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North Hall's tradition continues

Bob Christmas' face started to light up when he spoke of North Hall's football practice Tuesday afternoon. The Trojans' coach goes as far as to say it was one of their best practice sessions all season with the focus and determination displayed.

November 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson geared up for playoffs

JEFFERSON - Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas believed he had the right words on Monday to get his team motivated to practice this week. It's the same message he delivers every season at this point.

November 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football Notebook: Defense highlights region title game

The Region 7-AAA title game between Flowery Branch and Gainesville was billed as two high-powered offenses going head-to-head. It turns out the defenses were pretty stout too.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside clinches playoff spot with victory

DAWSONVILLE - Riverside Military Academy coach Chris Lancaster could appreciate the significance of its 33-0 win over Dawson County just as much, maybe even more, than his players. Lancaster, also a graduate of RMA, understands the rocky road the program has faced in its football history.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside focused on getting to playoffs

Riverside Military Academy senior Adrian Quinones has a peace of mind about his team's playoff chances, even though the Eagles (6-3, 5-3 Region 8-AA) are still on the postseason bubble. Quinones is under the impression that the Eagles are in the playoffs if they win against Dawson County (3-6, 2-6) tonight.

November 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Playoffs at stake for Region 7A-AAA teams

White County coach Gregg Segraves has a simple message to send over to his friends at Chestatee.

November 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside fuels playoffs hopes with 37-20 victory

Riverside Military Academy's 37-20 win against Union County on Friday night was important on a number of levels.

November 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson pushing for a region championship

JEFFERSON - Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas says his program has learned about the bitter disappointment of losing a chance at a region title. He just hopes the sixth-ranked Dragons (8-0, 7-0 Region 8-AA) aren't doomed to repeat the past this season.

November 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Riverside boys, Flowery Branch girls win Hall County track & field championships

Some of the most gripping action came right at the end of the Hall County track and field championships.

March 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Kilcoyne's three hits lead Flowery Branch past Lanier 8-3

FLOWERY BRANCH - Marq Kilcoyne's final hit of the night went a long way toward snapping Flowery Branch's two-game losing streak.

March 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Hewett makes two amazing defensive plays in 15-0 win against White County

Twice on Friday, North Hall left fielder Lincoln Hewett made a defensive play that was nothing short on spectacular.

March 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local basketball talent in Savannah for GACA all-star games

Some of Hall County and Northeast Georgia's dynamic high school basketball stars will join forces with players from the rest of the state Saturday in Savannah. Games featuring the top juniors and seniors for boys and girls are slated for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Games at Savannah State University.

March 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Balanced attack leads Flowery Branch girls to 3-0 soccer win against Johnson

OAKWOOD - Madeline McCarthy wants to be a difference maker for the Flowery Branch girls soccer program. On a roster ripe with youth, the Lady Falcons' senior midfielder sees it as her place to bring a little energy to the pitch as they get ready for the main stretch of games in Region 8-AAAAA.

March 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch pounds Cedar Shoals 15-0 in Region 8-AAAAA baseball opener

Starting pitcher Trevor Roof got Flowery Branch off to an ideal start in Region 8-AAAAA. On Monday, he needed just 45 pitches for the Falcons (6-1, 1-0) to take down Cedar Shoals 15-0 in three innings at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

March 16, 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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