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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


Wrestlers shrug off weather distractions, prepare for area traditional meets

Imagine for a second being a high school wrestler with one of the most important weekends of the season on the horizon, only to have your practice routine interrupted by a major weather event.

January 30, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Richt appears in Gainesville for UGA Days event

When Georgia football coach Mark Richt hits the road for UGA Days events, he tends to drop a couple of nuggets of information that fans wouldn't typically hear from the head man during the heat of the battle during the regular season.

April 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Hernandez forging own path as a female wrestler

Leslie Hernandez has never tried to create an identity as a trend setter. She's just a young lady who loves wrestling and never believed her gender should discourage that passion.

April 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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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