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All-Area Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Buford's Jessi Vaverka

Jessi Vaverka did everything she could to make sure she would be with her Buford High teammates when the Lady Wolves' soccer season started in February.

July 12, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


All-Area Soccer Coach of the Year: Johnson's Brian Shirley

Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.

July 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Banks sees 'perfect storm' brewing for West Hall

West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."

July 11, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Making the case for Riverside key for Paglia

Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.

July 09, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Dawson County's Caldwell competes at U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying

KENNESAW - Dawson County's Madison Caldwell shot a 7-over 79 in U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifying held at Pinetree Country Club on Tuesday.

July 09, 2014 | Times sports department | High schools


Gainesville's Mallard qualifies for Junior National Olympics in pole vault

Everything really fell into place in a hurry for Hunter Mallard when he started to learn the ropes of the pole vault. As a freshman in 2014 at Gainesville High, he noticed it took strength, speed and lots of technique to master it appropriately. Now, less than a year after first trying his hand at this most complex event, he's going for a national title.

July 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wells set to become new North Hall athletic director

North Hall High Principal Jamey Moore has named former Lanier High football coach and athletic director Billy Wells as his choice to become the school's new athletic director, pending school board approval. The announcement was made Monday in a press release from Gordon Higgins, Hall County Director of Community Relations and Athletics.

July 07, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


Vickery expects Red Elephants to reload in 2014

Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.

July 06, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Area runners piling up plenty of miles in summer

Summer provides a different set of challenges than the fall season for cross country runners, and local teams have been hard at work to make sure they've made good use of these offseason months.

June 27, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


7-on-7 passing camps also a plus for defenses

If you look closely during 7-on-7 summer football scrimmages, you'll see defenses on the field. As much as these fast-paced passing camps are designed to improve offenses, coaches say the setup also gives them a great defensive test.

June 26, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


Gainesville's Ralston punches ticket to U.S. Junior Amateur

ATHENS - Gainesville High rising junior Spencer Ralston has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship for the second year in a row.

June 24, 2014 | Times sports department | High schools


All-Area Track and Field

Boys first team

June 22, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


All-Area Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Gainesville's Colton Quinones

Colton Quinones was a spectator when Class AAAAA discus medals were handed out in 2013.

June 21, 2014 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


All-Area Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year: North Hall's Gabrielle Hoffman

Gabrielle Hoffman never planned on being a pole vaulter. But a quick exchange at practice as a freshman at North Hall jumpstarted a passion that led to a pair of state championships.

June 21, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


Griffith, Smith representing Team Georgia in Heartland Baseball Classic

Andrew Smith and Sims Griffith are friends with the same expectations in the Heartland Baseball Classic, even though they will take very different roads once this week-long baseball showcase for some of the nation's top talent representing seven different states is complete in Oklahoma.

June 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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High School Scoreboard: Aug. 20

An hour-long lightning delay didn't stop Kali Turner from going 2-for-3 with two singles to help East Hall beat North Hall 10-5 Wednesday night.

August 20, 2014 | Times Staff | High schools


Goss ready to carry the load for Flowery Branch

Long before Jeremiah Goss ever donned a varsity football uniform - back when he was still steamrolling linebackers in youth games - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw a future high school star.

August 19, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


High school scoreboard: Aug. 19

Whitney Ledford, Madison Oliver and Kara England each put up two hits for Gainesville in a 6-2 win against Chestatee on Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


High School Scoreboard: Aug. 16

The Banks County softball team scored a trio of victories on Saturday to win the Stephens County Threads Tournament for the second straight year.

August 17, 2014 | | High schools


Gainesville sharp in scrimmage with White County

CLEVELAND – Even without Deshaun Watson, Gainesville's offense still looks awfully tough to stop.

August 16, 2014 | David Thackham dthackham@gainesvilletimes.com | High schools


High School Scoreboard: Aug. 15

The Buford softball team tallied 14 hits in a 7-3 victory against Archer on Friday in the Hawk-Bulldog Tournament at Flowery Branch.

August 15, 2014 | | High schools


Jefferson, West Hall combine for 8 turnovers in scrimmage

Jefferson and West Hall players finally got to hit someone other than their own teammates Thursday night, as they faced off in one of the area's first scrimmages.

August 14, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


High school scoreboard: Aug. 14

Kayla Street pitched a complete game with only a single earned run allowed for Gainesville in a 9-5 win against West Hall on Thursday in Gainesville. Abby Smallwood, Street, Courtney Presnell, Madison Oliver, Whitney Ledford and Tyra Newton each added a hit and run scored for the Lady Red Elephants, who move to 5-1 on the season.

August 14, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


High school scoreboard: Aug. 13

Gainesville's Kayla Street struck out seven batters, while putting up two hits with two runs and two batted in for a 4-2 win against Central Gwinnett on Wednesday in Lawrenceville.

August 13, 2014 | Times sports reports | High schools


Gainesville softball finds home on campus

During the spring of 1985, fans of the Gainesville High baseball team routinely backed up their trucks onto the side of Elephant Trail, sat on the tailgates and settled in to watch Deuce Roark and his teammates play one final season on the campus field.

August 13, 2014 | By David Thackham dthackham@gainesvilletimes.com | High schools


High school scoreboard: Aug. 12

Whitney Coles tallied 15 assists and five aces for Flowery Branch in wins against East Hall (24-26, 25-13, 25-22), Gilmer (25-22, 19-25, 25-22) and Jackson County (25-11, 25-20) on Tuesday in Gainesville.

August 12, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


Area teams 'itching' to take part in preseason scrimmages

Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin didn't have time Tuesday evening to think ahead to how the Falcons might be looking come playoff time in November.

August 12, 2014 | By David Thackham dthackham@gainesvilletimes.com | High schools


North Hall, Jefferson volleyball teams battle tested early

Jefferson coach Mike Paul didn't have a lot to complain about following the Battle at The Branch.

August 12, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


High School Scoreboard: Flowery Branch softball beats Chestatee

The Flowery Branch softball team beat county rival Chestatee 9-2 on Monday night.

August 12, 2014 | Times sports department | High schools


High School Scoreboard: North Hall wins Battle of Branch

The North Hall volleyball team couldn't have asked for a better start to the season.

August 10, 2014 | Times sports department | High schools


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