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Simonds' 28 lead Gainesville past Buford, 82-59

BUFORD — D’Marcus Simonds delivered in a major way for Gainesville in a much-anticipated matchup on his former home floor at Buford on Friday. The junior guard scored eight of his 28 points in the first quarter, leading the Red Elephants to a 82-59 win against the Wolves.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 19

Carson Heinen made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift North Hall to a 58-55 victory against Lakeview Academy on Friday in the White County tournament in Cleveland.

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Flowery Branch fencers embrace sport, team concept

Flowery Branch fencers embrace sport, team concept

Oswaldo Ortega patrols the cafeteria encouraging his team. He uses a mix of humor, prodding and teaching to bring out the best in his fencers. It’s clear that Ortega is in element teaching the centuries-old sport that his students are embracing.

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Gainesville pulls away from North Hall in 4th quarter

Gainesville pulls away from North Hall in 4th quarter

D’Marcus Simonds laughed and wore a big smile as he got back on defense.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 16

West Hall’s girls scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to overcome Lumpkin County 49-43 on Tuesday.

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West Hall's Raiford making most of senior year

West Hall's Raiford making most of senior year

Elliott Raiford wins almost every time he takes to the mat for the West Hall Spartans, but one of the driving forces for the senior wrestler this season has been one of the three matches he lost as a junior.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 13

Kyvon Davenport erupted for 32 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots for the East Hall boys in a 60-47 win against North Hall on Saturday in Gainesville. Tyler Brown finished with eight points for the Vikings (6-1).

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Undefeated North Hall wins second straight Hall County wrestling championship

Undefeated North Hall wins second straight Hall County wrestling championship

North Hall’s Stuart Cunningham was unsure how his team would react to competing in this weekend’s Hall County championships.

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Gober's 21 lift Lakeview past Providence Christian, 67-59

Gober's 21 lift Lakeview past Providence Christian, 67-59

To break the streak, Lakeview sophomore Tre Gober used a streak of his own to top region rival Providence Christian.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 12

Breana Fair and Kayla Kelly each posted 14 points as Gainesville’s girls basketball team defeated Clarke Central 55-47 on Friday in Athens.

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Wrestling teams face plenty of questions ahead of Hall County Duals

Wrestling teams face plenty of questions ahead of Hall County Duals

The high school wrestling season is still young, but Hall County’s teams will get a good look at each other at West Hall this weekend in the Hall County Duals.

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Gainesville uses 26-point 3rd to rout Cedar Shoals, 73-47

Gainesville uses 26-point 3rd to rout Cedar Shoals, 73-47

It wasn’t enough that Gainesville stay undefeated with Tuesday’s blowout win over region rival Cedar Shoals.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 9

Taylor Bourdage powered Flowery Branch with 26 points in a 67-45 win against Salem on Tuesday in Flowery Branch.

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2014 Lanierland pairings announced

Pairings have been set for the Lanierland Basketball Tournament, which will be played Dec. 27-30 at West Hall and Chestatee high schools.

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High School Scoreboard: Dec. 8

The North Georgia Christian boys basketball team defeated visiting Heritage Christian Academy 72-43 on Monday night in Flowery Branch.

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Flowery Branch's Sutton utilizes basketball as way of sharing faith

Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 6

The Chestatee girls had three scorers in double figures in a 47-17 win against Lumpkin County on Saturday. Tyler Bennett led the Lady War Eagles with 18 points, while Brooklyn Popham added 12. Kayla Watson finished with 11 points for Chestatee (2-4). On Friday, the Lady War Eagles face Stephens County at 7 p.m.

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Flowery Branch hits 13 treys in 61-54 win over North Hall

Flowery Branch hits 13 treys in 61-54 win over North Hall

If Flowery Branch senior Taylor Bourdage seemed a little unfazed by his 21-point performance Saturday night against North Hall, it’s because he thinks he can do even better.

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Late free throws help East Hall girls sink Chestatee, 34-32

Late free throws help East Hall girls sink Chestatee, 34-32

All it took for Kylah Mize to get a hot hand at the right time was a hostile crowd, a deadlock to break and the basketball in her hands.

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Cockfield, Johnson boys roll past Stephens County 84-41

Johnson’s boys produced a region preview to whet the appetite of its faithful Friday for what they hope is a long and successful season.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 5

Commerce took a 7-0 lead into halftime, but Irwin County solved the Tigers’ defense after the break to win 28-7 in the Class A Public football semifinal on Friday in Ocilla.

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High School Scoreboard: Dec. 3

Tre Gober scored 20 points and Tae Turner added 17 to lead Lakeview Academy’s boys basketball team to a 66-44 win over Commerce in its Region 8-A opener on Wednesday in Gainesville.

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Hall County seniors focus on giving ahead of Lanierland

The seniors of Hall County’s basketball teams heard from someone who once was in their shoes when he experienced an outpouring of support after a family tragedy. They also received a glimpse into the world of the children they help through toys they collected and delivered Thursday morning to the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children in Gainesville.

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Jefferson wrestlers look to extend state title streak

JEFFERSON — What is it that motivates a squad to excel and peak in time to win a championship every season?

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Simonds' 42 lead Gainesville past Heritage, 62-59, in double OT

Simonds' 42 lead Gainesville past Heritage, 62-59, in double OT

Cometh the man, cometh the hour.

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High school scoreboard: Dec. 2

Julianne Sutton scored 16 points to lead Flowery Branch’s girls basketball team to a narrow 47-44 victory over Clarke Central on Tuesday at home.

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Healthy, confident Cleveland leading North Hall girls

Healthy, confident Cleveland leading North Hall girls

North Hall’s Sydney Cleveland isn’t about to allow a past injury to interfere with enjoying her senior year on the basketball court.

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High School Scoreboard: Dec. 1

The North Georgia Christian varsity boys basketball team defeated Mountain Area Christian Academy 49-45 on Monday night in Flowery Branch.

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High School Scoreboard: Nov. 29

COMMERCE GIRLS 66, EAST JACKSON 52: Point guard Mya Jones led the Lady Tigers with 27 points, and her twin sister Asia Jones added 24 points for Commerce.

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High school scoreboard: Nov. 28

The East Hall Lady Vikings defeated Northside Christian Academy 58-51 in the Charlotte Hoops Classic on Friday in North Carolina.

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Gainesville's Sosebee a rock-solid performer at linebacker

Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.

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Realignment adds intrigue for area basketball teams

Realignment has made for some intriguing region title races for the 2014-15 basketball season.
 
In Region 8-AAAA especially, the competition should be fierce. The Johnson boys and Chestatee girls are the defending region champions, but both face an infusion of top-level contenders.
 
The Buford boys were 7-AAA champs last season, and the Buford and North Hall girls were the top two 7-AAA teams in the 2013-14 regular season. All three of those programs are now a part of Region 8-AAAA.
 
Johnson boys coach Jeff Steele, in his 17th season, knows it won’t be an easy road as the Knights ...
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High school scoreboard: Nov. 26

D’Marcus Simonds scores 32 points for Gainesville in a 74-71 win against St. Martin (Miss.) on Wednesday in Foley, Ala.

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High school scoreboard: Nov. 25

Sadie Cleveland scored 20 points to lead North Hall’s girls basketball team to a 61-56 win over Lakeview Academy in the Piedmont College Tournament final on Tuesday in Demorest.

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High School Scoreboard: Nov. 24

Three Red Elephants scored in double figures Monday night in a 76-52 Gainesville win over Daphne High School in Alabama.

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Johnson grinds out victory over King's Ridge Christian, 77-70

Johnson grinds out victory over King's Ridge Christian, 77-70

Just when it seemed like the Johnson boys basketball team finally had some breathing room, King’s Ridge Christian wouldn’t go away.

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Bourdage, Flowery Branch defeat North Forsyth

COAL MOUNTAIN — North Forsyth head coach Brian Moon leaned forward in his chair after the first quarter and asked Flowery Branch coach David Sokol if the Falcons were ever going to miss a shot.

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High School Scoreboard: Nov. 22

The Lakeview Academy boys basketball team defeated host Chattanooga Christian 66-40 in a Saturday game in Tennessee.

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High school scoreboard: Nov. 21

Sydney Cleveland posted a double-double with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Trojans as North Hall defeated Clarke Central 70-68 on Friday in Athens.

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All prep football news

Shirreffs leads East All-Stars to 28-3 win at FCA Classic

Shirreffs leads East All-Stars to 28-3 win at FCA Classic

As quickly as Evan Shirreff’s final high school football game began, it had ended with a performance worthy of any All-Star contest.

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Senior talent on display at 2nd annual FCA All-Star football game

For some, old habits die hard.

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Buford dominates St. Pius X in AAAA state title victory

Buford dominates St. Pius X in AAAA state title victory

ATLANTA — Buford was in unfamiliar territory, but the Wolves refused to stay there long.

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Northside-Warner Robins beats Mays 25-18 for 5A title

ATLANTA — Quarterback Tobias Oliver scored on a 47-yard run with eight minutes remaining and Northside of Warner Robins won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA football championship with a 25-18 comeback victory over Mays on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

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Calhoun tops Washington County, 27-20, to win AAA football title game

ATLANTA — Calhoun scored on a 40-yard double-reverse pass from Baylon Spector to Carson Brown early in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington County, 27-20, to win the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state football title on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

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