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Flowery Branch's fencing program 'empowering' nontraditional athletes

Ava Alabiso will forever be grateful for the opportunity to compete in fencing for four years at Flowery Branch High. An activity which emphasizes mental strategy, bravery and where good coordination comes in handy, she plans to keep going in the sport for years to come.

February 07, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford High senior treated to 'visit of a lifetime' with official visit to Georgia

As Brandon Sudge was being pushed in his wheelchair out to midfield Friday evening at Sanford Stadium in Athens, it still seemed too good to be true.

February 01, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High inducts 16 new members into 'Herd of Honor' Hall of Fame

Times were much different when Ed Nivens suited up for the Gainesville High football program in the early 1940s.

January 31, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall grad Ty McCormack warms up for Olympic Trials with third-place at Miami Half Marathon

During Sunday's Miami Half Marathon, Ty McCormack was forced to make a strategic decision he's never encountered in his many years of elite distance running. About eight miles into the race, the North Hall High graduate and Olympic Trials qualifier, noticed his shoelace was untied.

January 25, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville High baseball program carries home four postseason awards from Georgia Dugout Club

After a 29-8 record and state runner-up finish in Class AAAAA last season, the Gainesville High baseball program took home four awards for its accomplishments during the Georgia Dugout Club's meeting on Friday in Marietta.

January 19, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Deshaun Watson has robust support from other sports greats in Hall County

Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson has the full admiration from a gallery of sports greats right here in Hall County.

January 10, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Best of 2015: Deshaun Watson's Heisman campaign, Mark Richt's departure among biggest stories

The top sports stories for local fans in 2015 were quite easy to identify.

January 01, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Longtime NFL, college assistant coach, Times sports columnist Chuck Clausen dies at 75

When Bryan Gray was struggling to find success in his early years as head football coach at East Hall, he always drew inspiration from his talks with Chuck Clausen.

December 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


East seniors edge West with gutsy fourth-quarter call in FCA East-West Football Classic

Even though Gainesville High's Chandler Staton came up just a bit short on a very long game-winning field goal attempt for the West squad, he likely did plenty in Saturday's Fellowship of Christian Athletes East-West Football Classic to bolster his college prospects as National Signing Day nears.

December 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Chestatee High hires Shaun Conley as its new head football coach

Shaun Conley could best describe Thursday as a whirlwind.

December 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Johnson boys, Gainesville girls open as No. 1 seeds in 56th Lanierland Tournament

While the quality of high school basketball in Hall County never wanes, the parity among the 2015 Lanierland Tournament may be as strong as ever. Among the 16 programs and eight schools in this year's county-exclusive tournament, 10 currently maintain a winning record.

December 14, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson named a Heisman Trophy finalist for Clemson

Gainesville High graduate Deshaun Watson is one step closer to making his Heisman Trophy dreams a reality. On Monday, the quarterback for No. 1 Clemson (13-0) was named one of three finalists headed New York City for Saturday's presentation of the Heisman Trophy, the biggest individual accolade a college football player can garner.

December 07, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


High School Previews: Buford, Worth Co. clashing in 2nd round in test of run games

Class AAAAA

November 19, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


North Hall sees 'hard work come to fruition' with spot in football postseason

From those summer team meetings, North Hall's Corben Davis could tell something special was brewing with the football program.

November 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


West Hall primed for football playoffs with exciting end to regular season

Being the eternal optimist, West Hall football coach Tony Lotti never wavered in his team's ability to rebound from where it sat at 2-5, with only three games left in the schedule.

November 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Canada, Argentina, Brazil and Cuba earn Olympic spots during Day 3 of Pan Am Games on Lake Lanier

Andreanne Langlois came to Lake Lanier last month seeking a spot on the Canadian Canoe Kayak National Team. She's returning to Quebec as a ...

May 21, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Lack of offense sends Gainesville baseball to season-ending 2-0 loss to Houston County

Gainesville's penchant for scoring critical runs late in baseball games proved evasive Tuesday against Houston County.

May 17, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


What an opening night for Knights: Johnson blanks Madison County, 17-0

Johnson High's Sam Corbett said he wasn't feeling unsettling nerves, even though the freshman was lining up at quarterback in the season opener ...

August 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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