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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


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch goes to game three

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mason Roberts doesn't mind the pressure.

May 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Smith chosen as new Johnson girls basketball coach

Ron Smith was announced as the new Johnson High girls basketball coach Thursday by principal Damon Gibbs.

May 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Ackerman ready to take the mound in playoffs for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior Cody Ackerman isn't going to knock your socks off when you see him pitch.

May 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep track: Flowery Branch's Van takes aim at four state titles

FLOWERY BRANCH-Norvell Van has found his calling as an athlete.

May 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep golf: Trojans, Indians place in the top 5 at state

BALL GROUND - North Hall and Lumpkin County represented Region 7-AAA well as both teams finished in the top five at the boys Class AAA state golf meet Monday at the Hawks Ridge Golf Course in Ball Ground.

May 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep track: Seniors lead Riverside to GISA state title

Riverside Military senior Dubem Anachebe couldn't eat or sleep the night before the Georgia Independent Schools Association state track meet began on April 25 in Albany.

May 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Falcons win region championship

FLOWERY BRANCH - Cody Ackerman was waiting on a fastball when he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning for No. 1-ranked Flowery Branch Friday night and he was more than willing to be the one to play the role of hero for the Falcons with the bases loaded and the score tied 3-3 against Lumpkin County.

May 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Playoff seedings still up for grabs

The baseball playoff picture for local schools in Region 8-A is much more cemented than in Region 7-AAA heading into today's final day of regular season play.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Wolverines put Trojans season in jeopardy

CUMMING - North Hall's baseball team didn't want to resort to cheering for another team in order to qualify for the playoffs. However, that is what it has come to for the Trojans (16-10, 13-9 Region 7-AAA) after falling to West Forsyth 13-3 in six innings Thursday night in Cumming.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Despite blunders, Big Red wins

Gainesville High baseball coach Wayne Vickery was stretched to find anything nice to say about his team after its 11-7 win over Gilmer Wednesday night at Ivey-Watson Field.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Richt appears in Gainesville for UGA Days event

When Georgia football coach Mark Richt hits the road for UGA Days events, he tends to drop a couple of nuggets of information that fans wouldn't typically hear from the head man during the heat of the battle during the regular season.

April 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Hernandez forging own path as a female wrestler

Leslie Hernandez has never tried to create an identity as a trend setter. She's just a young lady who loves wrestling and never believed her gender should discourage that passion.

April 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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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