UNG women’s soccer team defeats Limestone 3-1

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GAFFNEY, S.C.
The University of North Georgia women’s soccer team remains undefeated against Limestone after walking away with a 3-1 victory over the Saints Wednesday.

Three minutes after Limestone tied the game in the first half, freshman Abbie Crane blasted a shot into the net to take the lead. The Nighthawks struck first in the 13th minute when Dani Shartouny intercepted a low goal kick and took it herself to goal, taking the early lead. Limestone brought it back to even in the 25th minute on Megan O’Conner’s fifth goal of the young season.

Right after the Saint goal, Crane checked in and, three minutes later, found the net off a rebounded shot, giving the Nighthawks a 2-1 lead headed to halftime.

The Nighthawks found insurance in the 84th minute when Taylor Malasek finished off a counter started by Shartouny to push UNG to their third win of the season.

 

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UNG women’s golf tops leaderboard after Full Moon BBQ Invitational

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CALERA, AL.

Megan Sabol carded a one-under 71 as the University of North Georgia women’s golf team leads the Full Moon BBQ Invitational after the opening round Monday at Timberline Golf Club.

The Nighthawks shot a 302 in the opening round to lead No. 25 West Georgia by a single stroke. Montevallo is in third, finishing 10 strokes behind UNG, while West Florida and Christian Brothers sit in a tie for fourth.

Sabol started off the day with a birdie on the par-3 16th. She also birdied the par-5 11th hole to get back to one-under after a bogey earlier in the round. The junior is in second individually, two strokes behind West Georgia’s Franziska Bremm.

Rounding out the scoring four for the Nighthawks were Carson Roberts (+5), Jordyn Sims (+7) and Karson Stone (+7). Roberts is in a tie for sixth place, while Sims and Stone are in a tie for 12th. Alexis Whitney, playing as an individual, shot six-over to sit in a tie for ninth individually.

The final round is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. tomorrow morning as the teams will have a shotgun start.

 

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Connectability hosts Race For A Reason

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Runners of all ages and abilities, along with a multitude of volunteers came together for Connectability’s Race For A Reason 5/10K in at Handock Park in Lumpkin County, GA on September 8.

Jon Crais and teammates cross the finish line

Jacquline Daniel founded the Dahlonega charity in 2001, with one goal: to serve adults and children with special needs and also provide support to their friends and families. According to Connectability’s website, Daniel had asked a simple question,”Were there any groups in the Dahlonega area for children and adults with disabilities.” The response she received? “No, but why don’t you get that started?”

Daniel also explained that,”Race for a Reason was inspired by James and I running a 5k in 2015. The teams ran nearly 500 miles this season!

Daniel has recruited the help of many people who share in her vision to “Support for families affected by disability by providing programs to all family members: parents, siblings and extended family as well as the individuals with disabilities.”

Race For A Reason is a fundraiser that, “Builds partnerships of athletes of all abilities with the goal of training and racing together.” Daniel explains on the organization’s website that, “Our teams participate in regular training runs, compete in local 5K & 10K races and build lasting friendships in the process. ConnectAbility provides all racing equipment and race entry fees at no cost to members.”

Male winners of the 5k include: Will Edwards- first place in the 0-14 age category, as well as first place overall in the male-runners category. Jeffery Pruitt-first place in the 15-19 age category. Ben Hall-first place in the 20-29 age category. Scott Beardsley- first place in the 30-39 age category. James Hearn- first place in the 40-49 age category. Mark Morawski-first place in the 50-59 age category, and Gerald Lord, who placed first in the 60- age category.

Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacey Jarrard poses with his children after crossing the Fun Run finish line. Jarrard also ran with Russell’s team.

Male winners of the 10k include: Matt Stephenson-first place in the 0-14 age category. Shawn McNerney-first place in the 15-19 age category. Zach Schofill-first place in the 20-29 age category, as well as first place overall in the male-runners category. Stephen Carter-first place in the 30-39 age category. J. Todd Spradlin-first place in the 40-49 age category, and Kevin Redd, who placed first in the 50-59 age category.

Female winners of the 5k race include: Mna Sorensen-first place in the 0-14 age category. Madison Crews-first place in the 15-19 age category. Annie Pruitt-first place in the 20-29 age category. Elizabeth Conto-first place in the 30-39 age category. Betsy York- first place in the 40-49 age category, as well as first place overall in the female-runners category. Pamela Jones-first place in the 50-59 age category, and Patricia Decraene, who placed first in the 60- age category.

Female winners of the 10k race include: Jessie Massey-first place in the 20-29 age category, as well as first place overall in the female-runners category. Amanda Ostrosky-first place in the 30-39 age category. Tammy DAniel- first place in the 40-49 age category, as well as first place overall in the female-runners category, and Terry Carnes, who placed first in the 60- age category. Race placement and times can be found here.

 

A children’s Fun Run was held after the 5k/10k races as well.

Winners presented with handmade vases donated by famous Dahlonega potter, Brad Walker, of Brad Walker Pottery, and more information on Connectability’s Race For A Reason can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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DAHLONEGA, GA

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.

Photo curtesy of UNG Athletics

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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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. 

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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University of North Georgia women’s 2018-19 basketball schedule announced

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DAHLONEGA, GA

After a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago, head University of North Georgia women’s basketball coach Buffie Burson has released the 2018-19 slate of games as the Nighthawks look to defend their Peach Belt titles from 2017-18.

North Georgia is coming off a 29-5 record from a year ago that included both Peach Belt regular season and tournament championships. The Nighthawks advanced through the first two rounds of the NCAA Southeast Region tournament before falling to No. 6 Carson-Newman, 75-71.

The 2018-19 season kicks off in Young Harris as the Nighthawks take part in the Peach Belt / Conference Carolinas Challenge on November 9-10. One week later, UNG hosts Georgia College, West Florida and Carson-Newman in the UNG Nighthawk Classic. North Georgia will face West Florida in the home opener on November 16 before challenging the defending Southeast Region champion Eagles to a rematch of the final on November 17.

The Nighthawks open PBC play on the road at Francis Marion on December 1 before a two-week finals break. North Georgia will then have four of their next five PBC games in the UNG Convocation Center, including a January 9 nationally televised contest against Columbus State in Dahlonega.

Spirit Night falls on February 13, 2019, as UNG hosts Young Harris to kick off a three-game homestand. Including those three, the Nighthawks will play five of their final seven at home to finish off the regular season.

To view the schedule, click here.

 

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University of North Georgia announces men’s basketball schedule

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DAHLONEGA, GA

The University of North Georgia Athletic Communications department has released the 2018-2019 men’s basketball schedule. Head University of North Georgia men’s basketball coach Chris Faulkner has announced the 2018-19 schedule of contests that includes a nationally televised game on January 9, 2019, against Columbus State in the UNG Convocation Center.

The season gets started with three straight home games, beginning with an exhibition matchup against Emory on November 4. The regular season gets going on November 9 as the Nighthawks host the Peach Belt / Conference Carolinas Challenge with matchups against North Greenville and Erskine.

After a quick trip to Lee, the Nighthawks return home for two more home games against Southern Wesleyan (November 17) and West Georgia (November 20.)

Peach Belt play starts on December 1 as UNG travels to Francis Marion before the final non-conference game of the year on the road at Emmanuel. After finals, the Nighthawks will have four out of five at home in league play, including the matchup with Columbus State on ESPN3.

North Georgia will finish the regular season with five home games out of the last seven, starting with Spirit Night on February 13 against Young Harris.

To view the schedule, click here.

 

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UPDATE: Suspects in Lumpkin County home invasion currently being held without bond

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LUMPKIN CO., GA
Four suspects in a Lumpkin County home invasion on August 17 are currently being held at the Lumpkin County Jail without bond.

Preston Andrew Anderson (18), Quintin Chase McConnell (18), Blake Mitchell McKinzie (17), and Gavyne Anthony Sowell (17) were arrested on August 17 for a home invasion that took place in Lumpkin County.

Suspects in Lumpkin County home invasion held without bond

According to Lumpkin County deputy, Kyle Rosso, he responded to reports of a prowler off Margaret Drive, where upon arrival, he reported seeing an orange Chevrolet Cobalt. When he approached the vehicle, he states, “I observed a male subject frantically exit the vehicle and run into the woods.” The owner of vehicle was later identified as James McConnell. When questioned about the whereabouts of his Chevrolet, Mr. McConnell told Rosso that, “his son and a few of his friends had taken it from the home earlier that night.”

Russo also states seeing a, “dark in color four door passenger car drive down Old Ellijay East. The vehicle stopped in the road and began to turn around at the intersection of Old Ellijay East and Margaret Drive.” During the rush to turn the vehicle around, Russo reports that it “struck the bank as it was in reverse backing up.”

  The occupants of the vehicle, Steven Lewis and Eric Odum, reported to Russo that unknown, masked individuals had entered the front door of his residence, and they had were brandishing firearms. Lewis reported that he had “ran from his home and banged on the neighbors house” for help. The homeowner did not answer the door, but they did call 911, according to the police report.

Russo, along with Investigators Jason Canupp, Aaron Norrell, and Lumpkin County Deputy Sutton found McKinzie and McConnell hiding in a creek bed near the crime scene. Sowell was taken into custody and transported to Lumpkin County Detention Center later that night, after police responded to a 911 call where a citizen had reported an unknown person, dressed in all black walking down Highway 9 south near Siloam Church Road. Sowell admitted to participating in the home invasion earlier that evening.

Anderson was taken into custody the next day by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Items reported missing were a watch and speaker; a mask that possibly belonged to one of the suspects was retrieved from Lewis’ home.

 

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