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

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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

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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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LCHS seniors clean up trash in Adopt-A-Road initiative

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

Lumpkin County High School class of 2019, along with LCHS principle Billy Kirk, participated in an Adopt-A-Mile initiative on Wednesday, May 22. They chose a one-mile stretch of roadway in front of the high school to ‘adopt’ and collected over 200 pounds of “miscellaneous trash and debris,” according to the LCHS Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of LCHS

Kirk explained to FYN, “The students wanted an opportunity to leave a legacy and we bounced ideas and the Adopt a Road initiative was born.” He also stated that the LCHS seniors wanted to give back through community service work since the community had done so much for them, “We decided cleaning the road in front of our school to beautify our community would be a great way to accomplish this. Today, we took the senior class on a journey that resulted in 62 bags of garbage and debris from the roadway and close to 200 pounds.”

Photo courtesy of LCHS

 

According to Kirk, “It is amazing the amount of trash people throw out on our streets and we are hoping this act of service will be replicated all over our community.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Nighthawks women’s tennis team ends with loss against Lynn

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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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Lumpkin County BOE rehires LCHS principal Billy Kirk for upcoming school year

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LC BOE listen to several concerned residents during Monday’s meeting

 

LUMPKIN CO., GA – According to Lumpkin County Board of Education member, Jim McClure, the LC BOE held a special called meeting on Monday, March 25 because, “We have personnel issues to discuss, as normal for this time of year. Most of this will be in executive session…We will have the best students interests at the forefront of any decisions of the board.” LC Superintendent, Dr. Rob Brown, told FYN the purpose of the called meeting was because “The board wants to give the community an opportunity to share their input on our current issues.” 

The BOE opened the floor to a large crowd of Lumpkin County residents who had attended in hopes of expressing their opinions on the recent resignation of LCHS principal, Billy Kirk. Those who wished to speak were asked to sign up before the meeting, and they were each allotted three minutes to voice their opinions. A total of 14 attendees spoke out, with 13 expressing favor for Kirk.

LCHS sophomore, Joseph Thomas, addresses the board, in defense of Billy Kirk

Several LCHS students including, sophomore Joseph Thomas, who told the board that, [Billy] Kirk is directly here for us students…I’m not the type of kid to do this, but I’m going to fight for Principal Kirk.” Another student fought back tears as she explained how Kirk was there for her during the passing of her grandfather, “My grandpa died…he [Kirk] was there. He talked to me when I didn’t even want to come to school. He was there, and you couldn’t ask for a better principal than him.” 

Once the board heard those who wanted to speak, they entered a two-hour executive session. After the executive session ended, board members continued the meeting by discussing a list of personnel recommendations; included on that list was the recommendation to rehire Kirk as principal of LCHS for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year, “Billy Kirk was not reinstated.” Brown told FYN after the meeting adjourned, “He has been rehired for the upcoming school year.”

 

 

 

 

 

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