The competition at the top in Region 8-AAAAA has been a constant battle all season on the girls' side. From beginning to end, Flowery Branch (20-3, 12-1) and Gainesville (18-7, 10-3) have stood out near the top.
Johnson coach Jeff Steele is leading a group that completed the first unbeaten regular season in program history. Gainesville's Benjie Wood lauded how his team has grown up and overcome obstacles this season in compiling a 23-2 record.
ATLANTA - Ty Powers had already earned a state title and completed his swimming for the day. But he still had one more important task at the 1A-5A state championships Saturday at Georgia Tech.
Fresh off the first area title in program history, Buford coach Rob Caryle had high hopes for the Wolves at state sectionals.
The East Hall's boys' final win of the regular season was just the icing on the cake to a perfect 12-0 run in region play.
Josh Randolph's confidence wasn't shaken following Lakeview Academy's disappointing 65-60 home loss to Hebron Christian Friday night.
Riverside Military Academy freshman Griffin Sewell notched 15 points to fuel the Eagles in a 57-46 win over Washington-Wilkes in the final home game of the regular season on Friday in Gainesville.
Ty Powers knows exactly who he is as a swimmer.
Before Caden Cooper and Cole Ford became close friends and senior leaders for the Flowery Branch football team, the pair opened their high school careers at Mill Creek High in Hoschton.
Plenty of anticipation and media attention came together Wednesday on National Signing Day, when athletes from across the country made official where they will play their sports in college.
Xavier Bledson has emerged as a reliable 3-point shooter for the Gainesville Red Elephants, even though the freshman's most important basket of the season came much closer to the basket.
Of all the possible permutations that could pan out in Region 8-AAAA, North Hall coach Kristi House cares about just one - if the Lady Trojans win out, they'll likely be among the top three seeds in next week's region tournament.
Roderick English fueled Johnson with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a 54-46 double-overtime win at Stephens County on Tuesday.
North Hall wrestlers won four individual titles at the Area 8-AAAA traditional championships, but it wasn't enough for the Trojans to claim top honors.
Terry Brownlee was close to heading to bed at around 3 a.m. one January morning when he noticed his phone had lit up with a text message.
Corbin Lewallen drove in two of three runs for North Hall in a 3-2 win over White County on Wednesday in Cleveland.
Caleb Whitenton grinned as he watched his Gainesville teammates run sprints across Ivey-Watson Field following Wednesday's 10-0 shutout over Heritage High.
One said he trains for the situation everyday. The other said he "called " that he would make the shot that would save his team from its first loss of the season.
OAKWOOD - Madeline McCarthy wants to be a difference maker for the Flowery Branch girls soccer program. On a roster ripe with youth, the Lady Falcons' senior midfielder sees it as her place to bring a little energy to the pitch as they get ready for the main stretch of games in Region 8-AAAAA.
Samuel Palmer netted four goals to lead the Riverside Military Academy soccer team to an 8-0 win against Strong Rock Christian on Tuesday in Locust Grove.
Starting pitcher Trevor Roof got Flowery Branch off to an ideal start in Region 8-AAAAA. On Monday, he needed just 45 pitches for the Falcons (6-1, 1-0) to take down Cedar Shoals 15-0 in three innings at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.