Plenty of anticipation and media attention came together Wednesday on National Signing Day, when athletes from across the country made official where they will play their sports in college.
Xavier Bledson has emerged as a reliable 3-point shooter for the Gainesville Red Elephants, even though the freshman's most important basket of the season came much closer to the basket.
Of all the possible permutations that could pan out in Region 8-AAAA, North Hall coach Kristi House cares about just one - if the Lady Trojans win out, they'll likely be among the top three seeds in next week's region tournament.
Roderick English fueled Johnson with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-46 double-overtime win at Stephens County on Tuesday.
North Hall wrestlers won four individual titles at the Area 8-AAAA traditional championships, but it wasn't enough for the Trojans to claim top honors.
Terry Brownlee was close to heading to bed at around 3 a.m. one January morning when he noticed his phone had lit up with a text message.
Dominated on the glass, fruitless from the field and nearing early foul trouble, the Flowery Branch Lady Falcons had little rhythm entering the second half down by four to Winder-Barrow.
It wasn't a track meet. The Johnson Knights just made it look that way.
The Lakeview Academy girls basketball team stayed undefeated in Region 8-A play with a 47-43 victory against Towns County on Friday in Gainesville.
High school wrestling enters the second phase of its postseason this weekend.
All Johnson coach Jeff Steele wanted for senior wing Roderick English was to pick up 16 rebounds in Tuesday's home game against North Hall.
Hazel Hall wanted to speed Gainesville up.
Carly Winters knocked down eight 3-pointers for 24 points and tied the East Hall school record for most 3s in a game as the Lady Vikings defeated Lumpkin County 64-38 on Tuesday in Dahlonega.
Lakeview Academy's Hanna Grogan already has many of the skills for playing at the college level, according to her coach John Carrick, even though she's only a sophomore. Carrick would know as well as anyone, having coached at Georgia College for 27 years, before retiring and coming to Lakeview five years ago.
The North Georgia Christian boys basketball team defeated Maranatha Christian Academy 55-31 on Monday in Flowery Branch.
Bailey Whtlock had two hits and drove in a run for Lakeview Academy in an 11-1 win against Johnson on Monday in Gainesville. Rob Hamby, Rob Collison and J.D. Roark also drove in runs with a hit for the Lions. On Wednesday, Lakeview Academy hosts West Hall at 4:30 p.m.
Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).
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.