Fred Payne's motivation to be the best is how he separates himself with work ethic on and off the football field.
Area high school basketball fans may have gotten their first glimpse at a rising girls star in Saturday's Lanierland Tournament championship game.
When Johnson boys basketball coach Jeff Steele preaches the importance of consistency, Ty Cockfield listens.
With a celebratory backflip at half court by Ty Cockfield as the final buzzer sounded, more than two decades of Lanierland Tournament frustration came to an end for the Johnson boys basketball team.
With a chance to clinch the Gainesville girls' first Lanierland championship since 2008, Taylor Hawks came through - just as she had all night long.
Boys Runner of the Year
The North Hall wrestling program had four members go undefeated as it finished second out of 12 programs in the Tommy Warren Duals on Saturday in Watkinsville.
There's nothing casual about the effort that goes into running for North Hall's Quintin Miles. He's running hard all year and building endurance for the grind of cross country season.
Jenna Gearing has only faced one limitation when it comes to running cross country - and it's not the stamina part of the distance sport. Usually, she's worrying about those pesky 'what ifs' that start floating around in the head of the two-time state champion from White County, which caused her so much angst.
Pinpoint accuracy from the 3-point line is doing wonders for the North Hall girls basketball team.
Corey Staples led the Buford girls with 16 points in a 54-33 win against Banks County on Friday in Buford.
Johnson's boys basketball team converted 21 of 25 free throws to beat the Gainesville Red Elephants 87-76 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Lanierland Tournament at Flowery Branch High School.
The Chestatee Lady War Eagles soccer team was awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School Team Academic Award for the 2013 season.
Banks County's wrestling team earned a pair of victories on Tuesday night in the Stephens County Duals in Toccoa.
This time last season, North Hall's Sydney Cleveland was sidelined with a torn ACL.
COLLEGE PARK - North Hall's girls basketball team played with all the heart and effort its coach Kristi House could have hoped for in Monday's second-round playoff game at Woodward Academy.
BUFORD - Chip Ness tried to do a bit too much in the opening round of his Class AAA traditional wrestling championship match against Towers High's Derival Stevenson. Luckily, it didn't cost him.
The upset loss that Johnson's boys suffered against Shaw in the first round of the 2013 state playoffs weighed on coach Jeff Steele for the past year.
Jefferson's wrestling team claimed its 14th straight traditional team wrestling championship on Saturday night, while Commerce claimed its first-ever traditional championship.
The East Hall boys survived its first-round matchup in the Class AAA state playoffs with a 60-58 win against Ringgold on Saturday. With the win, the Vikings move on to face Morgan County in the second round on Tuesday in Madison.