Lumpkin Co. comeback attempt at North Hall falls just short

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians (2-9, 0-3 Region 7-3A) lost to the North Hall Trojans (3-5, 1-0 Region 7-3A) on the road on Tuesday night. They fought back hard in the second half, but the Indians couldn’t score enough to erase the 4-0 deficit early in the second half.

Junior Gage Benton breaking down the Trojan defense.

The lone goal of the first half came from North Hall with 20 minutes remaining in the first half. Lumpkin Co. trailed 1-0 at halftime.

Senior Brighton Froggatt advances the ball ahead for the Indians.

North Hall started the second half strong with three goals in the first 10 minutes. Lumpkin Co. fought back, with a goal from junior Dylan Bodney with 25 minutes remaining. Senior Dylan Southin scored on a long, high-arching kick that sailed over the goalie’s head. Despite their efforts, the Indians couldn’t quite complete the comeback, as they fell 4-2.

The Indians’ next game will be on Thursday, March 12th, as they travel to play at Fannin Co.

Lady Indians defeat North Hall on the road 6-1

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The Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians (5-3-1, 3-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the North Hall Lady Trojans (2-3, 0-0 Region 7-3A) on the road on Tuesday night. Senior Hope Kenney had a hat trick to help lead her team to a 6-1 victory.

Junior Cassidy Fuller looking to make a play.

The first of Kenney’s goals came just three minutes into the game and was assisted by freshman Rae Lynn Meyers. North Hall tied the game by scoring about halfway through the first half. Kenney responded by scoring her second goal of the game as the Lady Indians took a 2-1 lead into halftime.

Senior Hope Kenney attacking the goal. She had a hat trick on Tuesday night at North Hall.

The second half started off slow, but junior Ashley Read scored the first goal of the half with 22 minutes remaining. Sophomore Reagan Spivey scored two goals in less than five minutes to extend the Lady Indians’ lead to 5-1. Kenney sealed the win with her third goal of the game with 14 minutes remaining, as Lumpkin Co. won the match 6-1.

The Lady Indians’ next game will be on Thursday, March 12th, as they travel to play at Fannin Co.

Lumpkin Co. Indians soccer team falls to East Hall

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians (2-7, 0-1 Region 7-3A) fell to the East Hall Vikings (1-5, 1-0 Region 7-3A) on Tuesday night, March 3, in Dahlonega. The Vikings scored three goals in the second half, and the Indians couldn’t match the scoring outburst.

Senior Brighton Froggatt kicks the ball down the field.

The first half was a defensive battle, with East Hall scoring the only goal of the half on a penalty kick with 12 minutes remaining on the clock.

Junior Jonah Wade looks to make a play.

East Hall scored three more goals to start the second half. The Indians’ first goal of the game came from junior Gage Benton that was assisted by fellow junior Camden Dover with six minutes remaining. The Vikings scored one more goal three minutes later to win the game 5-1.

The Indians’ next game is Friday, March 6, as they host Cherokee Bluff (0-2-1) at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Indians soccer takes down East Hall

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The Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians soccer team (3-3-1, 1-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the East Hall Lady Vikings (0-4-1, 0-1) on Tuesday night, March 3, in Dahlonega, to earn the first region win of the season. Sophomore Reagan Spivey scored two of the Lady Indians’ four first half goals, and East Hall couldn’t erase the deficit in the 10-0 loss.

Freshman Nicole Limehouse fighting for the ball.

Senior Hope Kenney scored the first goal of the game with 24 minutes remaining in the first half. Lumpkin Co. proceeded to score three more goals in the final 14 minutes of the half. The first came from junior Ashley Read, and the second came off a corner kick from Read that was scored on a header from Spivey. Spivey scored her second goal just a few minutes later as Lumpkin Co. led 4-0 at halftime.

Sophomore Reagan Spivey looking to move the ball ahead.

Less than 10 minutes into the second half, freshman Nicole Limehouse punched in a quick goal. A few minutes later, Kenney scored her second goal of the game. Read followed that goal with her second goal of the game just a few minutes later. Kenney got the hat trick three minutes after that to push the Lady Indians’ lead to 8-0. Limehouse scored her second goal of the game with less than 10 minutes remaining. Kenney ended the game by scoring with a little more than a minute left, giving her a hat trick.

Lumpkin Co. plays again Friday, March 6, as they host the Cherokee Lady Warriors (4-1) at 5:30 p.m.

Lumpkin Co. falls to Lakeview Academy 3-2

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The Lumpkin Co. Indians (2-4) fell to the Lakeview Academy Lions (1-2) 3-2 on Monday night in Dahlonega. The Lions scored with only five minutes remaining to take the lead and win the game.

Jesus Banuelos makes a play on the ball.

Lakeview scored first with a goal only five minutes into the game. The Indians were able to respond by scoring off a corner kick from #1 Joe Froggatt that was scored off a header from #10 Dylan Bodney. However, the Lions scored another goal with only eight seconds left in the half to take a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Jonah Wade looks to put the ball in play.

It took 31 minutes, but Lumpkin scored first in the second half. #5 Ricky Limehouse scored on a header after a corner kick from Froggatt with nine minutes left in the game. However, the Lions scored again with only five minutes remaining to take a 3-2 lead. They ended up holding onto that lead to win the game.

Lumpkin Co. plays again on Wednesday as they host West Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Indians tie with Lakeview Academy 4-4

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The Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians (2-1-1) tied the Lakeview Academy Lady Lions (0-1-1) 4-4 on Monday night at Lumpkin Co. High School. The Lady Indians scored with two minutes left in the game to tie the game at four.

Sophomore Reagan Spivey looking to make a play.

Lakeview struck first with a goal early in the first half. The Lady Indians responded with two goals in the first half. The first goal came from #21 Nicole Limehouse with 15 minutes left in the first half, and the second came from #7 Hope Kenney with only three minutes remaining in the first half. Lumpkin Co. led 2-1 at halftime.

Senior Olivia Gilleland about to throw the ball in.

The Lady Lions scored early again in the second half. Their first goal came just 10 minutes into the half. Lumpkin Co. was able to counter with another goal from Limehouse with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Lakeview responded with a goal of their own less than a minute later to tie the game at three goals apiece. The Lady Lions followed that goal with another goal with 5 minutes remaining to take a 4-3 lead. The Lady Indians weren’t ready to throw in the towel. Lumpkin Co.’s #22 Ashley Read scored on a free kick that bounced over the head of the goalie for Lakeview to tie the game. The game finished tied at four.

Six Lumpkin Co. seniors signed to play college sports

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Signed

Tucker Kirk signed to play football for Sewanee.

A record six members of the 2020 graduating class at Lumpkin Co. High signed to play sports at the next level Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the school. The six athletes are the most to sign at one time in the school’s history.

In football, the Indians had two players commit to play in college.

Tucker Kirk committed to play for Sewanee, The University of the South. Kirk, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 200 points, played quarterback and free safety for the Indians. Last season, Kirk was 72-of-132 passing for 755 yards and three touchdowns, while carrying the ball 74 times for 84 yards.

Aaron Hopkins committed to play for Davidson College. Hopkins, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 235 pounds, played tight end and defensive end for the Indians last season. He totaled three catches for 56 yards and had 31 total tackles and two sacks for the Indians during his senior campaign.

Signed

Nolan Wheeler signed to wrestle for Newberry College.

Nolan Wheeler committed to wrestle for Newberry College next year. Wheeler won the 2018 145-pound Class 3A state championship in 2018, and followed that by winning the 152-pound Class 3A state championship in 2019.

Hope Kenney signed on to play soccer for Truett-McConnell University next season. Kenney finished the 2019 season with 33 goals, eight assists, and 74 total points as a junior.

Signed

Brighton Harder signed to play softball for Emmanuel College.

Laken Ferrell signed to play tennis at Piedmont University in the fall. Ferrell was 12-4 as the No. 1 singles for the Indians as a junior during the 2019 season.

Brighton Harder committed to play softball for Emmanuel College next year. Harder helped lead the Lady Indians to a 20-14 overall record, while going 10-2 in Region 7-3A and making an appearance in the Class 3A state championship playoffs.

Lumpkin Co. football coach Caleb Sorrells summed up the day by speaking for all the coaches at the school.

“As proud as I am of what they did on the field, I’m more proud of what they will accomplish off the field,” Sorrells said.

Ozer earns goal and assist in 2-0 win over Flagler

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DAHLONEGA – Eren Ozer hit a free kick from just outside the penalty area to put the game out of reach as the University of North Georgia men’s soccer team went to 1-0 in league play with a 2-0 win over Flagler Saturday afternoon.

Ozer earned an assist on the game’s first goal as he found Donovan Odier in the box and Odier put the ball in the net in the 59th minute. Eight minutes later, Ozer blasted a ball to the far post from the corner of the penalty area off a free kick to double the Nighthawk lead.

NOTES
The Nighthawks were outshot, 14-13, in the game.
Conner Domaleski made seven saves in the match to earn his second clean sheet of the season.
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North Georgia gets two weeks off to rest and recover before jumping back into PBC play against Francis Marion. Kickoff on October 19 is at 1:30 p.m.

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UNG women’s soccer earns Academic Award

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DAHLONEGA – The University of North Georgia women’s soccer team has earned the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award for the 2018-19 season.

The Nighthawks sported a 3.54 grade point average last season, putting them amongst the 644 women’s teams to be honored by the association. UNG was one of eight Peach Belt teams to earn the award, including Columbus State, Francis Marion, Georgia College, Lander, UNC Pembroke, USC Aiken and Young Harris.

College Team Academic Award recipients are active members of the United Soccer Coaches College Services Program with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for all players on the roster for the 2018-19 academic year.

 

 

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UNG’s VanHorn Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

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Renee VanHorn

INDIANAPOLIS — Former University of North Georgia women’s soccer player Renee VanHorn was selected as the Peach Belt Conference’s nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.

The women’s soccer player from Marietta, Georgia, emerged from the field of nine PBC players who were among the initial list of 585 nominations submitted by NCAA institutions at the Division I, II and III levels. Her selection as the conference’s nominee was made by the league’s Senior Woman Administrators.

VanHorn graduated in the Spring of 2019 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Finishing her undergraduate career with a 3.73 GPA, she was named to the PBC All-Academic Team three times and the Presidential Honor Roll three times as well, earning a gold, silver and bronze scholar. She was also awarded the Women of UNG Leadership Recognition Award in 2018 as one of the top ten student leaders at North Georgia.

On the field, she was named All-Region three times and All-Conference twice, leading the Nighthawks to a regular season championship in 2017. She was also named the PBC Player of the Week three times and the Nighthawk of the Week five times.

The Top 30 honorees, comprising 10 women from each division, will be named by the Woman of the Year selection committee in September. The selection committee will then narrow the pool to nine finalists – with three from each division – in early October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 Woman of the Year.

The 2019 Woman of the Year will be named, and the Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, at the annual banquet Oct. 20 in Indianapolis.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program has recognized graduating female student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership since its inception in 1991.

Sports talk Thursday with Lauren Hunter-Politics in sports?

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The U.S. Women’s National Team has been making headlines recently for victories as a team, and as individuals for political statements.

Last week, the team won their second back-to-back World Cup. Shortly after the game, player Allie Long was seen dropping an American flag during the post-game celebration. Her teammate Kelley O’Hara recognized the significance of a flag being dropped on the ground, and immediately scooped it up.

One report from The Daily Wire explained that Long dropped the flag to participate in a celebratory dance with teammate Megan Rapinoe. But the video quickly went viral and comments poured in criticizing Long for her carelessness and thanking O’Hara for stepping in.

It’s very possible that Long meant no disrespect, but just got caught up in the moment and didn’t know that an American flag is NEVER supposed to touch the ground. Nonetheless, millions of viewers were not happy.

If you watch the video, it doesn’t appear that Long is trying to make any sort of political statement by dropping the flag. However teammate Megan Rapinoe has CERTAINLY been making headlines recently for her statements.

Megan Rapinoe (far right) is a great soccer player, but her political statements anger some. Credit: The New York Times

Although Rapinoe is mainly known for being a phenomenal soccer player (she won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards this year), her progressive ideals have, let’s just say…raised eyebrows. Rapinoe is very outspoken about her homosexuality and dislike of President Donald Trump.  She has followed the example of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick by refusing to sing or put her hand over her heart during the National Anthem. The pose she makes after scoring a goal of standing with her arms outstretched is supposed to be a symbol of fighting for equal pay, race relations and issues at the United States/Mexican border.

For years athletes have used the attention given them for their athletic success as a means to shed light on their social platforms. There’s nothing wrong with that if they’re promoting awareness for a disease or a foundation that supports children with special needs. But should we as a society draw a line when it comes to political issues?

Some would say there’s no problem- depending on what they do to make the statement. Certainly being a famous athlete gives one more media attention than the average person. Like I mentioned in my last column post, there’s no difference in an athlete and an actor or actress, and they supply their endorsement all the time!

When Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the National Anthem in 2016, many Americans were outraged. Not necessarily because of his protest of police brutality, but because he chose to do so in a way that many Americans found disrespectful to those who have served in the military. I was, and still am, one of those people. In my opinion Kaepernick and now Rapinoe are missing the mark. Kneeling or not showing respect during the National Anthem is to turn a blind eye to those who have sacrificed everything to give you the freedom to play your sport. It doesn’t have anything to do with first responders.

Nowadays there’s a gray area between sports segments and political talk shows. The two intersect on a daily basis. Just the other day on our live sports show, Instant Replay, my co-host Dave Garner and I had an entire segment dedicated to Nike’s decision to pull the sneakers with a design of the American flag sewn by Betsy Ross on the back. This decision was made after Kaepernick insisted that the flag had a racial history.

I thought Colin Kaepernick was out of the spotlight, but he found a way back in.

I suppose the whole reason this gray area exists is because of the technological advancements of the media. Celebrities who want use their status as a means to promote a certain viewpoint can do so more quickly because of how easy it is to post to Twitter. And in a society that demands news at every moment, something has to take up time in a sports show!

So back to the original question- should there be a line, and if so, where?

Here’s my opinion- sports is sports and politics is politics. Part of the reason I watch a football game or a baseball game is because I want to watch a football game or a baseball game. We are living in a time where politics are more divisive than ever before. One reasons sports are as big as they are today is because of the communities they create. Why should we mix something that causes so many problems to interfere with something that is supposed to help solve them?

When I turn on ESPN, I don’t want to listen to people debate over what is considered disrespectful to the National Anthem. And the next time I watch Fox News, I DARN sure don’t want to hear the name Colin Kaepernick.

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University of North Georgia men’s soccer scores late to earn 4-4 draw

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Eren Ozer Forward for the UNG Men’s soccer team

MORROW, GA. 

By UNG Athletics Communications

Eduardo Pessoa scored twice and Eren Ozer scored late as the University of North Georgia men’s soccer team earned a 4-4 draw with Tampa Thursday night at Clayton State’s Laker Field.

Tampa got things going in the 12th minute with a goal from Till Neumann, but the Nighthawks answered as Adam Farrell put home the first UNG goal of 2018 on a penalty kick in the 37th

minute. Just four minutes later, though, the Spartans regained the lead on a shot from distance to take a 2-1 lead to halftime.

After most of the second half went by scoreless, UNG evened it up with the first Pessoa goal of the night off a Prince Domafriyie pass. Tampa answered with two goals within 60 seconds of one another to take a 4-2 lead.

Eduardo Pessoa. Forward for the UNG men’s soccer team

The Nighthawks didn’t give up, however, as Pessoa scored his second with 12 minutes left off a rebound before Eren Ozer hit a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to tie the game back up. Tampa took 12 shots in the overtime periods but could not find a fifth goal and the game ended in a draw.

 

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UNG Soccer Set to Host PBC Quarterfinals Tuesday

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10/30/2017 | Men’s Soccer
DAHLONEGA – For the second year in a row, the University of North Georgia men’s and women’s soccer teams will both host the Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinals at the UNG Soccer Complex. The women and men will both take on USC Aiken tomorrow evening in Dahlonega.

The Nighthawk women trailed the Pacers, 2-0, early in the first half before scoring the final three goals of the match to come away with a 3-2 win in Aiken back on October 14. Since that point, UNG has gone 3-0, outscoring opponents 17-2 in the stretch, while USCA has gone 1-1 with a win over Clayton State. This is the fourth consecutive year the women have hosted the quarterfinal round of the tournament and the first time in program history that the Nighthawks are the No. 1 seed.

UNG’s men defeated USC Aiken, 3-0, in their matchup two weeks ago with goals scored by Gabriel GarciaCarl Ludwig Eriksson and Michael Akin. The Nighthawks finished the season at 2-1 after the match in Aiken, defeating GSW and Clayton State on their way to the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

The women will start the doubleheader at 5 p.m. and the men will follow at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast through the Nighthawk Sports Network as well.

VanHorn Named D2CCA All-Southeast Region

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11/15/2017 | Women’s Soccer
DAHLONEGA – University of North Georgia women’s soccer player Renee VanHorn was named to the D2CCA All-Southeast Region Second Team as announced Wednesday afternoon by the association.

The junior from Marietta, Georgia, netted 14 goals and seven assists in the Nighthawks’ 12-4-2 campaign in 2017. She led the squad in goals and points, and finished fifth in the Peach Belt Conference in goals. She also finished fifth in the league in assists and fourth in points.

VanHorn was also listed as a second team member of the All-PBC team earlier this month, adding to her growing list of collegiate accolades.

The Peach Belt Conference took in 13 of the 26 spots on the first and second teams combined.

University of North Georgia women’s soccer walks away with loss to Lee University

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By UNG Athletics Communications

Taylor Malasek and Rosie Embley each scored, but the University of North Georgia women’s soccer team fell to Lee, 3-2, after a

Photo curtsey of UNG Athletics

Flame goal in the 88th minute found the net.

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The Flames wasted little time getting on the board as Devin Healy scored from distance in the seventh minute to take an early lead. North Georgia answered in the 22nd minute as Malasek sent a rocket toward the frame and off of Lee’s keeper into the net to tie the game, 1-1.

Healy scored again just 10 minutes later, again from outside of the box, to give the Flames a 2-1 lead headed to halftime.

North Georgia played with more intensity in the second half and finally broke through after Abbie Crane drew a penalty that Embley put home to tie the game at two. As the game looked to be going to overtime, Lee took advantage of a called foul on UNG just outside of the box as Kelsey Yoder bent a shot inside the near post off the free kick for the game winner.

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