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Higginbotham fans 14 in Buford's 7-0 win over White Co.

CLEVELAND - Even with the tremendous zip on the fastball for Buford lefty Jake Higginbotham, it was the knee-buckling curveball that got him out of trouble and preserved a 7-0 win against White County on Wednesday in Cleveland.

April 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Moon to attempt record 805-pound press

Tim Moon knows he's become an ambassador for the weight lifting community both locally and nationally.

March 27, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Buford rallies to remain perfect with 9-8 win over North Hall

Griffin Jolliff's two-run homer for Buford in the seventh inning was what cleared the dugout in celebration around home plate, but it was Jake Mayo's ground out that drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and locked up Buford's 9-8 win over North Hall on Wednesday at Jody Davis Field.

March 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Griffith's four shutout innings in relief lead Gainesville to 4-3 win over Flowery Branch

Gainesville senior Sims Griffith passed the biggest pitching assignment of his high school career with flying colors.

March 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Girls Swimmer of the Year: Buford's Brittany Litke

The swimming pool has always been a place where Brittany Litke found peace and solace. Before setting school records at Buford High, Litke found the water as a place to get away from the uncertainty that came with her younger sister Olivia's heath conditions as a child.

March 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch's Hughes mows down Gainesville, 3-1

Jonathan Hughes made quick work of Gainesville on Friday.

March 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Johnson falls in overtime heartbreaker to Sandy Creek, 83-80

The first words used by Johnson coach Jeff Steele to describe his team's effort in a difficult second-round playoff loss to Sandy Creek were character and heart.

February 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall girls' rally falls short against Woodward Academy, 64-62

COLLEGE PARK - North Hall's girls basketball team played with all the heart and effort its coach Kristi House could have hoped for in Monday's second-round playoff game at Woodward Academy.

February 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


East Hall girls dominate third quarter to top North Murray 61-36 in playoff opener

East Hall's girls opened the Class AAA basketball state playoffs on Friday with the poise and passion of a team destined for a long run, even though just a week ago it was a long shot that the Lady Vikings would even reach the postseason.

February 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball playoffs: Season zips into postseason from region tournaments

There doesn't seem to be much of a dividing mark between the regular season and playoffs, which open Friday for 17 local programs, with first-round games.

February 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


East Hall girls upset North Hall to reach 7-AAA finals

BUFORD - The East Hall girls have had no time to listen to the naysayers. The only expectations they care about are the ones coming from inside their own locker room after an up-and-down regular season that has given way to the Region 7-AAA tournament.

February 18, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


This time for certain: High school region basketball tournaments ready to commence

The waiting game for region basketball tournaments to begin has finally ended, as the snow and ice that caused the delay has turned to slush.

February 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Region basketball tournaments at the mercy of Mother Nature

Preparing for a region basketball tournament is hard enough for those involved without dealing with a winter storm that is expected to dump snow and ice throughout Northeast Georgia this week.

February 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: North Hall's Smith jumps at offer to play football at Air Force

In an age when college football prospects are most routinely prioritized and evaluated by height and weight, North Hall's Andrew Smith is a refreshing exception to the rule.

February 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Watson, Powers lead diverse Class of 2014 signees

Rarely, if ever, has this area produced such a diversified senior class of elite college prospects. Hall County alone had players sign with top college programs in football, baseball and swimming.

February 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Colton Chester

For the past two games, Colton Chester has been an unstoppable, home-run-hitting machine.

April 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Newton efficient pitching for Gainesville in 12-2 win against Clarke Central

Gainesville's starting rotation has strung together quite the pitching line against Clarke Central in two years of Region 8-AAAAA meetings. A year after Gainesville pitchers tossed a pair of no-hitters against the Gladiators, senior Chandler Newton gave up just two hits in a complete-game, 12-2 victory in five innings on Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 09, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Logan Burt

While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.

April 07, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area Wrestler of the Year: Buford's Chip Ness

As Buford's Chip Ness went through drills practicing for his final state tournament in February, he broke out into a grin. Wolves coach Rob Carlyle wanted to know what was so funny.

April 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area Wrestling Coach of the Year: Buford's Rob Carlyle

It might be hard for Rob Carlyle to match what he accomplished this season as Buford's wrestling coach, but he's eager to give it a shot. Led by four-time state champion Chip Ness, the Wolves capped off a historic season with Class AAA state titles both in duals and traditionals in 2014.

April 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville struggles at the plate in 4-1 loss to Loganville

All of a sudden, Gainesville's rematch with Loganville on Monday became that much more important, after its first meeting Friday resulted in a 4-1 loss for the Red Elephants at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 04, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County defense stops Trojans, 21-7

CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.

October 18, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville breezes past West Forsyth, 58-28

CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.

August 30, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Dawson County slips past East Hall, 29-27

Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.

August 23, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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