UNG women’s soccer team to be featured in NCAA showcase

Sports, University of North Georgia


According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the UNG women’s soccer program is expected to be nationally recognized as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase. UNG will go up against nationally-ranked Columbus State on October 27. Fans and supporters can watch a national broadcast of the game on NCAA Division II’s Twitter (@NCAADII) and Facebook Live. Kick off time is 6:05pm.

This achievement makes UNG the first school in Division II to host nationally-televised matchups in five sports; UNG previously hosted ESPN3 in 2015 on Make-A-Wish Day with the softball team taking on Georgia College and the baseball team playing host to Anderson.

The Peach Belt Conference, UNG, and Columbus State will also share the game on their Facebook pages. Niles Media Group will produce the broadcast, giving viewers four different angles throughout the UNG Soccer Complex.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will also host Columbus State on January 9, 2019, with ESPN3 broadcasting the games live from the UNG Convocation Center.


Gooch, Tanner Featured Speakers at Eggs and Issues Breakfast

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and the University of North Georgia did a great job hosting the 2017 Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast Friday at UNG’s Continuing Education Center.

State Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) and State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) addressed a large, engaged breakfast crowd for about 30 minutes each, then answered questions, primarily related to the upcoming General Assembly that begins next week.

Tanner said the state continues to see month-over-month increases in revenue but added that he has some concerns about lagging sales tax revenue. “We’re concerned bout sales tax revenue because a lot of sales are going to the internet. Were’ also seeing brick and mortar stores like Sears and K-Mart close their doors.”

Tanner also said there is lingering concern about school systems that are failing.

“We all know the governor brought forward legislation last year dealing with Opportunity School Districts that failed at the ballot box. I think about how blessed I am. All my daughters attended schools here in North Georgia where we have good leaders, good educators, good superintendents. But not every child is that blessed. Some children are in schools that fail year after year. Something has to happen.”

He also talked about a school superintendent in Florida that moved a school system of 200,000 students from 50 percent failing to about 80 percent passing. “It’s unbelievable what she has done so we know it can be done.”

Drugs, both legal and illegal, continue to be a serious problem legislators will try to deal with.

“There are new opioid-based drugs coming on line every day,” Tanner said. China has produced a new drug being sold here in Georgia that is not illegal yet, but has produced two fatal overdoses in the last couple of months.

“The opioid issue is something we’re going to deal with on Day 1,” Tanner said.

“The problem is we’re chasing after chemists that continue to change the compound so when we make one drug illegal, they come up with an alternate that isn’t illegal but still has the same deadly effect.”

Gooch pointed out that Georgia has been ranked the No. 1 state in the country to do business by the Site Selection Magazine four years in a row, due primarily to the state’s favorable tax structure.

He also said the state, and in particular north Georgia, is reaping the benefits of having passed the Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded hundreds of projects designed to improve the state’s infrastructure.

“You’re about to see $600 million spent on Ga. 400 all the way to where it intersects with I-285,” he said. “There will be a northbound and southbound lane added to Ga. 400 from McFarland to Browns Bridge Road. That work should be completed this year. Part of the northbound lane has already been completed and it has made a big difference in the commute time.

“A new interchange is in the design phase for Ga. 400 at Exit 17. The traffic light will be removed there and their will be an elevated off ramp there,” he said. “There is also a continuous flow interchange being built at Ga. 400 and Dawsonville Hwy.”

Gooch spent much of the summer, traversing the state as co-chairman of a joint legislative broadband committee, studying how to bring internet access to rural parts of the state.

“Twenty years ago when a company came to our area to consider relocating, the things that were important to them was roads, water and sewer,” he said. “Today they have to have internet access.”

Gooch said more than a dozen committees had studied the problem this summer and had come up with a report that incorporates 26 recommendations. That report is ready and is now posted on the state’s website.

The problem, he said, is that companies will only invest hundreds of millions of dollars where they can expect a reasonable return on their investment and that is in the urban and suburban areas.

“In order for rural areas to continue to prosper, we’ve got to find ways to incentivize those investments whether it’s through tax credits, grants or federal programs. We’re going to take a strong look at those 26 recommendations and begin to draft legislation. We won’t be in a pass hurry to pass something in the first three weeks of the session. We’re going to take some time and be deliberative about it.”


Megan Sabol tied for third in top five finish

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A press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department explained that UNG junior, Megan Sabol, is now tied for third place after the UNG women’s golf team finished in fifth place at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational at the Country Club of Salisbury held on Tuesday.

Sabol scored a one-under 71, and the Nighthawks broke the single round scoring record by eight strokes  in the final round with a two-over 290.

Sabol’s two-under 142 put her in a tie for third and All-Tournament honors, as well as the second best 36-hole score in program history. She finished two strokes behind Lenoir-Rhyne’s Abbey Hartsell for the lead. Sabol finished with eight birdies in the event, including birdieing three of the four par fives on the course in the final round.

The Nighthawks posted a 596 in the event, which is the best 36-hole score in program history, beating the Battle at Old South result from earlier this season by five strokes.

Jordyn Sims also scored, with a two-under round of 70, which tied her for second all-time in a single round with Sabol and Karson Stone. Sims had three birdies in Tuesday’s round to improve 11 strokes from the first to the second round.

Logan Archer earns All-Tournament Honors at golf invitational

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UNG Athletics Dept:

University of North Georgia senior, Logan Archer, earned the All-Tournament Honors at the Fifth Annual UNG Fall Invitational at Achasta Golf Club Tuesday, October 2. Overall, the University of North Georgia men’s golf team placed fourth at the invitational.

Archer completed all three rounds, and carded a final round 71, which resulted in an individual tie for fifth and a final of 209, seven under par. His counterpart is UNG Alumni, Joseph Jarrard, and they are tied for the second best 54-hole score in the history of the program. The Nighthawk’s overall 54-hole team score is 4-under 860, which sets the record for the best score in program history.

Young Harris won the tournament by eight strokes over Georgia College. Clayton State finished in third, while West Georgia ended fifth.

UNG women’s golf places ninth at Regional Preview

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The University of North Georgia women’s golf team placed ninth at the NCAA South Super Regional Preview in Cleveland, TN. The Preview was hosted by Lee University and was held at the Cleveland Country Club.

UNG junior, Jordyn Sims, ended the final round in an individual tie for 22nd. Sims’ overall three-round total was 236, earning her the fourth best 54-hole score in program history. UNG senior, Anna Greer, is now tied for fifth all-time in the same category.

The Nighthawks collectively shot a 957, which is the third best 54-hole team score in program history.They also defeated West Florida, UNC Pembroke, and Young Harris in the event, all of which were receiving votes in the first WGCA National Poll of the year.

Number 4 ranking college, Barry University, won the tournament by 13 strokes over the host Flames. Lynn University finished third, followed by Saint Leo University and Florida Technical College. Individually, Lee’s Haverly Harrold won the tournament by two strokes, shooting a two-over 218 in the 54-hole event.

UNG men’s soccer team defeats Clayton State University 5-2

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The University of North Georgia men’s soccer team defeats Clayton State 5-2 Saturday, September 29, at the UNG Soccer Complex in Dahlonega, GA

The Clayton State University Lakers started the game strong, with four shots taken in the first three minutes, but the Lakers could not prevail against the Nighthawk’s defense.  

UNG senior, Alex Grant, scored the first goal of the game for the Nighthawks and UNG senior, Gabriel Garcia, followed Grant’s lead soon after, for a 2-0 lead over CSU. UNG junior, Eren Ozer, added another goal to the Nighthawk’s lead, but the Lakers managed a goal off a penalty kick rebound.

After the half, Garcia scored the fourth goal for UNG, but was met with another penalty kick for CSU. UNG junior,Prince Domafriyie, made the final goal in the 89th minute of the game, assisting in UNG’s victory.     


UNG Women’s Golf finished third in Battle at Old South

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By UNG Athletics Communications

UNG sophomore, Megan Sabol

The University of North Georgia women’s golf team clinched another top 10 finish as they finished in third place out of 17 teams at the Battle at Old South. The invitational was hosted by the University of North Carolina in Pembroke, NC. This year’s program was as 36-hole event, which set the record from past invitationals. 

The Nighthawks finished the tournament with a two-day total of 601, beating the previous record of +29 by four strokes. Both rounds of the tournament qualified for the top five all-time for a single round as a team.

UNG sophomore, Megan Sabol, shot a two-under-par 70 in the final round of the tournament, tying the her for third place. Her two-under is tied for the second best round in UNG history, tying with UNG sophomore, Karson Stone’s, round of 70 in the Columbus State University Lady Cougar Invitational in the spring of 2017.

Sabol told Fetch Your News that the Nighthawks have come a long way since last season, and that, “hard work and confidence shows. Not just with myself, but with my team…this year we are working hard and building confidence so we can play our best and go to Regionals in the spring.” Sabol also said that she has achieved two of her greatest career victories, so far, “I shot a 68 at the Patsy Rendelman Tournament last fall. I had never shot in the 60’s before and I think at that moment, I realized what I was capable of doing with my golf career. My second greatest personal victory would be winning the Peachbelt Conference Championship last spring. I had never thought that I would become Peachbelt Conference Player of the Year and then turn around and win the championship.”

UNG sophomore, Carson Roberts

Flagler College Junior, Pauline Tainton, won the tournament with a three-under 141. In the team standings, Lee won the tournament with a 36-hole total of 596, edging Florida Southern by a single stroke.

Other top 20 finishers for North Georgia were Jordyn Sims (t-14th) and Carson Roberts (t-17th).

In an interview with Fetch Your News, UNG sophomore, Carson Roberts, explained that her greatest accomplishment so far has been, “bouncing back from an injury during my first semester and being in the top five consistently. My greatest golf accomplishment so far is being confident in myself and my game and improving over the two years I have been on this team.” Roberts also expressed how close the women’s golf team has become, “The teammates I have had over two years have become my best friends, and we truly are a family. My coaches have helped me grow mentally and physically over the years and I am grateful for the time they have dedicated to our team.” 







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UNG women’s soccer team defeats Limestone 3-1

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By UNG Athletics Communications

The University of North Georgia women’s soccer team remains undefeated against Limestone after walking away with a 3-1 victory over the Saints Wednesday.

Three minutes after Limestone tied the game in the first half, freshman Abbie Crane blasted a shot into the net to take the lead. The Nighthawks struck first in the 13th minute when Dani Shartouny intercepted a low goal kick and took it herself to goal, taking the early lead. Limestone brought it back to even in the 25th minute on Megan O’Conner’s fifth goal of the young season.

Right after the Saint goal, Crane checked in and, three minutes later, found the net off a rebounded shot, giving the Nighthawks a 2-1 lead headed to halftime.

The Nighthawks found insurance in the 84th minute when Taylor Malasek finished off a counter started by Shartouny to push UNG to their third win of the season.


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