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Cross Country Girls Runner of the Year: White County's Sara Walcott

Sara Walcott is a student of running. No, she doesn't train for her favorite sport like it was a class with text books and a calculator.

January 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: Vision Quest

West Hall High wrestling coach Rod Galvan looked at senior wrestler Colby Yates after the Spartans wrestled against Blessed Trinity two weeks ago and knew something was wrong.

Galvan was baffled at what could be bothering his star 130-pound grappler.

December 31, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Murphy: Football season full of highlights

I've seen a lot of great high school football this season. From the flooding rains back on opening night to the Buford Wolves hoisting the Class AA state championship trophy just a couple days ago in a chilly rain, it's been a season to remember.

December 28, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Volleyball Coach of the Year: Sharon Qualls

Sharon Qualls built quite a foundation with West Hall's volleyball program. In seven years at the helm, the first and only coach in the program's eight-year history she's set the bar high for future Lady Spartans team.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State champs: Buford back on top of Class AA

It wasn't close. It wasn't dramatic. And it certainly wasn't suspenseful.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Volleyball Player of the Year: Katie Spell

Katie Spell never even planned on playing high school volleyball as a child. So the idea of leading the Trojans to back-to-back Area 7-AAA titles in her final two seasons of high school was the last thing on her mind.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Blank says he felt 'betrayed' by Petrino

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank was clearly upset at the team's South Hall headquarters Wednesday, as he addressed the untimely departure of former head coach Bobby Petrino.

Blank, who was flanked by Falcons President and General Manager Rich McKay, were probed during a press conference about the 24-hour whirlwind of events that saw Petrino resign as Falcons coach and then accept the coaching vacancy at Arkansas late Tuesday night.

December 23, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


MURPHY: Buford: Simply the best

Buford left quite an impression on football fans last weekend. The Wolves' breakfast edition of Class AA semifinal football was probably the most complete team that played in the Dome.

December 21, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State playoffs: Trojans' dream season ends

ATLANTA - A teary locker room momentarily overshadowed a season's worth of accomplishments for North Hall following a 42-21 loss to Cairo in the Class AAA semifinals Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The loss brought an end to a season of firsts in school history, most notably the first appearance playing in the state semifinals and single-season record 13 wins.

The Trojans (13-1) were hoping for a shot at their first football state title in school history. But the dazzling speed of the Syrupmakers (13-1) brought a sudden end to those dreams with 35 third quarter points.

December 20, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans just two games from title

Lights, camera, action.

December 19, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Sports columnists


Football: From the Brickyard to the Dome: A look back at North Hall's journey

It can be hard for a season to parallel expectations going into the season. There are often times too many unexpected variables, such as injuries, intersquad discontent and player misconduct, that can sideline a season with previously high expectations.

North Hall football coach Bob Christmas didn't want to turn a blind-eye to the possibility of adversity to an otherwise talented team when the season began.

December 18, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football: Trojans' young guns make big impact

Thomas Sprague had to make a split-second decision. And there was no room for error.

Against Perry last week in the Class AAA state quarterfinals, the North Hall sophomore linebacker was in the end zone, in coverage, when the ball came right in his direction. His first reaction was he wasn't in position for the interception, so he went with his next best option to bat the ball down and prevent a touchdown. It proved to be a very wise decision.

December 17, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Four days to the Dome: Hard-hitting Hulsey finds home on special teams

Chase Hulsey's eyes widen just thinking about playing in the Georgia Dome on Saturday afternoon. This North Hall senior gets goose bumps visualizing running out of the tunnel onto the field for the AAA semifinal against Cairo.

There will be a sea of green there to support the Trojans. But first and foremost for Hulsey it's a business trip to win a football game.

December 15, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Class in session: Trojan coaches get first glimpse

One of Bob Christmas' most important classes takes place on Sunday in the North Hall football fieldhouse.

December 14, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall 12, Perry 10: Trojans win in a thriller, secure spot in Dome

The reaction of North Hall's football faithful fit the mood on Friday night after the Trojans qualified for the state semifinals for the first time in school history with a 12-10 win against Perry at The Brickyard.

December 12, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Lakeview's Turner brings spark to running game

Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn't his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.

September 29, 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


Gainesville's Johnson soaking in his final season at Tennessee

A.J. Johnson is embracing his senior season at Tennessee with the same fervor that led him to become one of the nation's most talented middle linebackers in his first three seasons.

September 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.

September 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.

September 13, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.

September 06, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville drops opener at Grayson, 39-0

LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.

August 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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