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Flowery Branch's title bid falls short in 28-14 loss

ATLANTA – Flowery Branch's football team was hoping to catch lightning in a bottle one more time during its incredible postseason run. Unfortunately for the Falcons (12-3), it was a steady, ball-control ground attack from Cairo that proved too much to overcome in Saturday's Class AAA state title game at the Georgia Dome.

December 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Zopf: Class AA belongs to Buford

ATLANTA - At the turn of the century everyone was concerned about what Y2K would bring to the world. What they should have been worried about is what Buford High would do the world of Class AA Georgia football.

December 21, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | High schools


Cairo happy to be back in state title game

It's hard to find a blemish in the Cairo High football team's season so far.

December 20, 2008 | Mitch Blomert | High schools


Flowery Branch's seniors keeping their promise

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior defensive back Greg Palmer can remember the pact made between his classmates at summer camp before their freshman season.

December 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Habersham Central players named to All-Region team

Members of the Habersham Central football team were named to the Region 8-AAAA All-Region team released Friday.

December 20, 2008 | | High schools


High school scoreboard: Jefferson wins first meeting against rival Commerce

The Jefferson High basketball team won its first meeting of the year against rival Commerce by a score of 58-46 on Friday in Jefferson.

December 20, 2008 | From staff reports | High schools


Buford ready for 'tough challenge' in finals

BUFORD - When the GHSA decided to move the state football finals to the Georgia Dome this year, they probably didn't realize that they were doing Buford High a favor.

December 20, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | High schools


Buford defends state title with 45-21 victory

ATLANTA - Buford High's senior football players can take a deep breath now. The Wolves (15-0) managed to accomplish their season-long goal to leave the program the way they found it.

December 20, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lanierland: Johnson, West Hall boys; Gainesville, East Hall girls advance to finals

With the game and a berth in the Lanierland finals on the line, West Hall answered the call.

December 19, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | High schools


Lanierland semifinals: East Hall girls 62, North Hall 49

Symone Hampton and Morgan Jackson combined for 12 fourth-quarter points as the Lady Vikings held off North Hall.

December 19, 2008 | From staff reports | High schools


Lanierland semifinals tip-off today at Gainesville High

A weekend chocked full of Hall County athletics begins at 4 p.m. today with the start of the Lanierland Tournament semifinals at Gainesville High.

The semifinals and finals were moved up a day to accommodate those interested in watching the Flowery Branch football team play Cairo in the Class AAA state championship at 5 p.m. Saturday.

December 19, 2008 | Katie B. Davis | High schools


Flowery Branch coordinators, there from the start

FLOWERY BRANCH - In seven years at Flowery Branch High School, Chris Griffin and Shaun Conley have seen plenty of good times.

The Falcons have risen to regional prominence, reaching the playoffs each of the last four seasons. And with a four-game road winning streak in hand, they're on the verge of becoming one of the most surprising state champions in recent memory, and Hall County's first GHSA state champs.

December 19, 2008 | Brent Holloway | High schools


Buford back in familiar territory

FLOWERY BRANCH - Young football players dream of having the opportunity to play on a professional field, but for the Buford Wolves that dream is becoming more like a yearly certainty.

December 19, 2008 | Jonathan Zopf | High schools


Stanford offers Flowery Branch QB

Flowery Branch High junior quarterback Connor Shaw picked up a scholarship offer from Stanford University on Thursday.

December 19, 2008 | | High schools


High school scoreboard: Chestatee defeats East Hall in dual meet

The Chestatee High wrestling team won in all but three weight classes to defeat East Hall 66-15 on Tuesday night in Gainesvlle.

December 18, 2008 | From staff reports | High schools


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Whitenton's 7th-inning homer lifts Gainesville over South Effingham, 8-6, in Game 3 of quarterfinals

With the green light to swing on a 3-0 count, Caleb Whitenton saw the pitch he was looking for and cut his bat loose.

May 14, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


North Hall swept in quarterfinals by Whitewater

FAYETTEVILLE - The second-longest playoff run in North Hall baseball history came to an end at the hands of a team steeped in recent postseason success.

May 13, 2015 | Clark Leonard | High schools


Blessed Trinity ends Lumpkin County's undefeated season with 4-0 Class AAA semifinal win

DAHLONEGA - Blessed Trinity proved to be a little too much for a young Lumpkin County team to handle Tuesday night at the Burial Grounds. The previously unbeaten Lady Indians fell 4-0 to the Lady Titans in the GHSA Class AAA girls soccer semifinals.

May 12, 2015 | By Colin Ochs sports@gainesvilletimes.com | High schools


West Hall boys soccer team defeats Oconee County 2-0, advances to Saturday's AAA state title game

The feeling still didn't sink in for Bradley Hodgson, as he jogged off the pitch at Spartan Field to greet his jubilant family Tuesday night in Oakwood.

May 12, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools


Gainesville splits quarterfinal doubleheader, forces Game 3 against South Effingham

Gainesville senior Mikey Gonzalez was cool and calm about the reality that his team's season rests on today's Game 3 in a quarterfinal series against South Effingham at Ivey-Watson.

May 12, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Injuries a concern for West Hall boys heading into semifinal soccer match

Entering the biggest match of West Hall's season, the Spartans are closely monitoring the health of three key starters.

May 11, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools


Gainesville High's Spencer Ralston finishes first at US Open local qualifier

Gainesville High junior Spencer Ralston carded a 5-under 67 to win the US Open local qualifier Monday at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

May 11, 2015 | Times sports reports | High schools


Castruita's hat trick leads West Hall boys soccer team to 2nd straight semifinals appearance

Patience isn't one of Richie Castruita's strong suits. Luckily for West Hall, the junior timed his goal-scoring runs to perfection on two separate occasions to help lead the Spartans (11-1-2) to their second straight appearance in the state semifinals.

May 09, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools


Johnson boys soccer team falls to Cross Keys, 3-2, after having late goal waved off

Fabian Abarca gave the home crowd at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium a moment of jubilation when he put the ball in the back of the net with less than two minutes remaining.

May 09, 2015 | Jared Putnam | High schools


Riverside Military shut out in quarterfinal soccer loss to Pace Academy

Diego Vacca has seen the top of the mountain - and he'll hope to use this year's strong playoff run to fuel his Riverside boys soccer team for its new crop of players.

May 09, 2015 | David Thackham | High schools


Buford girls come up short against Woodward in state championship tennis match

JONESBORO - The Buford girls tennis team was unable to cap off their historic season with a championship. The Lady Wolves ended up losing out to Woodward Academy 3-0 on a hot Saturday afternoon in the GHSA class AAAA state championship at the Clayton International Park Tennis Center.

May 09, 2015 | By Colin Ochs For The Times | High schools


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