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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


2008 brings changes for area football teams

Riverside Military Academy athletics director Scot Sloan is most excited about creating a 'Friday Night Lights' atmosphere. Eagles football coach Chris Lancaster just hopes his home crowd isn't dwarfed by the opposing fan base of traditional public schools.

The apprehension, good and bad, is all part of the anticipation of Riverside's move this season from the Georgia Independent Schools Association back into the mainstream Georgia High Schools Association.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lady Trojans trounce East Hall

Megan Rogers was flawless for the North Hall softball team Thursday night. The Lady Trojans' pitcher recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two hits in an 8-0 victory against East Hall at the East Hall Park.

August 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep cross country teams ready for season

Flowery Branch boys cross country coach Jimmy Sorrells doesn't want to let a high preseason ranking get in the way of his team's ambition. The second-ranked Falcons, according to the gatfxc.com poll, feel like they have a team in place that can improve on last season's third place finish at the Class AAA state meet.

August 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans get back to The Brickyard

Friday's scrimmage at the Brickyard will be mostly used as a learning tool for North Hall football coach Bob Christmas. The Trojans coach liked the idea that he'll have plenty of quality film to evaluate against Class AAAAA's Roswell, which has been a top-tier Class AAAAA program in recent seasons, even though it did result in a 21-19 loss.

August 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former Chattahoochee Golf Course professional Don Williams passes away

"Don Williams was a pro in every sense of the word," Jack Carey said. "He loved golf, loved his church, loved to hunt and was a great friend."

August 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Georgia notebook: Six players up for hole left by Sturdivant

ATHENS - The University of Georgia is continuing its search for a new left tackle.

August 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Mongero aims to aid Czech baseball

North Hall High baseball coach Trent Mongero is on a mission to send a great big Christmas present to the Czech Republic. He's hoping to send huge packages loaded down with baseball and softball equipment to the people in Hluboka, where he recently visited on a 12-day trip to share his faith and love of baseball through an organization called Purpose Driven Baseball.

August 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


2008 Prep softball preview

There was unprecedented success in local high school softball in 2007.

August 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Palmer hopes strong start will lead to scholarship

Flowery Branch senior safety Greg Palmer calls it a good pressure. The Falcons leader in the secondary knows the window is starting to close to secure a football scholarship with only one season left to play, and he wants to make the most of it.

August 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Davis ready to be leader on offensive line

Chris Davis is quickly emerging as a leader for the Georgia Bulldogs offensive line. During the first day of practice, the Jefferson High graduate was quick to encourage his mates on the offensive line as they ran sprints across the practice field.

August 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


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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 splits quarterfinal doubleheader, forces Game 3 against South Effingham

Gainesville senior Mikey Gonzalez was cool and calm about the reality that his team's season rests on today's Game 3 in a quarterfinal series against South Effingham at Ivey-Watson.

May 12, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High set to retire Micah Owings' No. 25 between games in quarterfinal doubleheader

Many of Micah Owings' fondest memories happened on Gainesville's baseball diamond at Ivey-Watson Field. Now, his No. 25 will hang alongside Cris Carpenter's as the only two retired in Red Elephants baseball history.

May 11, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville High's Spencer Ralston finishes first at US Open local qualifier

Gainesville High junior Spencer Ralston carded a 5-under 67 to win the US Open local qualifier Monday at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

May 11, 2015 | Times sports reports | 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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