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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


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


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Gainesville's Niles making major defensive impact at Central Florida

Thomas Niles is carving out quite a legacy at the University of Central Florida.

December 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


All-Area Softball Player of the Year: Buford's Jordan Deep

Jordan Deep was always clutch at the plate for Buford.

December 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Softball Pitcher of the Year: Buford's Bria Bush

Bria Bush is a rare blend of elite talent and humility.

December 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Simonds' 28 lead Gainesville past Buford, 82-59

BUFORD - D'Marcus Simonds delivered in a major way for Gainesville in a much-anticipated matchup on his former home floor at Buford on Friday. The junior guard scored eight of his 28 points in the first quarter, leading the Red Elephants to a 82-59 win against the Wolves.

December 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Top-ranked Buford running strong into Saturday's state title game

Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.

December 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Flowery Branch's Sutton utilizes basketball as way of sharing faith

Everything Julianne Sutton does revolves around sharing her Christian faith. That includes her standout presence as a sophomore for Flowery Branch.

December 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cockfield, Johnson boys roll past Stephens County 84-41

Johnson's boys produced a region preview to whet the appetite of its faithful Friday for what they hope is a long and successful season.

December 05, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Healthy, confident Cleveland leading North Hall girls

North Hall's Sydney Cleveland isn't about to allow a past injury to interfere with enjoying her senior year on the basketball court.

December 01, 2014 | 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


Gainesville's Sosebee a rock-solid performer at linebacker

Bruce Miller knows exactly what it takes to get a reaction out of prized linebacker J.D. Sosebee.

November 27, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


Gainesville's Byrd brothers relishing playoff run

Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.

November 20, 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


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