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Boys Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Caleb Hamilton

Caleb Hamilton has shown how far dedication and a lot of hard work can carry a high school wrestler. As a senior, the North Hall grappler has become an anchor for his team with 44 wins and 30 pins, heading into tonight's matches against Habersham Central and Winder-Barrow for Senior Night in Gainesville.

January 27, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview Academy upstaged by Athens Christian 98-54 in Region 8-A play

Lakeview Academy boys coach Todd Cottrell didn't see Friday's 98-54 loss to No. 5 Athens Christian as any immediate need to panic, even though it did go down as a defeat in the region column.

January 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Hall wrestlers take break from individual training for county championships

The Hall County wrestling championships always boast competitive battles.

January 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Riverside Military's Avery Cagle

Riverside Military basketball coach Lazarus Chennault knows he has a constant competitor on his hands with junior Avery Cagle on the floor.

January 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area wrestlers shift focus to traditional part of season

High school wrestling season is a complex two-part puzzle, where coaches have to prioritize team structure and athlete training to fit that given portion of the year.

January 16, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year: Buford's Maggie Roper

Maggie Roper did everything imaginable to help put Buford High volleyball on the map these past four seasons. Still a relatively new program when she stepped on the court in 2010, she developed herself into an All-State player in 2013, and also set most of the Lady Wolves' career and single-season records.

January 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch, Chestatee open state wrestling duals Thursday in Macon

There's no greater motivator than a chance at redemption.

January 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Strong third quarter leads White County past North Hall 60-42

On a night when baskets were hard to come by for both teams, White County's Juwan Dorsey broke it wide open with a run of second-half 3-pointers and a 60-42 win against North Hall on Friday in Gainesville.

January 03, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Home for the Holidays: Fred Payne

Fred Payne's motivation to be the best is how he separates himself with work ethic on and off the football field.

December 24, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year: North Hall's Quintin Miles

There's nothing casual about the effort that goes into running for North Hall's Quintin Miles. He's running hard all year and building endurance for the grind of cross country season.

December 21, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year: White County's Jenna Gearing

Jenna Gearing has only faced one limitation when it comes to running cross country - and it's not the stamina part of the distance sport. Usually, she's worrying about those pesky 'what ifs' that start floating around in the head of the two-time state champion from White County, which caused her so much angst.

December 21, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


FCA East-West Classic to showcase some of top high school football talent

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes' East-West Classic tonight at City Park Stadium is a celebration of all things high school football in Hall County.

December 19, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


MRI shows no serious damage to Gainesville QB Watson's knee

Gainesville High senior quarterback Deshaun Watson received good news this week when an MRI revealed that a knee injury he sustained late in the Class AAAAA state semifinal loss against Tucker will not affect the start of his college career at Clemson University.

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


Gainesville boys hold off Flowery Branch 52-48 in Region 8-AAAAA matchup

No matter how you slice it, this is a strange week for high school basketball in Hall County. Take Gainesville as an example.

December 17, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Interesting matchups fill opening round of Lanierland on Saturday

The Lanierland basketball tournament tips off Saturday at Flowery Branch High with the same luster and excitement that has sustained the annual tradition into the 54th edition of this Hall County exclusive high school tournament.

December 12, 2013 | 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


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


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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