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Buford girls going for fourth basketball state title in Macon

BUFORD - The Buford girls' basketball team is back in a familiar place.

March 06, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


North Hall boys soccer topples Flowery Branch, 5-2

It took eight minutes for North Hall's boys soccer team to turn a tight game into a comfortable lead.

March 04, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Gettys stellar on the hill as Gainesville blanks North Gwinnett, 8-0

Michael Gettys looked like he was in mid-season form on Friday night in the Gainesville baseball team's season opener.

February 28, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford advances to state semifinals with 80-73 win over Cartersville

BUFORD - The Buford boys' basketball team didn't panic. Instead, the Wolves stayed focused on the game plan and methodically worked their way out of a double-digit deficit and into the state semifinals.

February 28, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford girls dominate Woodward Academy, 62-45, to advance to state semifinals

BUFORD - Defense wins championships. A good offense doesn't hurt either.

February 26, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford boys hold off Blessed Trinity 45-40 to reach state quarterfinals

BUFORD - Allen Whitehart's message to his Buford boys basketball team before Tuesday night's second-round matchup against Blessed Trinity was simple.

February 25, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Ness leads Buford to first traditional state wrestling title

BUFORD - Chip Ness tried to do a bit too much in the opening round of his Class AAA traditional wrestling championship match against Towers High's Derival Stevenson. Luckily, it didn't cost him.

February 23, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Johnson boys look to avoid another first-round playoff upset loss

Jeff Steele doesn't see many weaknesses in his Johnson boys' basketball team this season. That might be why the Knights have plenty of confidence heading into Saturday night's Class AAAA first-round matchup against Stone Mountain.

February 21, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Ness, Buford look to capture traditional wrestling championship

Buford's Chip Ness is knocking on the door of a special fraternity heading into this weekend's Class AAA traditional wrestling state championships.

February 20, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford boys, girls cruise to Region 7-AAA basketball titles

BUFORD- The best basketball in Region 7-AAA is played just inside Gwinnett County.

February 19, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Big fourth quarter lifts North Hall girls past White County in region tourney

After missing out on the state playoffs a season ago, the North Hall girls basketball team is heading back to a place it expects to be come late February.

February 15, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


East Hall girls upset Banks County to clinch playoff spot

Jenny Edwards said that sometimes when things don't go well for the East Hall girls basketball team, the Lady Vikings have a tendency to give up.

February 15, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Buford girls, boys finish with perfect region records

In a potential precursor to the Region 7-AAA championship game, the Buford girls' basketball team showed the rest of the region what to expect in next week's region tournament.

February 07, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


North Hall's Powers, area swimmers ready for state swim championships

Paul Powers is well aware that he still has a lot of competitive swimming ahead of him in his life. He has a four-year career at the University of Michigan, national championships, world championships and, potentially, the Olympics to look forward to in the coming years.

February 06, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools


West Hall tight end Atkinson signs with Georgia

Hunter Atkinson always wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog. But when the time came for the West Hall tight end to decide on his college football playing future, the Bulldogs didn't have a spot for him.

February 06, 2014 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


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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


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


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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