HOMER – Banks County’s defense was up to the task Friday night against the high-powered Union County offense. However, three turnovers, two in Panther territory ended any chance of an upset.
Homer is home for the Banks County softball team, but Columbus is beginning to become a second home for the team, especially the last week in October.
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Going into Friday night’s matchup at Rabun County, head coach Jay Reid said his team needed to clean up two things: the number of penalties and turnovers.
When Brookely Lewis stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Region 8-AA championship game vs. Union County, Tybee Denton was given first base via an intentional walk, and Lewis took that as a slight against her hitting abilities.
The Banks County Leopards enjoyed scoring 45 points in the region-opening win over Social Circle so much, the team decided to up the ante at Oglethorpe County.
When the game got tense in the closing seconds in Homer Friday, the Banks County Leopards roared louder than the Franklin County Lions. And the Leopards held off a final-moment push by the Lions to win 15-7.
After graduating several members from last year’s squad, the Banks County Leopard basketball team had new faces play during the summer action in the month of June.
When last basketball season ended, Banks County Lady Leopard head coach Steven Shedd, and the Banks County fans, knew his team was losing four of his five starters.
At region track meets across the state, team finishes meant just as much as the top-four-individual finishes. A team finish meant a lot of athletes had qualified for the GHSA sectionals.
After falling to Elbert County in the regular-season finale, the Banks County Leopards entered the Class AA state playoffs as the No. 3 seed.
For the last four years, the Banks County High School boys’ track and field team sat atop the mountain once the region meet had ended.
The Banks County High School track and field teams finished third and fourth, respectively, at last Friday’s Leopard Classic at Banks County High School.
With the inclement weather that moved through Monday and parts of Tuesday, the Region 8-AA tennis tournament begins today at Banks County High School.
The Banks County boys' soccer team had been knocking on the door of a region win for several weeks. On Tuesday night at Oglethorpe County, the door opened.
Going into Friday night’s region doubleheader against Oglethorpe County, the Banks County Leopards were a perfect 4-0 in Region 8-AA play. On Saturday, the Leopards still were perfect.
Earlier this year, the Banks County softball community learned that Tony Bowen was stepping away from the program. The Lady Leopards, though, didn’t have to look far to find his replacement.
Down 10-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Banks County Leopards' bats were just as frigid as the air temperature. But an Apalachee fielding error, combined with a Leopard batter being hit by a pitch, changed the Leopards' fortunes for the rest of the game.
Olivia Duphily scored the Banks County Lady Leopards' lone goal during Tuesday's 6-1 home loss to Union County. It was the first Region 8-AA game of the season.
Among the soggy conditions last Thursday, the Banks County track and field team competed at home. Even in the tough conditions, though, several competitors performed well, according to head coach Will Foster.
With last week bringing a lot of rain, Monday provided the perfect backdrop for the first doubleheader of the season for the Banks County High School basebal team.
•Returning starters: Caden Cotton OF/P, Braxton Simpson UTL, Dylan Greenway INF/P, Ty Burchett INF/P, Jonathon Moon INF, Parker Hobson C, Nolan Hill INF/P
The Banks County High School soccer program started its 2019 campaign last week. For the girls’ team, the season has started with a 1-1 start. For the boys, the season has started with a 0-2 start.
The road to Macon begins this week for every classification in basketball. And in Class 2A, the Banks County Leopards’ road to Macon starts at home this Saturday against Callaway High School.
The 2019 GHSA traditional wrestling state championships has arrived. And the Banks County wrestling program will be well represented in Macon when the tournament starts.
After falling to Elbert County in the semifinals of the Region 8-AA tournament, the Banks County Lady Leopards were guranteed to be on the road to start the Class 2A state tournament.