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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


Gainesville falls to Tucker, 20-14, ending repeat title bid

CLARKSTON - Gainesville stood toe to toe with Tucker for most of the night in the Class AAAAA state semifinals on Friday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. What kept it close was the Red Elephants' remarkable defense for most of the night against the Tigers' vaunted running game.

December 06, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


High school football notebook: 5 things to watch in the semifinals

This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.

December 02, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Watson leads Gainesville into semifinals, 42-28

Not even a tender left shoulder on quarterback Deshaun Watson or a potent Mundy's Mill running game could keep Gainesville from earning a win in the state quarterfinals on Friday at City Park Stadium.

November 29, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Buford prepares for another playoff clash with Carver-Columbus

BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.

November 26, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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Rivalry game looms large for Chestatee, North Hall

Chestatee coach Bill Forman hasn't had to break out any motivational speeches or bribery tactics to make sure his team is ready to play Friday. This is the week the War Eagles get a crack at its greatest foe, North Hall.

October 30, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Cross country athletes tuned up for region championships

Building championship cross country teams is all about peaking at the end of the season, according to Flowery Branch coach Jimmy Sorrells.

October 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Georgia's Bailey takes bye week to give back to East Hall

For Sterling Bailey, it was a rather easy decision.

October 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


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


Buford softball sweeps St. Pius X, heads to championship rounds in Columbus

BUFORD - Samantha Thomas and Tessa Daniels have identical expectations for the Buford softball program in the upcoming state championship rounds, even though they have very different experiences playing in Columbus.

October 22, 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 | 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


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


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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