JEFFERSON - Cole Hightower knows there isn't any shortcut or magic formula to explain Jefferson's success on the statewide stage in wrestling. The Dragons don't credit their triumphs to a stock of naturally superior athletes.
FLOWERY BRANCH - If football is a game of inches, basketball is a game of seconds, and the Flowery Branch boys needed all 1,920 in the game to pull out its 70-68 win over Gainesville on Tuesday night at Flowery Branch High.
Lowndes High defensive back Greg Reid earned Player of the Year honors when the Georgia Football Magazine released its All-Classification team on Tuesday. Buford High's Dallas Lee, a Georgia signee, was named to the First Team offense. Georgia verbal commit Washaun Ealey, from ECI, was named Offensive Player of the Year. Tucker's Jonathan Davis was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year.
The West Hall boys basketball team remained at No. 6 this week in the Georgia Sportswriters Association Poll which was released on Monday. Buford's girls moved up to No. 1 in Class AA. The Gainesville girls dropped to No. 9 in AAA.
January 13, 2009|
From staff reports
FLOWERY BRANCH - When Jordan Frost walks into the Flowery Branch High cafeteria each Monday afternoon, she goes through a meticulous process. This Flowery Branch High fencing club member puts on protection for her chest and shoulders, a jacket, face mask, pants and a glove.
Then the only female member of the first-year fencing club at the school is joined by 11 males athletes on the team as they proceed to fold up and slide away lunch room tables to make room for practice with Hall County's only fencing program at the high school level.
Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 73 to win the Class AAA girls golf individual state title Monday at Horseshoe Bend in Roswell. Caldwell beat out second place finisher Clara Halsey of Sonoraville. The Dawson County girls finished seventh as a team with a score of 298. In addition to Caldwell's 73, Sydney Morgan shot a 103 and Hannah McConnell shot a 122 for the Lady Tigers. The Dawson County boys shot a 343 to finish seventh at the state tournament. David Ford led the way with an 81.
COLUMBUS – The scores were good for Gainesville's boys, especially when you consider the fast greens and humid air pressing golfers during the Class AAAAA championship meet at the Country Club of Columbus.
Flowery Branch's Jake Shewbert added to his strong performance at the Georgia Olympics, earning a fourth-place spot in the 3200 race with a time of 9 minutes, 44.1 seconds at Jefferson Memorial. Joining him in the race for the Falcons, Grant O'Callaghan was ninth (9:53.29).