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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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.”

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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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