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2008 Prep softball preview

There was unprecedented success in local high school softball in 2007.

August 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Palmer hopes strong start will lead to scholarship

Flowery Branch senior safety Greg Palmer calls it a good pressure. The Falcons leader in the secondary knows the window is starting to close to secure a football scholarship with only one season left to play, and he wants to make the most of it.

August 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Davis ready to be leader on offensive line

Chris Davis is quickly emerging as a leader for the Georgia Bulldogs offensive line. During the first day of practice, the Jefferson High graduate was quick to encourage his mates on the offensive line as they ran sprints across the practice field.

August 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


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


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Gainesville scheduled to play Greenbrier on Wednesday for Class AAAAA baseball state title

EVANS - Gainesville's bid for a baseball state championship is quickly evolving into a never-ending series.

May 26, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville, Greenbrier to decide Class AAAAA state championship with Game 3 Tuesday

EVANS - Losing a game in the state championship series doesn't appear to have dampened the spirit of Gainesville's baseball program.

May 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys strikes out 11 in Gainesville's Game 1 win over Greenbrier in AAAAA state championship series

Jonathan Gettys recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of hits for Gainesville in a 6-2 win against Greenbrier to open the Class AAAAA state championship series in Evans. Game 2 will begin at 6 p.m.

May 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville High seeking Class AAAAA baseball state championship against Greenbrier

After Gainesville wrapped up its state semifinal sweep of Jones County last week, athletic director Wayne Vickery leaned back against the rail on the steps overlooking Ivey-Watson Field, where he won five state titles as the school's baseball coach.

May 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford sweeps Whitewater to clinch Class AAAA baseball state championship

FAYETTEVILLE - Buford baseball coach Tony Wolfe got the icewater bath when it was all said and done Saturday night. At the same time, Wolves catcher Joey Bart was crouched down, holding tight to his team's shiny state championship trophy.

May 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Top-ranked Buford set to battle No. 3 Whitewater for Class AAAA state baseball title

The top-ranked Buford baseball program will play for the Class AAAA state championship against Whitewater, starting with a doubleheader in the best-of-three championship series at 5 p.m. Saturday in Fayetteville.

May 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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'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


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