Oswaldo Ortega patrols the cafeteria encouraging his team. He uses a mix of humor, prodding and teaching to bring out the best in his fencers. It's clear that Ortega is in his element teaching the centuries-old sport that his students are embracing.
D'Marcus Simonds laughed and wore a big smile as he got back on defense.
West Hall's girls scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to overcome Lumpkin County 49-43 on Tuesday.
Elliott Raiford wins almost every time he takes to the mat for the West Hall Spartans, but one of the driving forces for the senior wrestler this season has been one of the three matches he lost as a junior.
Kyvon Davenport erupted for 32 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots for the East Hall boys in a 60-47 win against North Hall on Saturday in Gainesville. Tyler Brown finished with eight points for the Vikings (6-1).
North Hall's Stuart Cunningham was unsure how his team would react to competing in this weekend's Hall County championships.
To break the streak, Lakeview sophomore Tre Gober used a streak of his own to top region rival Providence Christian.
Breana Fair and Kayla Kelly each posted 14 points as Gainesville's girls basketball team defeated Clarke Central 55-47 on Friday in Athens.
The high school wrestling season is still young, but Hall County's teams will get a good look at each other at West Hall this weekend in the Hall County Duals.
It wasn't enough that Gainesville stay undefeated with Tuesday's blowout win over region rival Cedar Shoals.
Taylor Bourdage powered Flowery Branch with 26 points in a 67-45 win against Salem on Tuesday in Flowery Branch.
Pairings have been set for the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, which will be played Dec. 27-30 at West Hall and Chestatee high schools.
The North Georgia Christian boys basketball team defeated visiting Heritage Christian Academy 72-43 on Monday night in Flowery Branch.
Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.
The Chestatee girls had three scorers in double figures in a 47-17 win against Lumpkin County on Saturday. Tyler Bennett led the Lady War Eagles with 18 points, while Brooklyn Popham added 12. Kayla Watson finished with 11 points for Chestatee (2-4). On Friday, the Lady War Eagles face Stephens County at 7 p.m.
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.
In some ways, it took East Hall an entire season to hold off and ultimately defeat Oconee County in Wednesday's first-round state playoff game.
JEFFERSON - The Banks County Lady Leopards' tough region served them well in the opening round of the Class AAA state basketball tournament.