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Lanierland: Smith scores 46, War Eagles win

OAKWOOD - Parker Smith came into Saturday night's game hoping to prove that the Chestatee High basketball team could play with anybody.

After the game, he felt like the War Eagles' 91-77 victory against West Hall in the opening round of the Jackson EMC Lanierland Basketball Tournament quieted a lot of doubters.

December 20, 2007 | Corey Wilson | High schools


State playoffs: Trojans' dream season ends

ATLANTA - A teary locker room momentarily overshadowed a season's worth of accomplishments for North Hall following a 42-21 loss to Cairo in the Class AAA semifinals Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The loss brought an end to a season of firsts in school history, most notably the first appearance playing in the state semifinals and single-season record 13 wins.

The Trojans (13-1) were hoping for a shot at their first football state title in school history. But the dazzling speed of the Syrupmakers (13-1) brought a sudden end to those dreams with 35 third quarter points.

December 20, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lanierland: Lady Vikings shut down Chestatee

OAKWOOD - East Hall senior forward Sada Wheeler led the third-seeded Lady Vikings to a 46-24 win against Chestatee with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the opening round of the 48th annual Jackson EMC Lanierland Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.

December 20, 2007 | Corey Wilson | High schools


State playoffs: Buford faces Lovett in Class AA title game

ATLANTA - Buford fullback Tyler King put his team's game plan for its Class AA semifinal game against Dublin in the simplest of terms afterwards.

"We knew we had to hit them in the mouth," the senior said, figuratively of course.

December 20, 2007 | Jeff Cochran | High schools


Lanierland: Gainesville holds off Johnson

Led by Jaymee Carnes' 27 points, Gainesville made it through the first round of the Jackson EMC Lanierland Basketball Tournament beating Johnson 53-43 Saturday night. Carnes came up big down the stretch, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter, while grabbing three defensive rebounds and one offensive rebound.

Despite a sluggish start by the Lady Red Elephants, and a beginning of the game in which Johnson made four of its first five shots, Gainesville went into halftime with a four-point lead.

December 20, 2007 | Katie B. Davis | High schools


Lanierland: Falcons pull away in third

OAKWOOD - Flowery Branch platooned and pressed their way to a win.

Thanks to a full-court 1-2-2 trapping press, the ability to sub in five at a time, and a third quarter in which they scored 27 points, the top-seeded Falcons beat Gainesville 82-63 on Saturday night in the first round of the Jackson EMC Lanierland Basketball Tournament.

December 20, 2007 | Katie B. Davis | High schools


GHSA state semifinals: First day marked by dramatic comebacks

ATLANTA - Deron Furr scored on a 3-yard game-winning touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter comeback that lifted Carver-Columbus to a 26-24 victory over Chamblee in the Class AAA state semifinals Friday.

December 19, 2007 | | High schools


Lanierland: Lady Falcons, Lady Trojans get wins

OAKWOOD - Flowery Branch's Jessica Hart finished with a game-high 16 points to lead her No. 2-seeded Lady Falcons to a 62-36 win over No. 7-seeded Lakeview on Friday night in the first round of the Jackson EMC Lanierland Basketball Tournament.

December 19, 2007 | From staff reports | High schools


Lanierland: Wise's return spurs East Hall to victory

OAKWOOD - East Hall high senior Ken Wise couldn't wait to get back out on the basketball court. Wise, who suffered a severe knee injury during the preseason, hit the court for the first time this season and helped lead the Vikings to an 84-68 victory against Johnson on Friday night in the opening round of the 48th annual Lanierland Basketball Tournament.

December 19, 2007 | Corey Wilson | High schools


Prep basketball roundup: Lady Wolves rolling along

The Buford girls won their third game of the season Friday, beating Pace Academy 53-23 at home.

December 19, 2007 | From staff reports | High schools


Lanierland: Lions drop North Hall

OAKWOOD - The Lions came out roaring and didn't stop until they had sufficiently scared off their prey.

December 19, 2007 | Katie B. Davis | High schools


Dome Day: Wolves ready for early kickoff

BUFORD - T.J. Pridemore admitted that he has a hard time with staying up too late and having to get up early.

Then why is Buford's senior linebacker actually excited about getting up at 5 this morning after having gone to bed around 8 p.m. the night before? Because he and the rest of the Wolves (13-0) will be playing in the Class AA semifinals against Dublin (11-2) in the Georgia Dome at 9 a.m. today.

December 19, 2007 | Jeff Cochran | High schools


Uhaa commits to Paladins

Tersoo Uhaa had no doubt that the day would come. The senior at Riverside Military Academy has stated that a career in the NFL is his ultimate athletic goal. Wednesday, after a standout prep career, he committed to make the next step.

Uhaa, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back and linebacker, has accepted a scholarship offer from Furman University and verbally committed to play for the Division I-AA Paladins next fall.

December 18, 2007 | Brent Holloway | High schools


Let's get ready to rumble: 48th Lanierland Tourney tips off

At the time, C.W. Davis had no reason to believe his idea to pull together the Hall County teams for some holiday competition would turn into the longest-running high school basketball tournament in Georgia.

December 18, 2007 | Brent Holloway | High schools


Football: From the Brickyard to the Dome: A look back at North Hall's journey

It can be hard for a season to parallel expectations going into the season. There are often times too many unexpected variables, such as injuries, intersquad discontent and player misconduct, that can sideline a season with previously high expectations.

North Hall football coach Bob Christmas didn't want to turn a blind-eye to the possibility of adversity to an otherwise talented team when the season began.

December 18, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Continuity the theme for Roark, Lakeview this year

Lakeview Academy athletic director Deuce Roark will see a lot of familiar faces this year, both within the walls of his own school and from the teams the Lions' athletic programs compete against.

July 22, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Stowers happy with direction of Johnson's athletic programs

It's been a banner year for soccer in the United States, where record numbers of viewers watched the U.S. escape from the Group of Death and into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

July 18, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Coker remembered for character, strength

To those who knew him, Keaton Coker was a face and voice of strength through tremendous adversity.

July 17, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lawler wants Flowery Branch to continue raising the bar

Jimmy Lawler has watched Flowery Branch High School grow on a near-daily basis since its infancy in 2002.

July 16, 2014 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Flowery Branch High mourns loss of Keaton Coker

Flowery Branch High Principal Dr. Jason Carter said the school expresses sincere condolences to the family of Sharon and Miles Coker over the loss of their son Keaton Coker, who died Tuesday evening following a long battle with brain cancer.

July 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


All-Area Soccer

ALL-AREA GIRLS FIRST TEAM

July 12, 2014 | Times sports department | High schools


All-Area Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Johnson's Fabian Abarca

Even before his freshman year at Johnson High, Fabian Abarca announced his arrival on the high school soccer scene.

July 12, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


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


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