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Dawg days here again

ATHENS - Georgia wide receivers Tavarres King and Walter Hill have already created a buzz. Fortunately for these two local products, it's for their talents on the field, and not for the off-the-field issues that Bulldogs coach Mark Richt spent the majority of his time addressing in front of the press before the team's first practice Monday in Athens.

Richt hasn't been able to focus on football as much as he would like, due to the rash of arrests and other player transgressions. The long offseason was capped off with two more arrests last weekend and another player ...

August 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Rookie Ryan taking aim

Matt Ryan is the new face of the Atlanta Falcons. With a six-year, $72 million contract signed, it seems that the Falcons believe that this could be the quarterback to bring a consistency never achieved in franchise history.

August 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Fans get rare chance to 'Roam the Dome'

ATLANTA - As a Bon Jovi hit from the 1980s played over the public address system at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta Falcons fans got access to the players that doesn't come too often.

August 06, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Practice begins for area football teams

OAKWOOD - Johnson High football coach Paul Friel stayed busy watching his quarterbacks throw, receivers run exact routes and lineman work on blocking technique Friday as high school football practice opened.

August 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County's Suaava finds inspiration in frustration

Tasi Suaava manages to look past the frustration.

August 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former local prep stars start task of earning playing time at Tech

ATLANTA - Jaybo Shaw is bound to make Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson's decision a difficult one when it comes to naming a starting quarterback for the 2008 season.

August 04, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets


Atlanta Falcons: Brown looking to show consistency

Atlanta Falcons rookie running back Thomas Brown already has a following. The Tucker native and University of Georgia graduate is a fan favorite in Flowery Branch.

August 01, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Falcons fans flock to first day of camp

FLOWERY BRANCH - Matthew Eichenblatt was like many fans who couldn't wait to see the Atlanta Falcons in person at training camp.

July 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Milner ready to earn starting spot

FLOWERY BRANCH - Martrez Milner was moving at real game speed during the opening day of Atlanta Falcons training camp Saturday in Flowery Branch. When the football came in the direction of the Falcons second-year tight end and West Hall High graduate, he latched onto the pass and darted toward the end zone like he was going for a touchdown.

July 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


East Hall's basketball encyclopedia

Ray Adamson is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to East Hall basketball. Remembering useful trivia and statistics comes natural to this Vikings basketball fan, just like his other interests including history, politics and University of Georgia sports.

July 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Recruiting Spotlight: Banks County's Justin Beasley

Banks County football coach Blair Armstrong didn't know what kind of running back he had in Justin Beasley when he took the job in 2007, but it didn't take him long to find out.

July 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


West Hall's Ernst in the fight for his life against cancer

OAKWOOD - Even the quickest glance at the den in the Ernst family's Oakwood home shows the pictures of happier times in Brian Ernst's life; before fighting a potentially deadly form of cancer became part of his reality.

July 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Local youth teams spend summer breaks winning championships

Gainesville All-Stars' baseball coach J.P. Gonzalez said it was like his team had just won the College World Series.

July 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Area football teams square off at FCA passing camp

OAKWOOD - When the East Hall and Chestatee football teams wound up in a goal-line situation Saturday at Johnson High School, it only helped magnify the difference between the camp the teams were competing in and a normal Friday night under the lights.

July 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Recruiting spotlight: East Hall's Young catching up quickly

If Kiante Young has any regrets, it's waiting until his junior season at East Hall High to start playing football. This rising senior always thought basketball was going to be his ticket to a college scholarship.

July 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

February 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

February 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.

February 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.

February 19, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball playoffs set to tip off

Johnson's boys are enjoying two big benefits for winning the Region 8-AAAA basketball tournament Saturday night. First, the fifth-ranked Knights will be able to hang another championship banner in the gym as back-to-back champ.

February 16, 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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