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Chestatee, North Hall ready for subregion showdown

A North Hall and Chestatee game typifies what high school football is all about. A huge part of this rivalry is the fact that Chestatee peeled off its student body from what used to be part of the North Hall district.

October 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area teams prepare for state volleyball tournament

Flowery Branch volleyball coach Bryan Mavis doesn't want his team to get too comfortable with its cushy first round matchup Saturday against Morgan County (8-17-1) in the Class AAA state playoffs in Madison.

October 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Creekview holds off Flowery Branch for 7-AAA volleyball title

CANTON-Saturday's Area 7-AAA title battle between Creekview and Flowery Branch was a fast-paced match between two evenly talented teams at Creekview High. Hard hit shots were traded back-and-forth as these two programs tried to earn the first 7-AAA title in school history.

October 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans ride big rush past Pickens, 48-0

Despite the final score, North Hall wasn't trying to do anything flashy offensively against Pickens on Friday night at The Brickyard.

October 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Creekview holds off Lady Falcons in Area volleyball tourney

CANTON - It's really no surprise that North Hall and Flowery Branch are still standing for the Area 7-AAA championship in volleyball.

October 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Fast start lifts Falcons past North Hall, 35-7

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Flowery Branch senior Chris Lipscomb couldn't have imagined how his touchdown on the first drive of the game was going to foreshadow Friday night's contest against North Hall at Falcon Field.

October 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch and North Hall battle tonight at The Branch

North Hall and Flowery Branch are both riding a wave of momentum heading into tonight's matchup at Falcons Field.

October 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville rallies past Gilmer in 7-AAA play-in game

If Gainesville High softball coach Jeremy Kemp was looking for a nickname to fit his team, the Cardiac Kids would do just fine. The Lady Red Elephants strung together seven runs in the bottom of the seventh en route to an 11-10 win against Gilmer in Region 7-AAA's tournament play-in game on Monday at the Lanier Point Softball Complex.

October 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Murphy: Spread offenses allow QBs to shine

I never thought the day would come when the passing offense in high school football would become so popular in our area.

October 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bill Elliott pit crew reunites

Dan Palmer can hardly believe it's been 20 years.

October 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


High school football notebook: Dragons alone atop 8-AA

Jefferson has the inside track to the Region 8-AA title after its 47-20 win against Riverside Military (4-2, 3-2) on Friday night in Jefferson. The Dragons are looking for the first region title for the school since 1977. It's been noted that Jefferson (6-0, 5-0) is dangerous on offense, hard-hitting on defense, and takes advantage of any opportunity it's given.

October 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Ty McCormack excited for chance to run in World University Games

Ty McCormack knows his experience next month in South Korea will be like an official transition from college running greatness to his work as a business professional.

June 29, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


North Hall grad Paul Powers making strides in swimming career

Paul Powers was in for a surprise in February when he opened an email from Lindsay Mintenko, the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. It was an opportunity that Powers, a North Hall High grad and University of Michigan freshman swimmer, didn't see coming.

June 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville, Flowery Branch, North Hall to compete in preseason scrimmages at The Brickyard

Bob Christmas and Bruce Miller will get another chance to face off on opposing sidelines. This time around, however, it will come with much less on the line for their respective football programs.

June 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County grad Spencer Adams looking to improve every day in the minors

Spencer Adams is not going to let the projections of his talent interfere with his preparation. The first-year minor league right-handed pitcher for Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the White Sox organization said he's going to continue to show up to the ballpark every day with one goal in mind: What do I have to do to get better?

June 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash using baseball platform for good cause

Baseball fans of a more seasoned age will immediately connect Ralston Cash's black mustache to that of Hall of Fame closer Rollie Fingers. Cash's facial hair, a true handlebar, he said, is thin and rounded at the end, similar to the one sported by Fingers, who rose to fame in the early 1970s as a closer for the Oakland A's.

June 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


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