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Knights looking for a breakthrough

The Johnson High football program is itching to end a three-year span without a playoff appearance. With a team returning 13 starters and equipped with talented skill players, Johnson coach Paul Friel feels like the Knights can compete against traditional contenders Flowery Branch and Gainesville in Region 7B-AAA.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Will Trojans rebuild or reload?

As winners of three of the past four region titles, North Hall has been the standard bearer for recent success in Region 7-AAA. But the challenge to the Trojans this season will be to make it back to the state playoffs after losing 15 starters that carried the school to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dragons prepare for jump to Class AA

Jefferson coach Bill Navas is cautiously optimistic about his program's jump to the ranks of Class AA. This is the first season that the Dragons have played outside of Class A since 1987.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


New cadets could smooth transition for Eagles

There's no way that Riverside Military coach Chris Lancaster could start to predict what is going to happen with his program this season.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Wolves ready for a repeat

Most programs that win a state title would be in for a rebuilding season; especially ones with only four returning starters. But at Buford it's just a chance for 18 new starters to etch their names in the history of this program that has won four state titles since 2001.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


2008 brings changes for area football teams

Riverside Military Academy athletics director Scot Sloan is most excited about creating a 'Friday Night Lights' atmosphere. Eagles football coach Chris Lancaster just hopes his home crowd isn't dwarfed by the opposing fan base of traditional public schools.

The apprehension, good and bad, is all part of the anticipation of Riverside's move this season from the Georgia Independent Schools Association back into the mainstream Georgia High Schools Association.

August 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lady Trojans trounce East Hall

Megan Rogers was flawless for the North Hall softball team Thursday night. The Lady Trojans' pitcher recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two hits in an 8-0 victory against East Hall at the East Hall Park.

August 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep cross country teams ready for season

Flowery Branch boys cross country coach Jimmy Sorrells doesn't want to let a high preseason ranking get in the way of his team's ambition. The second-ranked Falcons, according to the gatfxc.com poll, feel like they have a team in place that can improve on last season's third place finish at the Class AAA state meet.

August 25, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans get back to The Brickyard

Friday's scrimmage at the Brickyard will be mostly used as a learning tool for North Hall football coach Bob Christmas. The Trojans coach liked the idea that he'll have plenty of quality film to evaluate against Class AAAAA's Roswell, which has been a top-tier Class AAAAA program in recent seasons, even though it did result in a 21-19 loss.

August 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former Chattahoochee Golf Course professional Don Williams passes away

"Don Williams was a pro in every sense of the word," Jack Carey said. "He loved golf, loved his church, loved to hunt and was a great friend."

August 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Georgia notebook: Six players up for hole left by Sturdivant

ATHENS - The University of Georgia is continuing its search for a new left tackle.

August 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Mongero aims to aid Czech baseball

North Hall High baseball coach Trent Mongero is on a mission to send a great big Christmas present to the Czech Republic. He's hoping to send huge packages loaded down with baseball and softball equipment to the people in Hluboka, where he recently visited on a 12-day trip to share his faith and love of baseball through an organization called Purpose Driven Baseball.

August 15, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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


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Ty McCormack excited for chance to run in World University Games

Ty McCormack knows his experience next month in South Korea will be like an official transition from college running greatness to his work as a business professional.

June 29, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


North Hall grad Paul Powers making strides in swimming career

Paul Powers was in for a surprise in February when he opened an email from Lindsay Mintenko, the USA Swimming National Team Managing Director. It was an opportunity that Powers, a North Hall High grad and University of Michigan freshman swimmer, didn't see coming.

June 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Community sports


Gainesville, Flowery Branch, North Hall to compete in preseason scrimmages at The Brickyard

Bob Christmas and Bruce Miller will get another chance to face off on opposing sidelines. This time around, however, it will come with much less on the line for their respective football programs.

June 22, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


White County grad Spencer Adams looking to improve every day in the minors

Spencer Adams is not going to let the projections of his talent interfere with his preparation. The first-year minor league right-handed pitcher for Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the White Sox organization said he's going to continue to show up to the ballpark every day with one goal in mind: What do I have to do to get better?

June 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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