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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


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


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Flowery Branch's fencing program 'empowering' nontraditional athletes

Ava Alabiso will forever be grateful for the opportunity to compete in fencing for four years at Flowery Branch High. An activity which emphasizes mental ...

February 07, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford High senior treated to 'visit of a lifetime' with official visit to Georgia

As Brandon Sudge was being pushed in his wheelchair out to midfield Friday evening at Sanford Stadium in Athens, it still seemed too good to ...

February 01, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High inducts 16 new members into 'Herd of Honor' Hall of Fame

Times were much different when Ed Nivens suited up for the Gainesville High football program in the early 1940s.

January 31, 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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