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Maxwell named new football coach at Lumpkin County

Ty Maxwell didn't even have to think twice about becoming the new football coach at Lumpkin County when the opportunity arose.

May 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school football: Coaches have flexibility in structuring spring practice

Flowery Branch football coach Chris Griffin had to debate what was best for his program when it came to conducting spring drills this month, which is an opportunity for every school to hit the gridiron for a couple weeks to do some early evaluating of talent.

May 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford falls in deciding Game 3 to Cartersville, 7-5

BUFORD - Buford made one critical error early in the deciding third game of its state semifinal series against Cartersville, and it proved too much to overcome.

May 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High-profile pitching featured in area baseball quarterfinals

Preparing for a late-round playoff series requires a little creativity on a coach's part.

May 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch denied first baseball quarterfinals appearance with 6-0 loss to North Paulding

DALLAS – Flowery Branch suffered a breakdown in defensive communication when it could least afford one Thursday against North Paulding.

May 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville takes two from Sequoyah to sweep second-round series

There was no dispute as to which one of Brandon Sewell's home runs had a bigger impact Wednesday in Gainesville's two-game sweep of Sequoyah during the second-round playoff series at Ivey-Watson Field.

May 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall thumps Sonoraville in two-game sweep to open postseason

Dominant pitching from North Hall's starters Corbin Lewallen in the opener and by Brandon Delong in the second game was more than enough to provide for two painless 8-1 and 11-0 wins against Sonoraville to open the Class AAA state tournament Friday in the best-of-three series at Jody Davis Field.

May 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Hall boys sink Cartersville in 1st round of soccer playoffs

Samuel Coto's second-effort shot wiped away 40 minutes of frustration for West Hall's boys.

May 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Hall heads into playoffs with 6-1 win against White County

West Hall's 6-1 win against White County came as a great transition into the postseason, even though it had no bearing on seeding for either playoff-bound program out of Region 7-AAA.

April 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville no-hits Cedar Shoals 13-1, captures region championship

The pitching depth for Gainesville is pleasing to coach Jeremy Kemp and could serve the program well in the postseason.

April 23, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Richt appears in Gainesville for UGA Days event

When Georgia football coach Mark Richt hits the road for UGA Days events, he tends to drop a couple of nuggets of information that fans wouldn't typically hear from the head man during the heat of the battle during the regular season.

April 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


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


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All-Area Softball Player of the Year: Buford's Jordan Deep

Jordan Deep was always clutch at the plate for Buford.

December 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Softball Pitcher of the Year: Buford's Bria Bush

Bria Bush is a rare blend of elite talent and humility.

December 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Simonds' 28 lead Gainesville past Buford, 82-59

BUFORD - D'Marcus Simonds delivered in a major way for Gainesville in a much-anticipated matchup on his former home floor at Buford on Friday. The junior guard scored eight of his 28 points in the first quarter, leading the Red Elephants to a 82-59 win against the Wolves.

December 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Top-ranked Buford running strong into Saturday's state title game

Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.

December 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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 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


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


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


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


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


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