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.
Oswaldo Ortega patrols the cafeteria encouraging his team. He uses a mix of humor, prodding and teaching to bring out the best in his fencers. It's clear that Ortega is in element teaching the centuries-old sport that his students are embracing.
D'Marcus Simonds laughed and wore a big smile as he got back on defense.
West Hall's girls scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to overcome Lumpkin County 49-43 on Tuesday.
Elliott Raiford wins almost every time he takes to the mat for the West Hall Spartans, but one of the driving forces for the senior wrestler this season has been one of the three matches he lost as a junior.
Kyvon Davenport erupted for 32 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots for the East Hall boys in a 60-47 win against North Hall on Saturday in Gainesville. Tyler Brown finished with eight points for the Vikings (6-1).
North Hall's Stuart Cunningham was unsure how his team would react to competing in this weekend's Hall County championships.
To break the streak, Lakeview sophomore Tre Gober used a streak of his own to top region rival Providence Christian.
Breana Fair and Kayla Kelly each posted 14 points as Gainesville's girls basketball team defeated Clarke Central 55-47 on Friday in Athens.
The high school wrestling season is still young, but Hall County's teams will get a good look at each other at West Hall this weekend in the Hall County Duals.
It wasn't enough that Gainesville stay undefeated with Tuesday's blowout win over region rival Cedar Shoals.
Taylor Bourdage powered Flowery Branch with 26 points in a 67-45 win against Salem on Tuesday in Flowery Branch.
Pairings have been set for the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, which will be played Dec. 27-30 at West Hall and Chestatee high schools.
The North Georgia Christian boys basketball team defeated visiting Heritage Christian Academy 72-43 on Monday night in Flowery Branch.
Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.
The Chestatee girls had three scorers in double figures in a 47-17 win against Lumpkin County on Saturday. Tyler Bennett led the Lady War Eagles with 18 points, while Brooklyn Popham added 12. Kayla Watson finished with 11 points for Chestatee (2-4). On Friday, the Lady War Eagles face Stephens County at 7 p.m.