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Local prep baseball stars take on elite status during summer months

K.J. McAllister couldn't imagine taking a break from playing baseball. It's the work-ethic this rising North Hall High junior brings to the field with the idea in mind that someone else would gladly take his place.

July 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gaines looks to wow scouts

Gainesville rising senior Phillip Gaines likes the advice given by his father Phillip Gaines Sr. As a former member of the Army, the father tells his son to always be ready to step up and be a leader. That advice sits well with the linebacker for the Red Elephants.

July 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Always on the field

Josh Rudnik and Landon Anderson don't mind getting spread thin this summer as they balance baseball games and football conditioning, even though their coaches might not always share the same sentiment.

July 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: Trojans lineman getting attention

Daniel Blitch is a big offensive lineman getting some early attention from major Division I colleges.

July 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local runners ready for the 39th annual Peachtree

Wes Wessely most enjoys the human interaction of the Peachtree Road Race. It's a homecoming type of event, where the 30-year veteran of the Peachtree reunites with some runners he sees only once a year.

July 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Hull holds on to win Chicopee Woods Players Championship

It took 55 holes for Watkinsville's Jeff Hull to capture the inaugural Georgia PGA's Chicopee Woods Players Championship on Tuesday with a two-day score of 203 at the 27-hole course. Hull was forced into a playoff against Acworth's Russ Davis (203) after the eventual second-place finisher birdied three of the final nine holes at the School course.

July 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Iron Will: Cancer survivor to compete in triathlon today

Trina Ledford is an inspiration to her family and friends.

July 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Recruiting spotlight: West Hall's Marquise Stephens

Marquise Stephens is going to have a difficult decision to make.

July 01, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside Millitary teammates are foes in summer league play

When East Cobb Shamrocks catcher Patrick Wermert looked to the on-deck circle recently, he saw a familiar face strolling to the plate. It was his teammate Brian Cox from Riverside Military Academy pinch hitting for the East Cobb A's.

June 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Pictures of the past: Mill Leaguers played for nothing but love of the game

Hall County boasts a rich sports heritage rooted in the dusty baseball fields that were once home to teams from the area's industrial mills.

June 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Flowery Branch's Drummond commits to Georgia Tech

Daniel Drummond couldn't stop smiling Saturday knowing his college football future is now secure. The Flowery Branch rising senior fullback committed to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on the spot when offered a scholarship at the Yellow Jackets camp in Atlanta.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


A's fall to Grayson

Gainesville A's infielder Luis Delgado isn't going to abandon his hopes of a strong season just because they lost 10-8 to Grayson on Saturday at Ivey-Watson Field. He doesn't feel the need to panic even though Gainesville (3-4, 3-0 Area) lost its grasp on an early five-run lead.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: Jefferson's Crosby won't let injury effect him

Zach Crosby has already been dealt good news and bad news this summer.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview's Cash playing with the best at East Cobb

The decision to play baseball this summer with the East Cobb Astros was a no-brainer for Lakeview Academy's Ralston Cash. The way he sees it, being selected to one of the most well-known travel baseball teams in the country is a privilege. East Cobb teams have a history of churning out major league talent year after year.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting Spotlight: Riverside Military's Colton Keig

Colton Keig is loaded with options for his football future.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Colton Chester

For the past two games, Colton Chester has been an unstoppable, home-run-hitting machine.

April 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Newton efficient pitching for Gainesville in 12-2 win against Clarke Central

Gainesville's starting rotation has strung together quite the pitching line against Clarke Central in two years of Region 8-AAAAA meetings. A year after Gainesville pitchers tossed a pair of no-hitters against the Gladiators, senior Chandler Newton gave up just two hits in a complete-game, 12-2 victory in five innings on Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 09, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Logan Burt

While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.

April 07, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area Wrestler of the Year: Buford's Chip Ness

As Buford's Chip Ness went through drills practicing for his final state tournament in February, he broke out into a grin. Wolves coach Rob Carlyle wanted to know what was so funny.

April 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area Wrestling Coach of the Year: Buford's Rob Carlyle

It might be hard for Rob Carlyle to match what he accomplished this season as Buford's wrestling coach, but he's eager to give it a shot. Led by four-time state champion Chip Ness, the Wolves capped off a historic season with Class AAA state titles both in duals and traditionals in 2014.

April 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville struggles at the plate in 4-1 loss to Loganville

All of a sudden, Gainesville's rematch with Loganville on Monday became that much more important, after its first meeting Friday resulted in a 4-1 loss for the Red Elephants at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 04, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Higginbotham fans 14 in Buford's 7-0 win over White Co.

CLEVELAND - Even with the tremendous zip on the fastball for Buford lefty Jake Higginbotham, it was the knee-buckling curveball that got him out of trouble and preserved a 7-0 win against White County on Wednesday in Cleveland.

April 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County defense stops Trojans, 21-7

CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.

October 18, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville breezes past West Forsyth, 58-28

CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.

August 30, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Dawson County slips past East Hall, 29-27

Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.

August 23, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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