Gainesville girls tennis coach Kellie Smith knew the talent was there this season with just one major contributor from the previous season gone. Her main job was making all the pieces fit with a blend of experienced varsity standouts and promising freshmen.
Merritt Wilburn and Sipho Khoza earned singles wins to lead Riverside Military to the Region 8-AA championship with a 3-0 win against Jefferson on Thursday in Jefferson.
A 3 1/2-mile move between campuses across town has Todd Cottrell back in a familiar role: filling the shoes of a legend.
DAWSONVILLE - The Buford track and field team outpaced the competition and ran to a decisive Region 7-AAA boys championship, defeating second-place finisher North Hall 162-135 on Thursday afternoon at Dawson County High.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Even with two nationally-ranked teams, Region 8-AAAAA isn't without the occasional baseball upset.
Chestatee's Blaine Brown has been selected as one of the top-10 male student-athlete finalists for the Vincent J. Dooley Foundation scholarship.
Members of the Gainesville High Class AAAAA state championship team received their rings during a ceremony at the school on Thursday afternoon.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch boys tennis team demonstrated why a tournament seeding can mean so little in the long run.
Reed Johnson and Tyler Burgess earned a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles to spur Chestatee to a 3-0 win against Eastside in the Region 8-AAAA tennis tournament on Wednesday at Madison County High in Danielsville, giving the War Eagles just their second state tournament berth in school history.
East Hall girls basketball coach Joey Rider announced his decision to step down from his position on Wednesday.
OAKWOOD - Edwin Mendieta wanted to do something special for his mother on her birthday Tuesday night.
In the region 8-AAAAA tennis tournament in Flowery Branch, Gainesville's boys team earned a pair of wins on Tuesday in Flowery Branch to advance to the championship match.
Zach Bricknell and Trey Rogers combined to drive in five runs as Young Harris College won 6-5 against Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday in Central, S.C.
Football has taken Biff Parson to different parts of the globe, but he insists he's always been a Banks County Leopard at heart. Now he's the school's new football coach. On Tuesday, Parson, 34, was hired to coach at Banks County, the same school his father Ronnie guided as football coach from 1979-1988.
Buford's Josh Bryan admits to having some weaker games early in the Wolves' season, but recently, Bryan found a groove and has been leading Buford on offense in some key region wins.
As North Hall pitcher Preston Graham puts it, now's the time to seize the moment. His Trojans teammates - and their fan base for that matter - would wholeheartedly agree.
Gainesville's Michael Gettys was named the Region 8-AAAAA All-Region Pitcher of the Year, announced Friday.
Looking out over Jody Davis Field, it all comes into focus for North Hall's Griffin Olson.
North Hall (32-4) will host Cartersville (28-7) in the Class AAA baseball state championship series, beginning with a doubleheader at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Gainesville. Game 3, if necessary, will be played Monday in Gainesville. Tickets are $7.
After piling up a program-record 32 wins this season, the North Hall Trojans need just two more victories to call themselves state champions.
Just a season after the East Hall girls basketball team made yet another deep run in the GHSA state tournament, the Lady Vikings finished the 2012-2013 season 10-14, and head coach Joey Rider stepped down from his position.
North Hall enters the deciding third game of its state semifinal series against Blessed Trinity with a pretty positive outlook on things, even though it dropped the second game of the series 8-5 Monday at Jody Davis Field in Gainesville.
Lumpkin County's Morgan Wood shot a 91 to tie for 14th place individually in the Class AAAA girls state golf tournament on Monday at Nob North Golf Course in Cohutta.
Flowery Branch High didn't have to look far to find its next boys basketball coach.
JEKYLL ISLAND - In a place that promotes itself as "Georgia's Jewel," Gainesville's boys golfers closed out one gem of a season on Monday.
For all its success this season, the North Hall baseball team will widely be considered an underdog against No. 1-ranked Blessed Trinity in the Class AAA state semifinals.
The Gainesville High boys golf team has done its best to avoid becoming a victim of its own success this season.
Eleven soccer players combined from Chestatee and Johnson High were named to the Region 8-AAAA All-Region soccer first teams, announced Friday.
Spring football is just as important as a high school coach wants it to be. Even though it's good to get as many players in uniform for evaluation as much as possible, it's up for debate whether it has to be done at the end of the calendar school year to yield any better results.
BLACKSHEAR - This much is certain: one way or another, North Hall will end its historic season in the friendly confines of Jody Davis Field.