Jefferson High senior pole vaulter Tyler Porter earned a national rank by becoming one of seven athletes in state history to break the 16-foot mark with a vault of 16-1 at a competition earlier this month. Porter is a back-to-back state champion at the Georgia Olympics, including a new Class A record of 14-2 as a sophomore, followed by a 15-0 last season in Class AA.
The 2009 football season promises to be one to remember, so get a jump on the action with The Annual Gridiron, The Times' 2009 High School Football Yearbook.
This year's preview features Hall County's Seniors of Distinction: players who shine on and off the field. Also included is the annual Elite 11 team, in-depth looks at 21 teams in Northeast Georgia, schedules, rosters, stats and much more.
Gainesville High School will have a tailgate party from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Green Street Pool lawn, prior to the football team's season opener against Chestatee. The event will be catered by the Varsity. For more information contact Beth Moore at 770-287-2838 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Looking back, Flowery Branch boys cross country coach Jimmy Sorrells considers his team fortunate to have won the Class AAA state title last season. Sorrells knows it was a battle to the finish line that day against the Falcons' rivals from North Hall.