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Prep wrestling: State tourney berths on the line today

ELLIJAY - Micah Mills didn't come away with a trophy for the two pins he recorded in the opening day of the Area 7-AAA traditional wrestling meet on Friday in Ellijay. And this Johnson High senior's strong performance at 189 pounds hasn't qualified him yet for next weekend's state finals at the Gwinnett Arena.

February 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Lady Red Elephants win region title

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville High's lone senior Abby Musselwhite was prepared to play in Saturday night's Region 7-AAA title game as part of a program that has played for the region crown the past 12 seasons in a row.

February 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Area teams begin battle for region supremacy tonight

East Hall's boys basketball team is used to the stakes getting progressively higher this time of the year. This is the point in the season when the next game is always most important for the Vikings (21-5).

February 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Gainesville gets past Trojans, going to state

CUMMING - Jerry Davis' coaching career isn't over yet.

February 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Vikings seal subregion

GAINESVILLE - The East Hall boys had a clear decision to make Friday night.

February 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


East Hall, Chestatee to battle for subregion

GAINESVILLE - East Hall boys basketball coach Joe Dix knows exactly what is at stake when the Vikings (18-5, 8-1 Region 7A-AAA) visit Chestatee tonight. The Vikings coach goes as far as agreeing this is their most important game of the season as region seeds still hang in the balance for next week's Region 7-AAA tournament.

February 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: Shaw ready for the challenge at Tech

Jaybo Shaw's motivational tools were never far away during his prolific high school football career at Flowery Branch.

The Falcons' four-year starting quarterback always saw his reason to succeed right in his locker.

February 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: Numerous local athletes expected to sign letters of intent

Today's the day when the top high school football prospects put the pen to paper and sign their letter of intent to play college football. National signing day makes all those flimsy verbal commitments finally the real thing.

February 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: Local Indiana recruit is heir to African ruler

Gainesville High senior Tyler Adetona always knew his family background was quite unique, but a trip to Texas for a family funeral last summer made everything much more vivid.

February 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Lumpkin County junior hits milestone

Ashley Brown was the last to know what was about to happen. But she was the first to show her excitement.

February 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Wells picks Ohio State

Keith Wells has decided where he is going to take his football game to the next level, and this time he isn't going to change his mind. Gainesville High's highly recruited defensive end prospect decided to verbally commit to Ohio State on Monday and will sign with the Buckeyes Wednesday on national signing day.

February 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Clausen 'torn' due to coaching ties

Chuck Clausen will admittedly be a little torn between the teams playing in Super Bowl XLII tonight in Glendale, Ariz. Clausen, a Hall County resident, spent many years coaching in the college and professional ranks as an assistant, making personnel connections with current members of both the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

"I'd really like to see both teams be able to win," Clausen said. "But I think New England will probably win.

February 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Milner ready for injury-free season

Atlanta Falcons tight end Martrez Milner is optimistic about this franchise's future after a rocky offseason. He's eager to get into the team setting so he can met a largely new coaching staff after former head coach Bobby Petrino's abrupt departure to the University of Arkansas.

February 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Prep basketball: Lions on a roll thanks to coach's superstitious ways

GAINESVILLE - Seth Vining isn't at all bashful about wearing his orange pants.

February 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons players give physical fitness lessons at Fair Street

Fair Street elementary fifth- grader Jalaluddin Numanlia-wane was trying his best to show off his physical prowess Wednesday afternoon.

Whether it was breaking out a set of 25 push-ups on the spot in front of fellow students or a beginner's try at doing a split, Numanlia-wane, 10, was trying to keep the mood lively as the school hosted an Atlanta Falcons Fitness Zone and Arthur Blank Foundation event at the school's gym.

February 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

February 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

February 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.

February 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.

February 19, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball playoffs set to tip off

Johnson's boys are enjoying two big benefits for winning the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Saturday night. First, the fifth-ranked Knights will be able to hang another championship banner in the gym as back-to-back champ.

February 16, 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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