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Notebook: Flowery Branch riding seven-game winning streak

Flowery Branch High's baseball team is one of the biggest surprises in Region 7-AAA this season. Considering the fact the Falcons (9-3, 8-3) only returned two everyday starters from last year's region title team, no one expected them to be right in the thick of the playoff race at the midway point of the regular season.

March 26, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Soccer: Johnson survives scare

Johnson High midfielder Alberto Olvera had a definite plan of attack on his free kick in overtime Wednesday night. It made the difference for the Knights as they walked out of War Eagles Stadium with a 2-1 win against Chestatee in the Northeast Georgia Mountain Cup.

March 25, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee advances to Mountain Cup finals

Chestatee High girls soccer coach Mark Dunn is used to winning Northeast Georgia Mountain Cup titles, even though the Lady War Eagles (10-3-1) qualified for their first tournament title game in school history with a 3-1 win against Habersham Central on Monday at War Eagles Stadium.

March 23, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


This week: Gran Prix Criterium returns

Saturday night will belong to bicyclists in downtown Gainesville. The fifth annual Downtown Gainesville Gran Prix Criterium will feature professional teams including Jittery Joe's and Toshiba going head-to-head in one of 12 venues for the third leg of the Georgia Cup Series.

March 23, 2009 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Chestatee surges past Buford

Chestatee boys soccer coach Michael Herrin says its program got a great momentum boost out of its 5-2 win against Buford in the Northeast Georgia Mountains Cup on Saturday at War Eagles Stadium. For the first time this season, the War Eagles have won back-to-back games.

March 21, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sims picks up offer from UGA

Gainesville junior quarterback Blake Sims went to the University of Georgia's Junior Day event on Saturday and came home with an official offer to play for the Bulldogs, says Red Elephants assistant coach Todd Wofford. Sims, who passed for 2,453 yards and rushed for 822 yards in 2008, has picked up some steam on the recruiting trail with big offers from Michigan, West Virginia and Arkansas, to name a few. As recently as Wednesday, Wofford indicated that Sims was high on Michigan's program, through his communication with the school.

March 21, 2009 | From staff reports | High schools


Lady Falcons come up short

FLOWERY BRANCH - West Forsyth's girls soccer team took all the drama out of its top 10 matchup against Class AAA's fifth-ranked Flowery Branch (8-5, 5-2 Area 7-AAA) early on Friday in South Hall. There was no last-minute suspense and no late goal to tip the balance of the outcome. It was just a well-played game on both ends by the No. 9-ranked Lady Wolverines (8-1, 4-1) as they cruised to a 3-1 victory.

March 20, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


NOTEBOOK: Lumpkin County baseball looks legitimate

Lumpkin County High's baseball program is making a clear statement for its chances at making a run at the Region 7-AAA title this season.

March 19, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee basketball coach stepping down

Chestatee High principal Bill Thompson will begin a search immediately for a new boys basketball coach after former coach Russ Triaga resigned Thursday from his position he held the past six seasons with the War Eagles. Triaga resigned as Chestatee's coach after accepting an assistant coaching position at Dacula High in Gwinnett County.

March 19, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall routs Spartans

North Hall's K.J. McAllister used a short right field fence at Jody Davis Field to facilitate a career day at the plate in Wednesday's 14-3 win against West Hall.

March 18, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Annual soccer tournament kicks off weekend

This week marks the start of a major local tournament for high school soccer. The 25th Northeast Georgia Mountain Cups kicks off Saturday with games at Chestatee High and the Allen Creek Soccer Complex.

March 16, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wrestler of the Year: Flowery Branch's Danny Bell

Danny Bell never imagined athletic success in his future prior to reaching high school. An undersized kid, Bell stayed away from sports until his freshman year at Flowery Branch High, when he joined up with the wrestling program.

March 14, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch whips White County

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High baseball coach Jimmy Lawler has to be pleased with the way his program handled early season adversity. The Falcons didn't let an early three game losing streak in the Region 7-AAA schedule throw their season off course.

March 11, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville wins with long ball against Chestatee

Gainesville's Will Maddox couldn't help but walk around with a big smile on his face after Monday's 14-4 win against Chestatee at Ivey Watson Field.

March 09, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school basketball: Gainesville headed to Macon

DALTON - Forgive Gainesville coach Todd Cottrell for not knowing how to react after his team's 58-46 win against Cedartown in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Saturday at the Northwest Georgia Trade Center in Dalton. It's his first state quarterfinals victory and the first for the Red Elephants since 2002.

March 07, 2009 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Gainesville High's Spencer Ralston finishes with 15-under par at The Invite

Spencer Ralston was playing some of his best golf Saturday, even with a quick turnaround before attending prom.

April 30, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall boys blank Whitewater 5-0 in first round of tennis playoffs

North Hall boys tennis coach Bob Woodworth saw enough positives in his team's first-round playoff win Wednesday to believe it can get through the ...

April 20, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High boys golf team shoots program-best 287 at region to take 8-AAAAA title

Among all the great Gainesville High boys golf programs in the past, the 2016 squad will have some bragging rights for at least one year.

April 18, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


What an opening night for Knights: Johnson blanks Madison County, 17-0

Johnson High's Sam Corbett said he wasn't feeling unsettling nerves, even though the freshman was lining up at quarterback in the season opener ...

August 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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