UNG Basketball at Clayton State Postponed

University of North Georgia
DAHLONEGA – Due to the inclement weather in North Georgia, the University of North Georgia and Clayton State, in conjunction with the Peach Belt Conference, have postponed today’s scheduled basketball doubleheader in Morrow, Georgia, and tentatively rescheduled the games to Monday, January 29.

Because of the cancellation, the next game for the Nighthawks will be on Saturday, January 20, against Georgia College as the fourth game in a row in Memorial Hall. Tip off for the women is set for 1:30 p.m., while the men’s game will start at approximately 3:30 p.m.

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White County releases approved 2018 football schedule

Schedules, Sports, White County High School

The White County Warriors had an impressive 2017 football season. Coming off an abismal 1-9 season in 2016, the Warriors came out swinging and scored some big wins early in 2017; defeating Franklin (33-0), Lumpkin (66-14) and Habersham Central (24-21) before dropping a tough loss to Rabun County (49-26).

The Warriors came back the following week and knocked down North Hall (28-18), who’s only other loss to a AAAA power came in the final seconds against Pickens County (42-35) where the Trojans marched down the field and came up just short as time expired.

In 2018, the Warriors will once again have an exciting schedule to kick off the season, and there’s no doubt they’ll be looking to duplicate and even improve upon their 7-4, 2-2 season from last year.

With games at Lumpkin County and then home against Habersham Central, the Warriors kick the season off much like they did in 2017.  However, put a big red circle around the Sept 7 game at Pickens County, where PHS head coach Chris Parker is likely reloading rather than rebuilding this season.  The game pits two quality AAAA programs against each other in non-region play, with White representing Region 7-AAAA and Pickens representing Region 6-AAAA.  Both teams were eliminated early in post-season play last year, but both teams proved to be fearsome opponents on the gridiron regardless of home/away.

After the Pickens game, the Warriors schedule doesn’t let up.

The Warriors enjoyed a 10-pt victory over North Hall last season, but the Trojans played much better football as the season continued, and was the #TeamFYNSports Most Improved Team in Region 7-AAA last season.  The Warriors will look to defeat the Trojans (9/14), before taking the drive over to Marist for their first game in region play.  Marist, as the whole world is aware, is the defending region champion in Region 6.  What’s interesting about Marist is although they won their region, defeating rival Blessed Trinity 25-24 early in the season.  Two months later, the two teams met again in the State Championship and Blessed Trinity defeated the War Eagles 16-7.  Undoubtedly, Marist will look to return to the final in 2018, but they will have to go through White County first.

Perhaps the best part of the Warriors’ schedule this year is the break between facing Marist (9/21) and Blessed Trinity (11/2), although the Warriors will need to defeat Flowery Branch, West Hall, Denmark and Chestatee during the interim.

How will the 2018 season fare for the Warriors of White County?  It’s too early to tell.  Rest assured the team will be preparing accordingly and TeamFYNSports looks forward to reporting on the 2018 season from the sidelines this fall.

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Union County handles business, defeats Lumpkin varsity teams

Sports, Union County High School

Friday Jan 4, the Panthers faced off in a region matchup against the Lumpkin County Indians. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 7pm, the Lady Panthers got off to a hot start, taking a 12-3 lead as the first quarter came to a close.

The Lady Panthers continued to impress in the second quarter, led by sophomore center Kait Mccarter.  Mccarter nearly had a double-double in the first half, with 10 points scored and eight boards collected before the end of the first two quarters of play.

After halftime, the Lady Panthers showed no signs of letting up.  They went on a 10-3 run to end the third quarter with a score of 34-19 going into the fourth, a somewhat comfortable 15-pt lead.

The fourth quarter was a duplication of the previous three, demonstrated with an 11-2 run by the Lady Panthers, who at one point led by as many as 24.

The Lady Panthers top scorers were senior guard Bailey Daniel who had 19 (she is 7 points away from 1000!) and sophomore forward Kait Mccarter with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

The Lady Panthers improve to 10-4 and 3-1 in 7-AAA.  The next game will be Saturday, Jan 5, at Andrews (NC) at 5:30pm.

Varsity boys dominate in 76-54 win over Lumpkin County
The Panthers followed the Lady Panthers, tipping off at 8:30pm Friday night.
The varsity boys got off to a hot start, with starting forward Sawyer Drake scoring 12 straight points to put Union County up 23-17 after the first quarter of regulation.
Early in the second, however, tragedy struck as the super sophomore was forced to limp off the court in pain.  Preliminary reports speculate Drake suffered a torn meniscus, an injury that would certainly leave some large shoes to fill for the Panthers.
As the team regrouped, they continued to keep the momentum in their favor and led by as many as 17 in before heading to the locker room at halftime, leading by 13, 40-27.
The third quarter was much of the same, as the Panthers came out and went back to work.  They managed the ball well offensively, avoided unnecessary fouls,  and continued to apply pressure defensively; extending their lead at the end of the third by a score of 64-39. A large part of that effort offensively came from senior forward Crawford Colwell, who had produced 21 points going into the final quarter of play.
Union (12-2, 3-1) finished the game with a final score of 76-54. They traveled to Andrews (NC) on Saturday, full story to follow.
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Union County takes 3rd in Battle of the States

Sports, Union County High School

Friday Dec. 29, the panthers looked to finish off day 3 of the Battle of the States tournament. Both teams were 1-1 and were playing for 3rd place. Both were playing towns. The lady panthers dominated all assets of the game.

The lady Indians were missing star freshman forward Kennedi Henson and the lady panthers capitalized early and often as the panthers out rebounded the lady Indians 16-6 in the first half. The score was 13-8 at the end of Q1.

The lead grew of the course of Q2 at the half the score was 24-13 as sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey led the team with 8 points. At the end of Q3 38-22. Union ended the game with a final score of 52-33 at sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey had 16 and senior guard Bailey Daniel had 14.

Union out rebounded the lady Indians 28-12 as The lady panthers finished 3 and had one all tournament selection which was Bailey Daniel. The lady panthers are currently ranked 11th in AAA and host the #14 lady Vikings Jan. 2nd @ 6.

The panthers also faced towns county both teams 1-1 and playing for 3rd place. Towns was out star center Logan Cowart and Union capitalized off of the low post weakness.
Union got off to a hot start and never let down.
UC led 23-12 at the end of Q1 as senior Patrick Bagget hit a buzzer beating 3 to extend the lead. Union was hot from beyond the arc in the first half as union had 11 3 pointers in the first half. Led by sophomore guard Pierson Allison.
Pierson went 5-5 in the first half from beyond the Arc. Senior Cole Davis also hit a 3 at the buzzer to extend the halftime lead 54-25. Union also led 68-42 at the end of Q3. The final score was 82-59 as UC improves to 11-1.
Union hosts the #12 in AAA East Hall on Jan. 2nd. @7:30.

Battle of the States: 1st Round Recap

Sports, Towns County High School

The 24th Annual Battle of the States Christmas Tournament kicked off in Hiawassee, Georgia on Wednesday, Dec 27. The tournament consists of eight boys and eight girls teams, who represent GA, NC, TN, and AL.  There will be eight games a day for all three days of the tournament.

Here are the the first day results from the girls’ side of the bracket:

In the 10am game, Murphy NC beat Lumpkin County Girls by a score of 76-55. Post, Jessica Beckner led the Lady Bulldogs with 24 pts. Lumpkin was led in scoring by Makenzie Pulley, who had 19 pts.

In the 1pm game, Hokes Bluff, Alabama defeated Polk County, TN by a score of 32 – 23. Amanda Noah led Hokes Bluff with 21 pts. Nikki Ball led Polk County with 11 pts.

In the 4pm game, Union County defeated Darlington Academy in a close fought contest.  Union pulled out a 54-52 victory as Darlington missed a game-tying field goal as time expired. Adeline Mockery paced the Lady Panthers with 22 pts. Caroline Dingler led Darlington with 21 pts.

In the 7pm tilt, the Towns County Lady Indians defeated rival, Hayesville, NC by a score of 52-42. Towns County kept the lead the whole first half, taking a 22-19 lead into intermission. The two teams were tied at 26 before Towns County’s press stretched the lead to 43-30 at the end of the third. Towns closed the game with a 10pt victory. Freshman, Kennedi Henson led Towns with 16. Junior, Taylor Cornett gave 9 pts, with a trifecta of long distance shots. Senior Madison McClure had 8 pts, hitting four crucial free throws in the game’s final minutes. Hayesville was led in scoring by Junior, Savanna Annis with 18 pts. Hailea Rickett finished with 17 pts.

Day Two of the Battle of States tournament will feature 4 girls and 4 boys games through the whole day of Thursday, December 28th. The tournament will conclude on Friday, December 29th with 8 more games to determine Battle of the States’ Champions, as well as 2nd through 5th place for Boys and Girls.

Day 2 Schedule (Thursday, Dec. 28)

10 am – Lumpkin County vs Darlington Academy (Girls)

11:30- Piedmont, AL vs Lumpkin County (Boys)

1:00 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Girls)

2:30 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Boys)

4:00 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Girls)

5:30 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Boys)

7:00 – Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Girls)

8:30 –  Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Boys)

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Lady Bulldogs 76, Lumpkin Co 55

Murphy Bulldogs, Murphy High, Sports, Team FYN Sports

The Murphy Lady Bulldogs can play, folks.  They opened the Battle of the States tournament at Towns County High School against a quality opponent, the Lumpkin County Lady Indians.  Lumpkin (4-4, 1-1) was coming off a big 51-24 win at home against Mt Zion, after a tough 2-pt loss at Gilmer.  Lumpkin’s biggest win of the season so far was against region rival Dawson County (46-39).  The fact of the matter is – Lumpkin County is no push-over.

All that being said, Murphy’s varsity girls (6-1, 1-0) may carry the most talented roster TeamFYNSports has seen step onto a basketball court.

Nine different Lady Dawgs scored in the game, as Murphy head coach Ray Gutierrez worked to spread the playing time among his elite corps of hoopsters.  Murphy senior Jessica Beckner was easily the TeamFYNSports player of the game, as she scored 24 points with 9 field goals and she went 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

Junior Ellie Martin, one of three Lady Dawgs to hit shots from beyond the perimeter, was the second-leading scorer with 12 points, two of her baskets coming from outside the arch.

Juniors Aubrey Clapsaddle and Bri Moore each scored 8 points in the game, followed by sophomore Sydni Addison and senior Hailey Thompson with 7 points each.  Freshman Kaiya Pickens scored 6 points in the game.  Senior Brittin Johnson and  freshman Sarah Pulliam each scored 2 points for Murphy, respectively.

The first quarter was all Murphy – scoring 21 points and holding Lumpkin to only two points of offense, both points coming by way of free throws made by Raven Chester of the Lady Indians.  With a 21-2 first quarter, most expected this game to be over before it even began.

However, the Lady Indians’ offense came alive in the 2nd quarter, ignited behind the effort by Karlee Armstrong, who hit two 3’s and a field goal to put up 8 of Lumpkin’s 18 points.  Makenzie Caldwell hit a three-pointer and Clara White put up six points in the effort as Lumpkin fought to challenge Murphy’s dominant start.

Murphy’s offense was as consistent and accurate in the 2nd as it was in the 1st quarter, despite the offensive push-back by Lumpkin County.  The Lady Dawgs put up 21 points (again) and led 42-20 going into the locker room at halftime.

Throughout the second half, both teams saw surges in which Murphy would increase their lead, followed by Lumpkin patiently chopping away at it.  Ultimately, the margin would prove too great for the Lady Indians to overcome.

Murphy won the game by a final score of 76-55, advancing to face Union County in the second round, Thursday afternoon.  Lumpkin’s varsity girls moved to the other side of the bracket, facing Darlington (GA) Thursday morning.

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Darrah, Blankinship Post Career High Numbers in 82-54 Win

University of North Georgia
12/2/2017 | Women’s Basketball | Box Score
DAHLONEGA – Behind Mackenzie Darrah’s and Deana Blankinship’s big games, the University of North Georgia women’s basketball team opened Peach Belt Conference play with a resounding 82-54 win over Francis Marion Saturday afternoon in Memorial Hall.

Darrah netted 21 points, matching her career high set against Erskine last season, while Blankinship contributed 19 points, surpassing her career high of 18 points.

UNG never trailed in the contest, hitting the first basket of the game. The game was tied just once at 8-8, but UNG retook the lead moments later, extending it to as many as 32 points late.

NOTES
– The 29-point first quarter was the most points in a single quarter this season, overtaking the three 28-point quarters that UNG has had so far this season.

– The Nighthawks shot over 57 percent from the field. Amber Skidgel and Julianne Sutton both finished in double figures, scoring 13 and 11, respectively.

– North Georgia assisted on 19 of its 32 made field goals.

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The Nighthawks have a short turnaround as they travel to Fort Valley State on Monday night. Tip time is set for 6 p.m.

Short Takes – The Ugly Americans

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I could start out I suppose with some screed about the disappearing Al Franken(stein) but he’s done so much damage to himself and his party that little more need be said. Just keep it in mind that Al Franken is a really creepy fellow. My lasting image of him was his role in the movie Trading Places mocking a caged gorilla. I can’t get that image out of my mind and listening to big Al, now a humorless US Senator from Minnesota, interrogate Trump appointees as a member of the Senate Judiciary committee, I’m not convinced at all that the real gorilla truly didn’t get released back into the African wild. Enough on Al.

President Trump has just returned from his first presidential tour in the Far East. His reception by the Chinese was triumphal yet marred in the eyes of Trumps Chinese hosts by the ugly American incident that embarrassed President Trump, and should have embarrassed all American’s.

It seems that the UCLA Basketball team was on a tour playing against teams in the Chinese People’s Republic, when three of UCLA’s sterling members, Americans of African descent as it turns out, brought shame and embarrassment to President Trump and disgrace to themselves, and our nation, by assuming they were in their neighborhood corner convenience store where they could freely help themselves to pairs of sunglasses without paying for them. It’s called shoplifting or petty theft but, it’s still a crime. Could get you killed in Ferguson, Mo.

While the ‘brothers’ may look upon such actions here in America as their rightful due because their ancestors were once slaves, the Chinese look upon such social trivialities with different eyes. Ten years in a Chinese prison can be no picnic and, except for the incidental presence of an embarrassed President Trump, that’s exactly where they would have been, for a long, long time and nobody would be crying racism because nobody would care.

To their good fortune, President Trump sprung them from their worst possible nightmare of actually being enslaved as prisoners of the Chinese State. He got them home safe into the embrace of their communities where such behavior is apparently expected and alas, accepted. The three, their eyes cast down to the printed words provided to them mumbled, without contrition, their appreciation to President Trump for their salvation yet, not one word of apology was expressed to the American people for shaming our country by their feckless behavior.

People like these three are not really Americans because they have no pride and no shame. And, except for the fact they were born here, they are really just US citizens in name only, of no value to American prosperity or advancement and should be considered as such.

The three miscreants have passports and therefore, as individuals, should be allowed to come and go to foreign countries as they wish, but never, never, ever should they be allowed to go abroad again as members of any organized sports team, debate society, or anthropological research team, representing America. We have enough problems with our own government perverts stalking storm ravaged Caribbean Islands looking for poor children to molest and groping women in corporate work places to add these guys to our burden.

One big problem for America is that we have lost our morality on an individual basis. We truly believe that all (Americans) are equal yet we send forth goodwill ambassadors, passionate exponents for their sports, mostly, and they become the ugly Americans. What’s to be done?

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (18Nov17).

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