DAHLONEGA – For the first time in history, a NCAA postseason event will be held on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus as the UNG cross country team will host the NCAA Southeast Regional on November 17 at the UNG Cross Country Course.
The 2018 NCAA regional will mark the 10th time that North Georgia has competed for a chance to race for a National Championship. The Nighthawks have advanced to the championship race once before in 2014.
Prior to hosting the regional, North Georgia will have the Southeast Regional course race ready for the sixth annual UNG Invitational on September 29 on the Gainesville campus. The Nightahwks will look to defend their title from a year ago in the race.
The UNG Cross Country course is is all grass and dirt and is considered “flat and fast.” Per NCAA championship guidelines, the NCAA Regional will be run as a 6K for the women and a 10K for the men. The UNG Cross Country Course is generally set up as a 2K loop. Fans can come to either event as admission is free and open to the public.
DAHLONEGA –Kylee Smith threw 6.2 innings of one-hit softball as the top-ranked University of North Georgia softball team advanced in the NCAA Southeast Regional with a 5-2 win over eighth-seeded King at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium.
Shelby Hammontree jump started the offense in the second inning with a two-run blast to left field before Marley Stowersdoubled the lead with a bases clearing double with two outs to give the Nighthawks a 2-0 lead.
With two outs in the fifth, North Georgia struck again with a pinch-hit RBI single to left that plated Kaylyn Anthony all the way from first after a Tornado error to give UNG a 5-0 lead.
King did get on the scoreboard in the seventh with a two-run homer from Katelyn Davidson, but Smith came back in the game and sat down the remaining King batters to preserve the win.
– Smith (31-2) struck out seven batters and hit one without allowing a walk or more than a hit in the fifth inning, a double by Erin Roper.
– Stowers finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI, and Anthony was 3-for-3 with two runs scored to lead North Georgia at the plate.
– North Georgia improves to 5-0 all-time against the Tornado, 2-0 in NCAA tournament play.
The Nighthawks will take on the winner of No. 4 Coker and No. 5 Queens tomorrow at noon, while King will play the loser of the Cobras/Royals contest at 2:30 p.m. in an elimination game.
DAHLONEGA – After a 14-7 season, the No. 24 University of North Georgia women’s tennis team will be continuing play in the postseason after being seeded sixth in the NCAA Southeast Regional and will head to second-seeded Wingate to compete in the tournament.
North Georgia will take on third-seeded and No. 25 Georgia College in the opening round and the winner will take on the advancing team from the second-seeded Wingate Bulldogs and seventh-seeded Chowan.
On the other side of the Southeast Region, top-seeded Columbus State earned a bye and will take on the winner of No. 4 Queens and No. 5 Tusculum.
The winners of the two sides of the region will advance to the finals, taking place in Surprise, Arizona, May 8-11.
The Nighthawks and Bobcats will battle for a third time this season on Saturday, April 28, at Wingate with the time to be announced later this week.
MORROW, Ga. – Trailing by 13 early, the No. 21 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team fought all the way back and hung on late for a 70-65 win over Clayton State Monday night at The Loch. The Nighthawks have won 11 straight games and are two wins away from clinching a spot in the Peach Belt Conference tournament.
The Lakers jumped out to 12-3 lead in the first four minutes and extended that lead to 20-7 before the Nighthawks started chipping away. UNG cut the lead to just one at the half for a 34-33 score after two quarters.
North Georgia took its first lead of the night with 6:06 to play in the third period, 37-36, but the Lakers stretched their lead back out to six through the third. The Nighthawks went on to outscore Clayton State, 25-14, in the final period to claim the road win.
Amber Skidgel came alive in the fourth quarter to lead the Nighthawks in scoring with 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including three baskets from distance.
– Julie McKie scored 12 points, all of which came from the free throw line. For the Lakers, Abreylin Rackley led the way with 18 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc.
– Only three other times has North Georgia had a winning streak go 11 games or longer since the 2001-02 season, including two 15-game winning streaks.
– UNG went 30-of-36 from the free throw line in the game. The 30 made free throws ties the fifth-most made free throws in a single game in the NCAA era.
The Nighthawks will finish a three games in five days stretch with a home game against Columbus State on Wednesday. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and will also serve as Faculty Appreciation Night.
INDIANAPOLIS – Three University of North Georgia student-athletes have been granted a Degree Completion by the NCAA as announced on Friday. Baseball player Josh Bryan, women’s soccer player Megan Gil and women’s basketball player Kelsey Hutchins were each awarded the $6,000 grant.
The trio joins former men’s basketball player Tanner Plemmons to become the fourth North Georgia student-athlete to earn the honor in the last two years.
The NCAA established the Division II Degree Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates will be students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid.
The selection process for the national award emphasizes the academic performance of the student-athlete. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.
To date, nearly $4 million has been given to approximately 1,000 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.
– UNG Athletic Communications–
LEE GLENN // Associate Athletic Director, External Operations
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA ATHLETICS
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