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Chestatee grad, Bulldogs ready for Omaha

Alex McRee has only heard stories about playing in the College World Series. Many of his Georgia teammates were on board in 2006 when the Bulldogs last made it to Omaha.

June 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Boys Soccer Coach of the Year: Lillie turns East Hall into contenders

Jonathan Lillie was the catalyst behind significant strides in the East Hall boys soccer program.

June 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: Falcons lineman Cross taking his time with college decision

Izaan Cross has a travel itinerary this summer that reads more like a band's concert schedule.

June 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons have some Fitness Zone fun

Maurice Hector just wanted to come out and get some fresh air when the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation held a Falcons Fitness Zone Wednesday at the Positive Place Boys & Girls Club in Gainesville.

June 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Draft day dreaming: Gainesville's Hefflinger hoping to hear his name called

Robby Hefflinger hopes he gets drafted in the MLB amateur draft that starts today. The recent Gainesville High grad would love to have his name linked to the likes of Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Micah Owings, Braves minor league outfielder Jon Mark Owings, and Victor Menocal, who all got drafted following their senior season with the Red Elephants.

June 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


The Times 2008 Girls Golfer of the Year: Dawson County's Kasay Holbrook

Kasay Holbrook made an impact on everyone she came into contact with during the past four years at Dawson County High, but Class AA's two-time state runner-up probably made the biggest mark on her golf coach, Shari Chastain.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


The Times 2008 Boys Golfer of the Year: North Hall's Jimmy Lloyd

North Hall's Jimmy Lloyd can trace his success on the golf course back to what he learned from playing with Alan Fowler in 2007.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Golf: Lloyd takes third in AJGA event

BRASELTON - Before this weekend, Jimmy Lloyd was a virtual unknown on the American Junior Golf Association circuit.

Not anymore. Not after his performance at Chateau Elan landed him within one stroke of first place and earned him an automatic berth in an AJGA regular season tournament this summer.

June 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Lloyd to start on junior golf circuit today

Jimmy Lloyd is quite the analytical player when it comes to his golf game.

June 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Track Athlete of the Year: Long leaves indelible mark on track, North Hall record books

Nick Long has already heard people say he's the most successful athlete in North Hall history. The Trojans senior runner has a pretty solid track record to back up such claims.

June 04, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local golfers set to tee off at Chateau Elan

West Hall High's Will England likes to think of the Medicus Preseason Junior event that starts Sunday at Chateau Elan as a shootout. The Hall County champion will be pitted against 32 other golfers from Georgia, and 96 players in all, representing 14 different states playing in this weekend's two-day event.

June 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch ousted in 3 innings

Flowery Branch baseball coach Jimmy Lawler didn't try to make any excuses for his team's performance after getting ousted from the playoffs with a 16-0 loss in three innings to Stephens County on Friday night at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Courtney Wiley/Lauren Bolton: Girls Tennis Players of the Year

Lauren Bolton and Courtney Wiley never lost perspective of why they were playing tennis at North Hall. Even with a remarkable string of success, the North Hall High seniors never made the competition more important than the team camraderie and time spent with friends.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch splits with Stephens County, Game 3 on Thursday

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch's Cody Ackerman could only describe the feeling as frustrating.

May 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Vickery stepping down after 20 years as baseball coach

The Wayne Vickery era that produced five baseball state titles and 12 region championships is finished.

May 23, 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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