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Flowery Branch makes early statement at Hall County championships

Flowery Branch High's wrestling team certainly dominated the lightweight divisions in the individual matches of the Hall County championships. Whether that translates into a repeat team title for the Falcons will be determined today at East Hall.

January 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Menocal going from lineman to lawyer

David Menocal seems to have his ducks in a row for life after football. He's ready to see how he looks wearing a suit and tie in court.

January 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


High school wrestling: Crop of new coaches highlights Hall County Championships

It may be easier for fans in attendance if the coaches at the Hall County Championships this weekend wear name tags.

January 02, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Brewster returning to form

Zach Brewster takes following the doctor's advice seriously.

January 01, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Home for the Holidays: Shaw, Claytor thriving a short drive from home

Jaybo Shaw was left doing a little scrambling during his Christmas vacation. No, the Georgia Tech freshman quarterback wasn't trying to stay on his toes to avoid the rush of a defender. The Flowery Branch High graduate was trying to work his magic to secure enough tickets for family members to today's Chick-fil-A bowl against LSU at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

December 31, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Locals converge in Columbus for all-star football game

Jefferson High senior Zac Crosby was probably one of the happiest players when he found out he was invited to play in today's GACA North South All-Star Classic at Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Immediately, he saw the opportunity to go up against the best high school seniors in the state.

December 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Football Player of the Year: Flowery Branch's Daniel Drummond

FLOWERY BRANCH - Daniel Drummond was a game changer all season for Flowery Branch.

December 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Football Coach of the Year: Flowery Branch's Lee Shaw

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High football coach Lee Shaw can look back and say that his team's run to the Class AAA state championship game sounds like a Cinderella story.

December 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dooley talks Dogs

Vince Dooley always likes to make a trip to Gainesville. The former Georgia football head coach and athletic director made his third trip to Gainesville on Friday since he started his book tour three years ago, this time at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center to promote his new book "The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History."

December 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Flowery Branch players starting to look forward

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior defensive end Izaan Cross resisted the temptation of letting the lure of college recruiting get in the way of his final season of high school football. It seems to have panned out pretty well for Cross, who holds scholarship offers from some of the biggest Division I schools in the country, and who was a driving force for the Falcons' run to the state title game.

December 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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


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


Flowery Branch's offensive line paving the way

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch offensive line coach Ben Hall was probably a little apprehensive when he joined the Falcons coaching staff last spring. He could tell right off the bat it was going to be a priority to establish a group of five players up front to protect junior quarterback Connor Shaw and open up lanes for the running game.

December 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Johnson basketball playing at Philips Arena

The Johnson High boys and girls basketball teams will be playing at Philips Arena on Dec. 17 prior to the Atlanta Hawks vs. Boston Celtics game. The Knights will be playing against Harris County.

December 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Football-centric Georgia Bulldogs making a splash in men's hoops

ATHENS - Basketball is usually an afterthought at Georgia, something to pass the time between football season and spring practice.

January 28, 2015 | Charles Odum Associated Press | Georgia Bulldogs


Sophomore Grogan paces region-leading Lakeview girls

Lakeview Academy's Hanna Grogan already has many of the skills for playing at the college level, according to her coach John Carrick, even though she's only a sophomore. Carrick would know as well as anyone, having coached at Georgia College for 27 years, before retiring and coming to Lakeview five years ago.

January 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Nicholas Bennett has moment to shine at basketball game

Nicholas Bennett is a crowd favorite at North Hall. Being lifted on Trojans teammates' shoulders after he drained his 1,000th halfcourt shot at halftime of Saturday's game against Gainesville was proof of it.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville shows balance in win at North Hall

The way Gainesville's boys spread the wealth scoring points, it made for an easy win at North Hall on Saturday. Junior D'Marcus Simonds had a typical big night scoring, junior center Tyler Scott was key inside with hitting baskets and changing the direction of Trojans shots, and K.J. Buffen scored a number of early baskets for the Red Elephants.

January 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's Anderson leading Lady Wolves on hunt for state title

Buford's Camille Anderson hasn't forgotten the agony attached to coming up three points short of St. Pius X in the Class AAA state championship last year, a game she felt her squad should have won.

January 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's title dreams dashed, 24-17 at Allatoona

ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.

November 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Passing fancy: Gainesville holds off Harris County, 49-40

HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.

November 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Byrd carries Gainesville past pesky Creekview, 42-37

Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.

November 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville headed into postseason on a high note

Gainesville finished the regular season with a much different feeling than it started just three months ago.

November 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Defense picks up Gainesville in 20-7 win over Loganville

When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.

November 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Watson sparks East Hall over Franklin County, 34-7

On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.

October 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville airs it out to beat Clarke Central, 35-10

Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.

October 18, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Falcons' playoff hopes hurt by 32-12 loss to Clarke Central

There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.

October 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Turner's heroics, late TD lift Lakeview over Hebron, 29-27

Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.

October 03, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Johnson gets into win column, tops Riverside 16-7

Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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