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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


Gainesville coach gets win No. 700

The numbers don't lie when painting the picture of Jerry Davis' remarkable coaching career at Gainesville High: he's a local legend. The Red Elephants' coach reached the latest milestone in his 34-year career with win No. 700 coming against Buford on Saturday night in Gainesville.

It's the most recent accomplishment for the coach who led the Red Elephants to two state titles (1983 and 1984), eight state semifinal appearances and an astounding 14 Region championships over his career. And a testament to his longevity is the duration of his 28-year career at Gainesville where he's won ...

February 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wolves stomped by Big Red

Saturday night belonged to Jerry Davis.

February 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: Thurmonds look to make it eight straight for Jefferson

Cason Thurmond enjoys the added expectations his family name carries as a wrestler in the Jefferson High program.

February 04, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Johnson teams sweep West Hall

Mick Shannon's final fourth-quarter field goal looked doomed from the very beginning. The Johnson guard shot the ball off balance in the lane with a defender in his face. The shot appeared to have a better chance of getting blocked than going in.

February 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's Hunter commits to Florida

The national recruiting sweepstakes for Buford High defensive tackle Omar Hunter came to an end Tuesday as the 6-foot-1, 310-pound prospect gave a verbal commitment to Florida. Hunter made his decision following his visit to the Gainesville, Fla., campus last weekend.

February 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Two sets of Lady Wolves, both state ranked, face off tonight

Buford High girls basketball coach Gene Durden has deliberately tried to create a little chaos during practice this week. The Class AA fourth-ranked Lady Wolves' (14-2) third-year coach has done his best to test his team's attention to detail.

Whether it be full-court press on defense, seven defenders to try to disrupt the flow of the offense or loud noise with whistles and constant instruction, it's all a test to see how focused his team really is.

January 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Spartans rout West Forsyth

OAKWOOD - This week certainly proved to be a welcomed change of pace for the West Hall High boys.

January 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Partrick prepping to not just be a tennis star

Grant Partrick is enjoying his life like never before. The former tennis phenom from Gainesville High is finding time to do some of the things that have never had a place in his life.

Now, as a freshman on the tennis team at North Georgia College & State University a he's able to do things more like a normal college student - he's active in the school's Campus Outreach Ministry and plans to join a fraternity on campus. Academics are also a priority for the first time in his life. He's got a 3.8 grade point average ...

January 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Prep basketball: Big Red stomped

The East Hall and Gainesville boys basketball teams appear to be ships headed in different directions.

January 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Owings honored by alma mater

BY BILL MURPHY

January 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Football-centric Georgia Bulldogs making a splash in men's hoops

ATHENS - Basketball is usually an afterthought at Georgia, something to pass the time between football season and spring practice.

January 28, 2015 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Georgia Bulldogs


Sophomore Grogan paces region-leading Lakeview girls

Lakeview Academy's Hanna Grogan already has many of the skills for playing at the college level, according to her coach John Carrick, even though she's only a sophomore. Carrick would know as well as anyone, having coached at Georgia College for 27 years, before retiring and coming to Lakeview five years ago.

January 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Nicholas Bennett has moment to shine at basketball game

Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville shows balance in win at North Hall

The way Gainesville's boys spread the wealth scoring points, it made for an easy win at North Hall on Saturday. Junior D'Marcus Simonds had a typical big night scoring, junior center Tyler Scott was key inside with hitting baskets and changing the direction of Trojans shots, and K.J. Buffen scored a number of early baskets for the Red Elephants.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's Anderson leading Lady Wolves on hunt for state title

Buford's Camille Anderson hasn't forgotten the agony attached to coming up three points short of St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship last year, a game she felt her squad should have won.

January 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Anderson scores 25 as Buford girls top North Hall, 55-40

When Buford's girls need a shot of energy into the offense, the ball automatically goes into the able hands of senior guard Camille Anderson. Although she's a versatile weapon, scoring is where her skills were most apparent against North Hall on Friday.

January 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


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