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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


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


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Falcon fans welcome Birds back to the Branch

James Fox and his family of five were like many others who arrived early Friday for the first day of Atlanta Falcons training camp.

July 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Local


Coker remembered for character, strength

To those who knew him, Keaton Coker was a face and voice of strength through tremendous adversity.

July 17, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Soccer Coach of the Year: Johnson's Brian Shirley

Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.

July 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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