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Local fans huddle together to cheer on US soccer in World Cup

Gerry Grogan was much like every other U.S. soccer fan enjoying the World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday at the Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville.

July 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Five key stories to follow as Atlanta Falcons approach training camp

While the Atlanta Falcons have wrapped up mini-camp, training camp in Flowery Branch is just a month away. Hard to believe, right?

June 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Griffith, Smith representing Team Georgia in Heartland Baseball Classic

Andrew Smith and Sims Griffith are friends with the same expectations in the Heartland Baseball Classic, even though they will take very different roads once this week-long baseball showcase for some of the nation's top talent representing seven different states is complete in Oklahoma.

June 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Atlanta Falcons put on player development camp at East Hall

East Hall's Devin Watson didn't try to dial back his athletic brilliance, even though Monday's competition against Johnson was just the first of two days in the NFL High School Player Development Camp sponsored by the Atlanta Falcons at East Hall Stadium.

June 16, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Gainesville's Michael Gettys

Michael Gettys changed the face of the Gainesville High baseball program.

June 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Baseball Coach of the Year: West Hall's Dustin Rennspies

No matter the situation, West Hall baseball coach Dustin Rennspies could always count on his bunch to compete vigorously this season.

June 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Summer passing camps a staple for high school football programs

Thursday night action for the Gainesville High football program is like a mini-season early in the summer.

June 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Girls Golfer of the Year: Dawson County's Madison Caldwell

Dawson County's Madison Caldwell did just as much worrying as she did playing golf on the day of the state championship meet.

June 07, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall grad Wright chasing MLB dreams in New Mexico desert

Josh Wright is finally finding a little time to get acclimated with his new surroundings in the desert of New Mexico.

June 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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


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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

February 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

February 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.

February 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.

February 19, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball playoffs set to tip off

Johnson's boys are enjoying two big benefits for winning the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Saturday night. First, the fifth-ranked Knights will be able to hang another championship banner in the gym as back-to-back champ.

February 16, 2015 | 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


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


Turner's heroics, late TD lift Lakeview over Hebron, 29-27

Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.

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


Johnson gets into win column, tops Riverside 16-7

Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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