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THE BUZZ: High school basketball is the move
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Our weekly print and video series - presented by Lanier Technicial College – where local high school students share “The Buzz” about what’s going on at their school – and compete for the most “buzzworthy” moment of the week.

Tell us who should win by sharing your thoughts with us on Twitter (@forsythnews). See the results in Sunday’s paper and on

Erica Fried, Forsyth Central

In past years unfortunately Central has had a rep of performing poorly in sports, but this year we have excelled in nearly every department and winter sports are no exception, especially our varsity girls’ basketball team. Our Lady Dawgs are undefeated in our side of the region (7-AAAAA, Div. B) after having defeated Riverwood, North Atlanta, North Springs, Sprayberry, and now Cambridge. Senior Peyton Ledford says, "Our key to success this year is that we play as a team instead of being dependent on one person.” The Dawgs took on Kell on Tuesday in the Arena.

Kevin Lee, Lambert

It's officially basketball time and Lambert basketball is really gaining some momentum. It's looking like the Longhorns’ boys’ team will end up one of the top teams, if not the top, in the region. Last Friday night we took on our own version of a Silent Night basketball game vs South. The crowd is dead silent, even during warm ups which is usually a great time to intimidate other team's players, until the 10th point when the entire student section explodes in noise. After a few close calls to get to that 10th point, a Longhorn made a layup and we went absolutely nuts, and the second row of our bleachers even snapped in half. The team even began to surge after the students were up on our feet and the Horns quite comfortably against our biggest rival. Although there are some important region games to take care of, many Longhorns are excited for the rematch against Alpharetta on Jan. 23.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

This past weekend at Chattahoochee, the Travis Jarrard's wrestling team took home their fourth consecutive area duals championship. Led by Tanner Buggs, Cole Tenety, Jacob Nash, Justin Lioti, Nathan Grimes, Bradley Thomas, and Zach Smith, the Raiders defeated Chattahoochee by a slim margin of 30-29. Congratulations and Go Raiders!

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

The girls’ basketball team has definitely been "the talk" around the school! Last week they played a game against Whitfield and came out of it stronger than ever. I met up with senior player, Bailey Evans, to give us the inside scoop! "The highlights were we that came out strong and with the determination to play OUR game that was ours to begin with,” Evans said. “That really was the game changer for us because in previous games it takes us a quarter to wake up; the energy was awesome! I'd say throughout the season we have been known to peers, our school, our competitors and ever our parents as the underdogs, and each game we are favored to go down. We just keep showing up every game. We are now the team with the target on the back to beat. We went to … becoming No. 2 in an even harder region then previous years. The energy and time everyone is putting in is being shown on the court and it's my favorite year by far!" Keep it up Lady Paladins, we're so proud of you! 

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

The past week at South Forsyth was extremely stressful for the senior class, not because of a huge test, but because of Senior Quotes. What do you want to be remembered by when your classmates are looking back in the year book? The decision on whether to be humorous or serious went through all of our minds. A senior quote is a big deal. It goes under your senior picture, and it is there forever. Although most took the humorous route, I decided to take the more serious route as I want my classmates to remember me as a serious student. "You're all going to regret not dating me in high school" will be placed under my senior picture – very serious and very true. What do you want to be remembered by when you graduate? Think about it. And as always, Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Basketball is underway at West Forsyth High School, and on Friday the Wolverines took on Alpharetta High School. Despite a rough ending score in the boys’ varsity basketball game, the team never swayed in their dedication and drive, and the student section stayed until the last minute and never gave up the enthusiasm. The incredible surge of school spirit that characterized the football season has not been abandoned.