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Softball: Lady Indians' run ends in sectionals

GAINESVILLE - One bad day isn't going to diminish a season of accomplishments for the Lumpkin County High softball team.

October 25, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Prep football notebook: Playoff spots still up for grabs

The playoff picture in Region 7A-AAA is a bit more up for grabs after Friday night's results.

October 25, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Johnson 34, West Hall 18: Knights win Oakwood battle

OAKWOOD - The divided alignment in Region 7-AAA has plenty of detractors. Just don't count Johnson High football coach Paul Friel in that group.

October 24, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Lady Indians begin quest for state title

DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County High softball coach Lori Hall stacked the deck to get to this point. So the fact that the Lady Indians (17-13-1) enter this weekend's Class AAA North Sectionals as the No. 1 seed isn't a surprise to either their second-year coach or players.

The Lady Indians played a tough regular season schedule, seeing top competition, with tournament appearances at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Madison County. And while Lumpkin County didn't finish first against top-ranked competition from all classifications, it was a pulse-check for the Region 7-AAA schedule and beyond.

October 23, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools

Indians have shown drastic improvement

In high school sports we often focus exclusively on the story of the teams and players that are at the top.

October 19, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

North Hall's Epps playing for more than a win

North Hall's Bobby Epps was playing for a purpose greater than winning Friday night.

October 17, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools

Riverside Military Academy 21, Mount de Sales 6: Eagles' defense comes up big in win at home

The young Riverside Military Academy football program is quickly earning its stripes.

October 17, 2007 | By Bill Murphy The Times | High schools

Football: Warriors' win streak is on the line

White County High football coach Gregg Segraves isn't sure if his bye week last Friday was a blessing or a curse.

October 16, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

Cross country: Long takes county's top spot

With a quick glance at his watch and a few long strides down the home stretch, North Hall senior Nick Long won the Hall County championship with a time of 17 minutes, 24 seconds Thursday afternoon at Chestatee Middle School.

October 16, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

High school cross country: Falcons chasing Spartans for title

The difference between the West Hall and Flowery Branch boys cross country teams has been razor thin this season. The Spartans, Class AAA's No. 4 in the state according to, have picked up two wins this season against the fifth-ranked Falcons.

While West Hall has won both races, it's the margin of victory that makes this matchup so compelling. The Spartans finished second (110 points) at the recent Mountain Invitational at Unicoi State Park. The Falcons were right over their shoulder, just one point behind.

October 15, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools

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Lakeview's Turner brings spark to running game

Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn't his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.

September 29, 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

Gainesville's Johnson soaking in his final season at Tennessee

A.J. Johnson is embracing his senior season at Tennessee with the same fervor that led him to become one of the nation's most talented middle linebackers in his first three seasons.

September 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks

Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.

September 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.

September 13, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.

September 06, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news

Gainesville drops opener at Grayson, 39-0

LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.

August 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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