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Prep baseball: Despite blunders, Big Red wins

Gainesville High baseball coach Wayne Vickery was stretched to find anything nice to say about his team after its 11-7 win over Gilmer Wednesday night at Ivey-Watson Field.

May 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lady Falcons fly into second round

FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch girls soccer team seemed to have its priorities in order Friday in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs against No. 6-ranked Riverwood.

May 06, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cole repeats in region 7-AAA

CLEVELAND-Gainesville High's girls golf team witnessed one of its proud traditions continue on Thursday, and another come to a sudden end in the Region 7-AAA championship at Mossy Creek Golf Course in Cleveland.

May 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Henderson wins stage, takes overall lead

Greg Henderson was answering questions at a rapid pace at the end of Stage 3 of the Tour de Georgia on Wednesday in Gainesville, but he was most concerned about getting to catch his breath.

May 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Fumbles during Tech spring game cause concern for new coach

ATLANTA - Georgia Tech only has four months to find an answer for all the fumbles.

May 01, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Walls siblings suit up for Yellow Jackets

Torina Walls knows her three sons are living out their father's dream. She says her late husband Sandy Walls, who passed away from injuries sustained in an accident in 1994, wanted to see his sons succeed athletically.

April 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Prep baseball: North Hall stays in contention for state playoffs with win

North Hall's Josh Wright has, what he likes to refer to as, a bulldog mentality on the mound. It's his inner confidence that the opposition isn't going to be able to score when the ball is in his hand.

April 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Vikings take down Trojans

East Hall's baseball team is hoping its fortunes have reversed.

April 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Dragons maintain top spot in 8-A

Jefferson's Jed Gurley isn't used to being the center of attention, but after the game the Dragons' No. 9 hitter had Friday night, it would be hard to get overlooked.

Gurley, a senior, connected on his only home run of the season for Jefferson (11-3, 10-0 Region 8-A) and drove in six runs as part of a 14-2 win over Lakeview Academy (10-6, 7-2) in Gainesville. He finished the game 3-for-3 with a fifth-inning RBI double and reached base in all five at bats.

April 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Balancing Act

Georgia pitcher Alex McRee has a very busy schedule.

April 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Lakeview rallies past Athens Academy

Lakeview Academy baseball coach Deuce Roark expects a lot out of his seniors. Matt Reynolds didn't disappoint his coach with a hit that scored the game winning run in a 9-8 win against Athens Academy on Wednesday night in Gainesville.

April 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Hefflinger does it all for Region 7-AAA's top team

Is there a position on the baseball field that Gainesville senior Robby Hefflinger can't play? Behind the plate, on the mound and in the field - he's comfortable doing it all.

April 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former local prep standouts now competing for playing time at Georgia

ATHENS - Georgia wide receivers Walter Hill and Tavarres King have good reason to approach today's spring football game with a different perspective.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Current and future stars highlight annual G-Day game

ATHENS - Georgia coach Mark Richt had the same questions on his mind as Bulldog football fans during the annual G-Day spring football game Saturday at Sanford Stadium: Who's going to step up for last year's seniors who are gone from the program? In particular, the Bulldogs' coach was looking for some clarity to the depth chart to see who could emerge as a contender for a starting position for the 2008 season with a roster chocked full of returning players from last year's Sugar Bowl champions.

April 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Prep baseball: Falcons rally late to win

When Flowery Branch High senior Cody Ackerman made a request last month to Falcons coach Jimmy Lawler asking for a chance at his first career start on the mound, he couldn't have possibly imagined how timely it was.

April 14, 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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