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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


Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year: White County's Jenna Gearing

Jenna Gearing has only faced one limitation when it comes to running cross country - and it's not the stamina part of the distance sport. Usually, she's worrying about those pesky 'what ifs' that start floating around in the head of the two-time state champion from White County, which caused her so much angst.

December 21, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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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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