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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


SpeedFest brings best in short track racing

BRASELTON - Michael Pope is a young racer with big dreams.

January 22, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


East Hall sweeps Flowery Branch

East Hall's boys and girls basketball programs are starting to play with the consistency its fans are used to seeing.

January 17, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson ready for run at state title

JEFFERSON - Cole Hightower knows there isn't any shortcut or magic formula to explain Jefferson's success on the statewide stage in wrestling. The Dragons don't credit their triumphs to a stock of naturally superior athletes.

January 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch takes up fencing

FLOWERY BRANCH - When Jordan Frost walks into the Flowery Branch High cafeteria each Monday afternoon, she goes through a meticulous process. This Flowery Branch High fencing club member puts on protection for her chest and shoulders, a jacket, face mask, pants and a glove.

Then the only female member of the first-year fencing club at the school is joined by 11 males athletes on the team as they proceed to fold up and slide away lunch room tables to make room for practice with Hall County's only fencing program at the high school level.

January 13, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Forsyth wins Area 7-AAA Duals

CUMMING - It's nothing new to Dennis Stromie to coach a top-notch wrestling program. During his 22-year career at Parkview, he coached the Panthers to 12 area titles.

January 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Leaders emerge at Area 7-AAA Duals

CUMMING-The storyline has been a pretty consistent one at the Area 7-AAA Duals since Gilmer joined the mix in 2005.

January 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Basketball players make transition from gridiron to hard court

A 2-3 start to the basketball season didn't give Gainesville boys coach Todd Cottrell any reason to panic. Any questioning the Red Elephants level of talent after losing in the first round of the Lanierland tournament and then losing 2-of-3 games in the Wolverine Christmas Invitational, would have to be left to the spectators.

January 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Home for the Holidays: Franklin prepares for shot at National Championship

Leaving the nest to play college football had to come with some apprehension for Daniel Franklin. It's not like it's a normal progression to graduate from Habersham Central and move on to the University of Oklahoma to play at the next level.

January 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


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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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