MACON-It was over for Laney two minutes and 13 seconds from the time it began.
Led by Blanche Alverson's five points, Buford went on a 10-0 run over the first two minutes of the game en route to a 27-point first quarter and a 68-42 rout of Laney in the Class AA state semifinals at the Macon Centreplex.
He didn't have to take the penalty. His opponent wasn't going to report the infraction and hesitated to even bring it up. North Hall golfer Jimmy Lloyd could have accepted the out he was offered and gone on with his round in Tuesday's Hall County Championship.
With the exception of playing in the state semifinals for the first time since 2002, the intensified media coverage, and the decorations around every corner reminding them to "Take State," the week hasn't really been that different for the Gainesville High boys' basketball team.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High baseball coach Jimmy Lawler has to be pleased with the way his program handled early season adversity. The Falcons didn't let an early three game losing streak in the Region 7-AAA schedule throw their season off course.
David Hartis was in the audience when friend and former protégé Doug Thurmond was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007. Nine years later, Hartis will be the one receiving the plaudits.
Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop carded a 73 to maintain the lead (141) after Saturday's second round of the Gainesville City Championship at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. He leads by one stroke over 2015 Gainesville graduate Nathan Williams.
Gainesville High graduate Jackson Bishop holds a four-shot lead heading into the second round of the Gainesville City Championship, after carding a 4-under par 68 Friday at the Chattahoochee Golf Course in Gainesville.