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Jeff Francoer: 1st round pick of the Braves
Jeff Francoer: 1st round pick of the Braves

Posted Dec 3, 2002

There aren’t many high schools as dominant in high school athletics than this Southern power, which has fielded state champs in 10 sports. Several alums have played in the NFL, pro soccer and baseball including Jeff Francoer, a two-sport star last year who frequently is seen on his alma mater's campus.

Lilburn, Georgia

When it opened: 1977

Enrollment: 2,620

Nickname: Panthers

Mascot: Panther

School Colors: Orange, Blue and White

Did You Know? Parkview is a public school in the suburban Atlanta community of Lilburn. The school has an average SAT score of 1087 and over 93 percent of the senior class continues their education beyond high school… After winning the state championship in football in 1997, the team photo appeared on the “Team Cheerios” box… A bottle produced by the Coca Cola company also commemorated this event… Coca Cola also commemorated the Panther soccer team’s state championships on another bottle produced in ’99.

Athletic highlights (in school history): The Panthers have been famous for winning state championships in the largest classification in Georgia since the early ‘80’s… Baseball: ’96, ’01, ’02… Competition cheerleading: ’98… Boys cross country: ’84, ’85, ’87, ’90, ’93… Girls cross country: ’88… Football: ’97, ’00, ’01… Boys soccer: ’93, ’94, ’97, ’98, ’01… Girls soccer: ’97, ’99… Boys swimming: ’95, ’98, ’00, ’01, ’02…. Girls swimming: ’97, ’98… Girls tennis: ’80.

Other highlights include a current 42 game winning streak over the past three years in football (the state record is 44). The football team is currently 13-0 and ranked No. 2 nationally by The Panthers face Northside-Warner Robins this week in the quarterfinals, a rematch of last season’s state finals.

From 1993 to 1995, the boys soccer team was unbeaten in 57 straight games, which tied a state record. The team has been ranked in the national Top 20 eight times since ’92 with the highest being No. 2 in ’98. The girls soccer team has been ranked nationally three times since ’97.

The baseball team was also ranked No. 2 nationally last year after winning back-to-back state championships.

Current Top Athletes: In football this year, County Region Awards have just been given to the following players: Sean Dawkins (Linebacker of the Year); Joey Sturdivant (Athlete of the Year); Tim Gustafson (Defensive Back of the Year, committed to Georgia Tech); Brandon Pilgrim (Offensive Lineman of the Year, committed to Clemson); Zeb McKinzie (Defensive Lineman of the Year, committed to Georgia).

In addition, Greg Sudderth (DB), Todd Brooks (DL), David Overmeyer (OL), and Brad Lester (RB) also were named to the Region All-Star team.

Famous former athletes:
Football: Matt Stinchcomb (Oakland Raiders); Ansley Battles (Jacksonville Jaguars); Mark Thomas (former Carolina Panther and Indianapolis Colt); Brett Conway (former kicker for Washington Redskin); Seth Marler (currently playing for Tulane, won Lou Groza Award last year as a junior); Greg Johnson (currently playing for Vanderbilt, is leading the SEC and is fourth nationally in punting average); Jon Stinchcomb (currently a senior at Georgia, is an All-American and is expected to be a high draft choice this year); Buster Faulkner (Currently at Valdosta State, leading Div. I-AA in passing with over 2,800 yards)…

Soccer: Josh Wolff (Chicago Fire forward who played in Korea and Japan this summer for the U.S. in the World Cup); Jason Moore (played for D.C. United, Colorado and Chicago Fire)…

Swimming: Ashley Daly (ranked in the top 50 in the world rankings); Eric Shanteau (ranked in the top 20 in the world rankings)…

Baseball: Jeff Francoer (1st round pick of the Atlanta Braves, he signed for more than any previous player in Braves history. He was sent to Danville, Va., to start and his career and after playing in only 39 games was chosen as the MVP on his team. Francoer was selected as the high school Defensive Back of the Year in Georgia last fall and then was picked as the National Baseball Player of the Year last spring and subsequently received a scholarship to play football and baseball at Clemson); Clint Sammons (Dodgers, ’01); Jeff Keppinger (Pirates, ’01); Brad Bouras (Cubs, ’01); Billy Keppinger (Twins, ’99); Scott Murphy (Marlins, ’98); Matt Wade (Indians, ’98); Ryan Ledden (Devil Rays, ’96); Reid Hodges (White Sox, ’96); Jimbo Poyner (Giants, ’92); Mike Thees (A’s, ’91); Dustin Longnecker (Braves, ’90); Kendal Rhine (Mets, ’89, Astros, ’92); Steve Green (Dodgers, ’87); Stan Scarbrough (Braves, ’86).

What Athletic Director Karl Bostick says:
“Parkview is a great school to be an athletic director because:
1) the administration believes that athletics and academics cannot only co-exist, but can also nurture each other,
2) the school possesses a tremendous, professional coaching staff that is able to instill pride in athletes as well as pride for the school,
3) the community cares and supports the school by rolling up their sleeves and doing whatever needs to be done,
4) the student-athletes are willing to sacrifice personal free time so that team goals can be achieved.

What Principal Dale Robbins says:
“Parkview exhibits ‘excellence without arrogance.’ The school has a tradition of academic and sports excellence even predating the football success story. Last year, the average SAT score for Parkview jumped 21 points to 1087 with 90 percent of the school’s seniors taking the SAT. The football success fed off already-established traditions of excellence at Parkview. Both elements of school life are nurtured by highly involved parents and overflow crowds are common at meetings of both the PTSA and the athletic booster clubs.”

Hot topic on campus: football playoffs

Heard on the CD players: not allowed in school

Seen around school: Jeff Francoer

Things to do on the weekend: “Everything is possible living in a suburb of a large city.”--- A.D. Karl Bostick

Landmarks nearby: Stone Mountain; downtown Atlanta

School website address:

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