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Lindsey Young

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Heritage accomplished two goals Thursday in the school's first appearance in the Best of Preps basketball tournament.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Ringgold High School is still reveling in the unbridled success of its football team, but one program's success isn't necessarily a boon for another.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — As her teammates patted her on the back and chanted "MVP, MVP," Calhoun's Jana Johns flashed a shy smile and shrugged her shoulders when asked to describe the final few seconds of Saturday's game.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — Success in the athletic arena is nothing new for Calhoun High School, and if the first few weeks are any indication, the basketball season will be no exception.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Eddie Bryant admits the first three seasons of leading the Heritage High School girls' basketball program was a test of his patience.

The wrapping is barely off the shiny new gymnasium at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, but the Warriors already have a couple of nice highlight wins in it against their Catoosa County rivals.

SANDERSVILLE, Ga. — That Ringgold High School's magical football season came to an end Friday night was not what Dakota Baer will remember in the days ahead. It's the way the Tigers went down fighting that will stick with the senior linebacker.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — How does a football program go from complete obscurity on a state level to perhaps the year's biggest story?

Barring appeal, Georgia high schools have been placed in regions for the 2014-16 academic years. In most cases with northwest Georgia athletic programs, the result is less travel and some new rivals.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — It's not often a football team can give up 50 points in a playoff game and be alive three weeks later to talk about it. But this hasn't been a typical season for the Ringgold Tigers.

CALHOUN, Ga. — The stats say the Calhoun Yellow Jackets should have lost last week. Outgained nearly 2-to-1 and out-possessed by an even greater margin by Greater Atlanta Christian, Hal Lamb's team somehow escaped with a 31-30 win in the GHSA Class AA second round.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — All great productions have a star who at any given moment can steal the show. They also have a strong supporting cast that enables the star to shine.

ROME, Ga. — Make no mistake, this was personal.

CALHOUN, Ga. — There are two things the opposing coaches agree about concerning tonight's premier matchup in the GHSA Class AA football playoffs.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- It's been quite a six days for Slade Dale, undoubtedly the most important week of his young life and a time period that helps explain why the Ringgold High School senior two-sport star will go down as one of the most popular and successful athletes in school history.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — There are a few things Brent Raby knows about his 2013-14 Gordon Lee High School wrestling team — and a few he doesn't.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Zach Morris has a plan for his future, one that, he hopes, will find him practicing medicine in a few years. Before that, however, the Ringgold junior defensive end will learn his new trade and play a little football at Duke University after committing to coach David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils Saturday following their big win over Miami.

DALTON, Ga. — The what-might-have-beens may haunt the Dalton Catamounts after losing to Alexander, 13-10, in the first round of the GHSA Class AAAA football playoffs Friday at Harmon Field.

The high school football postseason is expected to be challenging, but for three area northwest Georgia teams beginning play tonight, those challenges are extreme.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — Gordon Lee High School has turned into Titlesville and with team championships comes more individual attention.

TRENTON, Ga. -- The GHSA Class AA football playoff bracket is full of the usual big-name programs hosting first-round games -- Calhoun, Lovett, Greater Atlanta Christian, Lamar County, etc.

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- Tim James resigned Tuesday as head football coach at Heritage High School, making that the second area prep job to come open in two days in northwest Georgia.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — If there is one thing Rachel Hodge knows about Devan Brown, it's that she will never back down from a challenge.

CARROLLTON, Ga. — Sometimes Goliath is just too good.

CEDARTOWN, Ga. — For a moment in the second half of their Region 7-AAAA playoff play-in game at Cedartown, the Ridgeland Panthers began to believe an upset was brewing.

Ready for some extra football?

COLUMBUS, Ga. — For the second consecutive season, the northwest Georgia area came away from the GHSA State Softball Championships with three titles and a runner-up trophy.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Colbie Thomas may have summed up the day best. The Northwest Whitfield senior outfielder, after helping lead her team to a repeat of the GHSA Class AAAA softball championship Saturday over familiar foe Heritage, said having to defeat the Generals was akin to going against family.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Asked to recall the biggest hit of her high school softball career, Gordon Lee's Jordyn Hamill had no answer.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — It took nearly three decades, so when Alyssa Shawgo struck out the final batter of the GHSA Class AA softball championship game Saturday, Calhoun coach Diane Smith took a moment to soak it all in.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Northwest Whitfield and Calhoun played their way into the championship round of the GHSA Softball Championships in Class AAAA and AA, respectively, after late-night wins Friday.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — After a lackluster first day at home plate during the GHSA state softball tournament, Ringgold coach Rachel Hodge decided a little extra work was in order.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Northwest Whitfield and Calhoun played their way into the championship round of the GHSA Softball Championships in Class AAAA and AA, respectively, after late-night wins Friday.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — All six northwest Georgia softball teams are still alive in the GHSA state tournament, and at least one classification will have a state finalist from the area.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Calhoun coach Diane Smith admitted her team had "a big case of the nerves" in its opening game of the GHSA Class AA state softball tournament Thursday, but once those nerves were shaken, the second-ranked Lady Yellow Jackets took off.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Pitchers stole the show for Heritage and Northwest Whitfield in the GHSA Class AAAA Elite Eight softball tournament Thursday, both in the circle and at the plate. As a result, the two Region 7 rivals will meet today at 5 in the winners-bracket final.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Northwest Georgia teams went 6-0 in the opening round of the GHSA Softball Championships Thursday.

Great pitching may be the main ingredient for all of the contending teams at this week's GHSA State Softball Championships in Columbus, but for a handful of teams there is an equalizer.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. — There was very little artistic about Trion's 17-8 win at Gordon Lee on Friday, but Georgia's oldest continuous high school football rivalry rarely is.

DALTON, Ga. — Matt Land remembers the moment clearly, and knowing what he knows now, it shouldn't have been so surprising.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Maybe it's because she's too young to know better, or it could be that some athletes just have a flair for the dramatic, but whatever the reason, Ringgold High School freshman Dare Schley knew something big was about to happen.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Rachel Hodge wasn't sure if it was the same team she watched in game two of the Class AAA second-round softball doubleheader Wednesday.

Sonoraville rallied from a deep hole in its GHSA Class AAA volleyball second-round match Tuesday night against Oconee County and advanced to the "Super Six" round next week at Marietta High School.

With one round of playoffs to go before Georgia's high school softball elite convene in Columbus to decide championships in seven classifications, the usual candidates are representing northwest Georgia.

A football stat sheet that shows three possessions for a total of four minutes hardly seems favorable. For Northwest Whitfield, though, looks can be deceiving.

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Ridgeland used a three-run fifth inning to rally past Columbus High, 6-5, and into the second round of the Class AAAA softball playoffs Thursday.

RINGGOLD, Ga. — It's commonly believed pitching is the key to winning come high school softball playoff time. Rachel Hodge would concur ... to a degree.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — BriLeigh Baggett pitched two strong games Wednesday to lead Northwest Whitfield to a Class AAAA sweep of a first-round softball playoff series of LaGrange, 1-0 and 5-2.

CALHOUN, Ga. -- Most high school softball coaches with lineups full of freshmen and sophomores would be a bit nervous at playoff time. At Calhoun High, though, veteran coach Diane Smith has 13 such players on her region championship team and isn't a bit concerned.

TUNNEL HILL, Ga. — You can forgive Ali Roberts a bit if her head was spinning following Heritage's wild 8-7 win over Northwest Whitfield in the Region 7-AAAA softball championship game Saturday.

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