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Lewallen throws 2-hitter in North Hall's 8-2 win over East Hall

After losing the top three pitchers from last season's state runner-up team, the North Hall Trojans seem to have found a new ace for their pitching staff.

April 08, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


West Hall baseball continues push for playoff bid

OAKWOOD - After earning a lopsided win over Fannin County on Friday night, a few West Hall baseball players stood in the corner of the home dugout holding a rolled up 2003 playoff banner, a symbolic reminder of the Spartans' last trip to the postseason.

April 04, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Jefferson baseball stays perfect in region play with 7-2 win over Riverside Military

Jefferson coach Tommy Knight was curious to see how his team would perform in a Region 8-AA contest on the road during spring break.

April 01, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Chestatee football coach Luttrell leaving for Buford

BUFORD - Stan Luttrell had nothing but great things to say about his time leading the Chestatee football program, but he's also excited about his future as an assistant coach at a perennial state power.

April 01, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Girls Basketball Coach of the Year: East Hall's Justin Wheeler

Justin Wheeler was living out a childhood dream during the high school basketball season. The first-year East Hall girls' coach admitted that even though the season was filled with up-and-down moments, he was always excited about the opportunity that had been bestowed upon him.

March 29, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Gainesville girls' soccer keeps alive region title hopes with 2-0 win over Flowery Branch

Last year, a midseason loss to rival Flowery Branch derailed the Gainesville girls' soccer season. The Lady Red Elephants limped into the state playoffs as a No. 4 seed and couldn't produce in the postseason.

March 28, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Gainesville's Ricardo Gomez

Rick Howard knows his Gainesville boys soccer team features a wide variety of talented players this season, a group looking to help win the Red Elephants their first state championship since 2010.

March 26, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Gainesville to compete in USA Baseball national showcase tournament

Gainesville's baseball team is taking a break from the early challenges of region play to compete against some of the top high school talent the country has to offer.

March 25, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Boys Swimmer of the Year: North Hall's Paul Powers

As swimming continues to grow in Hall County in the coming years, young swimmers will be able take aim at one name.

March 22, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Johnson boys soccer outlasts West Hall, 2-1

OAKWOOD - One of Hall County's most fierce and competitive soccer rivalries lived up to the billing on Friday night at Spartan Field.

March 21, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Sewell's walk-off, 3-run homer caps Gainesville rally

Sims Griffith got the fireworks display started, and Brandon Sewell finished it off.

March 19, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


North Hall girls, Gainesville boys win county track and field championships

By the time the night's final two events rolled around, there wasn't much left to decide. North Hall's girls and the Gainesville boys had already cruised to track and field titles at the Hall County championships on Friday at Flowery Branch High.

March 15, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


North Georgia women set to compete tonight in Division II basketball tournament

Jaymee Carnes would love to be on the court this weekend with her teammates, living out the senior season she had imagined for herself.

March 13, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Community sports


Wilhite leads Buford to 12-2 win against East Hall

BUFORD - If the first two games of region play are any indication of what's to come from the Buford Wolves, the rest of Region 7-AAA better look out.

March 12, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford girls edged by St. Pius X, 48-45, in AAA title game

MACON - Gene Durden knew playing in the Macon Centreplex could lead to some shooting issues early in Saturday's Class AAA state championship game.

March 08, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


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Flowery Branch tops Loganville 11-10 in wild come-from-behind win

Flowery Branch's playoff fate will be determined later this week in a critical baseball series against Winder-Barrow. But on Monday night, the Falcons proved they're going to do everything in their power to make a run at the postseason.

April 21, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


QB play, offensive line inexperience among things to watch in Tech's spring game

Georgia Tech football fans will get their final look of the spring tonight when the Yellow Jackets close out drills with their spring game inside Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. The split-squad game is slated for 7 p.m. and is being tabbed as "Friday Night on The Flats."

April 17, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Gainesville girls, Flowery Branch boys win Region 8 tennis titles

FLOWERY BRANCH - Nine months pregnant and expecting any day, Gainesville girls tennis coach Kellie Smith stood and watched as the Lady Red Elephants presented her with an early baby present - a second straight region championship.

April 17, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


North Hall takes advantage of West Hall mistakes, earns 7-1 victory

North Hall's team motto this season is "find a way." It's a simple three-word saying meant to motivate the players to win on any given night, regardless of the obstacles that stand in the way.

April 15, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Defense, QB among five things to watch in Georgia's spring football game Saturday

The Georgia football team will hold its annual G-Day Game today inside Sanford Stadium in Athens.

April 11, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Georgia Bulldogs


West Hall's English outduels White Co.'s Adams, 4-1

While there were about 30 Major League Baseball scouts huddled behind home plate to get a look at White County pitcher Spencer Adams, it was West Hall pitcher Zach English who managed to steal the show Wednesday night.

April 09, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford starts as it finished, beats Elbert County 46-7

BUFORD - All was well for the reigning state champion Buford Wolves on Friday night.

August 30, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Flowery Branch faces enormous challenge in Week 1 foe Northside-Warner Robins

For Flowery Branch, tonight's game at second-ranked Northside-Warner Robins is more than a season opener.

August 29, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


West Hall hammers Johnson 35-0 in Battle of Oakwood

OAKWOOD - This year, the Battle of Oakwood went to the Spartans of West Hall.

August 23, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


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