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Boys Track Athlete of the Year: Long leaves indelible mark on track, North Hall record books

Nick Long has already heard people say he's the most successful athlete in North Hall history. The Trojans senior runner has a pretty solid track record to back up such claims.

June 04, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Football-centric Georgia Bulldogs making a splash in men's hoops

ATHENS - Basketball is usually an afterthought at Georgia, something to pass the time between football season and spring practice.

January 28, 2015 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Georgia Bulldogs


Sophomore Grogan paces region-leading Lakeview girls

Lakeview Academy's Hanna Grogan already has many of the skills for playing at the college level, according to her coach John Carrick, even though she's only a sophomore. Carrick would know as well as anyone, having coached at Georgia College for 27 years, before retiring and coming to Lakeview five years ago.

January 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Nicholas Bennett has moment to shine at basketball game

Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville shows balance in win at North Hall

The way Gainesville's boys spread the wealth scoring points, it made for an easy win at North Hall on Saturday. Junior D'Marcus Simonds had a typical big night scoring, junior center Tyler Scott was key inside with hitting baskets and changing the direction of Trojans shots, and K.J. Buffen scored a number of early baskets for the Red Elephants.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's Anderson leading Lady Wolves on hunt for state title

Buford's Camille Anderson hasn't forgotten the agony attached to coming up three points short of St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship last year, a game she felt her squad should have won.

January 22, 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


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