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Georgia HS Playoffs: Rd. 3 Previews and Predictions

ATLANTA -- 11Alive takes a look at Georgia's high school playoff games and their predicted outcomes with Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net and Massey Matchups.

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Turkey Bowl: Doppler vs. Mandy

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- It was a slobberknocker at Turkey Bowl 2010 as Doppler the Weather Dog took on his sister Mandy in the frozen tundra of North Fulton.

The grudge match pitted brother against sister, and things turned ugly at the end. A defensive clobberfest, the contest  ended in a 0-0 tie. Clearly football was not the main course of the day.

There is probably a golden receiver joke in there somewhere, but who has the time?

Video courtesy of Parker Ossmann

Game of the Week Nominees: Playoffs Rd. Three

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Round Three of the Georgia high school football playoffs kick off this Friday and there are some great matchups, including 11Alive and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week between Dutchtown and Chattahoochee.

The 11-1 Bulldogs travel to play undefeated Chattahoochee. On paper, this matchup will be a battle of top-notch offense and top-notch defense.

Dutchtown's defense has not allowed a point this postseason and has notched five shutouts throughout the year. They have yet to give up more than 14 points per game. Comparatively, Chattahoochee has not scored less than 31 points in a game this season.

On offense, Dutchtown has yet to score a touchdown in either of their first two playoff games; all 18 of their points have come off of the foot of kicker Ryan Kay. Last week, Dutchtown beat Glynn Academy 3-0.

What Time Should School Zone Warning Lights Activate?

In Alpharetta, the school zone warning lights come on at 7:40 A.M., but doors open for students at 7:30. Should activation of the flashers start before the doors open? One concerned parent says yes.

Black Friday Expert's Favorite Picks

Alpharetta resident Ellen Feldman is carefully planning her Black Friday shopping trip. 

"Walmart first, then Target second,  we may go to Best Buy and I want to hit Staples," she said.

Feldman shops the Black Friday sales every year,  right after cleaning up from Thanksgiving dinner.   "It's a family thing;  my daughter comes home from Vanderbilt and  we stay up all night," she said.

Feldman prints out the adscans she find on fbads.net and circles the items she's interested in, then plans her strategy. "I don't go to the stores where people bring lawn chairs and sit outside all night; no deal is worth that," she said.

Instead, Feldman, her daughter, brother, sister in law, neice and nephew go to Walmart first. 

Milton's Scott Among Country's Top Point Guards

By Jim Halley, USA TODAY

ALPHARETTA, GA -- Shannon Scott might not be the top scorer for Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.), the No. 1 team in the USA TODAY Super 25 preseason boys basketball rankings, but he's the Eagles' most irreplaceable player.

As the team's senior point guard, the Ohio State signee has played so many minutes the past few years that Milton coach David Boyd worries about who will replace him next year. Scott is the son of former NBA player Charlie Scott.

"Shannon is just an unselfish player - he's not that concerned with scoring," Boyd says. "It's funny, because his dad (20.7 points a game in 10 pro seasons) never saw a shot he didn't like."

Lighthouse Retreats Aid Cancer Families

Atlanta- - It is a remarkable idea that helped more than 700 families families deal with childhood cancer.

The Lighthouse Family Retreat founded in 1999 serves children with cancer and their families at Seaside and other beaches along 30-A.

Lighthouse has a simple directive helping kids and their parents to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in spirituality.

The 2010 Patron's of Hope Dinner was held inside the Doubletree Buckhead-Atlanta Hotel.

Entertainer Jeff Foxworthy was among those in attendance.

The event also recognized the efforts of Atlanta businessman Charles Renfroe who has been a driving force behind the organization.

Each retreat is comprised of approximately 12 retreat families and 30 volunteers who serve the families by cooking, cleaning and taking care of daily responsibilities so that the retreat families can focus on having fun together.