ALL-AREA GIRLS FIRST TEAM
Even before his freshman year at Johnson High, Fabian Abarca announced his arrival on the high school soccer scene.
Jessi Vaverka did everything she could to make sure she would be with her Buford High teammates when the Lady Wolves' soccer season started in February.
Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.
West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."
Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.
KENNESAW - Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 7-over 79 in U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying held at Pinetree Country Club on Tuesday.
Everything really fell into place in a hurry for Hunter Mallard when he started to learn the ropes of the pole vault. As a freshman in 2014 at Gainesville High, he noticed it took strength, speed and lots of technique to master it appropriately. Now, less than a year after first trying his hand at this most complex event, he's going for a national title.
North Hall High Principal Jamey Moore has named former Lanier High football coach and athletic director Billy Wells as his choice to become the school's new athletic director, pending school board approval. The announcement was made Monday in a press release from Gordon Higgins, Hall County Director of Community Relations and Athletics.
Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.
Summer provides a different set of challenges than the fall season for cross country runners, and local teams have been hard at work to make sure they've made good use of these offseason months.
If you look closely during 7-on-7 summer football scrimmages, you'll see defenses on the field. As much as these fast-paced passing camps are designed to improve offenses, coaches say the setup also gives them a great defensive test.
ATHENS - Gainesville High rising junior Spencer Ralston has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the second year in a row.
Boys first team
Colton Quinones was a spectator when Class AAAAA discus medals were handed out in 2013.
If Flowery Branch senior Taylor Bourdage seemed a little unfazed by his 21-point performance Saturday night against North Hall, it's because he thinks he can do even better.
All it took for Kylah Mize to get a hot hand at the right time was a hostile crowd, a deadlock to break and the basketball in her hands.
Johnson's boys produced a region preview to whet the appetite of its faithful Friday for what they hope is a long and successful season.
Commerce took a 7-0 lead into halftime, but Irwin County solved the Tigers' defense after the break to win 28-7 in the Class A Public football semifinal on Friday in Ocilla.
Tre Gober scored 20 points and Tae Turner added 17 to lead Lakeview Academy's boys basketball team to a 66-44 win over Commerce in its Region 8-A opener on Wednesday in Gainesville.
The seniors of Hall County's basketball teams heard from someone who once was in their shoes when he experienced an outpouring of support after a family tragedy. They also received a glimpse into the world of the children they help through toys they collected and delivered Thursday morning to the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - What is it that motivates a squad to excel and peak in time to win a championship every season?
Cometh the man, cometh the hour.
Julianne Sutton scored 16 points to lead Flowery Branch's girls basketball team to a narrow 47-44 victory over Clarke Central on Tuesday at home.
North Hall's Sydney Cleveland isn't about to allow a past injury to interfere with enjoying her senior year on the basketball court.
The North Georgia Christian varsity boys basketball team defeated Mountain Area Christian Academy 49-45 on Monday night in Flowery Branch.
COMMERCE GIRLS 66, EAST JACKSON 52: Point guard Mya Jones led the Lady Tigers with 27 points, and her twin sister Asia Jones added 24 points for Commerce.
The East Hall Lady Vikings defeated Northside Christian Academy 58-51 in the Charlotte Hoops Classic on Friday in North Carolina.
Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.