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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


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


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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


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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