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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


Creekview holds off Flowery Branch for 7-AAA volleyball title

CANTON-Saturday's Area 7-AAA title battle between Creekview and Flowery Branch was a fast-paced match between two evenly talented teams at Creekview High. Hard hit shots were traded back-and-forth as these two programs tried to earn the first 7-AAA title in school history.

October 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans ride big rush past Pickens, 48-0

Despite the final score, North Hall wasn't trying to do anything flashy offensively against Pickens on Friday night at The Brickyard.

October 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Creekview holds off Lady Falcons in Area volleyball tourney

CANTON - It's really no surprise that North Hall and Flowery Branch are still standing for the Area 7-AAA championship in volleyball.

October 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Fast start lifts Falcons past North Hall, 35-7

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Flowery Branch senior Chris Lipscomb couldn't have imagined how his touchdown on the first drive of the game was going to foreshadow Friday night's contest against North Hall at Falcon Field.

October 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch and North Hall battle tonight at The Branch

North Hall and Flowery Branch are both riding a wave of momentum heading into tonight's matchup at Falcons Field.

October 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville rallies past Gilmer in 7-AAA play-in game

If Gainesville High softball coach Jeremy Kemp was looking for a nickname to fit his team, the Cardiac Kids would do just fine. The Lady Red Elephants strung together seven runs in the bottom of the seventh en route to an 11-10 win against Gilmer in Region 7-AAA's tournament play-in game on Monday at the Lanier Point Softball Complex.

October 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Murphy: Spread offenses allow QBs to shine

I never thought the day would come when the passing offense in high school football would become so popular in our area.

October 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bill Elliott pit crew reunites

Dan Palmer can hardly believe it's been 20 years.

October 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


High school football notebook: Dragons alone atop 8-AA

Jefferson has the inside track to the Region 8-AA title after its 47-20 win against Riverside Military (4-2, 3-2) on Friday night in Jefferson. The Dragons are looking for the first region title for the school since 1977. It's been noted that Jefferson (6-0, 5-0) is dangerous on offense, hard-hitting on defense, and takes advantage of any opportunity it's given.

October 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson stays unbeaten, rips Riverside 47-20

JEFFERSON - The Region 8-AA title race was summed up best by Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas after its 47-20 win over Riverside Military on Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.

"All roads go through Jefferson now," Navas said.

October 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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North Hall's Bennett has moment to shine

Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville shows balance in win at North Hall

The way Gainesville's boys spread the wealth scoring points, it made for an easy win at North Hall on Saturday. Junior D'Marcus Simonds had a typical big night scoring, junior center Tyler Scott was key inside with hitting baskets and changing the direction of Trojans shots, and K.J. Buffen scored a number of early baskets for the Red Elephants.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's Anderson leading Lady Wolves on hunt for state title

Buford's Camille Anderson hasn't forgotten the agony attached to coming up three points short of St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship last year, a game she felt her squad should have won.

January 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Anderson scores 25 as Buford girls top North Hall, 55-40

When Buford's girls need a shot of energy into the offense, the ball automatically goes into the able hands of senior guard Camille Anderson. Although she's a versatile weapon, scoring is where her skills were most apparent against North Hall on Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville, North Hall ready to take mat in state wrestling duals

Gainesville is approaching its trip to the 16-team wrestling state duals this weekend as a building block for what coach Nick Niesielowski hopes is a bright future for the program.

January 14, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


No. 2 Dawson County girls top West Hall 73-47, move to 20-0 on the season

Winning 20 straight games to open the season is quite the accomplishment for Dawson County's girls. On Tuesday, it was 20 straight points the Lady Tigers scored to open the game and assure a victory, 73-47, against West Hall in Oakwood.

January 13, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Football Player of the Year: Gainesville's Mikey Gonzalez

Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller has a justifiable frustration with the lack of interest from college programs in his senior quarterback, Mikey Gonzalez.

January 11, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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


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