A six-part series looking at the most read sports stories in Forsyth County in 2015 by school, ending with the Forsyth County News’ sports staff picking their top stories of the year.
Here were the five most read West Forsyth sports stories of this past year:
West Forsyth surrendered a touchdown with 13 seconds left to fall 43-39 to Alpharetta on Sept. 4. Two-time reigning 6-AAAAAA champions Alpharetta led 21-7 at halftime before things got interesting. West scored the next 25 points to take a 32-21 advantage, but the Wolverines couldn’t hold on for the win.
Former West Forsyth football coach Frank Hepler was named the head coach at Discovery, the newest high school in Gwinnett County that opened in Lawrenceville this school year. Hepler opened the program at West in 2007 and led it to impressive success. The Wolverines went 49-18 in six varsity seasons under Hepler. West never had a losing season and made four straight state playoff appearances, tying a Forsyth County record.
After a week that included a rap battle from South Forsyth, a “Game Day” television production from West Forsyth and plenty of smack talk in between, the West community came together for an electric celebration at midfield after the Wolverines recovered an onside-kick and erased a late 10-point deficit to defeat South, 38-34, on Oct. 16.
Students at Dawson County High School encouraged the crowd the Tigers’ state playoff football game against Ringgold to support John Green by wearing headbands identical to the one Green was disqualified for wearing at the GHSA cross country state championship meet. "Local teams and athletes have to stick together, especially for situations like this," said Senior Peytan Porter.
West Forsyth’s John Green finished third out of 226 runners in the Class AAAAAA state championship race Nov. 8 but was disqualified by GHSA officials for sporting a white, plain head band with “Isaiah 40:30-31” written across the front, prompting massive online protest, official statements from the Georgia High School Association and Forsyth County Schools and even discussions of religious freedom.