The road to earning the right to be called a playoff contender starts with a little damage control over the next couple of weeks for area football programs.
Gainesville High volleyball player Taylor Ricketts' experience on the floor is making a difference for the Lady Red Elephants.
TOCCOA -- If games could end at the point where things start deteriorating for a team, then Flowery Branch would have left The Reservation having dominated Friday's season opener.
COMMERCE -- The Jefferson High football team is turning history around.
The White County High football team lost its season opener to Franklin County, 13-3, Friday night in Cleveland. Franklin County running back Jay Moon put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run. The Lions also scored on an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Dawson County opened its season with a double overtime win against Lumpkin County 26-23 Friday in Dawsonville.
The Buford High football team, ranked No. 1 in Class AA, jumped to a 28-7 lead in the second quarter and cruised to a 42-21 win against Mansfield-Timberview High (Texas) Saturday in the Texas Gridiron Classic at Texas Stadium in Dallas. Storm Johnson, a junior, had touchdown runs of 74, 15 and 2 yards for the defending Class AA state champion Wolves. Cody Getz, a senior, added touchdown runs ...
A possible champion versus a proven champion.
What was billed as a season-opening battle between two playoff hopefuls turned into a coming out party for Blake Sims and the vaunted Gainesville offense.
North Hall junior two-way starter Peyton Wilhoite deserves a new nickname: Mr. Fourth Quarter. The Trojans' fullback scored on a 1-yard run midway through the fourth quarter and then picked off a Johnson pass only 12 seconds later to help ensure North Hall's 28-6 win over Johnson on Friday night at The Brickyard. <font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" ...
Riverside dodged a bullet after allowing Elbert County to pull a spectacular comeback in the final moments of Friday night's game in which Riverside won 21-20.
OAKWOOD -- Shunquez Stephens passed for four touchdowns, the last one to Rodney Gibson with 24 seconds left to play that rallied West Hall to a season-opening 28-27 win Friday night over East Jackson East Jackson's Nick Alvarado missed a 49-yard field goal with 2.7 seconds left Friday night as West Hall escaped with with the win.
The first game of the year can prove to be a barometer for the entire season.
The West Hall High softball team remained undefeated in region play with a 3-1 win over East Hall on Thursday in Oakwood.
Johnson at North Hall
Not even the state's top-ranked baseball team is safe from a bad day at the park.
Although it was a not-so-perfect ending to an almost perfect season for the Buford Lady Wolves soccer team, coach Crystal Fowler knows that this season is one for the history books for the girls soccer program.
West Hall High named Adam Rich as new softball coach on Tuesday by athletic director Scott Justus, replacing Warren Sellers, who stepped down from the softball program following the 2012 season.
North Hall and Gainesville both have a number of things in common, such as strong pitching, exemplary senior leadership and playoff experience. But while the Red Elephants are appearing in the state quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, the Trojans are making their first-ever appearance in the third round.
Nine local tennis players were named to the Region 8-AAAAA All-Region first team, announced Monday.
Gainesville soccer players Ricardo Gomez and Hartley Carter were named the Region 8-AAAAA Boys and Girls Most Outstanding Players, respectively.
West Hall sprinter Maia Caldwell-Booker recorded a time of 11.95 seconds to finish first in the Class AAA 100-meter dash at the girls state track and field meet Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
The East Hall boys soccer team will make its first appearance in the state semifinals following its 4-1 Class AAA quarterfinal win over Pierce County on Saturday in Blackshear.
Elexa Bahr recorded a hat trick with three consecutive goals for the Buford girls soccer team in a 5-0 Class AAA quarterfinal win over Savannah Arts Academy on Friday in Savannah.
As a freshman, White County's Jenna Gearing has taken the Class AAA long distance events by storm.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky junior safety and White County graid Ashely Lowery has been released from the hospital less than a week after a serious car accident and could be back on campus by June.
The Gainesville baseball team has found success this season by playing a relaxed game, even in the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
North Hall's Gabrielle Hoffman won the Class AAA state title in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet on Thursday at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany.
Chestatee's doubles pair of Blaine Brown and Juan Carrion were named to the Region 8-AAAA All-Region first team, announced last Friday.