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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


All-Area Cross Country: Clark goes out in style

Life is one big race for Nolan Clark.

December 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


Flowery Branch wins 28-0, earns first trip to state final

LAGRANGE – Flowery Branch's football team has a chance to make Hall County history.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch football running down a dream

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch's offense puts up numbers on the ground that would earn the respect of an old school wing-T coach. The Falcons (11-2) have two bruising running backs and a shifty junior quarterback, Connor Shaw, that is adept at tucking it in and running with the football.

December 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch's secondary sets the bar high

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior back Chris Lipscomb never lets football practice get in the way of having a good time on the field. The defensive back/wide receiver has earned quite a reputation with his teammates for being the ringleader of dishing out of the jokes at their expense.

December 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons reach state semifinal with 35-17 win

MILLEDGEVILLE - Flowery Branch senior fullback Daniel Drummond said he couldn't come up with the right words to describe his team's 35-17 win over unbeaten and second-ranked Baldwin in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Friday night.

December 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans hang tough but fall to Dunwoody, 18-13

CHAMBLEE - North Hall coach Bob Christmas saw the same effort out of his team that they played with all season in their second round playoff game against Dunwoody on Friday night at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee.

November 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Ty McCormack excited for chance to run in World University Games

Ty McCormack knows his experience next month in South Korea will be like an official transition from college running greatness to his work as a business professional.

June 29, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


North Hall grad Paul Powers making strides in swimming career

Paul Powers was in for a surprise in February when he opened an email from Lindsay Mintenko, the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. It was an opportunity that Powers, a North Hall High grad and University of Michigan freshman swimmer, didn't see coming.

June 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville, Flowery Branch, North Hall to compete in preseason scrimmages at The Brickyard

Bob Christmas and Bruce Miller will get another chance to face off on opposing sidelines. This time around, however, it will come with much less on the line for their respective football programs.

June 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County grad Spencer Adams looking to improve every day in the minors

Spencer Adams is not going to let the projections of his talent interfere with his preparation. The first-year minor league right-handed pitcher for Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the White Sox organization said he's going to continue to show up to the ballpark every day with one goal in mind: What do I have to do to get better?

June 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lakeview Academy grad Ralston Cash using baseball platform for good cause

Baseball fans of a more seasoned age will immediately connect Ralston Cash's black mustache to that of Hall of Fame closer Rollie Fingers. Cash's facial hair, a true handlebar, he said, is thin and rounded at the end, similar to the one sported by Fingers, who rose to fame in the early 1970s as a closer for the Oakland A's.

June 17, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Flowery Branch grad Hope Stockel pleased with strong showing at Junior World Championships

Hope Stockel's life revolves around clean living and lifting heavy weight.

June 15, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


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


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