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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


Johnson to continue non-region football schedule

In a move to build a more competitive football program for the future, Johnson High's administration made its decision known Wednesday to continue playing a non-region football schedule for the next two years during the Region 8-AAAA meeting Wednesday in Oakwood.

December 12, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville falls to Tucker, 20-14, ending repeat title bid

CLARKSTON - Gainesville stood toe to toe with Tucker for most of the night in the Class AAAAA state semifinals on Friday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. What kept it close was the Red Elephants' remarkable defense for most of the night against the Tigers' vaunted running game.

December 06, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


High school football notebook: 5 things to watch in the semifinals

This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.

December 02, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Watson leads Gainesville into semifinals, 42-28

Not even a tender left shoulder on quarterback Deshaun Watson or a potent Mundy's Mill running game could keep Gainesville from earning a win in the state quarterfinals on Friday at City Park Stadium.

November 29, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Buford prepares for another playoff clash with Carver-Columbus

BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.

November 26, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


High school football notebook: Buford wins coin flip to play quarterfinal game at home

One of the few uncertain moments for top-ranked Buford (12-0) came early Saturday morning with a coin flip to determine home field for Friday's state quarterfinal game against No. 4 Carver-Columbus (11-1).

November 23, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville advances with 51-12 win over South Paulding

Out of all the impressive things Gainesville did in its second-round playoff win against South Paulding, it was a brilliant third quarter that stood out the most. The Red Elephants (11-1) scored touchdowns on all four offensive possessions in the third period, while stifling the Spartans' offense, to secure a 51-12 win at City Park Stadium.

November 22, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville's Gaudlock a breakout star at wide receiver

Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock has made the offseason decision of coach Bruce Miller look like a stroke of genius.

November 21, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Hall County basketball programs look to continue success

From 2009-2013, Hall County high school basketball programs made five trips to the state semifinals.

November 16, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville defense denies ML King in 28-14 win

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller wasted little time congratulating his defense for a job well done after it held on for a 28-14 victory against M.L. King and the big passing arm of its quarterback, Roland Rivers, on Friday at City Park Stadium.

November 15, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Players of the Week: Lumpkin County's McCrary, Gilreath end season on high note

Quarterback Daniel McCrary and wide receiver Johnathan Gilreath ended their careers at Lumpkin County on a particularly high note on Friday in the regular season finale, even though making the playoffs was out of the question.

November 11, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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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


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


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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