UNG baseball players named to ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Second Team

Sports, University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG baseball players, Chase Sudduth and Parker Morrison, were each selected for the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Second Team.

Chase Sudduth Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Sudduth, a senior from Powder Springs, GA, his .379 on the year, with 17 doubles, two triples and eight homers with 40 RBI. He was also named to the All-Peach Belt Conference First Team and D2CCA All-Region Second Team earlier this month. Sudduth, at one point this season, had a 15 game hitting streak and ended the season on a 43 game reached base streak, both longest on the UNG team. He also had 23 multi-hit games, including the only five-hit game on the team this season.

Morrison, a redshirt sophomore from Cumming, GA, went 5-4 with nine saves in 2019, fanning 81 opposing batters while walking just 22. His ERA was a 3.52, third best on the team. He was also selected for Second Team All-Conference earlier this month.

Parker Morrison, Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

 

 

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UNG sophomore named ITA All-American

Sports, University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG women’s tennis player, Adrienne Bofinger, was named ITA All-American in singles action.

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Bofinger is a UNG sophomore from Germany, and she finished the season 22-3. She played every match except for one at No. 1 and was named an All-Conference first teamer in singles action, as well as the Peach Belt Tournament Singles Most Valuable Player. Bofinger makes the second player in program history to be named an ITA All-American, joining Kathrin Waidner in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nighthawks women’s tennis team ends with loss against Lynn

Sports, University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the No. 12 UNG women’s tennis team’s season comes to a close as the Nighthawks fell to No. 1 Lynn, 4-0, Thursday morning in the national quarterfinals. Lynn seeded third in the tournament and will advance to tomorrow’s semifinal round.

The Nighthawks fell in the doubles point but showed fight, falling at No. 3 doubles, 6-3, despite starting the match down 3-0. No. 2 doubles did not finish, but the match was 5-4 with Lynn serving when the point was clinched.

North Georgia continued to battle in singles play, but in the end, the nation’s top team was too much as the Knights took the final three points of the match at Nos. 2, 3 and 5 to continue on.

The Nighthawks finished the season at 22-6, marking the most wins in a single season in program history. UNG also made the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history this year as well, advancing a round further than last year’s trip to the final site.

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Washington named 2019 recipient of the Dissinger Reed Athletic Training Scholarship

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Ariauna Washington was named 2019 recipient of the Dissinger Reed Athletic Training Scholarship, during the PBC athletic trainer annual symposium in Agusta, GA.

UNC Pembroke’s Frank A. Bastone III was also a recipient, and both students will receive financial support from Dissinger Reed as they continued their studies. Washington will attend UNG’s virtual campus for a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health & Physical Education while working at Young Harris. 2019 is the fifth year of the scholarship program.

Washington was a member of the UNG athletic training club and sports medicine club, serving as vice president of the latter until her graduation in May. She was a CARE Consortium Assistance worker at North Georgia her senior year and has worked for Atlanta United of Major League Soccer. She also worked at Harris County High School and Dawson County High School as a part of her UNG program.

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UNG women’s tennis team defeats Queens in championship opening

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the No. 12 UNG women’s tennis team won three straight singles matches in straight sets over No. 49 Queens, 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship. The win marks the first win at the national championship site in program history.

UNG started quickly in doubles, winning 6-1 at No. 2 and No. 3. The first win was earned by Emma Etelalahti and Cibeles Zuddy, followed by Adrienne Bofinger and Lexa Loden.

In singles, Bofinger earned the first point, winning in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-1. Zuddy wasn’t far behind, winning at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2 before the singles matches were closer. Jorge went down a set early but fought back to force a third, while Claudelle Labonte Frey won her first set in a tiebreak. Bennett clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win just before Loden was able to finish her match.

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UNG pitcher named Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year

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DAHLONEGA, GA

According to the University of Athletics Department, the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (D2CCA) named UNG junior pitcher, Kylee Smith, the Ron Lenz National Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday afternoon.

This is Smith’s second year earning the honor, and she is now the fourth North Georgia pitcher with this achievement and the second to do so within two consecutive seasons. This is the sixth time in 10m years that Dahlonega has had an athlete earn the award.

Kylee Smith: Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Smith is also the third pitcher in 13 years to earn it twice in a row; the last athlete was UNG’s Courtney Pool in 2015 and 2016. Smith was also named a D2CCA First Team All-American, her third straight honor, and she is a native of Suwanee, Georgia.

Smith finished the season with a 30-4 record and 0.73 ERA. She leads NCAA Division II in ERA and is second nationally in strikeouts (318) and hits allowed per game, third in wins, fourth in shutouts (12) and fifth in strikeouts per seven innings. She recorded four no-hitters during the year and threw a perfect game against USC Aiken on April 19.

In three seasons, Smith has quickly risen among the ranks of Peach Belt Conference all-time leaders. She is currently tied for third all-time in wins, is sixth in career strikeouts and eighth in career innings pitched.

Named the PBC Pitcher of the Week a record seven times this season, she was also named the NFCA National Pitcher of the Week on April 3. She has been named the PBC Pitcher of the Week 14 times in her career.

 

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UNG men’s tennis team claims Peach Belt win

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DAHLONEGA, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG men’s tennis team claimed a big Peach Belt Conference win Thursday, as they took out No. 13 Georgia College. The Conference was held at the UNG Tennis Complex, located at Yahoola Creek. The win bumped UNG 7-1 on the season, and 2-0 in league play.

During the doubles tournaments, the Nighthawks won the No. 3 and No. 2 spots. Singles was more challenging, as the Bobcats came out fighting, resulting in a 2-1 loss for UNG. The Nighthawks will travel to Orlando for a four-game road trip.

 

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Four UNG students named Critical Language Scholarship finalists

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DAHLONEGA, GA

When University of North Georgia (UNG) freshman Daniel Shearer first learned he was a semifinalist for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), he was reluctant to celebrate. The member of UNG’s Corps of Cadets was excited, but he wasn’t a finalist — until now. “I feel very fortunate to have won,” he said. “I honestly didn’t have high expectations, but I am glad.”

Shearer and three other UNG students were glad to learn March 1 that they were selected as CLS finalists. The scholarship program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Its goal is to broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.

Out of UNG’s eight semifinalists announced in January, the four finalists are:

  • Shearer, who is pursuing a degree in East Asian studies with a concentration in Japanese studies and a minor in leadership, will be in Japan.
  • Josh Shepherd, who is pursuing a degree in Chinese and a minor in Spanish, will be in China.
  • Donnie “Jamar” Shumaker, who is pursuing a degree in East Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese and a minor in Chinese language and culture, will be in China.
  • Rachel Wilson, who is pursuing a degree in finance and a minor in Chinese, will be in China.

Of the remaining semifinalists, all four were named alternates. They are:

  • Daniel Barker, who is pursuing a degree in mathematics and a minor in Russian.
  • Hannah Chisholm, who is pursuing a degree in communications with a concentration in multimedia journalism and a minor in Korean.
  • Leah James, a member of the Corps of Cadets who is pursuing a degree in nursing and a minor in Arabic.
  • Julia “Rhiannon” Smith, who is pursuing degrees in psychology and modern languages with a concentration in Russian.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CLS is highly competitive, with acceptance rates of 10 percent, said Dr. Victoria Hightower, UNG’s assistant director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. This makes UNG’s accomplishment of four finalists and four alternates significant.

“UNG’s four finalists and four alternates reflect our commitment to cultivating academically talented global leaders,” Dr. Anastasia Lin, assistant vice president for research and engagement at UNG. “This also indicates UNG’s prowess in teaching critical languages.”

Hightower, associate professor of history, agreed.

“In addition to our students’ qualities of determination, perseverance, and persistence, this success also reflects the encouragement they receive from their mentors throughout the university,” she said.

The four finalists and four alternates also mark an increase in UNG students selected. Last year, three were selected as finalists, and two were alternates. UNG had one finalist and one semifinalist for both 2016-17 and 2015-16 academic years.

Lin said more students are encouraged to apply to scholarships such as CLS after hearing of previous winners.

“I predict we will see more applications and winners in the future because of a growing commitment to scholarships on both the part of our students, faculty and staff,” she said.

Shearer, a freshman from Suwanee, Georgia, plans to use the study abroad experience as a springboard for his future.

“I intend to commission through UNG, and as I am pursuing a degree in East Asian studies, I would love to have a duty station over there,” he said, adding the CLS program will give him an advantage. “Through this scholarship, I will have a greater fluency in Japanese through immersion in the culture that comes through living and working there.”

Students interested in learning more about nationally competitive scholarships should contact ncs@ung.edu for more information. Students wanting to learn about funding and programs to study abroad may visit the Center for Global Engagement website.

 

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