North Hall volleyball coach Emi Hughes put her hands above her head, closed her eyes and took a long, deep breath as she made her way back to the bench Tuesday evening.
After securing their first-ever state tournament softball appearance last week by sweeping Heritage in a best-of-three series, the Flowery Branch Falcons made progress Monday night toward possibly hosting a round of the tournament and maybe even winning the Region 8-AAAAA softball tournament title.
Kennedy Kotula pitched a shutout for Buford, securing a series sweep of White County, 7-0 and 19-1, in the best-of-three series of the Region 8-AAAA softball tournament on Saturday in Buford. She allowed only two hits over seven shutout innings.
The Flowery Branch softball team defeated Heritage 5-3, 5-4 in a best-of-three Region 8-AAAAA tournament series to earn its first state tournament berth in school history on Wednesday in Conyers.
Sydney King tallied 15 digs, three service points and an ace Tuesday night as the Gainesville Red Elephants defeated Lanier and Clarke Central on Tuesday night.
Shelby Griffin recorded a double, a two-run home run and three RBIs to lead Flowery Branch to a 16-5 victory against Gainesville in the first round of the Region 8-AAAAA playoffs on Tuesday.
It started with a suggestion from a middle school gym teacher at Chestatee Academy.
The Chestatee High volleyball team went 1-1 on its Senior Night on Monday.
The North Hall High volleyball team went undefeated through five matches to win the Hall County volleyball tournament on Saturday afternoon.
Samantha Thomas had a two-run homer in the first inning to spark Buford to a 14-0 win in the regular-season Region 8-AAAA championship against Madison County on Thursday in Danielsville.
Pitcher Emily Crocker improved to 4-0 from the circle as the Buford Lady Wolves held off Grayson Wednesday night in a 4-3 victory.
Kayla Montague, Madison Oliver and Kayla Street each had two hits and two RBIs for the Lady Red Elephants in a 13-1 win against Salem on Tuesday in Gainesville. Abby Smallwood also had two RBIs.
Emily Crocker's love for softball began at the age of 4. She was watching her brother's baseball team and saw girls playing.
The North Hall softball team defeated Lumpkin County 6-2 on Monday night.
Emily Crocker pitched a perfect game in the Buford softball team's 10-0 five-inning victory over Monroe Area on Thursday in Monroe. The senior struck out five batters and improved her record to 3-0 in the circle this season.
D'Marcus Simonds scores 32 points for Gainesville in a 74-71 win against St. Martin (Miss.) on Wednesday in Foley, Ala.
Sadie Cleveland scored 20 points to lead North Hall's girls basketball team to a 61-56 win over Lakeview Academy in the Piedmont College Tournament final on Tuesday in Demorest.
Three Red Elephants scored in double figures Monday night in a 76-52 Gainesville win over Daphne High School in Alabama.
Just when it seemed like the Johnson boys basketball team finally had some breathing room, King's Ridge Christian wouldn't go away.
COAL MOUNTAIN - North Forsyth head coach Brian Moon leaned forward in his chair after the first quarter and asked Flowery Branch coach David Sokol if the Falcons were ever going to miss a shot.
The Lakeview Academy boys basketball team defeated host Chattanooga Christian 66-40 in a Saturday game in Tennessee.
Sydney Cleveland posted a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Trojans as North Hall defeated Clarke Central 70-68 on Friday in Athens.
East Hall's girls basketball team opened the season with a 57-42 victory against North Gwinnett on Tuesday in Gainesville.
He's pitched under the sunny skies of Long Beach, Calif., and the intense atmosphere of urban Venezuela, but Jonathan Hughes decided Atlanta would be the best choice to continue his storied baseball career.
Three local players earned first-team All-Region softball honors for Region 8-AAAAA.
Norris Rettiger and Justin Law combined for 30 points, and the North Georgia Christian boys basketball team defeated Maranatha Christian Academy 57-37 Monday in Oakwood.
After two seasons at the helm of the Raiders, Habersham Central head coach Michael Pollock has resigned, the school announced Thursday.
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