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Buford baseball team defeats Gainesville, 2-0, at Coolray

LAWRENCEVILLE - Buford coach Tony Wolfe describes pitcher Connor Bennett as a "bulldog" on the mound, especially in relief appearances.

March 22, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


North Hall baseball team edges Madison County 2-1 in Region 8-AAAA opener

Even when Madison County saw glimpses of success against Corbin Lewallen at the plate, the North Hall left-hander continued to torment the Red Raiders once they reached the basepaths.

March 12, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford girls aim to wrap up 'unfinished business,' beat Carrollton for basketball state title

BUFORD - The team poster hanging on the wall outside Buford coach Gene Durden's office tells a year's worth of storyline in only two words.

March 04, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Former Lambert coach Sid Maxwell taking over Dawson County football program

Sid Maxwell said football is still in his blood. A year away from the sideline has done nothing to change that.

March 04, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Jonesboro shuts down Johnson, 50-35, in Class AAAA quarterfinals

Jeff Steele could only tip his hat to a performance unlike anything the Johnson boys basketball coach had ever seen - one good enough to end the previously unbeaten Knights' historic season.

February 26, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Johnson boys beat West Laurens, 75-60, to reach Class AAAA quarterfinals

If the Johnson boys have any remaining doubters this season, they'll need to find a new knock against the Knights. There will be no second-round exit for the team this season.

February 22, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford girls ride defense, free throws to 46-34 win over Westover

BUFORD - Buford coach Gene Durden had to get the Lady Wolves back to their "bread and butter" to finally gain the separation they needed against Westover.

February 20, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Cockfield's 31 points lead Johnson boys to 72-44 win over Southeast Whitfield

Behind smothering defense and Ty Cockfield's game-high 31 points, Johnson's victory over Southeast Whitfield was never in question.

February 19, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Johnson boys top Buford for 3rd straight Region 8-AAAA title; Buford girls dethrone Chestatee

Again and again, coach Jeff Steele credits the Johnson boys basketball team's success to a close-knit family dynamic.

February 15, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Simonds' steal in closing seconds lifts Gainesville boys to 58-57 win over Salem in region tourney

As the finals seconds ticked off the clock, D'Marcus Simonds recognized what was coming and reacted.

February 11, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Flowery Branch girls hope to extend streak at county swim meet

Flowery Branch's swimmers haven't grown complacent during their ongoing run of success at the Hall County championships.

January 15, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville, Lanier to battle for 8-AAAAA supremacy

Any way you look at it, similarities between the Gainesville and Lanier football programs are hard to find.

October 09, 2014 | Jared Putnam | All prep football news


Gainesville's Miller still enjoys job he was 'made to do'

The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School's football practice field reads, "Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions."

September 20, 2014 | Jared Putnam | All prep football news


Area rivalries dominate list of games to watch in 2014

Week 0 gave area football fans a taste of what is to come this season, highlighted by a nationally-televised defensive battle between No. 1 Buford and Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla.

August 27, 2014 | Jared Putnam | All prep football news


Goss ready to carry the load for Flowery Branch

Long before Jeremiah Goss ever donned a varsity football uniform - back when he was still steamrolling linebackers in youth games - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw a future high school star.

August 19, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


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Gainesville boys clinch soccer region title, Howard's 250th win

For everything Rick Howard earned Saturday - a region championship trophy, a milestone victory and a plaque to commemorate it - his players' gestures of respect might be what sticks with the Gainesville boys soccer coach the longest.

April 18, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


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