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High school baseball: Top teams stay hot

The Region 7-AAA baseball standings have stayed remarkably consistent all season. There's been very little fluctuation at the top of the standings among the top four programs: Lumpkin County, Creekview, West Forsyth and Flowery Branch.

April 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Jones commits to Stanford

Gainesville High junior wide receiver Tai-ler Jones surprised more than a few people in the school's packed lobby Thursday when he verbally committed to play football for Stanford University.

April 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside holds off Union County

Riverside Military baseball coach Matt Gifford is in charge of a team that is winning games during the part of the season when they matter most. The Eagles (8-8, 5-4 Region 8N-AA) are getting the timely hits, and winning their fair share of region contests.

April 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Junior Falcons signups planned

The Flowery Branch Junior Falcons football and cheerleading programs for ages 5-12 are having a series of signups for next season.

April 14, 2009 | From staff reports | Sports


G-Day game dominated by defense

ATHENS - Georgia fans got the first taste of where the football program stands at the end of spring practice, heading into the 2009 season, with the annual G-Day game Saturday in front of 42,458 fans at Sanford Stadium. Like usual, the storyline for the spring focused on which players are the best option to fill starting positions for departed seniors from the previous season.

April 12, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Local youngsters complete ING half marathon

Brinkley Frankum always knew running long-distance road races looked like fun. The Gainesville Middle seventh grader has seen her mother, Sherri Frankum, run plenty of the half marathons and marathons before.

April 11, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Young Bulldogs making a big impression

Gone are the days of super running back Knowshon Moreno hurdling defenders, and Matt Stafford will never throw another touchdown in a Georgia uniform.

April 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


King ready to get back on field for Bulldogs

ATHENS - University of Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King can believe last year's season-ending ankle injury at Arizona State was a blessing in disguise, even if at the time, missing the remainder of his freshman season seemed like anything but proper destiny.

April 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


High school baseball notebook: Lumpkin County looking to move out of 2nd

The Lumpkin County High baseball team is in second place right now in the Region 7-AAA standings, but the Indians (14-1, 12-1) still control their own destiny in terms of winning the school's first region baseball title.

April 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


This week: G-Day, G-Braves on tap

Georgia football fans will get their first look at the 2009 Bulldogs at 1 p.m. Saturday at the annual G-Day scrimmage at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs, dividing into two squads, will play the simulated game in front of a national television audience on ESPN this season, signaling the end of football practice until the summer sessions begin in August.

April 06, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Gainesville's Blake Sims commits to Alabama

Gainesville High junior quarterback Blake Sims verbally committed to play football at the University of Alabama during a visit Saturday to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

April 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Mladin smokes competition at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON - Mat Mladin wasted little time solidifying his win in the 20-lap AMA Pro American Superbike Race on Saturday at Road Atlanta.

April 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Flowery Branch rallies past Trojans

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch freshman Imani Cross isn't expected to win baseball games with his role as a courtesy runner, but that's exactly what he did in the seventh inning against North Hall on Friday night at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

April 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee names Barnes as new basketball coach

Chestatee High has its new boys basketball coach.

April 03, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's May racing for a sports legend

It's perfectly understandable why Geoff May's heart would skip a beat anytime he gets a call from the boss. Most people don't get their paychecks from a living legend in the sports world like May, who's in his second season driving the No. 54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki in the AMA Pro Racing Series.

April 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


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