CLEVELAND - Travis Rutkiewicz led the White County High baseball team with a 4-for-4 night at the plate and seven RBIs in an 11-5 win against previously unbeaten Flowery Branch on Thursday night in Cleveland.
GAINESVILLE - Lady Red Elephants goalkeeper Evelyn Murray has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right leg.
The Gainesville (8-3, 5-1) senior, whose been battling through torn ACLs since her sophomore year, overcame an injury that greatly hinders her range of motion to make a diving stop going to her left on a penalty kick and ensure her team a 5-2 win over Chestatee in penalty kicks on Thursday night at City Park.
GAINESVILLE - It would be entirely appropriate to say that Gainesville High's baseball team is in the midst of a playoff caliber stretch of the Region 7-AAA schedule. The Red Elephants drew the luck of the draw having to play all three fellow playoff qualifiers from last season - Flowery Branch, North Hall and Lumpkin County - consecutively.
The Flowery Branch High baseball team remained perfect on the season with a 14-10 win against East Hall on Monday night at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex in South Hall. The Falcons (7-0, 3-0 Region 7-AAA) finished the game with nine hits, highlighted by eight runs and six hits in the sixth inning. Each team had seven errors in the game.
One of my all-time favorite lines in the coach-speak library is "it doesn't matter how you start, it's how you finish." That line is normally thrown out when a team is struggling early on in the season, and the coach is hoping for some sort of ray of light to shine on his team.
North Hall senior Nick Long broke a 22-year-old school record Saturday at the Coaches' Invitational track meet on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta. With a time of 4:26.55 in the 1,600 meter run, Long placed fifth among 30 competitors.
GAINESVILLE - The baseball season is still young, but Flowery Branch High is certainly asserting itself as a contender early on.
The Falcons (6-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) won at Ivey-Watson Field for only the second time in school history with a 5-1 victory over Gainesville on Friday night. The last time Flowery Branch won at Ivey-Watson was during its region championship run in 2005.
They have eight returning starters off a team that went 21-7 in 2007 and are coming off an 18-2 rout of Johnson, their opponent returns seven starters from last year's state playoff team and is coming off a 16-1 win over Chestatee in which they pounded out 14 hits.
Gainesville and Flowery Branch meet tonight in an early-season matchup of the top two teams in Region 7-AAA that will be one of two things, a hit parade or a display of stifling pitching.