Flowery Branch boys basketball coach Todd Cottrell purposely retreated off to the side as the Falcons (24-3) went to work on Wednesday practicing for Friday's Class AAA state playoff game against Southside (18-9).
Prior to 2002, the girls soccer program at North Hall had success, but were never able to compete with some of the more talented teams in the region or the state. All that has changed in just four years.
Now that all of the region tournaments are complete and the champions have been crowned, the 12 surviving area teams are now preparing for their first round games in the state tournament that begins with boys action on Friday night.
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).