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East Hall girls dominate third quarter to top North Murray 61-36 in playoff opener

East Hall's girls opened the Class AAA basketball state playoffs on Friday with the poise and passion of a team destined for a long run, even though just a week ago it was a long shot that the Lady Vikings would even reach the postseason.

February 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball playoffs: Season zips into postseason from region tournaments

There doesn't seem to be much of a dividing mark between the regular season and playoffs, which open Friday for 17 local programs, with first-round games.

February 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


East Hall girls upset North Hall to reach 7-AAA finals

BUFORD - The East Hall girls have had no time to listen to the naysayers. The only expectations they care about are the ones coming from inside their own locker room after an up-and-down regular season that has given way to the Region 7-AAA tournament.

February 18, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


This time for certain: High school region basketball tournaments ready to commence

The waiting game for region basketball tournaments to begin has finally ended, as the snow and ice that caused the delay has turned to slush.

February 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Region basketball tournaments at the mercy of Mother Nature

Preparing for a region basketball tournament is hard enough for those involved without dealing with a winter storm that is expected to dump snow and ice throughout Northeast Georgia this week.

February 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: North Hall's Smith jumps at offer to play football at Air Force

In an age when college football prospects are most routinely prioritized and evaluated by height and weight, North Hall's Andrew Smith is a refreshing exception to the rule.

February 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Watson, Powers lead diverse Class of 2014 signees

Rarely, if ever, has this area produced such a diversified senior class of elite college prospects. Hall County alone had players sign with top college programs in football, baseball and swimming.

February 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wrestlers shrug off weather distractions, prepare for area traditional meets

Imagine for a second being a high school wrestler with one of the most important weekends of the season on the horizon, only to have your practice routine interrupted by a major weather event.

January 30, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: North Hall's Caleb Hamilton

Caleb Hamilton has shown how far dedication and a lot of hard work can carry a high school wrestler. As a senior, the North Hall grappler has become an anchor for his team with 44 wins and 30 pins, heading into tonight's matches against Habersham Central and Winder-Barrow for Senior Night in Gainesville.

January 27, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Articles By Author - Bill Murphy


Williamson productive on both sides of the ball for Red Elephants

Chris Williamson is too valuable an asset to stand on the Gainesville sideline for long.

October 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Williamson productive on both sides of the ball for Red Elephants

Chris Williamson is too valuable an asset to stand on the Gainesville sideline for long.

October 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | The Blitz: Prep football


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


Flowery Branch softball team seeking upset in first playoff appearance

Kelly Kahlert doesn't feel like Flowery Branch is an underdog entering its first playoff series in program history.

October 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


North Hall boys, Johnson girls claim Hall County cross country championships

Johnson's Junior Suarez has a powerful final kick for such a small-framed runner.

October 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.

September 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.

September 13, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.

September 06, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville drops opener at Grayson, 39-0

LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.

August 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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