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Buford's state title hunt begins

BUFORD - When Buford High won its Class AA state title in 2007, Cody Getz took the time to celebrate by wearing his state championship ring a few times. Then it was time to put that memorabilia back in its case and tuck it away in his room.

November 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans nip Hart County 10-9 on late field goal

North Hall coach Bob Christmas spoke the words that were at the tip of everyone's tongue after its 10-9 win over Hart County in the first round of Friday's state playoffs at The Brickyard.

November 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's tradition continues

Bob Christmas' face started to light up when he spoke of North Hall's football practice Tuesday afternoon. The Trojans' coach goes as far as to say it was one of their best practice sessions all season with the focus and determination displayed.

November 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson geared up for playoffs

JEFFERSON - Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas believed he had the right words on Monday to get his team motivated to practice this week. It's the same message he delivers every season at this point.

November 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football Notebook: Defense highlights region title game

The Region 7-AAA title game between Flowery Branch and Gainesville was billed as two high-powered offenses going head-to-head. It turns out the defenses were pretty stout too.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside clinches playoff spot with victory

DAWSONVILLE - Riverside Military Academy coach Chris Lancaster could appreciate the significance of its 33-0 win over Dawson County just as much, maybe even more, than his players. Lancaster, also a graduate of RMA, understands the rocky road the program has faced in its football history.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside focused on getting to playoffs

Riverside Military Academy senior Adrian Quinones has a peace of mind about his team's playoff chances, even though the Eagles (6-3, 5-3 Region 8-AA) are still on the postseason bubble. Quinones is under the impression that the Eagles are in the playoffs if they win against Dawson County (3-6, 2-6) tonight.

November 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Playoffs at stake for Region 7A-AAA teams

White County coach Gregg Segraves has a simple message to send over to his friends at Chestatee.

November 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside fuels playoffs hopes with 37-20 victory

Riverside Military Academy's 37-20 win against Union County on Friday night was important on a number of levels.

November 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson pushing for a region championship

JEFFERSON - Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas says his program has learned about the bitter disappointment of losing a chance at a region title. He just hopes the sixth-ranked Dragons (8-0, 7-0 Region 8-AA) aren't doomed to repeat the past this season.

November 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local cross country teams compete in region tourney today

There's a real sense of pride among Region 7-AAA's cross country coaches about the level of talent at the different schools in the region.

November 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school volleyball: Season ends at sectionals for Lady Falcons

MADISON - Flowery Branch High's volleyball team learned how much momentum played into the game of volleyball against No. 5 ranked Ringgold in the Class AAA round of 16 on Saturday at Morgan County High.

October 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans take command of subregion with 55-24 win

It was Senior Night on Friday at The Brickyard, and the North Hall football team did everything within its power to make sure it wouldn't be its last home game in 2008.

October 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee, North Hall ready for subregion showdown

A North Hall and Chestatee game typifies what high school football is all about. A huge part of this rivalry is the fact that Chestatee peeled off its student body from what used to be part of the North Hall district.

October 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area teams prepare for state volleyball tournament

Flowery Branch volleyball coach Bryan Mavis doesn't want his team to get too comfortable with its cushy first round matchup Saturday against Morgan County (8-17-1) in the Class AAA state playoffs in Madison.

October 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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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


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


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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