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Prep baseball: Jefferson takes control of region

It only took five games in the Region 8-A schedule for the Jefferson High baseball team to become the clear front runners.

April 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former Masters champion Aaron’s exhibit opens at history center

Tommy Aaron's memories of his win at the 1973 Masters are just as vivid now as the day it happened. His run at Augusta National was a weekend of sensory overload for this Gainesville native and it resulted in his only win at a PGA major in his career.

April 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Times 2008 Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Chestatee's Parker Smith

Parker Smith sure knows how to ruin a good surprise.

April 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Eight-run fourth leads to Falcons win

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Jimmy Lawler saw immediate results from changes to his lineup on Friday night.

April 01, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Trojans recover from loss with drubbing of East Hall

GAINESVILLE - The best thing North Hall's baseball team has going right now is a short memory.

The Trojans (6-2, 3-1 Region 7-AAA) promptly rebounded from Monday's 13-0 loss to Gainesville, with a 10-0 shutout of East Hall on Thursday night at the East Hall Park.

March 31, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Gainesville thumps North Hall, 13-0

GAINESVILLE - It would be entirely appropriate to say that Gainesville High's baseball team is in the midst of a playoff caliber stretch of the Region 7-AAA schedule. The Red Elephants drew the luck of the draw having to play all three fellow playoff qualifiers from last season - Flowery Branch, North Hall and Lumpkin County - consecutively.

March 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Henry leads Falcons over Gainesville

GAINESVILLE - The baseball season is still young, but Flowery Branch High is certainly asserting itself as a contender early on.

The Falcons (6-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) won at Ivey-Watson Field for only the second time in school history with a 5-1 victory over Gainesville on Friday night. The last time Flowery Branch won at Ivey-Watson was during its region championship run in 2005.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Bennett blasts three home runs in win

OAKWOOD - Gainesville High's baseball team could just as easily have been called Bennett's Bombers on Wednesday night.

March 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep golf: Johnson boys, Gainesville girls hold lead in county championships

FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone looking for a champion to be crowned during the opening day of the Hall County championships will have to wait another day. It's very close with individual and team titles still completely up for grabs in the two-day, 18-hole event that began on Monday at Royal Lakes in South Hall.

March 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Times 2008 Wrestler of the Year: West Hall's Colby Yates

Colby Yates never cuts himself any slack. The pursuit of perfection always makes him work to get better.

March 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville grad gets head coaching job at Berkmar

As a third grader at Enota Elementary, John Thompson says he spelled out three life goals in a paper: play football for legendary Gainesville High coach Bobby Gruhn, play football at Georgia, and become a head coach.

March 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch's Henry tosses no-hitter

Flowery Branch senior pitcher Patrick Henry was in a zone on Thursday night in the Flowery Branch Invitational.

March 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: East Hall's senior class has something to prove

GAINESVILLE - East Hall's senior class is quite comfortable in its own skin.

March 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: East Hall loses rematch with Franklin County

CARNESVILLE - East Hall was playing to survive and advance. Franklin County was playing with revenge on its mind in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs on Tuesday night in Carnesville.

March 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Lions ready to prove they belong with the best

Lakeview Academy boys basketball coach Seth Vining doesn't try to sugarcoat the fact that the Lions are playing against a more athletic basketball team in the second round of the Class A playoffs tonight. On top of that, the visitors from Whitefield Academy (19-8) are bigger, stronger, and almost always playing for a Class A title this time of the year.

March 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Gainesville rolls past Apalachee 16-1, secures Region 8-AAAAA baseball title

For the fourth consecutive season, Gainesville is headed into the state baseball playoffs with the region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lumpkin County closes in on No. 2 playoff seed with 11-6 win against East Hall

With a large lead quickly dwindling, Lumpkin County coach Dustin Allen went with his ace Cody Waters earlier than he had hoped Tuesday against East Hall. The right-handed senior responded with 5 2/3 innings of steady work in long-relief duty, allowed only one run and led the Indians (14-8, 11-5 Region 7-AAA) to an 11-6 win in Gainesville.

April 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys belts two home runs, earns win on the mound for Gainesville 7-0 against Winder-Barrow

A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.

April 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sterling Bailey gearing up for strong senior year with Georgia

Sterling Bailey isn't ready to start reminiscing yet. While his years playing football at Georgia have flown by, he's still got one more season to line up at defensive end for the Bulldogs.

April 09, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Gainesville's Whitenton strong pitching over five innings in 7-2 win against Loganville

Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.

April 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bennett strikes out 13 batters for Buford in 6-0 win against North Hall

Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.

April 03, 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


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