ALL-AREA GIRLS FIRST TEAM
Even before his freshman year at Johnson High, Fabian Abarca announced his arrival on the high school soccer scene.
Jessi Vaverka did everything she could to make sure she would be with her Buford High teammates when the Lady Wolves' soccer season started in February.
Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.
West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."
Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.
KENNESAW - Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 7-over 79 in U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying held at Pinetree Country Club on Tuesday.
Everything really fell into place in a hurry for Hunter Mallard when he started to learn the ropes of the pole vault. As a freshman in 2014 at Gainesville High, he noticed it took strength, speed and lots of technique to master it appropriately. Now, less than a year after first trying his hand at this most complex event, he's going for a national title.
North Hall High Principal Jamey Moore has named former Lanier High football coach and athletic director Billy Wells as his choice to become the school's new athletic director, pending school board approval. The announcement was made Monday in a press release from Gordon Higgins, Hall County Director of Community Relations and Athletics.
Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.
Summer provides a different set of challenges than the fall season for cross country runners, and local teams have been hard at work to make sure they've made good use of these offseason months.
If you look closely during 7-on-7 summer football scrimmages, you'll see defenses on the field. As much as these fast-paced passing camps are designed to improve offenses, coaches say the setup also gives them a great defensive test.
ATHENS - Gainesville High rising junior Spencer Ralston has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the second year in a row.
Boys first team
Colton Quinones was a spectator when Class AAAAA discus medals were handed out in 2013.
Emily Crocker pitched a perfect game in the Buford softball team's 10-0 five-inning victory over Monroe Area on Thursday in Monroe. The senior struck out five batters and improved her record to 3-0 in the circle this season.
Steffanie Redmon had three hits to pace East Hall's 4-3 Region 7-AAA victory against Fannin County on Wednesday.
Buford's Kennedy Kotula pitched her third complete game of the season Tuesday night in a 12-0 shutout of White County.
East Hall volleyball coach Ted Deppe saw a number of frustrated faces when he looked at his bench during a timeout.
The Flowery Branch softball team picked up an 11-0 Region 8-AAAAA victory against Cedar Shoals on Monday.
The East Hall Lady Vikings won the Rally on the Ridge tournament at Fannin County High on Saturday and improved their record to 31-6.
The Gainesville softball team defeated West Hall 12-1 in six innings on Saturday.
Two Buford pitchers combined for a no-hitter against Johnson on Thursday evening as the Lady Wolves topped the Knights 16-0 in a region matchup.
For Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller, it feels like it's been ages since his program had the opportunity to play on its home field at City Park Stadium. That long wait finally comes to an end Friday night, when the Red Elephants (0-1) open Region 8-AAAAA play against Winder-Barrow (1-1, 1-0 Region 8-AAAAA) in Gainesville.
Bailey Mason led Chestatee with three RBIs and a run scored in her 2-for-3 performance as the Lady War Eagles overcame Rabun County 4-3 on Tuesday.
The Lakeview Academy volleyball program came away with the title in the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday in Gainesville. The Lady Lions topped Apalachee in the championship (25-14, 25-12).
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