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Gainesville High set to retire Micah Owings' No. 25 between games in quarterfinal doubleheader

Many of Micah Owings' fondest memories happened on Gainesville's baseball diamond at Ivey-Watson Field. Now, his No. 25 will hang alongside Cris Carpenter's as the only two retired in Red Elephants baseball history.

May 11, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville High's Spencer Ralston finishes first at US Open local qualifier

Gainesville High junior Spencer Ralston carded a 5-under 67 to win the US Open local qualifier Monday at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

May 11, 2015 | Times sports reports | High schools


Tim Slater named boys basketball coach at Johnson

As soon as Tim Slater stepped on campus Thursday at Johnson High, news started to circulate quickly about him being named the new boys basketball coach. Slater, an assistant under Allen Whitehart at Buford High the past two seasons, was already a familiar face to some of the Knights' seniors, having coached Ty Cockfield in the GACA All-Star Game recently in Savannah.

May 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall aggressive offensively in second-round baseball sweep of Upson-Lee

Lincoln Hewett and Corbin Lewallen have been in the thick of the action for North Hall's two most accomplished baseball teams in school history.

May 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Unsung heroes play important role for playoff baseball squads

Anyone who has seen seventh-ranked Gainesville's baseball program this season knows it's an offense loaded with power in the middle of the order.

May 04, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Whitenton's homer, pitching victory key Gainesville in first-round sweep of Cambridge

Caleb Whitenton's home run in Game 1 was just the energy boost seventh-ranked Gainesville needed Friday as it completed a two-game sweep of Cambridge in the opening round of the Class AAAAA state tournament at Ivey-Watson Field in Gainesville.

May 02, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area baseball teams have aces up their sleeves heading into postseason

Connor Bennett had so many dazzling performances on the mound for top-ranked Buford this season, it's hard to single out just one.

April 30, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville rolls past Apalachee 16-1, secures Region 8-AAAAA baseball title

For the fourth consecutive season, Gainesville is headed into the state baseball playoffs with the region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lumpkin County closes in on No. 2 playoff seed with 11-6 win against East Hall

With a large lead quickly dwindling, Lumpkin County coach Dustin Allen went with his ace Cody Waters earlier than he had hoped Tuesday against East Hall. The right-handed senior responded with 5 2/3 innings of steady work in long-relief duty, allowed only one run and led the Indians (14-8, 11-5 Region 7-AAA) to an 11-6 win in Gainesville.

April 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys belts two home runs, earns win on the mound for Gainesville 7-0 against Winder-Barrow

A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.

April 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sterling Bailey gearing up for strong senior year with Georgia

Sterling Bailey isn't ready to start reminiscing yet. While his years playing football at Georgia have flown by, he's still got one more season to line up at defensive end for the Bulldogs.

April 09, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Gainesville's Whitenton strong pitching over five innings in 7-2 win against Loganville

Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.

April 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bennett strikes out 13 batters for Buford in 6-0 win against North Hall

Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.

April 03, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Marsh ropes winning hit for Buford in 3-2 extra-inning victory against North Hall

BUFORD - Brandon Marsh never wavered in his approach at the plate. The Buford junior's single in the seventh inning and walk-off single in the eighth made all the difference in a pitcher's battle against North Hall on Wednesday at Gerald McQuaig Field.

April 01, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Hall hires former Flowery Branch standout Swansey as boys basketball coach

Hall County is where Zac Swansey got his start during a remarkable basketball playing career.

April 01, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Ty McCormack excited for chance to run in World University Games

Ty McCormack knows his experience next month in South Korea will be like an official transition from college running greatness to his work as a business professional.

June 29, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


North Hall grad Paul Powers making strides in swimming career

Paul Powers was in for a surprise in February when he opened an email from Lindsay Mintenko, the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. It was an opportunity that Powers, a North Hall High grad and University of Michigan freshman swimmer, didn't see coming.

June 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville, Flowery Branch, North Hall to compete in preseason scrimmages at The Brickyard

Bob Christmas and Bruce Miller will get another chance to face off on opposing sidelines. This time around, however, it will come with much less on the line for their respective football programs.

June 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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