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Walls siblings suit up for Yellow Jackets

Torina Walls knows her three sons are living out their father's dream. She says her late husband Sandy Walls, who passed away from injuries sustained in an accident in 1994, wanted to see his sons succeed athletically.

April 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Prep baseball: North Hall stays in contention for state playoffs with win

North Hall's Josh Wright has, what he likes to refer to as, a bulldog mentality on the mound. It's his inner confidence that the opposition isn't going to be able to score when the ball is in his hand.

April 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Vikings take down Trojans

East Hall's baseball team is hoping its fortunes have reversed.

April 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Dragons maintain top spot in 8-A

Jefferson's Jed Gurley isn't used to being the center of attention, but after the game the Dragons' No. 9 hitter had Friday night, it would be hard to get overlooked.

Gurley, a senior, connected on his only home run of the season for Jefferson (11-3, 10-0 Region 8-A) and drove in six runs as part of a 14-2 win over Lakeview Academy (10-6, 7-2) in Gainesville. He finished the game 3-for-3 with a fifth-inning RBI double and reached base in all five at bats.

April 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Balancing Act

Georgia pitcher Alex McRee has a very busy schedule.

April 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Lakeview rallies past Athens Academy

Lakeview Academy baseball coach Deuce Roark expects a lot out of his seniors. Matt Reynolds didn't disappoint his coach with a hit that scored the game winning run in a 9-8 win against Athens Academy on Wednesday night in Gainesville.

April 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Hefflinger does it all for Region 7-AAA's top team

Is there a position on the baseball field that Gainesville senior Robby Hefflinger can't play? Behind the plate, on the mound and in the field - he's comfortable doing it all.

April 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former local prep standouts now competing for playing time at Georgia

ATHENS - Georgia wide receivers Walter Hill and Tavarres King have good reason to approach today's spring football game with a different perspective.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Current and future stars highlight annual G-Day game

ATHENS - Georgia coach Mark Richt had the same questions on his mind as Bulldog football fans during the annual G-Day spring football game Saturday at Sanford Stadium: Who's going to step up for last year's seniors who are gone from the program? In particular, the Bulldogs' coach was looking for some clarity to the depth chart to see who could emerge as a contender for a starting position for the 2008 season with a roster chocked full of returning players from last year's Sugar Bowl champions.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Prep baseball: Falcons rally late to win

When Flowery Branch High senior Cody Ackerman made a request last month to Falcons coach Jimmy Lawler asking for a chance at his first career start on the mound, he couldn't have possibly imagined how timely it was.

April 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch tabs assistant to take over girls hoops

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High athletic director Shannon Benton was looking for a girls basketball coach that would instill a hard-nosed work ethic to the program. He feels like he found the right candidate in former assistant coach Hazel Hall, who was announced as the new Lady Falcons coach on Wednesday.

April 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dedicated to the Dream

Korentheus Bailey will finally be able to exhale when he leaves his home in Lula on May 31 to attend Western Kentucky University on a football scholarship. Only then will this former standout for the East Hall High football team be able to put the struggles he's endured in the past year to rest.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Jefferson takes control of region

It only took five games in the Region 8-A schedule for the Jefferson High baseball team to become the clear front runners.

April 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former Masters champion Aaron’s exhibit opens at history center

Tommy Aaron's memories of his win at the 1973 Masters are just as vivid now as the day it happened. His run at Augusta National was a weekend of sensory overload for this Gainesville native and it resulted in his only win at a PGA major in his career.

April 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Times 2008 Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Chestatee's Parker Smith

Parker Smith sure knows how to ruin a good surprise.

April 02, 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


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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