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Late run catapults West Hall boys to victory

OAKWOOD - West Hall boys basketball coach Warren Sellers has been around the area long enough to know it doesn't do any good to celebrate one big win in the endurance race known as Region 7B-AAA.

January 30, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall boys, East Hall girls get wins Saturday night

Saturday's North Hall versus East Hall boys basketball game was the intersection of two programs on opposite ends of the momentum spectrum.

January 25, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


'Focused' Falcons get win over Johnson

FLOWERY BRANCH - It's hard for Flowery Branch boys coach Duke Mullis to say that a win against East Hall last Friday had much of an impact in Friday's 65-53 win against Johnson at Flowery Branch.

January 24, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


SpeedFest brings best in short track racing

BRASELTON - Michael Pope is a young racer with big dreams.

January 22, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


East Hall sweeps Flowery Branch

East Hall's boys and girls basketball programs are starting to play with the consistency its fans are used to seeing.

January 17, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson ready for run at state title

JEFFERSON - Cole Hightower knows there isn't any shortcut or magic formula to explain Jefferson's success on the statewide stage in wrestling. The Dragons don't credit their triumphs to a stock of naturally superior athletes.

January 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch takes up fencing

FLOWERY BRANCH - When Jordan Frost walks into the Flowery Branch High cafeteria each Monday afternoon, she goes through a meticulous process. This Flowery Branch High fencing club member puts on protection for her chest and shoulders, a jacket, face mask, pants and a glove.

Then the only female member of the first-year fencing club at the school is joined by 11 males athletes on the team as they proceed to fold up and slide away lunch room tables to make room for practice with Hall County's only fencing program at the high school level.

January 13, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Forsyth wins Area 7-AAA Duals

CUMMING - It's nothing new to Dennis Stromie to coach a top-notch wrestling program. During his 22-year career at Parkview, he coached the Panthers to 12 area titles.

January 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Leaders emerge at Area 7-AAA Duals

CUMMING-The storyline has been a pretty consistent one at the Area 7-AAA Duals since Gilmer joined the mix in 2005.

January 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Basketball players make transition from gridiron to hard court

A 2-3 start to the basketball season didn't give Gainesville boys coach Todd Cottrell any reason to panic. Any questioning the Red Elephants level of talent after losing in the first round of the Lanierland tournament and then losing 2-of-3 games in the Wolverine Christmas Invitational, would have to be left to the spectators.

January 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Home for the Holidays: Franklin prepares for shot at National Championship

Leaving the nest to play college football had to come with some apprehension for Daniel Franklin. It's not like it's a normal progression to graduate from Habersham Central and move on to the University of Oklahoma to play at the next level.

January 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Flowery Branch makes early statement at Hall County championships

Flowery Branch High's wrestling team certainly dominated the lightweight divisions in the individual matches of the Hall County championships. Whether that translates into a repeat team title for the Falcons will be determined today at East Hall.

January 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Menocal going from lineman to lawyer

David Menocal seems to have his ducks in a row for life after football. He's ready to see how he looks wearing a suit and tie in court.

January 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


High school wrestling: Crop of new coaches highlights Hall County Championships

It may be easier for fans in attendance if the coaches at the Hall County Championships this weekend wear name tags.

January 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Brewster returning to form

Zach Brewster takes following the doctor's advice seriously.

January 01, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


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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


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


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


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