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In the midst of a hostile crowd Friday night (Dec. 6) at Stephens County, the Banks County Leopards showed the right amount of poise to stay unbeaten so far in the season. 

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Griffin Stephens was named Mainstreet Newspapers' runner of the year for the coverage area. Stephens won the boys' Class AA state title, running a time of 16:44.15. 

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Coach Steven Shedd knows the difference between 2-0 and 0-2 is a slim margin for his Banks County girls’ basketball team — a basket dropping here, another offensive board there, a couple of turnovers eliminated.

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State titles are the ultimate goal, but there are other trophies to grab along the way. And Banks County wrestlers snagged a first-place title Saturday (Nov. 16), winning the Rabun Gap Tournament.

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On the first play from scrimmage in Homer, Putnam County made Friday night's game vs. Banks County look like a track meet, and in the end the Leopards couldn't keep up with the soaring War Eagles. 

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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.

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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.

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If the Banks County High School cross country teams needed a tune-up run to simulate the Region 8-AA meet, and a potential run in the Class AA state meet, then the Leopards' appearance at the Wingfoot XC Festival was the right place to run. 

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After dropping the season opener at Jackson County, the Banks County Leopards will have the home opener this Friday, Aug. 30. 

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If you were to ask Banks County head football coach Jay Reid about the team's 7-0 loss to Jackson County to open the season, he will tell you it was a “tale of two halves.”