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Buford comes out swinging in season opener

BUFORD - It may have just been the first game of 2009, but Buford High baseball coach Tony Wolfe still left the field with a pretty good feeling about the way his club will be able to operate offensively this season. The Wolves strung together six hits with runners is scoring position en route to a 13-5 win against North Hall on Monday at Buford City Park.

February 24, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch's Danny Bell wins state wrestling title

DULUTH - When the wrestling season started, Flowery Branch junior Danny Bell never envisioned it ending like this. Maybe that's a good thing.

February 21, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school wrestling: Two Hall County grapplers, numerous Dragons reach finals

DULUTH - When the whistles blew to open the semifinals Friday at the Gwinnett Arena, the Jefferson High wrestling program wasted little time setting the tone for another state title run.

February 20, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall weathers storm against East Hall

Only after North Hall's 65-55 win against East Hall on Thursday could Trojans coach Benjie Wood admit he was more nervous than his players.

February 19, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball: East Hall whips Warriors

East Hall High girls coach Joey Rider doesn't need a No. 1 seed in the Region 7-AAA tournament. The second-seeded Lady Vikings (19-7) may have more than enough depth to compensate for its lower spot in the bracket.

February 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Week ahead: State playoff berths on the line

There's no shortness of excitement in high school sports this week.

February 15, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school wrestling: Jefferson sending 13 to state title meet

JEFFERSON - Jay Fowler was locked in an adrenaline rush.

February 14, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dragons place ten wrestlers in state

JEFFERSON - Zac Crosby didn't see reason to panic in Friday's quarterfinals of the Class AA state sectionals at Jefferson High. Trailing late in the third period, he still had his strategy for victory solid in his mind.

February 14, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lacrosse camps attracted to Hall County

Casey Powell sees part of his job as a professional lacrosse player as that of an ambassador.

February 12, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Wrestlers geared up for state sectionals

Wrestlers that qualify for the traditional state championships this season will have truly earned it. Georgia high school wrestling has sharpened its criteria this season for those that hope to advance to the all-classification state meet on Feb. 19-21 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

February 12, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school wrestling: Gilmer grabs area title

CANTON- Some people may have counted out Gilmer High's wrestling program this season when it failed to capture the area duals title, but Bobcats coach Sam Snider didn't.

February 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Too close for comfort: 7-AAA traditionals marked by tight matches

CANTON - Area 7-AAA wrestling coaches talked all week about how razor-thin the margin for error would be for wrestlers in this year's traditionals tournament at Creekview High. Weight classes loaded with talent left people wandering who will head to next weekend's state sectionals at Eagles Landing High and who would be left home.

February 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wrestlers going for individual glory

The traditional wrestling tournaments are a way for coaches to let wrestlers off the leash and see how they can fare individually. At this point in the season, there's no more strategizing for the sake of a team title. Wrestlers are out for individual glory at this point in the season.

February 05, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Vasser fulfilling football dreams

Jan Vasser saw a glimpse of her son Chase's football potential when he was just 8 years old. Playing in the West Hall feeder system, the future Chestatee High standout made a play she'll never forget.

February 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball: No excuses for North Hall

North Hall boys basketball coach Benjie Wood wasn't too interested in hearing excuses from those inside the locker room on why they wouldn't succeed this season. Wood, who has succeeded coaching both girls and boys during his career in Hall County, knew that hard work would more than make up for lack of returning talent on the Trojans roster this season.

February 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Gainesville rolls past Apalachee 16-1, secures Region 8-AAAAA baseball title

For the fourth consecutive season, Gainesville is headed into the state baseball playoffs with the region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lumpkin County closes in on No. 2 playoff seed with 11-6 win against East Hall

With a large lead quickly dwindling, Lumpkin County coach Dustin Allen went with his ace Cody Waters earlier than he had hoped Tuesday against East Hall. The right-handed senior responded with 5 2/3 innings of steady work in long-relief duty, allowed only one run and led the Indians (14-8, 11-5 Region 7-AAA) to an 11-6 win in Gainesville.

April 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys belts two home runs, earns win on the mound for Gainesville 7-0 against Winder-Barrow

A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.

April 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sterling Bailey gearing up for strong senior year with Georgia

Sterling Bailey isn't ready to start reminiscing yet. While his years playing football at Georgia have flown by, he's still got one more season to line up at defensive end for the Bulldogs.

April 09, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Gainesville's Whitenton strong pitching over five innings in 7-2 win against Loganville

Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.

April 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bennett strikes out 13 batters for Buford in 6-0 win against North Hall

Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.

April 03, 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


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