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Prep basketball: Lions earn historic playoff win

GAINESVILLE - Lakeview Academy's boys basketball team is making plans for something totally revolutionary after Friday's 80-62 first round playoff win against Bremen: A second round playoff game.

March 05, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Falcons prepare for first-round playoff game on Friday

Flowery Branch boys basketball coach Todd Cottrell purposely retreated off to the side as the Falcons (24-3) went to work on Wednesday practicing for Friday's Class AAA state playoff game against Southside (18-9).

March 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Falcons win region title in OT

GAINESVILLE - Flowery Branch's contingent wanted to be able to soak it all in.

February 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep wrestling: State tourney berths on the line today

ELLIJAY - Micah Mills didn't come away with a trophy for the two pins he recorded in the opening day of the Area 7-AAA traditional wrestling meet on Friday in Ellijay. And this Johnson High senior's strong performance at 189 pounds hasn't qualified him yet for next weekend's state finals at the Gwinnett Arena.

February 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Lady Red Elephants win region title

GAINESVILLE - Gainesville High's lone senior Abby Musselwhite was prepared to play in Saturday night's Region 7-AAA title game as part of a program that has played for the region crown the past 12 seasons in a row.

February 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Area teams begin battle for region supremacy tonight

East Hall's boys basketball team is used to the stakes getting progressively higher this time of the year. This is the point in the season when the next game is always most important for the Vikings (21-5).

February 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Gainesville gets past Trojans, going to state

CUMMING - Jerry Davis' coaching career isn't over yet.

February 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: Vikings seal subregion

GAINESVILLE - The East Hall boys had a clear decision to make Friday night.

February 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


East Hall, Chestatee to battle for subregion

GAINESVILLE - East Hall boys basketball coach Joe Dix knows exactly what is at stake when the Vikings (18-5, 8-1 Region 7A-AAA) visit Chestatee tonight. The Vikings coach goes as far as agreeing this is their most important game of the season as region seeds still hang in the balance for next week's Region 7-AAA tournament.

February 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: Shaw ready for the challenge at Tech

Jaybo Shaw's motivational tools were never far away during his prolific high school football career at Flowery Branch.

The Falcons' four-year starting quarterback always saw his reason to succeed right in his locker.

February 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: Numerous local athletes expected to sign letters of intent

Today's the day when the top high school football prospects put the pen to paper and sign their letter of intent to play college football. National signing day makes all those flimsy verbal commitments finally the real thing.

February 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


National Signing Day: Local Indiana recruit is heir to African ruler

Gainesville High senior Tyler Adetona always knew his family background was quite unique, but a trip to Texas for a family funeral last summer made everything much more vivid.

February 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Athlete of the Week: Lumpkin County junior hits milestone

Ashley Brown was the last to know what was about to happen. But she was the first to show her excitement.

February 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Wells picks Ohio State

Keith Wells has decided where he is going to take his football game to the next level, and this time he isn't going to change his mind. Gainesville High's highly recruited defensive end prospect decided to verbally commit to Ohio State on Monday and will sign with the Buckeyes Wednesday on national signing day.

February 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Falcon fans welcome Birds back to the Branch

James Fox and his family of five were like many others who arrived early Friday for the first day of Atlanta Falcons training camp.

July 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Local


Coker remembered for character, strength

To those who knew him, Keaton Coker was a face and voice of strength through tremendous adversity.

July 17, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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