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Prep baseball: Trojans recover from loss with drubbing of East Hall

GAINESVILLE - The best thing North Hall's baseball team has going right now is a short memory.

The Trojans (6-2, 3-1 Region 7-AAA) promptly rebounded from Monday's 13-0 loss to Gainesville, with a 10-0 shutout of East Hall on Thursday night at the East Hall Park.

March 31, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Gainesville thumps North Hall, 13-0

GAINESVILLE - It would be entirely appropriate to say that Gainesville High's baseball team is in the midst of a playoff caliber stretch of the Region 7-AAA schedule. The Red Elephants drew the luck of the draw having to play all three fellow playoff qualifiers from last season - Flowery Branch, North Hall and Lumpkin County - consecutively.

March 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Henry leads Falcons over Gainesville

GAINESVILLE - The baseball season is still young, but Flowery Branch High is certainly asserting itself as a contender early on.

The Falcons (6-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) won at Ivey-Watson Field for only the second time in school history with a 5-1 victory over Gainesville on Friday night. The last time Flowery Branch won at Ivey-Watson was during its region championship run in 2005.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Bennett blasts three home runs in win

OAKWOOD - Gainesville High's baseball team could just as easily have been called Bennett's Bombers on Wednesday night.

March 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep golf: Johnson boys, Gainesville girls hold lead in county championships

FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone looking for a champion to be crowned during the opening day of the Hall County championships will have to wait another day. It's very close with individual and team titles still completely up for grabs in the two-day, 18-hole event that began on Monday at Royal Lakes in South Hall.

March 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Times 2008 Wrestler of the Year: West Hall's Colby Yates

Colby Yates never cuts himself any slack. The pursuit of perfection always makes him work to get better.

March 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville grad gets head coaching job at Berkmar

As a third grader at Enota Elementary, John Thompson says he spelled out three life goals in a paper: play football for legendary Gainesville High coach Bobby Gruhn, play football at Georgia, and become a head coach.

March 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch's Henry tosses no-hitter

Flowery Branch senior pitcher Patrick Henry was in a zone on Thursday night in the Flowery Branch Invitational.

March 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: East Hall's senior class has something to prove

GAINESVILLE - East Hall's senior class is quite comfortable in its own skin.

March 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: East Hall loses rematch with Franklin County

CARNESVILLE - East Hall was playing to survive and advance. Franklin County was playing with revenge on its mind in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs on Tuesday night in Carnesville.

March 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Lions ready to prove they belong with the best

Lakeview Academy boys basketball coach Seth Vining doesn't try to sugarcoat the fact that the Lions are playing against a more athletic basketball team in the second round of the Class A playoffs tonight. On top of that, the visitors from Whitefield Academy (19-8) are bigger, stronger, and almost always playing for a Class A title this time of the year.

March 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson wins record eighth straight state championship

DULUTH - Wrestling is a sport of vast emotion. Every end of the spectrum was on display in the traditional state finals Saturday at The Arena at Gwinnett in Duluth.

Scottie Forrester tried to fight back tears. And Cason Thurmond had to just sit back, take a deep breath and reflect.

March 06, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Lions earn historic playoff win

GAINESVILLE - Lakeview Academy's boys basketball team is making plans for something totally revolutionary after Friday's 80-62 first round playoff win against Bremen: A second round playoff game.

March 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Falcons prepare for first-round playoff game on Friday

Flowery Branch boys basketball coach Todd Cottrell purposely retreated off to the side as the Falcons (24-3) went to work on Wednesday practicing for Friday's Class AAA state playoff game against Southside (18-9).

March 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Falcons win region title in OT

GAINESVILLE - Flowery Branch's contingent wanted to be able to soak it all in.

February 28, 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


Higginbotham fans 14 in Buford's 7-0 win over White Co.

CLEVELAND - Even with the tremendous zip on the fastball for Buford lefty Jake Higginbotham, it was the knee-buckling curveball that got him out of trouble and preserved a 7-0 win against White County on Wednesday in Cleveland.

April 02, 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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