Columbus State defeats UNG in PBC women’s title match

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FLORENCE, S.C. – Columbus State defeated the University of North Georgia, 4-1, Sunday to win the Peach Belt Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament championship.

The Cougars earned the doubles point, but UNG gave CSU a scare after Holly Bennett and Vaishali Jorge put North Georgia in front in doubles action with a 6-2 win at No. 1. The Cougars earned the point with 6-2 wins at the other two lines.

The Nighthawks briefly tied the match at 1-1 after Marleen Tilgner retired at No. 1 singles, but Columbus State went on to win in straight sets at Nos. 3, 4 and 6 to clinch the championship.

Despite falling in the match, North Georgia swept the tournament MVP honors with Adrienne Bofinger winning singles MVP while Bennett and Jorge won the doubles MVP for the tournament.
North Georgia will now await the NCAA selection show set for May 7.


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FIVE STRAIGHT!!! No. 1 Softball Breaks Records in PBC Tournament Championship

University of North Georgia
5/5/2018 | Softball | Box Score 1 | Box Score 2
DAHLONEGA – For the fifth consecutive year, the No. 1 University of North Georgia softball team claimed the Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship Saturday with a 4-0 win over Columbus State at Haines & Carolyn Hill Stadium. Earlier in the day, the Nighthawks broke the program’s single season wins record with a five inning 8-0 win over Lander in the semifinals.

Jordan Deep got things started in the second inning with a solo bomb to left field to put UNG on top, 1-0. In the third, the Nighthawks got rolling again with a RBI double from Brittany Gilliam followed by a RBI single from Alishia Frierson to push North Georgia out to a 3-0 lead.

Lexi Duncan kept the rally going in the inning with a double to the wall in right center to plate Frierson before a RBI single by Sydney Sprague to cap off the five-run inning.

Sprague walked the game off in the fifth with a two-run bomb to deep center to push the Nighthawks to their 10th PBC Championship game.

Both teams were quiet headed into the bottom of the third inning when Sprague struck again for another two-run blast to give UNG a 2-0 lead. After three more quiet innings, Shelby Hammontree hit a two-run bomb that plated Gilliam and gave the Nighthawks the four-run cushion.

Kylee Smith (30-1) threw her second one-hitter of the day and struck out nine batters to push the Nighthawks to their fifth consecutive conference tournament championship.

– North Georgia has now won 56 games this season, breaking the program record for wins in a single season that was at 54 previously. UNG is 56-2 headed into the NCAA Division II regional round next weekend.

– The Nighthawks break the conference record for consecutive tournament championships that Kennesaw State held from 1995-98.

– Smith, Hammontree and Sprague were named to the All-Tournament team, while Sprague was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

– The Nighthawks are now 8-2 all-time in PBC Tournament championship games and have still never lost in the league’s tournament when holding the top seed.

The Nighthawks, No. 1 in the nation and in the latest regional rankings, will likely host the regional round of the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament but will await the selection show to be broadcast Monday morning at 10 a.m. on

White County releases approved 2018 football schedule

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The White County Warriors had an impressive 2017 football season. Coming off an abismal 1-9 season in 2016, the Warriors came out swinging and scored some big wins early in 2017; defeating Franklin (33-0), Lumpkin (66-14) and Habersham Central (24-21) before dropping a tough loss to Rabun County (49-26).

The Warriors came back the following week and knocked down North Hall (28-18), who’s only other loss to a AAAA power came in the final seconds against Pickens County (42-35) where the Trojans marched down the field and came up just short as time expired.

In 2018, the Warriors will once again have an exciting schedule to kick off the season, and there’s no doubt they’ll be looking to duplicate and even improve upon their 7-4, 2-2 season from last year.

With games at Lumpkin County and then home against Habersham Central, the Warriors kick the season off much like they did in 2017.  However, put a big red circle around the Sept 7 game at Pickens County, where PHS head coach Chris Parker is likely reloading rather than rebuilding this season.  The game pits two quality AAAA programs against each other in non-region play, with White representing Region 7-AAAA and Pickens representing Region 6-AAAA.  Both teams were eliminated early in post-season play last year, but both teams proved to be fearsome opponents on the gridiron regardless of home/away.

After the Pickens game, the Warriors schedule doesn’t let up.

The Warriors enjoyed a 10-pt victory over North Hall last season, but the Trojans played much better football as the season continued, and was the #TeamFYNSports Most Improved Team in Region 7-AAA last season.  The Warriors will look to defeat the Trojans (9/14), before taking the drive over to Marist for their first game in region play.  Marist, as the whole world is aware, is the defending region champion in Region 6.  What’s interesting about Marist is although they won their region, defeating rival Blessed Trinity 25-24 early in the season.  Two months later, the two teams met again in the State Championship and Blessed Trinity defeated the War Eagles 16-7.  Undoubtedly, Marist will look to return to the final in 2018, but they will have to go through White County first.

Perhaps the best part of the Warriors’ schedule this year is the break between facing Marist (9/21) and Blessed Trinity (11/2), although the Warriors will need to defeat Flowery Branch, West Hall, Denmark and Chestatee during the interim.

How will the 2018 season fare for the Warriors of White County?  It’s too early to tell.  Rest assured the team will be preparing accordingly and TeamFYNSports looks forward to reporting on the 2018 season from the sidelines this fall.


Union County takes 3rd in Battle of the States

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Friday Dec. 29, the panthers looked to finish off day 3 of the Battle of the States tournament. Both teams were 1-1 and were playing for 3rd place. Both were playing towns. The lady panthers dominated all assets of the game.

The lady Indians were missing star freshman forward Kennedi Henson and the lady panthers capitalized early and often as the panthers out rebounded the lady Indians 16-6 in the first half. The score was 13-8 at the end of Q1.

The lead grew of the course of Q2 at the half the score was 24-13 as sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey led the team with 8 points. At the end of Q3 38-22. Union ended the game with a final score of 52-33 at sophomore guard Brooke Dockrey had 16 and senior guard Bailey Daniel had 14.

Union out rebounded the lady Indians 28-12 as The lady panthers finished 3 and had one all tournament selection which was Bailey Daniel. The lady panthers are currently ranked 11th in AAA and host the #14 lady Vikings Jan. 2nd @ 6.

The panthers also faced towns county both teams 1-1 and playing for 3rd place. Towns was out star center Logan Cowart and Union capitalized off of the low post weakness.
Union got off to a hot start and never let down.
UC led 23-12 at the end of Q1 as senior Patrick Bagget hit a buzzer beating 3 to extend the lead. Union was hot from beyond the arc in the first half as union had 11 3 pointers in the first half. Led by sophomore guard Pierson Allison.
Pierson went 5-5 in the first half from beyond the Arc. Senior Cole Davis also hit a 3 at the buzzer to extend the halftime lead 54-25. Union also led 68-42 at the end of Q3. The final score was 82-59 as UC improves to 11-1.
Union hosts the #12 in AAA East Hall on Jan. 2nd. @7:30.

Lady Bulldogs 76, Lumpkin Co 55

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The Murphy Lady Bulldogs can play, folks.  They opened the Battle of the States tournament at Towns County High School against a quality opponent, the Lumpkin County Lady Indians.  Lumpkin (4-4, 1-1) was coming off a big 51-24 win at home against Mt Zion, after a tough 2-pt loss at Gilmer.  Lumpkin’s biggest win of the season so far was against region rival Dawson County (46-39).  The fact of the matter is – Lumpkin County is no push-over.

All that being said, Murphy’s varsity girls (6-1, 1-0) may carry the most talented roster TeamFYNSports has seen step onto a basketball court.

Nine different Lady Dawgs scored in the game, as Murphy head coach Ray Gutierrez worked to spread the playing time among his elite corps of hoopsters.  Murphy senior Jessica Beckner was easily the TeamFYNSports player of the game, as she scored 24 points with 9 field goals and she went 6-of-7 from the free throw line.

Junior Ellie Martin, one of three Lady Dawgs to hit shots from beyond the perimeter, was the second-leading scorer with 12 points, two of her baskets coming from outside the arch.

Juniors Aubrey Clapsaddle and Bri Moore each scored 8 points in the game, followed by sophomore Sydni Addison and senior Hailey Thompson with 7 points each.  Freshman Kaiya Pickens scored 6 points in the game.  Senior Brittin Johnson and  freshman Sarah Pulliam each scored 2 points for Murphy, respectively.

The first quarter was all Murphy – scoring 21 points and holding Lumpkin to only two points of offense, both points coming by way of free throws made by Raven Chester of the Lady Indians.  With a 21-2 first quarter, most expected this game to be over before it even began.

However, the Lady Indians’ offense came alive in the 2nd quarter, ignited behind the effort by Karlee Armstrong, who hit two 3’s and a field goal to put up 8 of Lumpkin’s 18 points.  Makenzie Caldwell hit a three-pointer and Clara White put up six points in the effort as Lumpkin fought to challenge Murphy’s dominant start.

Murphy’s offense was as consistent and accurate in the 2nd as it was in the 1st quarter, despite the offensive push-back by Lumpkin County.  The Lady Dawgs put up 21 points (again) and led 42-20 going into the locker room at halftime.

Throughout the second half, both teams saw surges in which Murphy would increase their lead, followed by Lumpkin patiently chopping away at it.  Ultimately, the margin would prove too great for the Lady Indians to overcome.

Murphy won the game by a final score of 76-55, advancing to face Union County in the second round, Thursday afternoon.  Lumpkin’s varsity girls moved to the other side of the bracket, facing Darlington (GA) Thursday morning.


Women’s Soccer Named Co-PBC Regular Season Champions; No. 1 Seed in Tourney

University of North Georgia
10/28/2017 | Women’s Soccer
AUGUSTA, Ga. – After Georgia College defeated No. 15 Columbus State, 2-1Saturday afternoon, the University of North Georgia women’s soccer team claimed its first-ever Peach Belt Conference regular season championship. The Nighthawks will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming PBC tournament starting Tuesday.

North Georgia finished the regular season at 11-3-2 and 8-2 in league play. UNG finished in a tie with Columbus State atop the PBC standings and both teams are regular-season co-champions. However, North Georgia defeated Columbus State, 3-2, in Columbus in September and take the top seed with the head-to-head win. UNG has been the No. 2 seed in the tournament each of the past three seasons.

The Nighthawks will open up the tournament against No. 8 seed USC Aiken on Tuesday in Dahlonega at the UNG Soccer Complex. UNG defeated the Pacers, 3-2, in come-from-behind fashion earlier this month.

Should UNG defeat USC Aiken Tuesday, they will travel to Evans, Georgia, and Blanchard Woods Park for the tournament semifinals, starting Friday morning. - Dedicated to serve the needs of the community. Provide a source of real news-Dependable Information-Central to the growth and success of our Communities. Strive to encourage, uplift, warn, entertain, & enlighten our readers/viewers- Honest-Reliable-Informative.

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