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Flowery Branch tabs assistant to take over girls hoops

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch High athletic director Shannon Benton was looking for a girls basketball coach that would instill a hard-nosed work ethic to the program. He feels like he found the right candidate in former assistant coach Hazel Hall, who was announced as the new Lady Falcons coach on Wednesday.

April 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dedicated to the Dream

Korentheus Bailey will finally be able to exhale when he leaves his home in Lula on May 31 to attend Western Kentucky University on a football scholarship. Only then will this former standout for the East Hall High football team be able to put the struggles he's endured in the past year to rest.

April 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Jefferson takes control of region

It only took five games in the Region 8-A schedule for the Jefferson High baseball team to become the clear front runners.

April 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Former Masters champion Aaron’s exhibit opens at history center

Tommy Aaron's memories of his win at the 1973 Masters are just as vivid now as the day it happened. His run at Augusta National was a weekend of sensory overload for this Gainesville native and it resulted in his only win at a PGA major in his career.

April 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Sports


Times 2008 Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Chestatee's Parker Smith

Parker Smith sure knows how to ruin a good surprise.

April 02, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Eight-run fourth leads to Falcons win

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Jimmy Lawler saw immediate results from changes to his lineup on Friday night.

April 01, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Trojans recover from loss with drubbing of East Hall

GAINESVILLE - The best thing North Hall's baseball team has going right now is a short memory.

The Trojans (6-2, 3-1 Region 7-AAA) promptly rebounded from Monday's 13-0 loss to Gainesville, with a 10-0 shutout of East Hall on Thursday night at the East Hall Park.

March 31, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Gainesville thumps North Hall, 13-0

GAINESVILLE - It would be entirely appropriate to say that Gainesville High's baseball team is in the midst of a playoff caliber stretch of the Region 7-AAA schedule. The Red Elephants drew the luck of the draw having to play all three fellow playoff qualifiers from last season - Flowery Branch, North Hall and Lumpkin County - consecutively.

March 29, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Henry leads Falcons over Gainesville

GAINESVILLE - The baseball season is still young, but Flowery Branch High is certainly asserting itself as a contender early on.

The Falcons (6-0, 2-0 Region 7-AAA) won at Ivey-Watson Field for only the second time in school history with a 5-1 victory over Gainesville on Friday night. The last time Flowery Branch won at Ivey-Watson was during its region championship run in 2005.

March 26, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Bennett blasts three home runs in win

OAKWOOD - Gainesville High's baseball team could just as easily have been called Bennett's Bombers on Wednesday night.

March 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep golf: Johnson boys, Gainesville girls hold lead in county championships

FLOWERY BRANCH - Anyone looking for a champion to be crowned during the opening day of the Hall County championships will have to wait another day. It's very close with individual and team titles still completely up for grabs in the two-day, 18-hole event that began on Monday at Royal Lakes in South Hall.

March 21, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Times 2008 Wrestler of the Year: West Hall's Colby Yates

Colby Yates never cuts himself any slack. The pursuit of perfection always makes him work to get better.

March 19, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville grad gets head coaching job at Berkmar

As a third grader at Enota Elementary, John Thompson says he spelled out three life goals in a paper: play football for legendary Gainesville High coach Bobby Gruhn, play football at Georgia, and become a head coach.

March 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep baseball: Flowery Branch's Henry tosses no-hitter

Flowery Branch senior pitcher Patrick Henry was in a zone on Thursday night in the Flowery Branch Invitational.

March 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prep basketball: East Hall's senior class has something to prove

GAINESVILLE - East Hall's senior class is quite comfortable in its own skin.

March 11, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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New GHSA rule makes football coaches cautious of time management in practice

Coaching high school football has made mastery of time management a must.

August 03, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch grad Jonathan Hughes opts for Georgia Tech over pro baseball deal

Delaying the start of his professional baseball career is a decision which Jonathan Hughes is completely comfortable with.

July 27, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Gainesville's Hunter Mallard enjoying high-flying success at pole vault

Hunter Mallard is talented and blessed - two great things going for the rising star in the pole vault from Gainesville High.

July 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's Harper Seymour goes out a state champion in discus

Harper Seymour had a habit of saving her best for last.

July 25, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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