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Making the case for Riverside key for Paglia

Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.

July 09, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Vickery expects Red Elephants to reload in 2014

Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.

July 06, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville OF Gettys selected by Padres with 51st pick

Michael Gettys has to decide whether his future in baseball will take him to the West Coast, or to the University of Georgia.

June 06, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Local baseball stars await future as MLB Draft looms

Michael Gettys won't be sitting in the green room Thursday night.

May 31, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Houston Co. ends Gainesville's season, 7-4, in semifinals

Going into Game 3 of the state semifinals, Houston County's prolific offense had not scored less than four runs in any of its 32 games this season.

May 21, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville baseball wins Game 2, splits with Houston

Sims Griffith wasn't afraid to take one for the team any way he needed to, even if it was a curveball to the top of his batting helmet.

May 19, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford prevails over Pike Co. in rain-shortened Game 3

BUFORD - Before their state quarterfinal series was over, the top two teams in Class AAA had abandoned playing baseball in favor of a makeshift game of Army on Gerald McQuaig Field.

May 15, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville baseball sweeps Starr's Mill to reach semis

Caleb Whitenton's arm injury gave Starr's Mill a brief glimmer of hope toward stealing a split with Gainesville.

May 14, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Johnson boys beat Cairo, 2-1, reach soccer semifinals

Pouring rain quickly turned the field at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium into a marsh less than 20 minutes into Friday's state quarterfinal game.

May 09, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


North Hall falls to Blessed Trinity in decisive Game 3

ROSWELL - Patrick McNamara never gave North Hall much of a chance to recover from one bad inning.

May 09, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Buford sweeps Pius in second-round baseball series

BUFORD - With an opportunity for some good, old-fashioned payback right at his fingertips, Jake Higginbotham delivered his best.

May 08, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


West Hall baseball season ends in 7-6 loss to Ringgold

RINGGOLD- West Hall coach Dustin Rennspies threw about everything he had at Ringgold on Saturday, including five pitchers.

May 03, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Gainesville sweeps Tucker in 1st round baseball series

A bad case of strep throat left Michael Gettys less than 100 percent for Gainesville's first round playoff series.

May 03, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Riverside Military tennis earns first trip to quarterfinals

Riverside Military saw its perfect season hit a roadblock last year in the second round of the state tennis playoffs.

April 28, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


N. Hall boys trounce Sonoraville in state tennis opener

Though only a 16-year-old junior, Matt Booth is effectively the grizzled veteran of a young North Hall boys tennis team.

April 23, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


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Articles By Author - Jared Putnam


North Hall's Wells glad to 'invest in my own community'

Billy Wells has lived in northern Hall County for the past six years while working as a coach and athletic director in Gwinnett County.

July 24, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Corley brings diverse experience to Chestatee athletics

Ben Corley's background could go a long way toward making him a coach's best friend.

July 23, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Continuity the theme for Roark, Lakeview this year

Lakeview Academy athletic director Deuce Roark will see a lot of familiar faces this year, both within the walls of his own school and from the teams the Lions' athletic programs compete against.

July 22, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Stowers happy with direction of Johnson's athletic programs

It's been a banner year for soccer in the United States, where record numbers of viewers watched the U.S. escape from the Group of Death and into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

July 18, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Lawler wants Flowery Branch to continue raising the bar

Jimmy Lawler has watched Flowery Branch High School grow on a near-daily basis since its infancy in 2002.

July 16, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Banks sees 'perfect storm' brewing for West Hall

West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."

July 11, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


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