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Chestatee surges past Buford

Chestatee boys soccer coach Michael Herrin says its program got a great momentum boost out of its 5-2 win against Buford in the Northeast Georgia Mountains Cup on Saturday at War Eagles Stadium. For the first time this season, the War Eagles have won back-to-back games.

March 21, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sims picks up offer from UGA

Gainesville junior quarterback Blake Sims went to the University of Georgia's Junior Day event on Saturday and came home with an official offer to play for the Bulldogs, says Red Elephants assistant coach Todd Wofford. Sims, who passed for 2,453 yards and rushed for 822 yards in 2008, has picked up some steam on the recruiting trail with big offers from Michigan, West Virginia and Arkansas, to name a few. As recently as Wednesday, Wofford indicated that Sims was high on Michigan's program, through his communication with the school.

March 21, 2009 | From staff reports | High schools


Lady Falcons come up short

FLOWERY BRANCH - West Forsyth's girls soccer team took all the drama out of its top 10 matchup against Class AAA's fifth-ranked Flowery Branch (8-5, 5-2 Area 7-AAA) early on Friday in South Hall. There was no last-minute suspense and no late goal to tip the balance of the outcome. It was just a well-played game on both ends by the No. 9-ranked Lady Wolverines (8-1, 4-1) as they cruised to a 3-1 victory.

March 20, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


NOTEBOOK: Lumpkin County baseball looks legitimate

Lumpkin County High's baseball program is making a clear statement for its chances at making a run at the Region 7-AAA title this season.

March 19, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee basketball coach stepping down

Chestatee High principal Bill Thompson will begin a search immediately for a new boys basketball coach after former coach Russ Triaga resigned Thursday from his position he held the past six seasons with the War Eagles. Triaga resigned as Chestatee's coach after accepting an assistant coaching position at Dacula High in Gwinnett County.

March 19, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall routs Spartans

North Hall's K.J. McAllister used a short right field fence at Jody Davis Field to facilitate a career day at the plate in Wednesday's 14-3 win against West Hall.

March 18, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Annual soccer tournament kicks off weekend

This week marks the start of a major local tournament for high school soccer. The 25th Northeast Georgia Mountain Cups kicks off Saturday with games at Chestatee High and the Allen Creek Soccer Complex.

March 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wrestler of the Year: Flowery Branch's Danny Bell

Danny Bell never imagined athletic success in his future prior to reaching high school. An undersized kid, Bell stayed away from sports until his freshman year at Flowery Branch High, when he joined up with the wrestling program.

March 14, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch whips White County

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High baseball coach Jimmy Lawler has to be pleased with the way his program handled early season adversity. The Falcons didn't let an early three game losing streak in the Region 7-AAA schedule throw their season off course.

March 11, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville wins with long ball against Chestatee

Gainesville's Will Maddox couldn't help but walk around with a big smile on his face after Monday's 14-4 win against Chestatee at Ivey Watson Field.

March 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball: Gainesville headed to Macon

DALTON - Forgive Gainesville coach Todd Cottrell for not knowing how to react after his team's 58-46 win against Cedartown in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Saturday at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center in Dalton. It's his first state quarterfinals victory and the first for the Red Elephants since 2002.

March 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


War Eagles upend White County

Friday's baseball game between Chestatee and White County magnified how physically grueling a week its been for both teams. Weather cancellations earlier in the week made for a busy stretch early in the Region 7-AAA schedule. With games postponed from Monday, most in 7-AAA are having to play four games in as many days.

March 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview Academy wins season opener

Lakeview Academy's Ralston Cash was pretty excited after Thursday's season opening 9-2 win at home against East Jackson, but not for the reason that seems so obvious.

March 05, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball: Spartans' season ends with loss to Columbia

DECATUR - West Hall's boys basketball team can take comfort in the fact that it didn't get star struck going up against second-ranked Columbia (29-2) in the second round of Class AAA state playoffs on Wednesday night in Decatur.

March 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford girls cruise past Callaway

BUFORD - Early in the third quarter Friday, Buford senior Blanche Alverson stopped playing nice. The Auburn signee decided to take control for the top-ranked Lady Wolves. She scored 11 of her season-high 29 points in the third quarter and added seven rebounds to pace Buford in a 77-41 win against Callaway in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs.

February 27, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Articles By Author - Bill Murphy


New GHSA rule makes football coaches cautious of time management in practice

Coaching high school football has made mastery of time management a must.

August 03, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Hunter Mallard enjoying high-flying success at pole vault

Hunter Mallard is talented and blessed - two great things going for the rising star in the pole vault from Gainesville High.

July 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Harper Seymour goes out a state champion in discus

Harper Seymour had a habit of saving her best for last.

July 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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