East Hall's girls opened the Class AAA basketball state playoffs on Friday with the poise and passion of a team destined for a long run, even though just a week ago it was a long shot that the Lady Vikings would even reach the postseason.
Sydney Cleveland's 17 points and 11 rebounds led the North Hall girls to a 62-53 first-round win over Sonoraville in the Class AAA state tournament on Friday in Sonoraville.
A season of historic measures ended in misfortune for the Chestatee girls' basketball team.
Jeff Steele doesn't see many weaknesses in his Johnson boys' basketball team this season. That might be why the Knights have plenty of confidence heading into Saturday night's Class AAAA first-round matchup against Stone Mountain.
The Lakeview Academy and Towns County girls basketball teams have both been selected to play in the Class A state tournaments, according to an announcement made Friday by the GHSA.
The North Hall boys scored two first-half goals to defeat Chestatee in the semifinals of the Northeast Georgia Mountains Cup on Thursday in Gainesville.
The Johnson girls basketball team will be under new guidance next season.
Buford's Chip Ness is knocking on the door of a special fraternity heading into this weekend's Class AAA traditional wrestling state championships.
Taylor Hawks put up 19 points to lead the Gainesville girls to a 47-45 overtime win against Loganville to take third place in the Region 8-AAAAA tournament Wednesday in Loganville.
There doesn't seem to be much of a dividing mark between the regular season and playoffs, which open Friday for 17 local programs, with first-round games.
SUGAR HILL - Tuesday's Region 8-AAAA championship games at Lanier High featured a barn-burner and a blowout.
BUFORD- The best basketball in Region 7-AAA is played just inside Gwinnett County.
Kirk Schneider tallied 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and five rebounds for Lakeview Academy as they defeated Hebron Christian 68-56 in the Region 8-A third-place game on Tuesday in Commerce.
BUFORD - The East Hall girls have had no time to listen to the naysayers. The only expectations they care about are the ones coming from inside their own locker room after an up-and-down regular season that has given way to the Region 7-AAA tournament.
BUFORD - The Buford boys' basketball team didn't panic. Instead, the Wolves stayed focused on the game plan and methodically worked their way out of a double-digit deficit and into the state semifinals.
JEFFERSON – Even in the boisterous confines of its own gym, the Jefferson boys' basketball team knew it couldn't let a team like top-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian get ahead.
The Gainesville girls snagged three singles tennis wins to overcome North Hall 3-2 on Thursday in Gainesville.
J.T. Eggert pitched five shutout innings with eight strikeouts and three hits and hit a three-run homer to lead Dawson County to a 12-0 victory against East Jackson on Wednesday in Commerce.
BUFORD - Defense wins championships. A good offense doesn't hurt either.
The first words used by Johnson coach Jeff Steele to describe his team's effort in a difficult second-round playoff loss to Sandy Creek were character and heart.
ATHENS - Charles Mann scored 19 points, Marcus Thornton added 15 and Georgia won its second straight game with a 71-56 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night.
Sadie Foote scored a goal and notched an assist to lead the Chestatee girls to a 4-0 win against Cedar Shoals in their first home game of the season on Tuesday.
BUFORD - Allen Whitehart's message to his Buford boys basketball team before Tuesday night's second-round matchup against Blessed Trinity was simple.
Hanna Grogan scored a game-high 24 points but it wasn't enough as the Lakeview Academy Lady Lions fell to Mount Paran 52-49 in the first round of the Class A state basketball playoffs on Monday night in Kennesaw.
ATLANTA - With a late-season surge fueled by a young roster, East Hall's girls showed they have a bright future ahead of them.
BUFORD - With its season on the line, Buford had to turn some negatives into positives just to stay alive.
COLLEGE PARK - North Hall's girls basketball team played with all the heart and effort its coach Kristi House could have hoped for in Monday's second-round playoff game at Woodward Academy.
BUFORD - Chip Ness tried to do a bit too much in the opening round of his Class AAA traditional wrestling championship match against Towers High's Derival Stevenson. Luckily, it didn't cost him.
The upset loss that Johnson's boys suffered against Shaw in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs weighed on coach Jeff Steele for the past year.