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Gainesville boys top Salem for Region 8-AAAAA title

WINDER - The Gainesville boys basketball team has made sure a rough first month of the season didn't cause problems later down the road.

February 17, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Smith leads North Hall by East Hall, into region finals

In a three-minute span, the North Hall boys basketball team shook off its game-long struggles and turned into the region championship contender it was expected to be.

February 16, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Chestatee boys' state playoff bid falls short with region tourney loss

OAKWOOD - The Chestatee boys basketball team's solid second half of the season almost yielded a state playoff spot, but one game still stood in the way.

February 12, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Powers leads North Hall to historic day at state swim meet

ATLANTA - As if Paul Powers hadn't already captivated the Georgia high school swimming community, the North Hall junior's performance at the GHSA State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Georgia Tech was more prolific than ever.

February 09, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


West Hall boys upset Dawson County in regular season finale

OAKWOOD - The West Hall boys basketball team had two quarters remaining in the regular season to conjure up some sort of confidence before next week's Region 7-AAA Tournament.

February 08, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Chattahoochee Golf Course to host NGA Tour tournament

The Chattahoochee Golf Course will host a National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour event for the fourth consecutive year.

February 08, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | Community sports


National Signing Day: Four Flowery Branch football players sign Division I scholarships

FLOWERY BRANCH - Upon taking the head football coaching position at Flowery Branch last year, Chris Griffin faced a daunting task. Not only would he be expected to expand on the school's burgeoning tradition on the gridiron, he'd also be expected to continue a legacy of cultivating collegiate talent.

February 06, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | All prep football news


Flowery Branch girls roll past Heritage, secure No. 1 seed

FLOWERY BRANCH - Having suffered a heartbreaking loss just three days earlier, it was important that the Flowery Branch girls basketball team was back on its feet by the next game, especially in front of a home crowd for the last time in the regular season.

February 05, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Gainesville boys cruise past Flowery Branch

The Gainesville boys basketball team has seemingly caught up to rest of their opponents despite missing several key players during the early stages of the season due to the Red Elephants' state championship run in football.

February 02, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Local wrestlers in for tough battle at Area 8-AAAAA Traditionals

The Flowery Branch wrestling team doesn't have time to dwell on its heartbreaking loss in the Hall County Duals Championship on Saturday.

January 30, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Former North Hall standouts come together at Georgia practice

ATHENS - When Georgia tight end Derek Rich came to Athens this week for preseason practice, he was greeted by Jackson Griffeth, one of his teammates during his days at North Hall High.

August 06, 2009 | Mitch Blomert | Georgia Bulldogs


Bulldogs hold first preseason practice

ATHENS - A year ago, Georgia was at the center of the college football universe, eventually entering the 2008 season with a No. 1 ranking. Since then, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt has watched the hype dissipate as his team slid to a relatively disappointing 10-3 finish, followed by the early departures of stars like Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno.

August 04, 2009 | Mitch Blomert | Georgia Bulldogs


High school football practice in full swing

As soon as the clock struck midnight Saturday, the East Hall High football team dusted off its pads and headed out to the field for a full-contact practice session.

August 03, 2009 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Culture of competition: Following soccer not easy for area fans

As if being a soccer fan in the United States weren't hard enough, being one in Northeast Georgia is even harder.

August 02, 2009 | Mitch Blomert | Sports


G-Braves rally after the rain

LAWRENCEVILLE - A 54-minute rain delay was all that stood between the Gwinnett Braves and the continuation of a recent hot streak.

July 30, 2009 | Mitch Blomert | Sports


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Articles By Author - Mitch Blomert


Gainesville boys soccer blanks Johnson in battle of state-ranked squads

Gainesville and Johnson's storied boys soccer rivalry no longer holds region implications.

April 18, 2014 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Buford boys, North Hall girls win Region 7-AAA track titles

DAWSONVILLE - After a quiet first day of the Region 7-AAA track and field championships, Buford had to make up plenty of ground to win its second straight boys title.

April 17, 2014 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Dawson County boys soccer spoils West Hall's region title bid with 1-0 win

West Hall's boys soccer team entered Tuesday's game gunning for the Region 7-AAA championship.

April 15, 2014 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Local gym aims to increase popularity of boxing

Brandon Olson confidently admits he's in better shape now than he was during his high school football days.

April 12, 2014 | Mitch Blomert | Community sports


Chestatee rallies, tops Lanier in 2 OTs, 20-17

SUGAR HILL - Chestatee coach Stan Luttrell has told his players all season long to give "four quarters and then some."

October 19, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | All prep football news


Hitting time: North Hall bests Chestatee 33-15

North Hall quarterback Andrew Smith can't remember the last time he played in such a physical game.

August 30, 2013 | Mitch Blomert | All prep football news


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