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State basketball playoffs: Johnson, East Hall boys fall in quarterfinals

February 26th, 2015 07:36 p.m.


Archive By Author - Bill Murphy


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


Prepping for Perry

The fact that the North Hall High football team is playing in the state quarterfinals is not an Earth-shattering development. The Region 7-AAA champion and third-ranked Trojans (12-0) are playing in the round of eight for the third time in the past four seasons.

December 11, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall closing in on school history

North Hall's football team is now just four days away from its shot at school history.

December 11, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Georgia loses out on SEC title game, but beats Tech again

ATLANTA - Georgia's football fans sent a not-so-subtle message to the Bowl Championship Series committee with a sprinkling of oranges thrown on the field Saturday night in Atlanta: the Bulldogs deserve a shot at a BCS bowl after their 31-17 win over Georgia Tech (7-5) at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

And the Bulldogs (10-2, 6-2 SEC) will probably get that opportunity.

November 29, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


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


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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


Johnson boys remain perfect, move into Region 8-AAAA championship

Perfect record still intact, the Johnson boys will go for the Region 8-AAAA championship tonight in Oakwood.

February 13, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox dismissed from team after marijuana arrest

Gainesville High point guard Luke Maddox has been dismissed from the boys basketball program following an arrest on campus for possession of marijuana.

February 12, 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


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