UNG softball opens with 7-1 win over Southern Wesleyan

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, junior, Marley Stowers, hit a grand slam over the left field wall, pushing No.3 UNG softball team to a 7-1 win over Southern Wesleyan Friday afternoon.

Marley Stowers (Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics)

Kaylyn Anthony scored the game’s first run on a SWU error in the first inning of the opening game of the Cottrell Foundation Loyal Blue Classic. After loading the bases, the Nighthawks got Stowers up to bat and, with a full count, she put the softball well out of the park to push the lead to 5-0.

Kaylyn Anthony (Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics)

Anthony struck an RBI single in the fourth inning before Katelyn Perry tacked on another run ins the sixth on an RBI single. The Warriors pushed a run across in the top of the seventh to bring the game to its final score.

 

 

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UNG men’s basketball falls to Young Harris

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the UNG men’s basketball team suffered an upset against Young Harris Wednesday, despite UNG sophomore, Jack Howard, reaching a career high of 23 points.

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

 

The Nighthawks started with a 16-3 lead, but the Mountain Lions managed to gain a four-point lead by the end of the first half. Young Harris came out of the half with a strong guard of the three-point line. UNG hit 14 of 34 three-point attempts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LCHS Academic Team to compete on local student quiz show

Community, Lumpkin County High School

DAHLONEGA, GA

The Lumpkin County High School academic team will compete in their second High-Q appearance on, Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

High-Q is a popular local student quiz show that is broadcast throughout the United States. Various local high school teams earn the chance to compete on the show, by answering questions based on high school subjects. According to the LCHS Facebook page, the academic team was also recognized in December, by City of Dahlonega Mayor, Sam Norton, and the City Council, for, “Tremendous leadership and accomplishments so far this year.”

LCHS will compete on student quiz show, High-Q

Aaron Hopper, LCHS teacher and Academic Team coach, explained to FYN that they apply each year to be on High-Q, which is an honor to earn since they have a limited number of slots. Hopper also explained, “We were invited this year to play Griffin High School in the first round. Since because we beat Griffin, we will go to the next round, which is today against Northview High School in Fulton County.” He also added, “We’re really excited to going to the next round and we are ready to compete, and I have full confidence in the team to the best job that they can!”

LCHS principle, Billy Kirk, also expressed his support, “Our Academic team continues to surpass expectations each opportunity they get to compete. Mr. Hopper does an unbelievable job preparing his team for the rigorous academic challenges and  represents LCHS and our community in a tremendous way. I get excited when we get to compete on a state stage such as High Q and go toe to toe with schools much larger than us and win. We are looking forward to our next round of competition to show the state what our team has to offer.”

Lumpkin County School System Superintendent, Dr. Rob Brown, told FYN, “We are extremely proud of our LCHS Academic Team! They have represented us very well all season and they were outstanding against Griffin on High-Q. Regardless of the outcome in the next round of High-Q, we are confident that Mr. Hopper will have our team well prepared and they will make Lumpkin County Schools proud!”

The show will air March 2, 2019 on WSB-TV Channel 2.

UNG shuts out California (PA) IN NFCA Leadoff Classic Finale

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG junior, Bria Bush, shutout 4.1 innings of softball as the No. 3 UNG team finished of the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 6-0 win over the California University of Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

UNG landed three runs during the third inning. UNG freshman, Hobby Gregory, scored before teammate, Alishia Frierson, plated Kaylee Womack on an RBI single, just two pitches later, putting UNG up 2-0.

Womack brought home another run in the fifth, plating sophomore, Kaylin Anthony, on a sacrifice fly that took the lead to 4-0. Freshman, Olivia Sinquefield, was responsible for the final two runs of the game, tripling in the sixth to score Kelly Kahlert, scoring herself on a Vulcan error.
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UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

UNG Baseball

 

LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG sophomore, Nick Clarno, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after Clarno hit a homerun all three games against Palm Beach Atlantic. 

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics


Clarno his .455 against Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, driving in six runs as the Nighthawks ran their record to 6-0. Clarno had a 1.364 batting percentage, and he opened with a solo shot in the first game before going for 2-for-4 in the second and third games. He also added a double during the finale, scoring a total of four runs and striking out only once in 11 at-bats. 

Clarno leads the PBC in slugging percentage, is tied for second in home runs and is seventh in total bases. This is his first weekly honor of his career.

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Smith named PBC pitcher of the week

University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN, GA

University of North Georgia softball player, Kylee Smith, has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week. The conference announced their consideration on Tuesday afternoon. 

Smith was 2-0 in three NFCA Leadoff Classic appearances, allowing just two hits in 13.2 innings, with a total of 24 strikeouts. She also picked up her first win against No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne University, going all seven innings with two hits allowed and one walk while striking out 15.

The UNG sophomore pitched five, no-hit innings, landing a 6-3 win over Hillsdale. Overall, Smith struck out six, before pitching 1.2 innings of relief against California University of Pennsylvania, where she struck out three with no hits nor walks allowed. Smith is currently tied for the league lead in wins and is second in strikeouts. 

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UNG women’s basketball sophomore named Player of the Week

University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia women’s basketball sophomore, Julianne Sutton, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week Monday afternoon.

In two games, Sutton averaged 19.5 points and 16.0 rebounds while shooting a 69% from the field. Sutton also scored 14 with 16 rebounds agains Lander, scoring 25 with another 16 against Georgia Southwestern.

Sutton is currently fifth in the PBC in rebounding, second in blocks, third in field goal percentage and 12th in scoring.

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UNG President visits LC Library to discuss her new children’s book

Community, Education

DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, visited the Lumpkin County Library for a book reading/signing of her new book, “UNG The Gold I See!” on Thursday. The children’s book is one of five that will be released by Dr. Jacobs and the UNG Press.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Dr. Jacobs told FYN that she was inspired to write the children’s books after she was gifted a copy of Barbara Walsh’s “The Poppy Lady.” “I loved the idea of using a children’s book to tell the history of North Georgia.” She also explains that the “genesis” of the book was to raise money for scholarships, “I’m very passionate about scholarships.” Dr. Jacobs explained, “and all profits from my books go straight to scholarship funds.” Jillian Murphy, Assistant Managing Editor with UNG Press added the book has sold enough copies to fund a few scholarships already.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

 

 

Dr. Jacobs also expressed gratitude for the book’s illustrator, J’anell Short, who is also Dr. Jacob’s sister, “We were able to save a lot on costs and also have a quick release date, thanks to her willingness to help.” She also added, “I’m very heartened by how well the book has been received.”

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Copies of “UNG The Gold I See!” are available at the UNG Bookstore.

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