In Region 8-AAAA, the subregion system which led to an undefeated team taking a No. 2 seed into the AAAA playoffs has been scrapped for 2008. But that means there's no room for non-region warm-up games. This year, every game counts in this 11-team region.
The Stephens County-Hart County rivalry didn't need an influx of excitement - the game has decided the Region 8-AAA championship each of the last three seasons. But when Ren Teasley, the Bulldogs' leading rusher for the last two seasons, showed up at Stephens County practice to start the 2008 season, that's exactly what it got.
The Johnson High football program is itching to end a three-year span without a playoff appearance. With a team returning 13 starters and equipped with talented skill players, Johnson coach Paul Friel feels like the Knights can compete against traditional contenders Flowery Branch and Gainesville in Region 7B-AAA.
The North Hall girls tennis program topped Chamblee 3-2 in the second round of the Class AAAA state tournament on Monday. With the win, the Lady Trojans with play the winner of North Oconee/Woodward Academy in the state quarterfinals later this week. Time and location are still to be determined.
Whether they're striding or limping into this week's first round of the state playoffs, the area's girls soccer teams will find hard matchups across the board. With winning streaks in hand, Gainesville, Buford, Chestatee and Lumpkin County are all riding the highs of their recent success. Dawson County will have to hope recent injuries don't hamper them in a fascinating 2 vs. 3 seed matchup on Thursday, while East Hall is starring in its first ever state playoff appearance.
The Jefferson High boys and girls track and field program claimed the Region 8-AAA championship Saturday. The Dragons' boys won with 177.5 points, ahead of second-place Oconee County (158) and Elbert County (92). The Jefferson girls won with 168, ahead of Morgan County (96) and Hart County (89.5).
April 25, 2015|
Times sports reports