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Pictures of the past: Mill Leaguers played for nothing but love of the game

Hall County boasts a rich sports heritage rooted in the dusty baseball fields that were once home to teams from the area's industrial mills.

June 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Flowery Branch's Drummond commits to Georgia Tech

Daniel Drummond couldn't stop smiling Saturday knowing his college football future is now secure. The Flowery Branch rising senior fullback committed to Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson on the spot when offered a scholarship at the Yellow Jackets camp in Atlanta.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


A's fall to Grayson

Gainesville A's infielder Luis Delgado isn't going to abandon his hopes of a strong season just because they lost 10-8 to Grayson on Saturday at Ivey-Watson Field. He doesn't feel the need to panic even though Gainesville (3-4, 3-0 Area) lost its grasp on an early five-run lead.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: Jefferson's Crosby won't let injury effect him

Zach Crosby has already been dealt good news and bad news this summer.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview's Cash playing with the best at East Cobb

The decision to play baseball this summer with the East Cobb Astros was a no-brainer for Lakeview Academy's Ralston Cash. The way he sees it, being selected to one of the most well-known travel baseball teams in the country is a privilege. East Cobb teams have a history of churning out major league talent year after year.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting Spotlight: Riverside Military's Colton Keig

Colton Keig is loaded with options for his football future.

June 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee grad, Bulldogs ready for Omaha

Alex McRee has only heard stories about playing in the College World Series. Many of his Georgia teammates were on board in 2006 when the Bulldogs last made it to Omaha.

June 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Boys Soccer Coach of the Year: Lillie turns East Hall into contenders

Jonathan Lillie was the catalyst behind significant strides in the East Hall boys soccer program.

June 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: Falcons lineman Cross taking his time with college decision

Izaan Cross has a travel itinerary this summer that reads more like a band's concert schedule.

June 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons have some Fitness Zone fun

Maurice Hector just wanted to come out and get some fresh air when the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation held a Falcons Fitness Zone Wednesday at the Positive Place Boys & Girls Club in Gainesville.

June 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Draft day dreaming: Gainesville's Hefflinger hoping to hear his name called

Robby Hefflinger hopes he gets drafted in the MLB amateur draft that starts today. The recent Gainesville High grad would love to have his name linked to the likes of Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Micah Owings, Braves minor league outfielder Jon Mark Owings, and Victor Menocal, who all got drafted following their senior season with the Red Elephants.

June 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


The Times 2008 Girls Golfer of the Year: Dawson County's Kasay Holbrook

Kasay Holbrook made an impact on everyone she came into contact with during the past four years at Dawson County High, but Class AA's two-time state runner-up probably made the biggest mark on her golf coach, Shari Chastain.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


The Times 2008 Boys Golfer of the Year: North Hall's Jimmy Lloyd

North Hall's Jimmy Lloyd can trace his success on the golf course back to what he learned from playing with Alan Fowler in 2007.

June 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Golf: Lloyd takes third in AJGA event

BRASELTON - Before this weekend, Jimmy Lloyd was a virtual unknown on the American Junior Golf Association circuit.

Not anymore. Not after his performance at Chateau Elan landed him within one stroke of first place and earned him an automatic berth in an AJGA regular season tournament this summer.

June 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Lloyd to start on junior golf circuit today

Jimmy Lloyd is quite the analytical player when it comes to his golf game.

June 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Simonds' 28 lead Gainesville past Buford, 82-59

BUFORD - D'Marcus Simonds delivered in a major way for Gainesville in a much-anticipated matchup on his former home floor at Buford on Friday. The junior guard scored eight of his 28 points in the first quarter, leading the Red Elephants to a 82-59 win against the Wolves.

December 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Top-ranked Buford running strong into Saturday's state title game

Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.

December 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Flowery Branch's Sutton utilizes basketball as way of sharing faith

Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.

December 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cockfield, Johnson boys roll past Stephens County 84-41

Johnson's boys produced a region preview to whet the appetite of its faithful Friday for what they hope is a long and successful season.

December 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Healthy, confident Cleveland leading North Hall girls

North Hall's Sydney Cleveland isn't about to allow a past injury to interfere with enjoying her senior year on the basketball court.

December 01, 2014 | 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


Gainesville's Sosebee a rock-solid performer at linebacker

Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.

November 27, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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