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.
Chestatee's Reed Johnson stayed undefeated on the season with a 6-1, 6-0 singles win to fuel the War Eagles in a 5-0 win against Stephens County on Tuesday.
After six years in Gainesville, Julie Rushing has decided to resign as head volleyball coach at Chestatee High School, according to a Hall County Schools press release.
At least for one tournament, Gainesville junior golfer Spencer Ralston was happy to put up some high scores.
The North Hall High baseball team defeated Monroe Area 12-2 in five innings on the strength of a 10-run fourth inning Monday night.
The Gainesville High baseball team didn't take long to shake the sour taste from Saturday's loss to Buford.
Gainesville's newest face on the block may give the Red Elephants their best shot at a region title in three years.
J.T. Eggert hit two home runs and had four RBIs as Dawson County defeated Banks County 5-2 on Friday night.
A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.
Fowler Brooks finished with two hits and two RBIs as North Hall defeated Johnson 7-0 on Wednesday in Oakwood.
East Hall scored four runs in the sixth inning to down Banks County 8-0 on Tuesday in Homer.
After three years of consecutive penalty shootouts, East Hall's Chris Horton said he and Dawson County coach Jed Lacey have joked that it's not even worth his teams playing the decisive region battle.
Derek Eder struck out six batters as the Flowery Branch baseball team defeated Clarke Central 10-0 on Monday.
Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.
Leo Toledo scored five goals and added three assists as the fifth-ranked East Hall Vikings defeated the Banks County Leopards 11-1 on Friday in Gainesville.
It isn't a good idea to sleep on Elliott Raiford. Truth be told, it's probably not worth sleeping at all.
Jonathan Hughes struck out 18 batters and allowed just one hit for Flowery Branch in an 8-0 win against Clarke Central on Friday.
Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.
Liz Fischer scored both goals as the Gainesville High girls soccer team won 2-0 at Loganville on Thursday night to secure the Region 8-AAAAA title, its first region championship in three years. Margaret Carpenter and Breana Fair had the assists on Fischer's goals.
The Flowery Branch High fencing team capped off a strong season with a rewarding finish.