The competition at the top in Region 8-AAAAA has been a constant battle all season on the girls' side. From beginning to end, Flowery Branch (20-3, 12-1) and Gainesville (18-7, 10-3) have stood out near the top.
Johnson coach Jeff Steele is leading a group that completed the first unbeaten regular season in program history. Gainesville's Benjie Wood lauded how his team has grown up and overcome obstacles this season in compiling a 23-2 record.
ATLANTA - Ty Powers had already earned a state title and completed his swimming for the day. But he still had one more important task at the 1A-5A state championships Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Fresh off the first area title in program history, Buford coach Rob Caryle had high hopes for the Wolves at state sectionals.
The East Hall's boys' final win of the regular season was just the icing on the cake to a perfect 12-0 run in region play.
Josh Randolph's confidence wasn't shaken following Lakeview Academy's disappointing 65-60 home loss to Hebron Christian Friday night.
Riverside Military Academy freshman Griffin Sewell notched 15 points to fuel the Eagles in a 57-46 win over Washington-Wilkes in the final home game of the regular season on Friday in Gainesville.
Ty Powers knows exactly who he is as a swimmer.
Before Caden Cooper and Cole Ford became close friends and senior leaders for the Flowery Branch football team, the pair opened their high school careers at Mill Creek High in Hoschton.
Plenty of anticipation and media attention came together Wednesday on National Signing Day, when athletes from across the country made official where they will play their sports in college.
Xavier Bledson has emerged as a reliable 3-point shooter for the Gainesville Red Elephants, even though the freshman's most important basket of the season came much closer to the basket.
Of all the possible permutations that could pan out in Region 8-AAAA, North Hall coach Kristi House cares about just one - if the Lady Trojans win out, they'll likely be among the top three seeds in next week's region tournament.
Roderick English fueled Johnson with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-46 double-overtime win at Stephens County on Tuesday.
North Hall wrestlers won four individual titles at the Area 8-AAAA traditional championships, but it wasn't enough for the Trojans to claim top honors.
Terry Brownlee was close to heading to bed at around 3 a.m. one January morning when he noticed his phone had lit up with a text message.
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.