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Flowery Branch girls ousted by speedy McIntosh in soccer semifinals, 5-2

Everything Flowery Branch's girls saw from McIntosh came at a rapid pace in Tuesday's state semifinal soccer match. The Lady Chiefs were fast to 50-50 balls in the open field, quick on passes and decisive with shots to the back of the net.

May 09, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High boys take third at Class 6A-Area 2 Golf Championship

The Gainesville High boys golf program combined for a nice round number of 300 among its top four finishers to place third overall at the Class 6A-Area 2 Championship on Wednesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club.

May 03, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville baseball team drops decisive third game 10-1 to Dalton in first-round series

Gainesville coach Jeremy Kemp said he could chalk up Saturday's 10-1 loss to Dalton in the deciding third game of the first-round Class 6A playoff series as a step forward in the maturation process for his young program. With only two seniors, the Red Elephants (22-9) will have a bulk of this group back next season, competing to make a deep playoff run as this program is well known.

April 29, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville baseball splits first-round playoffs doubleheader with Dalton

There's a little more baseball left in Gainesville's first-round series of the Class 6A state playoffs at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 29, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school scoreboard: Gainesville boys golf sits in fifth place at The Invite at Chattahoochee

A.D. Winston carded a first-round 73 for Gainesville as it produced a first-round 299 and sits in fifth place with one round left to play at The Invite at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. Ryan Hogan had a first-round 74 for the Red Elephants, while Brody Simmons finished with a 75.

April 21, 2017 | Times staff reports | High schools


Gainesville knocks out Apalachee 12-2, locks up No. 2 spot to playoffs

For the eighth-consecutive season, the Gainesville High baseball program will open the playoffs on the immaculate playing field of Ivey-Watson Field, surrounded by its loyal fan base.

April 19, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school golf: Lasseter, Hogan pace Gainesville boys in Region 8-AAAAAA Championship win

The Gainesville High boys golf program got better as the afternoon went along, paced by team-low scores of 75 by Ryan Hogan and Drew Lasseter, and won the Region 8-AAAAAA championship (305) by 20 shots over second-place Habersham Central on Monday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.

April 17, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Collier Scott belts walk-off homer for Gainesville in 3-2 win against Dacula

Collier Scott's level swing on a high fastball with two outs in bottom of the seventh inning Monday gave Gainesville a temporary edge on second place in the Region 8-AAAAAA standings.

April 10, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's clutch hitting paces baseball team to 10-7 win over Habersham Central

Gainesville's baseball program is showing enough youthful resiliency to make up for past mistakes.

March 29, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Bartley Forrester takes Hall County golf title after two-hole playoff

Bartley Forrester's repeat victory as Hall County golf champion came with some great shot precision from the fairway on the last hole Tuesday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club. And just like when he won it in 2016, the North Hall junior used a playoff to get it done after 18 holes over two days wasn't enough to decide the winner.

March 21, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High boys, girls carry lead into final round of Hall County golf championships

Halfway through the Hall County high school golf championships, the Gainesville High boys hold a four-shot lead as it looks to claim its 23rd title.

March 20, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


New pitch-count rules in high school baseball have coaches adjusting to injury-prevention measure

When Jon Brewer took over as baseball coach at Chestatee High last summer, he knew the final week of February was going to be a grind.

March 18, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Longtime Gainesville resident, basketball official to join Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Sally Bell has gotten a taste of everything women's basketball has to offer as an official.

February 13, 2017 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


West Hall eager for opportunity that awaits in second-round of football playoffs

If Tony Lotti is nervous about what's next for West Hall High in the football postseason, he wasn't showing it Monday. Still proud of their first-round playoff win just four days earlier, the Spartans (7-4) were back at work preparing for a second-round playoff football game for the first time since 2000.

November 14, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Identical twin brothers A.J. and Ashun Favorite have West Hall rolling into football playoffs

Good luck trying to find A.J. and Ashun Favorite apart.

November 08, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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Articles By Author - Bill Murphy


Gainesville boys golf team closes strong, earns fourth at 6A state championship

Best round in a state tournament - that's exactly what Gainesville's boys golf program did Tuesday during the second and final round of the ...

May 23, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Hogan, Simmons pace Gainesville boys to fifth place spot after Day 1 at state

Two players with a score under par and a great deal of patience through a three-hour weather delay have the Gainesville High boys sitting in ...

May 22, 2017 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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