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Wrestling: Local schools get shot a state berth

The Flowery Branch High wrestling team has a golden opportunity of making history again.

Fresh off the Falcons' first Hall County Duals title last weekend, they have a shot this weekend at the Area 7-AAA Duals to earn the school's first berth in the state duals. The top two finishers at the Area meet advance to face the state's best teams in Class AAA Duals next weekend at the Macon Centerplex.

January 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Building champions: Stars past and present started as Wildcats

East Hall High freshman Chaz Cheeks rarely sees the floor this season with the Vikings varsity team, but still has more basketball game experience than many high school players in Hall County.

January 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Gainesville girls topple North Hall

GAINESVILLE - If the Gainesville High girls basketball team got graded for its performance this week, the Red Elephants certainly earned an "A" after picking up two wins over top 10-ranked Class AAA opponents.

January 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: 2007 Hall County Duals have a new format

Hall County's wrestling coaches found a problem after last year's Hall County Duals at West Hall High. After some tinkering to the tournament format, they hope that the problem is now just a thing of the past.

At the time, it became apparent among the group that a better way could be implemented to crown the individual champions. In the past, coaches simply voted at the end of the meet to determine the best wrestler in each weight class.

January 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Home for the Holidays: Wren in the right place

Bo Wren was at the right place at the right time this season.

January 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


MURPHY: Living legend's last call

I had a sinking feeling after a phone call Friday morning.

January 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Reed plays early for Wofford

Devin Reed has a mature outlook on his freshman year at Wofford College. This Flowery Branch High graduate and freshman wide receiver for the Terriers football team used his first season as a learning experience to be ready next season to compete at a high level of college football.

January 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football: Area athletes become All-Stars

Gainesville High senior receiver Gerald Ford was in for the surprise of his life when he met with Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller recently.

He wasn't in trouble. In fact, quite the opposite.

January 06, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football: Christmas leads Trojans to Dome

North Hall football coach Bob Christmas got the Trojans over the hump this season.

The Trojans (13-1) made their first appearance in the Class AAA state semifinals - a welcomed change of pace after the school's first two appearances in the state quarterfinals in 2004 and 2006 yielded less favorable results.

January 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cross Country Boys Runner of the Year: North Hall's Nick Long

Nick Long always finds a way to rise to the occasion. This North Hall High senior cross country runner can always be counted on to run his best in a pressure situation.

January 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Cross Country Girls Runner of the Year: White County's Sara Walcott

Sara Walcott is a student of running. No, she doesn't train for her favorite sport like it was a class with text books and a calculator.

January 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: Vision Quest

West Hall High wrestling coach Rod Galvan looked at senior wrestler Colby Yates after the Spartans wrestled against Blessed Trinity two weeks ago and knew something was wrong.

Galvan was baffled at what could be bothering his star 130-pound grappler.

December 31, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Murphy: Football season full of highlights

I've seen a lot of great high school football this season. From the flooding rains back on opening night to the Buford Wolves hoisting the Class AA state championship trophy just a couple days ago in a chilly rain, it's been a season to remember.

December 28, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Volleyball Coach of the Year: Sharon Qualls

Sharon Qualls built quite a foundation with West Hall's volleyball program. In seven years at the helm, the first and only coach in the program's eight-year history she's set the bar high for future Lady Spartans team.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State champs: Buford back on top of Class AA

It wasn't close. It wasn't dramatic. And it certainly wasn't suspenseful.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Gainesville rolls past Apalachee 16-1, secures Region 8-AAAAA baseball title

For the fourth consecutive season, Gainesville is headed into the state baseball playoffs with the region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lumpkin County closes in on No. 2 playoff seed with 11-6 win against East Hall

With a large lead quickly dwindling, Lumpkin County coach Dustin Allen went with his ace Cody Waters earlier than he had hoped Tuesday against East Hall. The right-handed senior responded with 5 2/3 innings of steady work in long-relief duty, allowed only one run and led the Indians (14-8, 11-5 Region 7-AAA) to an 11-6 win in Gainesville.

April 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys belts two home runs, earns win on the mound for Gainesville 7-0 against Winder-Barrow

A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.

April 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sterling Bailey gearing up for strong senior year with Georgia

Sterling Bailey isn't ready to start reminiscing yet. While his years playing football at Georgia have flown by, he's still got one more season to line up at defensive end for the Bulldogs.

April 09, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Gainesville's Whitenton strong pitching over five innings in 7-2 win against Loganville

Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.

April 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bennett strikes out 13 batters for Buford in 6-0 win against North Hall

Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.

April 03, 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


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