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'Focused' Falcons get win over Johnson

FLOWERY BRANCH - It's hard for Flowery Branch boys coach Duke Mullis to say that a win against East Hall last Friday had much of an impact in Friday's 65-53 win against Johnson at Flowery Branch.

January 24, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


SpeedFest brings best in short track racing

BRASELTON - Michael Pope is a young racer with big dreams.

January 22, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


East Hall sweeps Flowery Branch

East Hall's boys and girls basketball programs are starting to play with the consistency its fans are used to seeing.

January 17, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson ready for run at state title

JEFFERSON - Cole Hightower knows there isn't any shortcut or magic formula to explain Jefferson's success on the statewide stage in wrestling. The Dragons don't credit their triumphs to a stock of naturally superior athletes.

January 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch takes up fencing

FLOWERY BRANCH - When Jordan Frost walks into the Flowery Branch High cafeteria each Monday afternoon, she goes through a meticulous process. This Flowery Branch High fencing club member puts on protection for her chest and shoulders, a jacket, face mask, pants and a glove.

Then the only female member of the first-year fencing club at the school is joined by 11 males athletes on the team as they proceed to fold up and slide away lunch room tables to make room for practice with Hall County's only fencing program at the high school level.

January 13, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Forsyth wins Area 7-AAA Duals

CUMMING - It's nothing new to Dennis Stromie to coach a top-notch wrestling program. During his 22-year career at Parkview, he coached the Panthers to 12 area titles.

January 10, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Leaders emerge at Area 7-AAA Duals

CUMMING-The storyline has been a pretty consistent one at the Area 7-AAA Duals since Gilmer joined the mix in 2005.

January 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Basketball players make transition from gridiron to hard court

A 2-3 start to the basketball season didn't give Gainesville boys coach Todd Cottrell any reason to panic. Any questioning the Red Elephants level of talent after losing in the first round of the Lanierland tournament and then losing 2-of-3 games in the Wolverine Christmas Invitational, would have to be left to the spectators.

January 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Home for the Holidays: Franklin prepares for shot at National Championship

Leaving the nest to play college football had to come with some apprehension for Daniel Franklin. It's not like it's a normal progression to graduate from Habersham Central and move on to the University of Oklahoma to play at the next level.

January 04, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


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


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Gainesville golf places third in Class AAAAA state championship

COLUMBUS – The scores were good for Gainesville's boys, especially when you consider the fast greens and humid air pressing golfers during the Class AAAAA championship meet at the Country Club of Columbus.

May 18, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sixth-ranked UNG Nighthawks softball team looks to continue success in Southeast Super Regional

Kim McMillan enjoys all the positive feedback she hears in the community about the University of North Georgia's softball success. Around Dahlonega, McMillan, the power-hitting first baseman for the Nighthawks, knows the success of the program matters to the people in the close-knit Lumpkin County community.

May 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


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


Gainesville High set to retire Micah Owings' No. 25 between games in quarterfinal doubleheader

Many of Micah Owings' fondest memories happened on Gainesville's baseball diamond at Ivey-Watson Field. Now, his No. 25 will hang alongside Cris Carpenter's as the only two retired in Red Elephants baseball history.

May 11, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


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


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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