Cross Country

12 athletes sign scholarships at West Forsyth

Article & photos courtesy of Forsyth County News --> Original Article Here West Forsyth celebrated 12 senior athletes signing to play at the next level in a special ceremony at the school last month. Bryar Hawkins signed to play baseball at Clemson University. Brooke Kane signed to play tennis at the University of West ... More

THE GRIND: South Forsyth’s Millie Bergey reflects on downs, ups of decorated career

Article & photos courtesy of Forsyth County News --> Original Article Here There were two sides to Millie Bergey’s freshman year at South Forsyth. There was the initially resistant runner whose mother had to get her out of bed and force her out of the car when they got to the school for the first summer cross country practice. ... More

Commentary: GHSA should stand its ground in fight over Phillips

It seems typically ironic that a state representative had this to say about the Georgia High School Association on Monday.

“I don’t think any of them know what their job is,” he said, adding that he ...


Landmark Christian’s Fegans named Gatorade girls XC runner of year

Landmark Christian senior Nicole Fegans, the Class A girls state champion and a top-10 finisher nationally, is the Gatorade Georgia girls cross country runner of the year.

Fegans was largely an unheralded runner until ...


A look at the region champs; Final power ratings to be announced Monday

Now that the regular season has come to a close, here’s how the power ratings will shake out, followed by a look at our region champions.

MaxPreps’ final Class A power ratings will be posted on the GHSA web site on Nov. 6. Any Class A school that believes its final power rating is incorrect may file an appeal in writing to the GHSA on Nov. 7, 8-11 a.m. A GHSA Appeals Committee ...

GMC boys win cross country title, Bleckley County sweeps, Jones County’s Leonard wins

Jones County's Erin Leonard added to her stellar resume on Saturday by winning the GHSA Class 5A girls cross country title in Carrollton. And GMC's boys topped Seminole County for … Click to Continue »

Cross Country Championship Recap & Results

The GHSA State Cross Country Championships were held this Friday and Saturday at the Carrollton course, with three classifications competing on the first day and five on the second. Here are the notable results from each class:


Class AAAAAAA: Two Forsyth County teams took first place in the state’s largest class, winning each program’s first-ever titles. The Lambert boys (1:24:44.05) denied Marietta (6th place) a third straight title in the state’s ...


Cross Country: Lambert boys, South Forsyth girls clinch 7A titles

The GHSA State Cross Country Championships got underway this morning at the Carrollton Course, with three classifications competing. Below is a roundup of today’s results; the championships resume Saturday morning in Carrollton with Class AAA starting at 8 a.m. and Class A-Public scheduled to wrap the day up starting at 2 p.m.


Class AAAAAAA: Two Forsyth County teams took first place in Friday’s final races, winning each program’s first-ever titles. The ...


THE GRIND: North Forsyth’s Verdirame had to get slower to become faster

By: Michael Foster
Anthony Verdirame has always had a propensity to pick up outdoor activities. For his entire life he’s been a fishing enthusiast, he’s ridden a mountain bike for seven years and just a few months ago decided to pick up kayaking. He plans on spending some free time during fall break hiking hills in the mountain ranges to the north. But there’s another activity he picked up that consumes much of his time, especially when school isn’t in session: running. Verdirame decided to run cross country in the seventh grade. His parents weren’t runners—it was just something he wanted to add to his long check list of hobbies. Fast forward to his junior year at North Forsyth high school, and he treats it as his primary focus. He’s coming off a pretty good week. Verdirame set a new personal record last Saturday at the Warpath Invitational in Canton, leading the Raiders with a finishing time of 17 minutes, 26 seconds to finish 56th in the field of 186 runners. It’s not at the level of pace with runners at some of the other county schools, but the new PR is a signal of accelerated progression that Verdirame hopes will pay off in his near future. The truth is, he got slower before he got faster, and he’s not embarrassed to admit it. After running below 18 minutes during his freshman season, he actually slowed down and couldn’t crack 18 minutes his sophomore year. It was a confusing fall for Verdirame, who was watching teammates speed up around him while he stayed on a baseline. “It was horrible,” he said. “Just seeing improvement and I wasn’t getting any faster. I couldn’t, and I didn’t really know why.” He admits he lost the work ethic to achieve goals—a brief period of distraction from being like any other high school student with more than one interest. He even, last year, played on the lacrosse team—that was on top of partaking in ultimate Frisbee in his spare time. It wasn’t that he wasn’t committed to running—he just didn’t realize how much more it would take to succeed. So Verdirame re-allocated and re-committed his most recent summer break to obsessing over running. “About summer time this year, I just realized that if I pushed myself this could be something I could do in college. That’s my goal, and I want to do everything I can to achieve that,” Verdirame said. “I don’t have a preference of where and am open to suggestions. I just think I can do it.” Verdirame took himself out for runs every day, but not through the wooded, shaded trails of the north Georgia hills. Instead, he hit the track at North — one that’s beaten with the sun through seemingly every hour of the day. He’d walk down on his own, even on Saturdays, with bottles of water, fruits and a new attitude. Instead of doing 350 miles he was shooting for 500. He ran 400-meter repeats, or laps, 12 to 15 in succession until he could barely stand up. “The heat would suck the energy out of me,” he said. “But it was worth it.” Now Verdirame feels like he’s in a groove. Sure, he got his PR at Warpath, but it’s not near what he hopes to accomplish this season. “Normally as a runner you try to peak, and you want to at the right time. It’s different for every individual,” he said. “I’m still working to get to my peak right now, so each race is getting faster.” The date circled on the calendar is Oct. 22, when the Raiders will return to Warpath for the Region 5-7A meet. “I’m focused on getting back there,” Verdirame said. “I was expecting a new PR last race and got one. Now it’s about taking the next step.”


Article courtesy of Forsyth County News Editor's note: A summer series looking back at the athletic year that was for each Forsyth County high school with the county's athletic directors. To read about Forsyth Central, click here. To read about Lambert, click here. Nathan Turner was coaching football at Clarke Central High School ... More