MACON - Earlier in the week, Buford senior Rakim Lubin went on record saying if the Buford Wolves could stop Morgan County senior Tookie Brown, the Wolves would win a state championship.
With seven boys soccer teams in Hall County ranked in the top 10 of their respective classifications, the level of competition doesn't drop off when two local squads meet for a non-region affair.
Lauren Kirk and Corrie Thomas each scored a goal in the second half to lead the No. 7 Flowery Branch girls to a 2-1 victory over Winder Barrow in the Region 8-AAAAA opener on Friday at Falcon Field. Winder-Barrow scored off a corner kick about 15 minutes in and remained ahead 1-0 until the 20-minute mark of the second half, when Kirk scored off a deflected shot by Thomas.
BUFORD - When the Buford Wolves walked into their locker room following last Saturday's semifinal win over Callaway, there wasn't as much celebration as what boys' coach Allen Whitehart expected from his team.
BUFORD - The Buford girls' basketball team is back in a familiar place.
CUMMING - Flowery Branch suffered from a variety of self-inflicted wounds against West Forsyth, including a few that provided Chris Cullen and Alec Wilson opportunities to compound the damage.
White County senior Spencer Adams pitched a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts in a 4-0 win against Hart County on Wednesday in Hartwell. At the plate, the highly-touted MLB draft prospect Adams was 4 for 4 with a single, double and triple. Also for White County (5-0), Will Flowers had a pair of doubles and finished 3 for 4 at the plate.
Bill Hood scored the winning goal in overtime as Gainesville's boys lacrosse program topped Martin Luther King Jr. 5-4 on Tuesday at City Park Stadium.
It took eight minutes for North Hall's boys soccer team to turn a tight game into a comfortable lead.
With every passing game in the Class AAA state basketball playoffs, Buford's Rakim Lubin seems to get a little bit better.
Cameron Johnson hit a two-run home run to lead West Hall to an 8-1 victory over Berkmar on Monday.
MILLEDGEVILLE – Green and gold will be well represented in the Class AAA basketball state championship games this season.
Colton Chester hit a three-run home run as part of a seven-run third inning that powered Dawson County in a 10-2 win against Chestatee on Saturday in Gainesville.
Gainesville's boys soccer team tested McIntosh as well as any squad has since the end of the 2012 season.
Michael Gettys looked like he was in mid-season form on Friday night in the Gainesville baseball team's season opener.
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.
First-Team All Area
Garrett Bishop drove in three runs to lead East Hall to an 8-2 win over Region 7-AAA foe Dawson County Friday night at East Hall Park in Gainesville.
All of a sudden, Gainesville's rematch with Loganville on Monday became that much more important, after its first meeting Friday resulted in a 4-1 loss for the Red Elephants at Ivey-Watson Field.
OAKWOOD - After earning a lopsided win over Fannin County on Friday night, a few West Hall baseball players stood in the corner of the home dugout holding a rolled up 2003 playoff banner, a symbolic reminder of the Spartans' last trip to the postseason.
Kelsey Dumanowsky notched a pair of goals and an assist to lead Johnson to a 6-0 win against Eastside on Thursday.
Zack Collins hit two home runs and tallied six RBIs to lead West Hall in a 19-2 win against Fannin County on Wednesday in Blue Ridge.
CLEVELAND - Even with the tremendous zip on the fastball for Buford lefty Jake Higginbotham, it was the knee-buckling curveball that got him out of trouble and preserved a 7-0 win against White County on Wednesday in Cleveland.