Kyvon Davenport scored 37 points with 17 rebounds for East Hall's boys in an 83-62 victory against Banks County to claim the Region 7-AAA championship Saturday at Franklin County High in Carnesville. The Vikings (22-5) led 12-4 early in the game to claim its first region title since 2011.
Again and again, coach Jeff Steele credits the Johnson boys basketball team's success to a close-knit family dynamic.
MACON - Elliott Raiford and Michael Carew completed a satisfying culmination Saturday at the traditional state wrestling championships at the Macon Centreplex.
Tom Sexton, Denny Momper, Roy Lyle and Dave Griffin won the Chattahoochee Men's Golf Association's Stableford points event last Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.
Region 7 AAA Girls basketball
There was no special play, no drawn-up attack plan when Jatasia Bailey knocked home the most important 3-pointer of her four years at East Hall High.
Perfect record still intact, the Johnson boys will go for the Region 8-AAAA championship tonight in Oakwood.
CONYERS - Hall County rivals Flowery Branch and Gainesville's girls basketball teams are getting the fourth matchup of the season they anticipated could be coming.
Alyssa Turner recorded a hat trick and an assist to power Gainesville's girls soccer team to an 8-1 victory over Berkmar on Friday in Lilburn.
Northeast Georgia will be well-represented at Friday's traditional wrestling state semifinals.
The North Georgia Christian boys defeated Heritage Christian Academy 85-65 in the first round of the GICAA basketball state playoffs in Flowery Branch on Thursday. Norris Rettiger scored 24 points to lead the Chargers. Chris Palmer added 21 points and Justin Law chipped in 15 for North Georgia Christian.
For Flowery Branch to start an imperfect comeback, Lexie Sengkhammee needed to execute a perfect pass.
Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox has been dismissed from the boys basketball program following an arrest on campus for possession of marijuana.
As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, D'Marcus Simonds recognized what was coming and reacted.
If the Johnson boys have any remaining doubters this season, they'll need to find a new knock against the Knights. There will be no second-round exit for the team this season.
With a 10-point lead after one quarter of play, the Dawson County girls cruised to a 71-40 win in the second round of the Class AAA state tournament on Saturday in Dawsonville. With the win, the top-ranked Lady Tigers (29-0) advance to the state quarterfinals to face Laney this week. Game time and location will be determined by a coin flip.
Everything started on the perimeter for East Hall. By game's end, the Vikings made plays all over the court in a 95-62 second-round Class AAA playoff victory against visiting Peach County on Saturday night.
FORT VALLEY - All season long, East Hall's girls have thrived on responding from adversity in their run to the Class AAA state playoffs.
Hanna Grogan scored 17 points for the Lady Lions, but Lakeview Academy fell 51-43 to Calvary Day in the first round of the Class A Private basketball state tournament on Friday in Savannah.
BUFORD - Buford coach Gene Durden had to get the Lady Wolves back to their "bread and butter" to finally gain the separation they needed against Westover.
EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.
COMMERCE - Freshmen normally aren't the go-to players for any team, especially during the playoffs.
HOMER – If there's a winning formula for the second-seed Banks County Leopards in the Class AAA state playoffs, it is get it to the big men.
Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield's game-high 31 points, Johnson's victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.
Gainesville junior D'Marcus Simonds scored 33 points and knocked down a game-winning shot at the buzzer in overtime for a 56-54 win against North Atlanta in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament on Thursday.
Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.
In some ways, it took East Hall an entire season to hold off and ultimately defeat Oconee County in Wednesday's first-round state playoff game.
JEFFERSON - The Banks County Lady Leopards' tough region served them well in the opening round of the Class AAA state basketball tournament.