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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


Indy 500 champs hit Road Atlanta

The Petit Le Mans is already the premier race in the American Le Mans Series. This year, it's also a meeting ground for four recent Indy 500 champions. Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Gil de Ferran (2003), Dario Franchitti (2007) and this year's Indy 500 and IRL points champion, Scott Dixon, are all former Indy champs racing in the Le Mans Prototype-2 classification in the 10-hour race Saturday at Road Atlanta in Braselton.

October 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


North Hall rides scoring burst past Creekview, 34-24

For 12 minutes on Friday night, North Hall's offense resembled the high-powered running game that took the Trojans to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007. It only took the Trojans (2-2, 1-0 Region 7A-AAA) four plays to score three touchdowns in the second quarter en route to a 34-24 win against Creekview (0-4, 0-1) at The Brickyard.

The win helped sooth the sore feelings from losing back-to-back games leading into the subregion opener against the Grizzlies. More importantly, it puts North Hall right at the top of the pack in Region 7A-AAA heading into next Friday's matchup ...

September 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

February 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

February 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.

February 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.

February 19, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball playoffs set to tip off

Johnson's boys are enjoying two big benefits for winning the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Saturday night. First, the fifth-ranked Knights will be able to hang another championship banner in the gym as back-to-back champ.

February 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


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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