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Recruiting spotlight: East Hall's Young catching up quickly

If Kiante Young has any regrets, it's waiting until his junior season at East Hall High to start playing football. This rising senior always thought basketball was going to be his ticket to a college scholarship.

July 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local prep baseball stars take on elite status during summer months

K.J. McAllister couldn't imagine taking a break from playing baseball. It's the work-ethic this rising North Hall High junior brings to the field with the idea in mind that someone else would gladly take his place.

July 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gaines looks to wow scouts

Gainesville rising senior Phillip Gaines likes the advice given by his father Phillip Gaines Sr. As a former member of the Army, the father tells his son to always be ready to step up and be a leader. That advice sits well with the linebacker for the Red Elephants.

July 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Always on the field

Josh Rudnik and Landon Anderson don't mind getting spread thin this summer as they balance baseball games and football conditioning, even though their coaches might not always share the same sentiment.

July 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: Trojans lineman getting attention

Daniel Blitch is a big offensive lineman getting some early attention from major Division I colleges.

July 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local runners ready for the 39th annual Peachtree

Wes Wessely most enjoys the human interaction of the Peachtree Road Race. It's a homecoming type of event, where the 30-year veteran of the Peachtree reunites with some runners he sees only once a year.

July 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Hull holds on to win Chicopee Woods Players Championship

It took 55 holes for Watkinsville's Jeff Hull to capture the inaugural Georgia PGA's Chicopee Woods Players Championship on Tuesday with a two-day score of 203 at the 27-hole course. Hull was forced into a playoff against Acworth's Russ Davis (203) after the eventual second-place finisher birdied three of the final nine holes at the School course.

July 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Iron Will: Cancer survivor to compete in triathlon today

Trina Ledford is an inspiration to her family and friends.

July 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Recruiting spotlight: West Hall's Marquise Stephens

Marquise Stephens is going to have a difficult decision to make.

July 01, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside Millitary teammates are foes in summer league play

When East Cobb Shamrocks catcher Patrick Wermert looked to the on-deck circle recently, he saw a familiar face strolling to the plate. It was his teammate Brian Cox from Riverside Military Academy pinch hitting for the East Cobb A's.

June 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

February 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

February 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.

February 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.

February 19, 2015 | 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


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


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


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