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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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Buford softball sweeps St. Pius X, heads to championship rounds in Columbus

BUFORD - Samantha Thomas and Tessa Daniels have identical expectations for the Buford softball program in the upcoming state championship rounds, even though they have very different experiences playing in Columbus.

October 22, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High School Scoreboard: Oct. 21

Sydney Cleveland led North Hall with 17 kills, 11 digs and an ace to lead North Hall to the Elite 8 in the AAAA state championship.

October 21, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


East Hall volleyball routs Kendrick, advances to Elite 8

Emily Roberts says she is usually a little "off and on" when she puts in serious time in the front court blocking for East Hall.

October 21, 2014 | David Thackham | High schools


Williamson productive on both sides of the ball for Red Elephants

Chris Williamson is too valuable an asset to stand on the Gainesville sideline for long.

October 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High School Scoreboard: Oct. 18

Freshman Lindsey Grater finished second out of a field of 106 runners for the Chestatee War Eagles Saturday morning at the Sharptop Invitational in Jasper.

October 18, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


High school scoreboard: Oct. 16

Dawson County softball capped off a rally from an early 8-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat East Jackson 10-9 in Game 3 of their Class AAA first round playoff series on Thursday in Dawsonville.

October 16, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


East Hall defeats Ringgold in first round of volleyball playoffs

East Hall just wasn't playing its game midway through Wednesday's match, according to coach Ted Deppe.

October 15, 2014 | David Thackham | High schools


High school scoreboard: Oct. 15

The North Hall High volleyball team opened the Class AAAA playoffs with a 3-0 home victory against Mary Persons on Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 | Times sports reports | High schools


East Hall volleyball proud of history-making run

Ted Deppe heard the questions surrounding his program.

October 14, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


Flowery Branch softball team seeking upset in first playoff appearance

Kelly Kahlert doesn't feel like Flowery Branch is an underdog entering its first playoff series in program history.

October 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Daniels, Buford score dramatic win for Region 8-AAAA softball title

BUFORD - Tessa Daniels sported a scraped-up elbow and her ears were ringing, but she could wear a big smile about the sequence of events that delivered those side effects.

October 10, 2014 | Clark Leonard | High schools


Lady Wolves power through to win Area 8-AAAA volleyball title

BUFORD - When Buford found itself struggling to create consistent chances at the net Thursday night, sophomore Gabby Curry said she turned to her hands for inspiration.

October 09, 2014 | David Thackham | High schools


High school scoreboard: Oct. 9

Lakeview Academy went 1-1 during the first round of Area 8-A volleyball tournament play on Thursday in Dacula. The Lady Lions trounced George Walton 25-14, 25-18 in the first match and fell to Hebron Christian 25-15, 25-17 in the second match.

October 09, 2014 | Times staff reports | High schools


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