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Cross Country: Falcons soar at region

The Flowery Branch High boys and girls cross country programs are each becoming impressive models of consistency in Region 7-AAA.

The Falcons boys and girls teams each earned their fifth consecutive trip to the state meet with top four finishes Thursday at the Region 7-AAA meet at Unicoi State Park in Helen.

November 06, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cross Country: Two-sport star mananges busy schedule

North Hall's Jennifer Morris has been a busy young lady with her athletic endeavors this fall.

She's been constantly challenged with keeping precise time management and enough self-determination to make it through a rigorous practice schedule each afternoon as a dual-sport athlete with the Lady Trojans volleyball and cross country teams.

November 05, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cross Country: Region meet will feature top area talent

If history is any indication, today's Region 7-AAA cross country meet at Unicoi State Park should be another exciting race with teams competing for a coveted spot in the state meet.

November 05, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Etc. events


Little left unknown in Region 7-AAA

Now is the point in the high school football season where we experience a little bit of a lull. Some teams are already gearing up for the playoffs and the opportunity to play host to first round opponents. Other teams are counting down the days until basketball season begins.

November 02, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools


Prep football: North Hall 56, Lumpkin County 9

There's nothing vanilla about North Hall's dominating style in Region 7-AAA this season.

October 31, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Second chances: Johnson player overcomes cancer

OAKWOOD - Cody Tatum appreciates his life now more than ever before.

He never takes for granted the most simple thing and he counts his blessings when he wakes up in the morning.

October 30, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools


Prep football: Power poll puts Trojans at No. 1

At 7-0, North Hall High has proven itself to be a good football team. Loren Maxwell thinks the Trojans (7-0) are the state's best.

October 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Murphy: What was the point of Weeks 1-6?

Region 7-AAA's subregion system is playing itself out to be the poorly conceived notion that is was from the beginning.

October 26, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Softball: Lady Indians' run ends in sectionals

GAINESVILLE - One bad day isn't going to diminish a season of accomplishments for the Lumpkin County High softball team.

October 25, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep football notebook: Playoff spots still up for grabs

The playoff picture in Region 7A-AAA is a bit more up for grabs after Friday night's results.

October 25, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Johnson 34, West Hall 18: Knights win Oakwood battle

OAKWOOD - The divided alignment in Region 7-AAA has plenty of detractors. Just don't count Johnson High football coach Paul Friel in that group.

October 24, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lady Indians begin quest for state title

DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County High softball coach Lori Hall stacked the deck to get to this point. So the fact that the Lady Indians (17-13-1) enter this weekend's Class AAA North Sectionals as the No. 1 seed isn't a surprise to either their second-year coach or players.

The Lady Indians played a tough regular season schedule, seeing top competition, with tournament appearances at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Madison County. And while Lumpkin County didn't finish first against top-ranked competition from all classifications, it was a pulse-check for the Region 7-AAA schedule and beyond.

October 23, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools


Indians have shown drastic improvement

In high school sports we often focus exclusively on the story of the teams and players that are at the top.

October 19, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Epps playing for more than a win

North Hall's Bobby Epps was playing for a purpose greater than winning Friday night.

October 17, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools


Riverside Military Academy 21, Mount de Sales 6: Eagles' defense comes up big in win at home

The young Riverside Military Academy football program is quickly earning its stripes.

October 17, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools


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Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Colton Chester

For the past two games, Colton Chester has been an unstoppable, home-run-hitting machine.

April 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Newton efficient pitching for Gainesville in 12-2 win against Clarke Central

Gainesville's starting rotation has strung together quite the pitching line against Clarke Central in two years of Region 8-AAAAA meetings. A year after Gainesville pitchers tossed a pair of no-hitters against the Gladiators, senior Chandler Newton gave up just two hits in a complete-game, 12-2 victory in five innings on Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 09, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Logan Burt

While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.

April 07, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area Wrestler of the Year: Buford's Chip Ness

As Buford's Chip Ness went through drills practicing for his final state tournament in February, he broke out into a grin. Wolves coach Rob Carlyle wanted to know what was so funny.

April 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Area Wrestling Coach of the Year: Buford's Rob Carlyle

It might be hard for Rob Carlyle to match what he accomplished this season as Buford's wrestling coach, but he's eager to give it a shot. Led by four-time state champion Chip Ness, the Wolves capped off a historic season with Class AAA state titles both in duals and traditionals in 2014.

April 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County defense stops Trojans, 21-7

CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.

October 18, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville breezes past West Forsyth, 58-28

CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.

August 30, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Dawson County slips past East Hall, 29-27

Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.

August 23, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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