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Gainesville, North Hall are ready for a showdown

The North Hall-Gainesville series is quite a complex rivalry. It can't be summed up with just one trademark characteristic.

September 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dennis Quaid visits the Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Dennis Quaid is eager for a new generation to hear the story of 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.

September 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Chestatee wins shootout over Johnson, 56-38

OAKWOOD -- Chestatee High football coach Stan Luttrell knew his offense was capable of doing big things on offense this season after being shut out in the season opener two weeks ago.

September 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school notebook: Eagles soaring in Region 8-AA

Riverside Military Academy's football team is taking Region 8-AA by storm with three wins right out of the gate to open the season. The Eagles (3-0, 2-0) got their biggest win of the season with a 48-2 victory over Rabun County (0-3) Friday night at Maginnis Field.

September 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


War Eagles, Knights ready for redemption

Chestatee's Stan Luttrell is the ultimate optimist when it comes to his team. The War Eagles coach has no doubt in his mind they are better than the team that got shelled by Gainesville 35-0 in Week 1.

September 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Big bad Wolves rip Trojans, 45-14

BUFORD-The similarities in Buford's last two games played in front of the home crowd at Tom Riden Stadium are striking.

September 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside ready for region challenge

Time is never on the side of Riverside Military Academy football coach Chris Lancaster.

September 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans, Buford clash tonight

Tonight's atmosphere at Tom Riden Stadium is bound to be as exciting as most playoff games.

September 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school football notebook: Warriors lose opener

The White County High football team lost its season opener to Franklin County, 13-3, Friday night in Cleveland. Franklin County running back Jay Moon put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run. The Lions also scored on an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.

September 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall pulls away late to top Johnson, 28-6

North Hall junior two-way starter Peyton Wilhoite deserves a new nickname: Mr. Fourth Quarter.

September 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Knights looking for a breakthrough

The Johnson High football program is itching to end a three-year span without a playoff appearance. With a team returning 13 starters and equipped with talented skill players, Johnson coach Paul Friel feels like the Knights can compete against traditional contenders Flowery Branch and Gainesville in Region 7B-AAA.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Will Trojans rebuild or reload?

As winners of three of the past four region titles, North Hall has been the standard bearer for recent success in Region 7-AAA. But the challenge to the Trojans this season will be to make it back to the state playoffs after losing 15 starters that carried the school to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dragons prepare for jump to Class AA

Jefferson coach Bill Navas is cautiously optimistic about his program's jump to the ranks of Class AA. This is the first season that the Dragons have played outside of Class A since 1987.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


New cadets could smooth transition for Eagles

There's no way that Riverside Military coach Chris Lancaster could start to predict what is going to happen with his program this season.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wolves ready for a repeat

Most programs that win a state title would be in for a rebuilding season; especially ones with only four returning starters. But at Buford it's just a chance for 18 new starters to etch their names in the history of this program that has won four state titles since 2001.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Riverside boys, Flowery Branch girls win Hall County track & field championships

Some of the most gripping action came right at the end of the Hall County track and field championships.

March 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Kilcoyne's three hits lead Flowery Branch past Lanier 8-3

FLOWERY BRANCH - Marq Kilcoyne's final hit of the night went a long way toward snapping Flowery Branch's two-game losing streak.

March 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Hewett makes two amazing defensive plays in 15-0 win against White County

Twice on Friday, North Hall left fielder Lincoln Hewett made a defensive play that was nothing short on spectacular.

March 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local basketball talent in Savannah for GACA all-star games

Some of Hall County and Northeast Georgia's dynamic high school basketball stars will join forces with players from the rest of the state Saturday in Savannah. Games featuring the top juniors and seniors for boys and girls are slated for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Games at Savannah State University.

March 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Balanced attack leads Flowery Branch girls to 3-0 soccer win against Johnson

OAKWOOD - Madeline McCarthy wants to be a difference maker for the Flowery Branch girls soccer program. On a roster ripe with youth, the Lady Falcons' senior midfielder sees it as her place to bring a little energy to the pitch as they get ready for the main stretch of games in Region 8-AAAAA.

March 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch pounds Cedar Shoals 15-0 in Region 8-AAAAA baseball opener

Starting pitcher Trevor Roof got Flowery Branch off to an ideal start in Region 8-AAAAA. On Monday, he needed just 45 pitches for the Falcons (6-1, 1-0) to take down Cedar Shoals 15-0 in three innings at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

March 16, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


Falcons' playoff hopes hurt by 32-12 loss to Clarke Central

There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.

October 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Turner's heroics, late TD lift Lakeview over Hebron, 29-27

Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.

October 03, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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