Erica Fried, Forsyth Central
After one of the longest and coldest nights of the winter, the Forsyth County School System decided to close schools for Tuesday due to predicted black ice that would be hazardous for transportation to schools in the morning. While most would consider power outages, trees blocking the road and deathly black ice a horrible combination, students across the county gathered in houses with lanterns building forts, playing games and spending their time without technology. Surprisingly, they even enjoyed this time and welcomed more. However, what everyone's really talking about is who is running the Forsyth County School Systems Twitter page as they play along with students begging them to cancel school instead of simply ignoring them. The page tweets back hilarious responses to students and has climbed higher in views than the Kardashian's page in Atlanta.
Kevin Lee, Lambert
72-70 (2OT), 76-71, these are scores that were rattling around each of lamberts boys basketball players heads before the Region 6-AAAAAA title game; they wanted revenge. Lambert wasn't going to let Alpharetta take home the region title in both football and basketball like they did last year, and last Saturday night they completed their goal in the come-from-behind win on Valentine's Day. With starters Tanner Hall and Jake Morris out, it definitely wasn't an easy task, however, some key role players rose to the occasion. Artese Gatlin stole the ball with less than 10 seconds left to put Lambert up by 2, and although Alpharetta's 3-point shooting was on fire all game, their last shot for the win was about a foot too high and didn't even touch the rim. The region title also meant a No. 1 seed for the state playoff tournament and a home game against Cherokee at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy
The 2014 varsity girls’ basketball team has excelled higher than ever before this season. The first basketball team, including boys’ varsity, to reach the GHSA region playoffs in Pinecrest history, competed through to semifinals and now await a spot in the Class A private school playoffs.
Erin Loggins, South Forsyth
I should feel bad about writing my buzz on the Lady War Eagles basketball team for the third week in a row, but I'm not. The so called "rigged" coin toss that set South in the No. 1 seed of the region tournament was just what the girls needed to lift spirits after a two-loss week. Beating out Northview, then Lambert then facing the No. 2 seed in the region championship. South and North had played two times before this game, both winning a match-up so in most people's eyes this game had the potential to separate the over-rated from the talented. The first half of the game it looked like North was going to take home the gold for the second year in a row. But no. South got its first lead of the game towards the end of the third quarter and ultimately ending the game up by three. The South Forsyth Lady War Eagles won the region, beating out their No. 1 rival. Sarah Meyers won tournament MVP and other honors were handed out to Ally Welch and Kenyatta Storms. Now it's state tournament time, South will face Cherokee on Wednesday, at 6 p.m.! As always, Go South!
Dori Butler, West Forsyth
The talk all around school, all week, has been exclusively about the weekend forecast. The hashtag "#prayforsnow" trended for a while, and after waiting and praying all week for a snow day to cancel school, West got its wish. School was cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 17, making the already long weekend even longer, to the delight of the students. Although barely anything in comparison to last year's repeated “Snow-maggedons,” this brief respite from school has been long looked forward to, especially with the uncommonly mild winter that this county has experienced so far.