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Clausen: Big win lifts North Hall to top of power ratings

We've now seen three weeks of Hall County high school football. Last Friday night, we went to City Park Stadium to see Gainesville take on Buford. I knew going into the game that Buford was loaded with Division-I college prospects. And I also knew that win, lose or draw, this would be a good contest for Bruce Miller's tough-minded Red Elephants. This is the kind of game that prepares your players to make a run at the playoffs and another possible state championship.

September 11, 2013 | Chuck Clausen | Sports columnists

Prevost: The game of the century of September

Die-hard sports fans have circled Saturday, Sept. 14 on their calendars for months. Fall's most anticipated game awaits. You guessed it: Saturday marks just three more weeks until the NBA preseason tips off in Istanbul, Turkey, when the Oklahoma City Thunder plays the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.

September 11, 2013 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists

Clausen: Spartans sit atop power ratings

When I entered coaching in 1963, I coached one year at Gallup High School after playing high school and college football in New Mexico.

September 05, 2013 | By Chuck Clausen For The Times | Sports columnists

Prevost: Georgia's nemesis comes to town

A nemesis is defined as "a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent." Ninety-nine percent of Georgia fans who read that definition can't help but think of one person: Steve Spurrier.

September 05, 2013 | By Ben Prevost For The Times | Sports columnists

Ashway: Peahead's legacy lives at Wake Forest

Now that you've had a long opening weekend in which to immerse yourselves back into college football, let's see how much you really know.

September 03, 2013 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists

Clausen: Gainesville tops early power ratings

Welcome to Week 1 of the Hall County Power Ratings for this season. It's a little early to be able to tell about proper placement for these teams in the ratings, but I thought I'd go out on a limb and place the defending Class AAAAA state champion, Gainesville, at No. 1. As a non-partisan high school fan, I'm mighty proud of the terrific effort by last season's Red Elephants, but don't forget the great jobs that North Hall, Flowery Branch and Chestatee did. This looks to be another fine season for local football fans.

August 30, 2013 | By Chuck Clausen For The Times | Sports columnists

SEC Banter: League will flex its muscles in Week 1

My wife has always liked my "big gun" biceps. She knows I work hard to maintain them and it's a nice ego boost when she asks me to "flex those big guns." And, if I don't say so myself, my biceps are pretty sweet.

August 28, 2013 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists

Ashway: Annual ode to college football

Come one, come all, you'll have a ball;

August 27, 2013 | By Denton Ashway Associated Press | Sports columnists

Prevost: Questions to ponder this season in the SEC

My 6-year-old daughter asks a lot of questions. From "Why does the moon change the tides?" to "How does the tooth fairy decide how much money to give?" She's curious. To paraphrase a Jimmy Buffett song, I know the answers to some of her questions; for many others, I'm looking for suggestions.

August 21, 2013 | Ben Prevost | Sports columnists

Ashway: Translating what coaches meant to say at SEC Media Days

The countdown shortens! We're closing in on a week to go until the college football season finally kicks off. Time to get serious.

August 20, 2013 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists

Ashway: It's nice when good guys finish first

Every now and then, nice guys finish first.

July 23, 2013 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists

Ashway: First half of MLB season had crazy occurrences

As the baseball season takes an All-Star breather, we can get caught up on all the wild goings-on from the season's first half. With a little help from our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, here's what you might have missed:

July 17, 2013 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists

Ashway: Davis' surprising stats beg the question

The first half of this baseball season delivered some pleasant surprises.

July 10, 2013 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists

Ashway: Braves continue to win, despite the lackluster stats

The Atlanta Braves' rollercoaster ride reached its halfway point over the weekend. If the first half is any indication, the ride isn't going to level off any time soon.

July 02, 2013 | By Denton Ashway For The Times | Sports columnists

Ashway: Lyle loses a season but helps save a life

Ah, yes. Age 22. I remember that. Barely.

May 15, 2013 | Denton Ashway | Sports columnists

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