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Flowery Branch football running down a dream

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch's offense puts up numbers on the ground that would earn the respect of an old school wing-T coach. The Falcons (11-2) have two bruising running backs and a shifty junior quarterback, Connor Shaw, that is adept at tucking it in and running with the football.

December 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch's secondary sets the bar high

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior back Chris Lipscomb never lets football practice get in the way of having a good time on the field. The defensive back/wide receiver has earned quite a reputation with his teammates for being the ringleader of dishing out of the jokes at their expense.

December 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons reach state semifinal with 35-17 win

MILLEDGEVILLE - Flowery Branch senior fullback Daniel Drummond said he couldn't come up with the right words to describe his team's 35-17 win over unbeaten and second-ranked Baldwin in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Friday night.

December 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans hang tough but fall to Dunwoody, 18-13

CHAMBLEE - North Hall coach Bob Christmas saw the same effort out of his team that they played with all season in their second round playoff game against Dunwoody on Friday night at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee.

November 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Softball Coach of the Year: Wolfe brings new mentality to Lady Wolves

Buford softball coach Tony Wolfe brings an interesting perspective to the field.

November 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's dynamic duo sparks defense

Nathan Jones may have taken a page out of Thomas Sprague's book when it comes to playing defense.

November 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's state title hunt begins

BUFORD - When Buford High won its Class AA state title in 2007, Cody Getz took the time to celebrate by wearing his state championship ring a few times. Then it was time to put that memorabilia back in its case and tuck it away in his room.

November 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans nip Hart County 10-9 on late field goal

North Hall coach Bob Christmas spoke the words that were at the tip of everyone's tongue after its 10-9 win over Hart County in the first round of Friday's state playoffs at The Brickyard.

November 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Gainesville scheduled to play Greenbrier on Wednesday for Class AAAAA baseball state title

EVANS - Gainesville's bid for a baseball state championship is quickly evolving into a never-ending series.

May 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville, Greenbrier to decide Class AAAAA state championship with Game 3 Tuesday

EVANS - Losing a game in the state championship series doesn't appear to have dampened the spirit of Gainesville's baseball program.

May 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys strikes out 11 in Gainesville's Game 1 win over Greenbrier in AAAAA state championship series

Jonathan Gettys recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of hits for Gainesville in a 6-2 win against Greenbrier to open the Class AAAAA state championship series in Evans. Game 2 will begin at 6 p.m.

May 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High seeking Class AAAAA baseball state championship against Greenbrier

After Gainesville wrapped up its state semifinal sweep of Jones County last week, athletic director Wayne Vickery leaned back against the rail on the steps overlooking Ivey-Watson Field, where he won five state titles as the school's baseball coach.

May 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford sweeps Whitewater to clinch Class AAAA baseball state championship

FAYETTEVILLE - Buford baseball coach Tony Wolfe got the icewater bath when it was all said and done Saturday night. At the same time, Wolves catcher Joey Bart was crouched down, holding tight to his team's shiny state championship trophy.

May 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Top-ranked Buford set to battle No. 3 Whitewater for Class AAAA state baseball title

The top-ranked Buford baseball program will play for the Class AAAA state championship against Whitewater, starting with a doubleheader in the best-of-three championship series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville.

May 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville golf places third in Class AAAAA state championship

COLUMBUS – The scores were good for Gainesville's boys, especially when you consider the fast greens and humid air pressing golfers during the Class AAAAA championship meet at the Country Club of Columbus.

May 18, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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


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