The atmosphere was electric for the basketball season opener at Chestatee High School on Tuesday night. Unfortunately that spark fizzled out for the Lumpkin County Men’s basketball team, who found themselves playing catch up to the War Eagles in the fourth period.
The War Eagles ultimately edged past the Indians 74-68, with Brenton Nicholson sinking eight three point shots throughout the game. Two of those were early in the fourth period to give the War Eagles a lead they refused to relinquish.
Lumpkin County’s Pat Jackson led the way in points for the Indians with twenty overall, as well as five assists. Peyton Polk and Jacob Cumbie contributed seventeen points each, and Gus Faulkner put up eleven.
The Men’s basketball team will be on the road again Friday night against rival White County. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.
Check out pictures from the game here on TeamFYNSports Facebook page!
The Lumpkin County Lady Indians basketball team celebrated for an extra reason on Tuesday night. Their 51-45 victory over Chestatee started their season with a win and earned head coach David Dowse his 200th career win.
The team stood together afterwards to take a picture with Dowse holding a special wooden sign in the shape of 200.
Dowse was pleased with the effort the team put in the game, saying “To be a young group early in the season, I thought we competed extremely hard. And we made some really big plays to come out victorious.”
The 2019-2020 Lady Indians are a team of nine with six of those nine playing their first season as freshmen. One of those freshmen is Mary Mullinax, who contributed 18 points to the Lady Indians overall score. Junior Isabel Davenport put up the most overall at 19.
The Lady Indians went ahead early on and stayed in front of Chestatee for most of the game. But the lead was only by a few points. That gave the Lady War Eagles a chance to slip ahead, and they did just that late in the third period with a three point shot by Maggie McNair.
Lumpkin County was quick to come back with four points from Lexi Pierce and Mullinax, then extended that lead with back to back three point shots by Davenport and Mullinax.
Lumpkin County is on the road again Friday night against White County, and Dowse said between now and then the teams’ focus will be on mental toughness.
“It’s the mental piece. Sometimes I feel like we give into fatigue and we use fatigue as an excuse for perhaps not executing on the offensive end as well as we’re capable, or if we’re not communicating as well as we’re capable of on the defensive end…those are little things that I think we can learn and grow toward.”
Check out pictures of the game here on TeamFYNSports Facebook page!
Congratulations to QB1 of the Lumpkin County Indians- Tucker Kirk! He is the Player of the Week for the last game of the 2019 season!
Tucker completed passes to gain yards all throughout the game against East Hall. Many of these passes were also for first downs. He proved his ability to run the ball as well with carries to gain yards.
Tucker was also responsible for several of the scores during the game with one passing touchdown and two rushing. After the scores he completed passes for two point conversions.
Congratulations again to Tucker!
The weather cleared out on Halloween just in time for trick-or-treaters to make their way through downtown Dahlonega. People of all ages showed up, dressed up! Check out the pictures on Facebook and below for more!
Noah Adams stepped up for his Lumpkin County team in a tough game against North Hall.
Noah made at least three solo tackles throughout the night. One of those tackles was a sack for a loss of five yards against the Trojans. Another was to prevent any gain of yards. He also blocked an extra point attempt, which prevented North Hall from breaking the 60-point mark.
Congratulations to Noah Adams, this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Lumpkin County Indians!
The Lumpkin County Indians football team proved on Friday night that it’s not always about what the scoreboard says.
Although the Indians lost to Greater Atlanta Christian by a final score of 49-6, numerous great moments displayed the improvements the team has made over the course of the season- and all against one of the toughest teams in the region.
“We’ve been talking all season, but really just in the last couple of weeks about how we need to be defined by our effort,” said head coach Caleb Sorrells. “We had a lot of fun, we competed and that’s what you’re supposed to do!”
With starting players Aaron Hopkins, Drew Allison and Ryan Burkhart out with injuries the Indians were forced to switch around in positions to make do. But instead of shrinking away, those in different positions stepped up to make great plays.
Lumpkin County’s defense started off on a strong note by holding the Spartans to three and out for their first possession.
The Indians defense provided great coverage of the Spartans receivers throughout the night. Jared Hoch broke up several passes to prevent first downs, and Joseph Allison broke through the line for a sack early into the game. Ethan Kline made several tackles, and even BoJack Dowdy, playing on the other side of the ball, stopped receivers with solid tackles in the second half.
The Lumpkin County offense struggled to convert a first down against the GAC starting defense, but came to life in the second quarter. A nine yard rush by Dowdy set up a play to get a first down, and then a pass from Tucker Kirk to Brian Cunane converted another.
Lumpkin County was able to convert another first down during their next possession, when Cunane carried on a fake punt. The play payed off- as the highlight of the night for the Indians came shortly after.
On second down, Kirk started the play with a handoff to Jackson Root, who then dropped back to complete a pass to Cunane for a touchdown.
The Indians offense would go on to convert several more first downs throughout the second half of the game.
Quarterback Tucker Kirk finished the night going 8 for 20 with 71 yards. BoJack Dowdy finished the night with 21 yards rushing over 12 carries. Tanner Barber also rushed for 21 yards later in the game over four carries.
On the receiving end, Cunane was Kirk’s go-to guy for several pass completions, but Ethan Kline also had a couple long catches for 37 yards.
Looking ahead, Lumpkin County will be back at home Friday night, October 25th, for their next region game against the North Hall Trojans. The Trojans are 4-3 overall in the season and 2-1 in the region.
Tucker Kirk is the starting quarterback for the Lumpkin County Indians, and he displayed his abilities in this role during the game against Cherokee Bluff.
Indians fans got to see more of the passing game they’d heard about- Kirk completed eight passes out of 11 attempts. One of those was an early 13 yard touchdown to Brian Cunane. Kirk also showed his rushing skills, keeping numerous times throughout the night for a total of 64 yards.
Undoubtedly Kirk is also a leader on the field, as he can be spotted communicating plays with coaches on the sidelines before doing the same for his teammates on the field.
Congratulations to Tucker Kirk, this week’s TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for Lumpkin County!
The Lumpkin County Lady Indians softball team finished as runner-up in the region 7 3A championship after falling short in a double header on Wednesday night.
The Lady Indians faced off against region opponent East Hall. The top-two teams in their region battled earlier in the season at Lumpkin County. The Vikings defeated the Lady Indians at home in the regular season game, and the latter was looking for the opposite to happen at East Hall.
It is a rivalry that many hoped would end with a comeback for the Lady Indians, but unfortunately ended with the Vikings on top 6-1 in the first game and 16-0 in the second.
Lumpkin County played solid defense in the first game
The Vikings jumped ahead with an early lead after their first at bat. Macy Banks, starting pitcher for East Hall, hit a single to right field. Her teammate Abigail Brown put the ball into play immediately after, giving the Vikings time to score and get on the board first.
During Viking Callie Dale’s turn at bat, the ball got past Lady Indians catcher Natalie Schubert and East Hall got their second run. Dale followed with a double, and the Vikings gained their third run. The Lady Indians defense kicked in, and a great play by second baseman Alyssa Pulley got the third out.
For several innings neither team scored as the others defense went to work. Natalie Robinson took the mound for the Lady Indians and pitched six innings.
The highlight of the Lady Indians offense came in the top of the fourth inning. Third baseman Lauren English stepped up to bat, and launched an out of the park home run to left field. As she rounded the bases, her teammates came onto the field to greet her at home plate.
Several other great offensive moments for the Lady Indians included two singles by Alyssa Pulley and a single by Natalie Schubert.
Despite Lumpkin County’s best efforts, the Vikings scored three more runs to extend their lead. A couple of walks and a single by Viking Grace Smith put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lady Indians held the Vikings from scoring more runs for a couple more innings by playing great defense. A great running catch by left fielder AK Wilson turned into a double play after she threw the ball to Alyssa Pulley at first.
The final run of the game for the Vikings came after a single by Gracie Ausborn to clinch the first win 6-1.
Lady Indians offense struggled in second game
The Vikings again jumped ahead with an early lead after back to back singles to start the second game. They
also scored eight runs over a lengthy eighth inning that secured them the lead.
Although they battled for hits during each at bat, the Lady Indians were unable to score.
English took the mound as the starting pitcher for Lumpkin County, and pitched a total of three innings. Emmie Graham came in at the top of the fourth and pitched one inning.
The final score was 16-0.
The Lady Indians are officially the second seed heading into playoffs for the state championship. They will host the third seed from region 5 3A on Wednesday, October 9th.