ALL-AREA GIRLS FIRST TEAM
Even before his freshman year at Johnson High, Fabian Abarca announced his arrival on the high school soccer scene.
Jessi Vaverka did everything she could to make sure she would be with her Buford High teammates when the Lady Wolves' soccer season started in February.
Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.
West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."
Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.
KENNESAW - Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 7-over 79 in U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying held at Pinetree Country Club on Tuesday.
Everything really fell into place in a hurry for Hunter Mallard when he started to learn the ropes of the pole vault. As a freshman in 2014 at Gainesville High, he noticed it took strength, speed and lots of technique to master it appropriately. Now, less than a year after first trying his hand at this most complex event, he's going for a national title.
North Hall High Principal Jamey Moore has named former Lanier High football coach and athletic director Billy Wells as his choice to become the school's new athletic director, pending school board approval. The announcement was made Monday in a press release from Gordon Higgins, Hall County Director of Community Relations and Athletics.
Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.
Summer provides a different set of challenges than the fall season for cross country runners, and local teams have been hard at work to make sure they've made good use of these offseason months.
If you look closely during 7-on-7 summer football scrimmages, you'll see defenses on the field. As much as these fast-paced passing camps are designed to improve offenses, coaches say the setup also gives them a great defensive test.
ATHENS - Gainesville High rising junior Spencer Ralston has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the second year in a row.
Boys first team
Colton Quinones was a spectator when Class AAAAA discus medals were handed out in 2013.
DAWSONVILLE - Joy Lewis fielded the final out from the pitchers circle and fired the ball over to teammate Brooke Wende at first base.
BUFORD - Samantha Thomas and Tessa Daniels have identical expectations for the Buford softball program in the upcoming state championship rounds, even though they have very different experiences playing in Columbus.
Sydney Cleveland led North Hall with 17 kills, 11 digs and an ace to lead North Hall to the Elite 8 in the AAAA state championship.
Emily Roberts says she is usually a little "off and on" when she puts in serious time in the front court blocking for East Hall.
Chris Williamson is too valuable an asset to stand on the Gainesville sideline for long.
Freshman Lindsey Grater finished second out of a field of 106 runners for the Chestatee War Eagles Saturday morning at the Sharptop Invitational in Jasper.
Dawson County softball capped off a rally from an early 8-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat East Jackson 10-9 in Game 3 of their Class AAA first round playoff series on Thursday in Dawsonville.
East Hall just wasn't playing its game midway through Wednesday's match, according to coach Ted Deppe.
The North Hall High volleyball team opened the Class AAAA playoffs with a 3-0 home victory against Mary Persons on Wednesday.
Ted Deppe heard the questions surrounding his program.
Kelly Kahlert doesn't feel like Flowery Branch is an underdog entering its first playoff series in program history.
BUFORD - Tessa Daniels sported a scraped-up elbow and her ears were ringing, but she could wear a big smile about the sequence of events that delivered those side effects.
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