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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


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


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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


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


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