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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


Upcoming tourneys highlight week

The action in both basketball and wrestling is starting to heat up in this the first week of February.

February 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Grizzlies power past Knights

OAKWOOD Johnson High boys basketball coach Jeff Steele is looking for answers to his team's late season slide. With the Knights' (10-10, 2-4 Region 7B-AAA) 78-66 loss to Creekview on Saturday, they've now dropped five in a row heading into Tuesday's subregion matchup against West Hall.

January 31, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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North Hall grad Paul Powers making strides in swimming career

Paul Powers was in for a surprise in February when he opened an email from Lindsay Mintenko, the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. It was an opportunity that Powers, a North Hall High grad and University of Michigan freshman swimmer, didn't see coming.

June 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville, Flowery Branch, North Hall to compete in preseason scrimmages at The Brickyard

Bob Christmas and Bruce Miller will get another chance to face off on opposing sidelines. This time around, however, it will come with much less on the line for their respective football programs.

June 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County grad Spencer Adams looking to improve every day in the minors

Spencer Adams is not going to let the projections of his talent interfere with his preparation. The first-year minor league right-handed pitcher for Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the White Sox organization said he's going to continue to show up to the ballpark every day with one goal in mind: What do I have to do to get better?

June 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash using baseball platform for good cause

Baseball fans of a more seasoned age will immediately connect Ralston Cash's black mustache to that of Hall of Fame closer Rollie Fingers. Cash's facial hair, a true handlebar, he said, is thin and rounded at the end, similar to the one sported by Fingers, who rose to fame in the early 1970s as a closer for the Oakland A's.

June 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Flowery Branch grad Hope Stockel pleased with strong showing at Junior World Championships

Hope Stockel's life revolves around clean living and lifting heavy weight.

June 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


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


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