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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


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


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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


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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