BUFORD - Allen Whitehart's message to his Buford boys basketball team before Tuesday night's second-round matchup against Blessed Trinity was simple.
Hanna Grogan scored a game-high 24 points but it wasn't enough as the Lakeview Academy Lady Lions fell to Mount Paran 52-49 in the first round of the Class A state basketball playoffs on Monday night in Kennesaw.
ATLANTA - With a late-season surge fueled by a young roster, East Hall's girls showed they have a bright future ahead of them.
BUFORD - With its season on the line, Buford had to turn some negatives into positives just to stay alive.
COLLEGE PARK - North Hall's girls basketball team played with all the heart and effort its coach Kristi House could have hoped for in Monday's second-round playoff game at Woodward Academy.
BUFORD - Chip Ness tried to do a bit too much in the opening round of his Class AAA traditional wrestling championship match against Towers High's Derival Stevenson. Luckily, it didn't cost him.
The upset loss that Johnson's boys suffered against Shaw in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs weighed on coach Jeff Steele for the past year.
Jefferson's wrestling team claimed its 14th straight traditional team wrestling championship on Saturday night, while Commerce claimed its first-ever traditional championship.
The East Hall boys survived its first-round matchup in the Class AAA state playoffs with a 60-58 win against Ringgold on Saturday. With the win, the Vikings move on to face Morgan County in the second round on Tuesday in Madison.
East Hall's girls opened the Class AAA basketball state playoffs on Friday with the poise and passion of a team destined for a long run, even though just a week ago it was a long shot that the Lady Vikings would even reach the postseason.
Sydney Cleveland's 17 points and 11 rebounds led the North Hall girls to a 62-53 first-round win over Sonoraville in the Class AAA state tournament on Friday in Sonoraville.
A season of historic measures ended in misfortune for the Chestatee girls' basketball team.
Jeff Steele doesn't see many weaknesses in his Johnson boys' basketball team this season. That might be why the Knights have plenty of confidence heading into Saturday night's Class AAAA first-round matchup against Stone Mountain.
The Lakeview Academy and Towns County girls basketball teams have both been selected to play in the Class A state tournaments, according to an announcement made Friday by the GHSA.
The North Hall boys scored two first-half goals to defeat Chestatee in the semifinals of the Northeast Georgia Mountains Cup on Thursday in Gainesville.
Logan Burt hit the walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 14-12 win for Dawson County against West Hall on Friday in Dawsonville.
Brian Newman went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs to lead West Hall to a 5-4 win against White County in eight innings on Thursday in Cleveland. With the win, the Spartans completed a two-game sweep of the Warriors.
The Gainesville girls golf team has looked to Meg Callahan to be a soft-spoken but strong leader since her freshman season, when she finished with the lowest stroke average in the program and won the team's player of the year award.
Colton Chester hit two home runs for Dawson County as the Tigers upset previously unbeaten Buford 3-2 on Wednesday in Dawsonville.
While there were about 30 Major League Baseball scouts huddled behind home plate to get a look at White County pitcher Spencer Adams, it was West Hall pitcher Zach English who managed to steal the show Wednesday night.
Gainesville's starting rotation has strung together quite the pitching line against Clarke Central in two years of Region 8-AAAAA meetings. A year after Gainesville pitchers tossed a pair of no-hitters against the Gladiators, senior Chandler Newton gave up just two hits in a complete-game, 12-2 victory in five innings on Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.
A rough start to a crucial region game made the Flowery Branch baseball's team playoff hopes a little less comfortable.
Michael Gettys hit two doubles, a home run and drove in two runs as Gainesville defeated Loganville 9-6 on Tuesday in Loganville.
After losing the top three pitchers from last season's state runner-up team, the North Hall Trojans seem to have found a new ace for their pitching staff.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons have added two potential starters to their secondary by signing safety Dwight Lowery and cornerback Josh Wilson.
While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.
As Buford's Chip Ness went through drills practicing for his final state tournament in February, he broke out into a grin. Wolves coach Rob Carlyle wanted to know what was so funny.
It might be hard for Rob Carlyle to match what he accomplished this season as Buford's wrestling coach, but he's eager to give it a shot. Led by four-time state champion Chip Ness, the Wolves capped off a historic season with Class AAA state titles both in duals and traditionals in 2014.
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