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Clausen 'torn' due to coaching ties

Chuck Clausen will admittedly be a little torn between the teams playing in Super Bowl XLII tonight in Glendale, Ariz. Clausen, a Hall County resident, spent many years coaching in the college and professional ranks as an assistant, making personnel connections with current members of both the New York Giants and New England Patriots.

"I'd really like to see both teams be able to win," Clausen said. "But I think New England will probably win.

February 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Milner ready for injury-free season

Atlanta Falcons tight end Martrez Milner is optimistic about this franchise's future after a rocky offseason. He's eager to get into the team setting so he can met a largely new coaching staff after former head coach Bobby Petrino's abrupt departure to the University of Arkansas.

February 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Prep basketball: Lions on a roll thanks to coach's superstitious ways

GAINESVILLE - Seth Vining isn't at all bashful about wearing his orange pants.

February 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons players give physical fitness lessons at Fair Street

Fair Street elementary fifth- grader Jalaluddin Numanlia-wane was trying his best to show off his physical prowess Wednesday afternoon.

Whether it was breaking out a set of 25 push-ups on the spot in front of fellow students or a beginner's try at doing a split, Numanlia-wane, 10, was trying to keep the mood lively as the school hosted an Atlanta Falcons Fitness Zone and Arthur Blank Foundation event at the school's gym.

February 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Gainesville coach gets win No. 700

The numbers don't lie when painting the picture of Jerry Davis' remarkable coaching career at Gainesville High: he's a local legend. The Red Elephants' coach reached the latest milestone in his 34-year career with win No. 700 coming against Buford on Saturday night in Gainesville.

It's the most recent accomplishment for the coach who led the Red Elephants to two state titles (1983 and 1984), eight state semifinal appearances and an astounding 14 Region championships over his career. And a testament to his longevity is the duration of his 28-year career at Gainesville where he's won ...

February 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wolves stomped by Big Red

Saturday night belonged to Jerry Davis.

February 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: Thurmonds look to make it eight straight for Jefferson

Cason Thurmond enjoys the added expectations his family name carries as a wrestler in the Jefferson High program.

February 04, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Johnson teams sweep West Hall

Mick Shannon's final fourth-quarter field goal looked doomed from the very beginning. The Johnson guard shot the ball off balance in the lane with a defender in his face. The shot appeared to have a better chance of getting blocked than going in.

February 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's Hunter commits to Florida

The national recruiting sweepstakes for Buford High defensive tackle Omar Hunter came to an end Tuesday as the 6-foot-1, 310-pound prospect gave a verbal commitment to Florida. Hunter made his decision following his visit to the Gainesville, Fla., campus last weekend.

February 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Two sets of Lady Wolves, both state ranked, face off tonight

Buford High girls basketball coach Gene Durden has deliberately tried to create a little chaos during practice this week. The Class AA fourth-ranked Lady Wolves' (14-2) third-year coach has done his best to test his team's attention to detail.

Whether it be full-court press on defense, seven defenders to try to disrupt the flow of the offense or loud noise with whistles and constant instruction, it's all a test to see how focused his team really is.

January 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Spartans rout West Forsyth

OAKWOOD - This week certainly proved to be a welcomed change of pace for the West Hall High boys.

January 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Partrick prepping to not just be a tennis star

Grant Partrick is enjoying his life like never before. The former tennis phenom from Gainesville High is finding time to do some of the things that have never had a place in his life.

Now, as a freshman on the tennis team at North Georgia College & State University a he's able to do things more like a normal college student - he's active in the school's Campus Outreach Ministry and plans to join a fraternity on campus. Academics are also a priority for the first time in his life. He's got a 3.8 grade point average ...

January 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Prep basketball: Big Red stomped

The East Hall and Gainesville boys basketball teams appear to be ships headed in different directions.

January 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Owings honored by alma mater

BY BILL MURPHY

January 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: Gilmer rolls through first day of duals

ELLIJAY - It's all shaking out just as anticipated at the Area 7-AAA wrestling duals. The mountain schools are clearly the cream of the crop this season.

Gilmer, Pickens, Lumpkin County and West Forsyth all advanced unbeaten to the semifinals of the 7-AAA Duals with wins Friday night at Gilmer High. The top two teams in the two-day area duals advance to the Class AAA state duals next Friday at the Macon Centreplex.

January 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Hernandez forging own path as a female wrestler

Leslie Hernandez has never tried to create an identity as a trend setter. She's just a young lady who loves wrestling and never believed her gender should discourage that passion.

April 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Colton Chester

For the past two games, Colton Chester has been an unstoppable, home-run-hitting machine.

April 14, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Newton efficient pitching for Gainesville in 12-2 win against Clarke Central

Gainesville's starting rotation has strung together quite the pitching line against Clarke Central in two years of Region 8-AAAAA meetings. A year after Gainesville pitchers tossed a pair of no-hitters against the Gladiators, senior Chandler Newton gave up just two hits in a complete-game, 12-2 victory in five innings on Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.

April 09, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Boys Athlete of the Week: Dawson County's Logan Burt

While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.

April 07, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County defense stops Trojans, 21-7

CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.

October 18, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville breezes past West Forsyth, 58-28

CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.

August 30, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Dawson County slips past East Hall, 29-27

Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.

August 23, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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