jonathan Gettys, Mikey Gonzalez and Michael Curry combined to pitch a perfect game in a 16-0 win against Salem in 2 1/2 innings on Friday.
Some of the most gripping action came right at the end of the Hall County track and field championships.
Spencer Ralston shot a 7-under par 137 to win the individual championship for Gainesville in the Champions Invitational on Tuesday and Wednesday in Alpharetta.
Jonah Crocker tossed a complete-game shutout as the East Hall High baseball team used a five-run sixth inning to roll to a 7-0 win against rival West Hall on Wednesday in Gainesville.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Marq Kilcoyne's final hit of the night went a long way toward snapping Flowery Branch's two-game losing streak.
DAWSONVILLE - After 90 exhausting minutes of two Class AAA heavyweights battling it out, West Hall landed the final punches.