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Local fans huddle together to cheer on US soccer in World Cup

Gerry Grogan was much like every other U.S. soccer fan enjoying the World Cup match against Belgium on Tuesday at the Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville.

July 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Five key stories to follow as Atlanta Falcons approach training camp

While the Atlanta Falcons have wrapped up mini-camp, training camp in Flowery Branch is just a month away. Hard to believe, right?

June 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Griffith, Smith representing Team Georgia in Heartland Baseball Classic

Andrew Smith and Sims Griffith are friends with the same expectations in the Heartland Baseball Classic, even though they will take very different roads once this week-long baseball showcase for some of the nation's top talent representing seven different states is complete in Oklahoma.

June 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Atlanta Falcons put on player development camp at East Hall

East Hall's Devin Watson didn't try to dial back his athletic brilliance, even though Monday's competition against Johnson was just the first of two days in the NFL High School Player Development Camp sponsored by the Atlanta Falcons at East Hall Stadium.

June 16, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Baseball Player of the Year: Gainesville's Michael Gettys

Michael Gettys changed the face of the Gainesville High baseball program.

June 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Baseball Coach of the Year: West Hall's Dustin Rennspies

No matter the situation, West Hall baseball coach Dustin Rennspies could always count on his bunch to compete vigorously this season.

June 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Summer passing camps a staple for high school football programs

Thursday night action for the Gainesville High football program is like a mini-season early in the summer.

June 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Girls Golfer of the Year: Dawson County's Madison Caldwell

Dawson County's Madison Caldwell did just as much worrying as she did playing golf on the day of the state championship meet.

June 07, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall grad Wright chasing MLB dreams in New Mexico desert

Josh Wright is finally finding a little time to get acclimated with his new surroundings in the desert of New Mexico.

June 02, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Staff sports picks


Maxwell named new football coach at Lumpkin County

Ty Maxwell didn't even have to think twice about becoming the new football coach at Lumpkin County when the opportunity arose.

May 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school football: Coaches have flexibility in structuring spring practice

Flowery Branch football coach Chris Griffin had to debate what was best for his program when it came to conducting spring drills this month, which is an opportunity for every school to hit the gridiron for a couple weeks to do some early evaluating of talent.

May 24, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford falls in deciding Game 3 to Cartersville, 7-5

BUFORD - Buford made one critical error early in the deciding third game of its state semifinal series against Cartersville, and it proved too much to overcome.

May 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High-profile pitching featured in area baseball quarterfinals

Preparing for a late-round playoff series requires a little creativity on a coach's part.

May 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch denied first baseball quarterfinals appearance with 6-0 loss to North Paulding

DALLAS – Flowery Branch suffered a breakdown in defensive communication when it could least afford one Thursday against North Paulding.

May 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville takes two from Sequoyah to sweep second-round series

There was no dispute as to which one of Brandon Sewell's home runs had a bigger impact Wednesday in Gainesville's two-game sweep of Sequoyah during the second-round playoff series at Ivey-Watson Field.

May 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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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


All-Area Soccer Coach of the Year: Johnson's Brian Shirley

Winning has become the expectation for Johnson boys soccer coach Brian Shirley, even though it's a yearly grind to make it deep into the postseason.

July 12, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's Mallard qualifies for Junior National Olympics in pole vault

Everything really fell into place in a hurry for Hunter Mallard when he started to learn the ropes of the pole vault. As a freshman in 2014 at Gainesville High, he noticed it took strength, speed and lots of technique to master it appropriately. Now, less than a year after first trying his hand at this most complex event, he's going for a national title.

July 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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