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Gainesville grad Ford chasing NFL dreams after college setbacks

Gerald Ford has been through a lot in his life. From being displaced from his home by Hurricane Katrina, eventually finding a new home in Gainesville, to being ineligible for a pair of football seasons at Valdosta State. Ford has defied the odds more than once.

January 26, 2014 | Ed Hooper | Staff sports picks

Postgame incident overshadows Gainesville boys' 72-66 win over East Hall

Moments after Gainesville's boys earned a 72-66 win over rival East Hall, Vikings coach Joe Dix had to be restrained by members of both coaching staffs and law enforcement officers after he entered the bleachers to confront a Gainesville fan.

January 25, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Flowery Branch girls, Riverside Military boys win county swim championships

Flowery Branch coach Valarie Lancaster knows the competition is getting tougher each year at the Hall County swim championships. But that doesn't seem to bother her teams.

January 24, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Competition continues to improve at Hall County swim championships

As swimming continues to grow in popularity throughout Hall County, the competition continues to get tougher and tougher each season.

January 24, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Christmas ends historic run as North Hall football coach

Bob Christmas is saying goodbye to North Hall and returning to a place where he won a pair of state championships in the 1990s.

January 22, 2014 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news

Jefferson edges Riverside Military 71-61 in OT

The outcome of Tuesday's game wasn't what Riverside Military basketball coach Lazarus Chennault wanted, but he still feels good about the direction his team is heading this season.

January 22, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

East Hall's rally falls short to Buford, 81-75

A double-digit comeback wasn't enough for the East Hall Vikings to get past region power Buford on Friday night.

January 17, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Dawson County edges West Hall in OT, improves region position

The Dawson County Tigers did their best in creating some separation from the logjam of teams behind them in Region 7-AAA on Tuesday night, earning a 69-66 overtime win over West Hall in Oakwood.

January 14, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

All-Area Volleyball Coach of the Year: Chestatee's Julie Rushing

This year was a lot of fun for Julie Rushing and the Chestatee volleyball team.

January 12, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Chestatee girls stay hot behind the arc, rout Monroe Area

Web Daniel is a firm believer that if his team can continue to knock down big shots, the Chestatee Lady War Eagles can keep winning.

January 10, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Chestatee's Irick helps US in Goodwill Series games in Australia

Sean Irick spent most of Christmas day lounging around his hotel room in the middle of Australia, away from his family.

January 09, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Boys Athlete of the Week: Johnson's James Hodges

Transitioning from Johnson's sixth man to a role in the starting lineup hasn't been very difficult for James Hodges.

January 06, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

Football Coach of the Year: West Hall's Tony Lotti

The ultimate goal was a state championship. And although the West Hall Spartans didn't get there this season, the program seems to certainly be on the right track.

January 04, 2014 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news

Football Player of the Year: Gainesville's Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson will begin the next phase of adulthood today, when he moves away from his home for the first time and settles into life as a student at Clemson University.

January 04, 2014 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news

Wrestling teams to compete this weekend in area dual meets

Doug Thurmond's message to his Jefferson wrestling team heading into this weekend's area duals was simple: Don't be the team that ends the streak.

January 03, 2014 | Ed Hooper | High schools

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