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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


Buford girls outlast Gainesville in Big Red Shootout final

Paislee Lee's last-ditch 3-pointer bounced off the rim, and Gainesville's girls basketball team fell to Buford, 33-31, in the championship game of the Big Red Shootout Saturday night at Gainesville High School.

December 28, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Gainesville's Watson, Buford's Rogers lead list of area All-State picks

Their legendary high school careers may be over, but the accolades continue to roll in for Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson and Buford linebacker Korie Rogers.

December 28, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Gainesville boys continue to find form, down North Hall 73-57

After a dominating senior season on the football field, Gainesville's Jay Gaudlock seems to have found his form on the basketball court.

December 27, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


West beats East in inaugural all-star classic

Being on a team with an offense as prolific as Gainesville's, Gage Turner hadn't attempted more than two field goal kicks in a single game throughout his high school career.

December 20, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Johnson, East Hall boys secure spots in Lanierland championship game

Johnson's boys basketball team converted 21 of 25 free throws to beat the Gainesville Red Elephants 87-76 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Lanierland Tournament at Flowery Branch High School.

December 19, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Lenoir-Rhyne's Graham Duncan to represent North Hall in D-II championship game

Graham Duncan never thought this opportunity would be possible when he joined the football team at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne, a small private university located in Hickory, N.C.

December 18, 2013 | Ed Hooper | Community sports


Wolves remain calm with championship pressure on

ATLANTA - There wasn't any panic. Instead, there was a sense of resolve among the experienced group of Buford players that sat inside the locker room at halftime.

December 14, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Top-ranked Buford, No. 3 Washington County set to clash in Dome

BUFORD - Jess Simpson doesn't care if his team breaks the state's all-time single-season scoring record of 682 points.

December 12, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Buford boys open Region 7-AAA action with 74-66 win over East Hall

BUFORD - In the end, Buford's height and athleticism was too much for East Hall.

December 11, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Football Player of the Week: Thomas helps Buford smash into state championship game

BUFORD - When Buford walked off the field following the first half of last Friday's semifinal game against Callaway, the Wolves were trailing for the first time all season.

December 09, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Gainesville QB Deshaun Watson to undergo MRI on injured knee

Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson will undergo an MRI early this week to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered in the closing minutes of Friday night's 20-14 loss to Tucker in the Class AAAAA state semifinals, Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller confirmed Sunday morning.

December 08, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Buford tops Callaway 24-14 to reach state final

BUFORD - What a difference a half makes.

December 07, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


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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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