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Jefferson stays unbeaten, rips Riverside 47-20

JEFFERSON - The Region 8-AA title race was summed up best by Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas after its 47-20 win over Riverside Military on Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.

"All roads go through Jefferson now," Navas said.

October 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Indy 500 champs hit Road Atlanta

The Petit Le Mans is already the premier race in the American Le Mans Series. This year, it's also a meeting ground for four recent Indy 500 champions. Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Gil de Ferran (2003), Dario Franchitti (2007) and this year's Indy 500 and IRL points champion, Scott Dixon, are all former Indy champs racing in the Le Mans Prototype-2 classification in the 10-hour race Saturday at Road Atlanta in Braselton.

October 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


North Hall rides scoring burst past Creekview, 34-24

For 12 minutes on Friday night, North Hall's offense resembled the high-powered running game that took the Trojans to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007. It only took the Trojans (2-2, 1-0 Region 7A-AAA) four plays to score three touchdowns in the second quarter en route to a 34-24 win against Creekview (0-4, 0-1) at The Brickyard.

The win helped sooth the sore feelings from losing back-to-back games leading into the subregion opener against the Grizzlies. More importantly, it puts North Hall right at the top of the pack in Region 7A-AAA heading into next Friday's matchup ...

September 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Two newcomers making a mark in Region 7-AAA

Region 7-AAA used to be a fairly predictable region when it came to football. The same cluster of teams would lay claim to the four playoff spots more often than not. Even when the subdivided region came into play in 2006 things didn't change all that much.

September 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Johnson volleyball knocks off West Hall

OAKWOOD- When Oakwood schools Johnson and West Hall play, there is already a built-in rivalry. Volleyball is no exception.

September 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


NOTEBOOK: Gainesville only unbeaten left in Hall County

Class AAA's No. 8 Gainesville now stands alone as the only unbeaten team in Hall County after a 27-0 win against North Hall on Friday night at The Brickyard. The Red Elephants (4-0) have absolutely dominated to this point, allowing only 14 points this season.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville defense bricks North Hall, 27-0

Gainesville High football coach Bruce Miller promised Friday's North Hall-Gainesville would be a neck-and-neck contest or maybe a coin-flip.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch rolls in North Fall Classic

It's pretty simple to figure out why the Flowery Branch High softball team was so successful against North Hall on Saturday in the North Fall Classic at North Hall. In each inning, the lead-off hitter started the inning with a hit and came around to score for the Lady Falcons (15-11) as they went on to win 8-0 in five innings.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Gainesville falls to Greenbrier, 5-1, in Game 3 of Class AAAAA state baseball championship

EVANS - The fifth-ranked Gainesville baseball program lost the Class AAAAA state championship game, 5-2, against Greenbrier on Wednesday in Evans. The best-of-three series was a split in the first two games Monday, forcing game 3.

May 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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