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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


Flowery Branch tabs assistant to take over girls hoops

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High athletic director Shannon Benton was looking for a girls basketball coach that would instill a hard-nosed work ethic to the program. He feels like he found the right candidate in former assistant coach Hazel Hall, who was announced as the new Lady Falcons coach on Wednesday.

April 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dedicated to the Dream

Korentheus Bailey will finally be able to exhale when he leaves his home in Lula on May 31 to attend Western Kentucky University on a football scholarship. Only then will this former standout for the East Hall High football team be able to put the struggles he's endured in the past year to rest.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Gainesville scheduled to play Greenbrier on Wednesday for Class AAAAA baseball state title

EVANS - Gainesville's bid for a baseball state championship is quickly evolving into a never-ending series.

May 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville, Greenbrier to decide Class AAAAA state championship with Game 3 Tuesday

EVANS - Losing a game in the state championship series doesn't appear to have dampened the spirit of Gainesville's baseball program.

May 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys strikes out 11 in Gainesville's Game 1 win over Greenbrier in AAAAA state championship series

Jonathan Gettys recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of hits for Gainesville in a 6-2 win against Greenbrier to open the Class AAAAA state championship series in Evans. Game 2 will begin at 6 p.m.

May 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High seeking Class AAAAA baseball state championship against Greenbrier

After Gainesville wrapped up its state semifinal sweep of Jones County last week, athletic director Wayne Vickery leaned back against the rail on the steps overlooking Ivey-Watson Field, where he won five state titles as the school's baseball coach.

May 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford sweeps Whitewater to clinch Class AAAA baseball state championship

FAYETTEVILLE - Buford baseball coach Tony Wolfe got the icewater bath when it was all said and done Saturday night. At the same time, Wolves catcher Joey Bart was crouched down, holding tight to his team's shiny state championship trophy.

May 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Top-ranked Buford set to battle No. 3 Whitewater for Class AAAA state baseball title

The top-ranked Buford baseball program will play for the Class AAAA state championship against Whitewater, starting with a doubleheader in the best-of-three championship series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville.

May 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville golf places third in Class AAAAA state championship

COLUMBUS – The scores were good for Gainesville's boys, especially when you consider the fast greens and humid air pressing golfers during the Class AAAAA championship meet at the Country Club of Columbus.

May 18, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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


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