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Flowery Branch's Sutton utilizes basketball as way of sharing faith

Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.

December 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cockfield, Johnson boys roll past Stephens County 84-41

Johnson's boys produced a region preview to whet the appetite of its faithful Friday for what they hope is a long and successful season.

December 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Healthy, confident Cleveland leading North Hall girls

North Hall's Sydney Cleveland isn't about to allow a past injury to interfere with enjoying her senior year on the basketball court.

December 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Sosebee a rock-solid performer at linebacker

Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.

November 27, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Byrd brothers relishing playoff run

Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.

November 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Playoff puzzle still unfinished as final week of regular season approaches

East Hall is one of the many local programs that have the peace of mind knowing they will play in the postseason.

November 03, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Rivalry game looms large for Chestatee, North Hall

Chestatee coach Bill Forman hasn't had to break out any motivational speeches or bribery tactics to make sure his team is ready to play Friday. This is the week the War Eagles get a crack at its greatest foe, North Hall.

October 30, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Cross country athletes tuned up for region championships

Building championship cross country teams is all about peaking at the end of the season, according to Flowery Branch coach Jimmy Sorrells.

October 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Georgia's Bailey takes bye week to give back to East Hall

For Sterling Bailey, it was a rather easy decision.

October 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Buford softball sweeps St. Pius X, heads to championship rounds in Columbus

BUFORD - Samantha Thomas and Tessa Daniels have identical expectations for the Buford softball program in the upcoming state championship rounds, even though they have very different experiences playing in Columbus.

October 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Williamson productive on both sides of the ball for Red Elephants

Chris Williamson is too valuable an asset to stand on the Gainesville sideline for long.

October 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Williamson productive on both sides of the ball for Red Elephants

Chris Williamson is too valuable an asset to stand on the Gainesville sideline for long.

October 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | The Blitz: Prep football


Flowery Branch softball team seeking upset in first playoff appearance

Kelly Kahlert doesn't feel like Flowery Branch is an underdog entering its first playoff series in program history.

October 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall boys, Johnson girls claim Hall County cross country championships

Johnson's Junior Suarez has a powerful final kick for such a small-framed runner.

October 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview's Turner brings spark to running game

Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn't his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.

September 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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Riverside boys, Flowery Branch girls win Hall County track & field championships

Some of the most gripping action came right at the end of the Hall County track and field championships.

March 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Kilcoyne's three hits lead Flowery Branch past Lanier 8-3

FLOWERY BRANCH - Marq Kilcoyne's final hit of the night went a long way toward snapping Flowery Branch's two-game losing streak.

March 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Hewett makes two amazing defensive plays in 15-0 win against White County

Twice on Friday, North Hall left fielder Lincoln Hewett made a defensive play that was nothing short on spectacular.

March 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local basketball talent in Savannah for GACA all-star games

Some of Hall County and Northeast Georgia's dynamic high school basketball stars will join forces with players from the rest of the state Saturday in Savannah. Games featuring the top juniors and seniors for boys and girls are slated for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Games at Savannah State University.

March 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Balanced attack leads Flowery Branch girls to 3-0 soccer win against Johnson

OAKWOOD - Madeline McCarthy wants to be a difference maker for the Flowery Branch girls soccer program. On a roster ripe with youth, the Lady Falcons' senior midfielder sees it as her place to bring a little energy to the pitch as they get ready for the main stretch of games in Region 8-AAAAA.

March 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch pounds Cedar Shoals 15-0 in Region 8-AAAAA baseball opener

Starting pitcher Trevor Roof got Flowery Branch off to an ideal start in Region 8-AAAAA. On Monday, he needed just 45 pitches for the Falcons (6-1, 1-0) to take down Cedar Shoals 15-0 in three innings at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

March 16, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville native Reg Murphy grateful for Georgia Sports Hall of Fame induction

As Reg Murphy sat among a distinguished panel of athletic figures recently in Macon, there was one thought he couldn't shake from his mind.

March 14, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's title dreams dashed, 24-17 at Allatoona

ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.

November 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Passing fancy: Gainesville holds off Harris County, 49-40

HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.

November 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Byrd carries Gainesville past pesky Creekview, 42-37

Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.

November 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville headed into postseason on a high note

Gainesville finished the regular season with a much different feeling than it started just three months ago.

November 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Defense picks up Gainesville in 20-7 win over Loganville

When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.

November 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Watson sparks East Hall over Franklin County, 34-7

On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.

October 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville airs it out to beat Clarke Central, 35-10

Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.

October 18, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Falcons' playoff hopes hurt by 32-12 loss to Clarke Central

There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.

October 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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