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Local golfers set to tee off at Chateau Elan

West Hall High's Will England likes to think of the Medicus Preseason Junior event that starts Sunday at Chateau Elan as a shootout. The Hall County champion will be pitted against 32 other golfers from Georgia, and 96 players in all, representing 14 different states playing in this weekend's two-day event.

June 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch ousted in 3 innings

Flowery Branch baseball coach Jimmy Lawler didn't try to make any excuses for his team's performance after getting ousted from the playoffs with a 16-0 loss in three innings to Stephens County on Friday night at the Hog Mountain Sports Complex.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Courtney Wiley/Lauren Bolton: Girls Tennis Players of the Year

Lauren Bolton and Courtney Wiley never lost perspective of why they were playing tennis at North Hall. Even with a remarkable string of success, the North Hall High seniors never made the competition more important than the team camraderie and time spent with friends.

May 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch splits with Stephens County, Game 3 on Thursday

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch's Cody Ackerman could only describe the feeling as frustrating.

May 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Vickery stepping down after 20 years as baseball coach

The Wayne Vickery era that produced five baseball state titles and 12 region championships is finished.

May 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch goes to game three

FLOWERY BRANCH - Mason Roberts doesn't mind the pressure.

May 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Smith chosen as new Johnson girls basketball coach

Ron Smith was announced as the new Johnson High girls basketball coach Thursday by principal Damon Gibbs.

May 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Ackerman ready to take the mound in playoffs for Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior Cody Ackerman isn't going to knock your socks off when you see him pitch.

May 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep track: Flowery Branch's Van takes aim at four state titles

FLOWERY BRANCH-Norvell Van has found his calling as an athlete.

May 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep golf: Trojans, Indians place in the top 5 at state

BALL GROUND - North Hall and Lumpkin County represented Region 7-AAA well as both teams finished in the top five at the boys Class AAA state golf meet Monday at the Hawks Ridge Golf Course in Ball Ground.

May 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep track: Seniors lead Riverside to GISA state title

Riverside Military senior Dubem Anachebe couldn't eat or sleep the night before the Georgia Independent Schools Association state track meet began on April 25 in Albany.

May 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Falcons win region championship

FLOWERY BRANCH - Cody Ackerman was waiting on a fastball when he stepped to the plate in the eighth inning for No. 1-ranked Flowery Branch Friday night and he was more than willing to be the one to play the role of hero for the Falcons with the bases loaded and the score tied 3-3 against Lumpkin County.

May 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Playoff seedings still up for grabs

The baseball playoff picture for local schools in Region 8-A is much more cemented than in Region 7-AAA heading into today's final day of regular season play.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Wolverines put Trojans season in jeopardy

CUMMING - North Hall's baseball team didn't want to resort to cheering for another team in order to qualify for the playoffs. However, that is what it has come to for the Trojans (16-10, 13-9 Region 7-AAA) after falling to West Forsyth 13-3 in six innings Thursday night in Cumming.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Despite blunders, Big Red wins

Gainesville High baseball coach Wayne Vickery was stretched to find anything nice to say about his team after its 11-7 win over Gilmer Wednesday night at Ivey-Watson Field.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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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


Gainesville's Byrd brothers relishing playoff run

Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.

November 20, 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


Johnson gets into win column, tops Riverside 16-7

Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.

September 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.

September 13, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.

September 06, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville drops opener at Grayson, 39-0

LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.

August 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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