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Georgia notebook: Flowery Branch star takes in rivalry game

Flowery Branch High senior quarterback Jaybo Shaw was on hand at Saturday's game on an official visit to see the Yellow Jackets play. Shaw, who is verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State, has scholarship offers from MTSU and Air Force. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior is the eight-ranked dual threat quarterback in the country, according to Rivals.com.

November 29, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Prep football: North Hall 21, Sandy Creek 7

North Hall is now battle-tested. More importantly, the Class AAA third-ranked Trojans (12-0) survived to advance in the state playoffs with a 21-7 win against Sandy Creek on Friday night at the Brickyard.

November 28, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep football: North Hall's Epps excels on the field, in the class

North Hall High senior Bobby Epps doesn't let his role as a football player define who he is, even though it is a major part of his life.

November 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans in elite company

North Hall's football program is in pretty good company these days. With a win on Friday at The Brickyard, the third-ranked Trojans (11-0) would be playing in the state quarterfinals for the third time in the past four seasons.

November 23, 2007 | The Times | High schools


Prep football: North Hall 41, McNair 20

The North Hall High football team found itself in an unusual position Friday night at the Brickyard.

November 21, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football: Wolf twins look alike and play alike for Trojans

Hunter and Dylon Wolf never take for granted their relationship as identical twins. Not to get overly emotional, but these two North Hall seniors look at the special relationship they share as one of best friends.

They like the assurance of always having an automatic partner on hand to do all the things high school kids like to do: fishing, video games, watching sports and hanging out with other friends.

November 20, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep football: Linemen driving Wolves' chase for championship

BUFORD - Buford High defensive lineman Omar Hunter always has a tune at the tip of his tongue, and a witty comment in his back pocket. Dallas Lee is usually right beside him to grin and shake his head.

November 17, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Murphy: Trojans path to Dome a smooth one

Watching North Hall's football team play this season has me intrigued about their playoff possibilities. I saw the Region 7-AAA Trojans (10-0) look completely consistent in their absolute domination in wins against Johnson, Pickens, Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Lumpkin County.

November 16, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cross Country: Falcons, Spartans place 3, 4 at state

The competition between Flowery Branch's and West Hall's boys cross country teams was only natural for Saturday's state cross country meet in Carrollton. And that worked to the advantage of both programs.

The Region 7-AAA champion Falcons (132) matched a school-record with a third place finish in the boys race, and West Hall was only one spot back in fourth (219).

November 15, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local notebook: Trojans slashing record books

North Hall High's regular season is indicative of all the regular season records the Trojans (10-0) broke on their way to the Region 7-AAA championship. It marks their third region title in the past four years (2004, 2006 and 2007).

November 15, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Girls basketball: Wheeler gives nod to Gamecocks

East Hall High senior Sada Wheeler has made a big decision for her future and decided she is going to play basketball at the University of South Carolina. Wheeler was at the Columbia, S.C. campus over the weekend to give her verbal commitment, and it set to sign her letter of intent on Wednesday at East Hall.

"It's very exciting to make this decision and have the pressure of recruiting out of the way," Wheeler said. "I think it's going to take a lot of pressure off of me so I can enjoy my senior season."

November 15, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep football: Pairings set for playoffs

After all the muck and mire of the Region 7-AAA subregion season, everyone finally knows that North Hall is numero uno. The Trojans (10-0) were forced run the table this season in order to win the region title.

November 14, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep football: Johnson 27, Pickens 6

Johnson High football coach Paul Friel was concerned about motivation for Friday night's season finale at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.

November 14, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Fifth year is a charm for Causey

When Matt Causey hits the floor for Georgia Tech's contest tonight against UNC-Greensboro, it's going to be an all-too-familiar feeling, even though it will be the first game in action for this fifth-year senior with the Yellow Jackets.

Causey sat out last season due to NCAA regulations following a transfer from Division II North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega.

November 13, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Prep football: Riverside 49, George Walton 6

GAINESVILLE - Riverside Military coach Chris Lancaster summed it up well after the Eagles locked up home field advantage in the first round of the GISA Class AAA state playoffs with a 49-6 win over George Walton on Thursday night at Maginnis Field.

"I couldn't have scripted it any better myself," Lancaster said.

November 13, 2007 | 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


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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