All-Area Volleyball First Team
Eight seasons ago, Ted Deppe took charge of an East Hall volleyball team that had won a single match in its first four years of existence.
Ted Deppe's best choice for outside hitter quickly became the best roster move in East Hall volleyball history.
Breanna Locke led four double-digit scorers with 19 points as Flowery Branch dominated Forsyth Central 70-34 on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor Anne Kelley tallied 16 points as the Lady Trojans routed Lanier 51-19 on Friday in Gainesville.
The North Hall High wrestling team finished third in the Lambert High School Hook 'Em Holiday Clash on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Ty Cockfield could hear the chants ringing from the other side of the court as Johnson limped into halftime of the Lanierland title game.
Neither team could get in a rhythm or sustain momentum. Neither team could find much breathing room or stay out of foul trouble. And making foul shots was a tricky exercise for the pair of rivals.
The Banks County girls emerged victorious in the Commerce Holiday Tournament after a 60-52 win against Madison County in the championship game on Tuesday.
A pair of undefeated teams will battle for the Lanierland boys basketball championship.
Winning her team's ninth straight game in a row was pretty cool, according to Flowery Branch's freshman guard Lexie Sengkhammee.
Following Tylor Brown's best performance in an East Hall uniform, Vikings coach Joe Dix raved about how composed his talented junior looked.
Kylah Mize has not taken a back seat shooting the ball to her more veteran East Hall teammates. Though only a sophomore, Mize had the hot hand early in the Lanierland opener on Saturday against Lakeview Academy. Lady Vikings coach Justin Wheeler has no reservations about letting her take the shot when it's open.
The Gainesville High football program made a run to the Class AAAAA state quarterfinals this season, while West Hall earned the Region 7-AAA championship.
Hall County's high school basketball teams have spent November and December playing top-level competition. They'll continue that trend by facing each other in the Lanierland Tournament beginning Saturday at West Hall and continuing Monday and Tuesday at Chestatee.
Hunter Konuszewski hit a 3-pointer as time expired to lift Flowery Branch's boys basketball team to a 57-56 victory over Lanier on Friday in Sugar Hill.
Colin Monaghan has made plenty of individual accomplishments in the swimming pool, and he has lofty goals for his future.
All-Area Boys Cross Country First Team
Ten of Commerce's wrestlers went undefeated throughout the Tigers' romp to a second straight state team duals title in Class A this weekend at the Macon Centreplex.
Ty Cockfield scored 46 points, including 26 in the fourth quarter, to lead Johnson to a comeback 82-76 win over Apalachee that keeps the Knights undefeated.
Jake Shewbert completed quite a change of fortunes individually at the state cross country meet on Nov. 8.
Jenna Gearing knew nothing would come easy in 2014.
The Flowery Branch girls swimming team closed out its seventh straight Hall County championship in style Friday, sweeping the top two spots in the meet-capping 400-yard freestyle relay at Frances Meadows Aquatic and Community Center.
Banks County's Austin Venable scored his 1,000th career point as the Leopards defeated West Hall 76-48 on Friday in Homer.
When Buford's girls need a shot of energy into the offense, the ball automatically goes into the able hands of senior guard Camille Anderson. Although she's a versatile weapon, scoring is where her skills were most apparent against North Hall on Friday.
Flowery Branch's swimmers haven't grown complacent during their ongoing run of success at the Hall County championships.
Gainesville is approaching its trip to the 16-team wrestling state duals this weekend as a building block for what coach Nick Niesielowski hopes is a bright future for the program.