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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


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

High school football playoff picture still foggy for those on the bubble

The playoff scenarios for some area teams this week are so confusing that it could get in the way of playing football on the final night of the regular season Friday.

November 03, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Buford softball team eager for chance at ninth straight title in Columbus

Nothing brings Baylee Sexton a spike in her adrenaline like the yearly trip she's made to play with the Buford High softball program for the state tournament.

October 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Football Player of the Week: Explosive WR Markese Jackson pacing East Hall

Markese Jackson has made amazing catches and picked up crucial yards carrying the ball this year as a first-year player for East Hall (3-4, 3-1 Region 7-AAA).

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

High school football previews: Gainesville, Flowery Branch set for road region battles

Gainesville at Salem

October 01, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Gainesville's Emily House qualifies for Powerlifting National Championship

Emily House is part of an elite group of people who have qualified for a national championship in two different sports.

August 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports

New GHSA rule makes football coaches cautious of time management in practice

Coaching high school football has made mastery of time management a must.

August 03, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

Gainesville's Hunter Mallard enjoying high-flying success at pole vault

Hunter Mallard is talented and blessed - two great things going for the rising star in the pole vault from Gainesville High.

July 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools

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Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash flourishing since call up to pitch for Triple-A Dodgers

Ralston Cash received some of the best news of his life as a pro baseball player in an unforgettable manner. The 24-year-old Lakeview Academy graduate ...

July 26, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

East Hall High grad Sterling Bailey eager to make strong impression with Indianapolis Colts

Sterling Bailey is living a dream seven years in the making.

July 21, 2016 | Bill Murphy | Pros

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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