UNG rifle team wins sixth consecutive Georgia State Championship

University of North Georgia

STATESBORO, Ga.

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the No. 19 UNG rifle team took home their sixth consecutive victory at the Georgia State Championship over Georgia Southern and Georgia Military. The Nighthawks fired a 4575 aggregate score to finish 57 points clear of the second place Eagles.

Photo courtesy UNG Athletics

UNG’s Ricky Medina earned second best shooter in the event, just one point behind GS’s Rosemary Kramer for the top shooter honor. Medina was the top smallbore shooter, firing a 574 with no string going for less than 95 points. Tobin Sanctuary was third-best in the smallbore discipline, using a perfect 100 string in the prone position to earn a 571.

Photo courtesy UNG Athletics

Kimberlee Nettles finished in fourth place in the overall shooting, using a 583 in the air rifle discipline that included two 99 strings and two 98 strings.

Kramer was the top shot in the air rifle discipline, firing a 595 that included two perfect 100 strings.

 

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Gooch, Tanner Featured Speakers at Eggs and Issues Breakfast

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce and the University of North Georgia did a great job hosting the 2017 Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast Friday at UNG’s Continuing Education Center.

State Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) and State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) addressed a large, engaged breakfast crowd for about 30 minutes each, then answered questions, primarily related to the upcoming General Assembly that begins next week.

Tanner said the state continues to see month-over-month increases in revenue but added that he has some concerns about lagging sales tax revenue. “We’re concerned bout sales tax revenue because a lot of sales are going to the internet. Were’ also seeing brick and mortar stores like Sears and K-Mart close their doors.”

Tanner also said there is lingering concern about school systems that are failing.

“We all know the governor brought forward legislation last year dealing with Opportunity School Districts that failed at the ballot box. I think about how blessed I am. All my daughters attended schools here in North Georgia where we have good leaders, good educators, good superintendents. But not every child is that blessed. Some children are in schools that fail year after year. Something has to happen.”

He also talked about a school superintendent in Florida that moved a school system of 200,000 students from 50 percent failing to about 80 percent passing. “It’s unbelievable what she has done so we know it can be done.”

Drugs, both legal and illegal, continue to be a serious problem legislators will try to deal with.

“There are new opioid-based drugs coming on line every day,” Tanner said. China has produced a new drug being sold here in Georgia that is not illegal yet, but has produced two fatal overdoses in the last couple of months.

“The opioid issue is something we’re going to deal with on Day 1,” Tanner said.

“The problem is we’re chasing after chemists that continue to change the compound so when we make one drug illegal, they come up with an alternate that isn’t illegal but still has the same deadly effect.”

Gooch pointed out that Georgia has been ranked the No. 1 state in the country to do business by the Site Selection Magazine four years in a row, due primarily to the state’s favorable tax structure.

He also said the state, and in particular north Georgia, is reaping the benefits of having passed the Transportation Funding Act of 2015.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded hundreds of projects designed to improve the state’s infrastructure.

“You’re about to see $600 million spent on Ga. 400 all the way to where it intersects with I-285,” he said. “There will be a northbound and southbound lane added to Ga. 400 from McFarland to Browns Bridge Road. That work should be completed this year. Part of the northbound lane has already been completed and it has made a big difference in the commute time.

“A new interchange is in the design phase for Ga. 400 at Exit 17. The traffic light will be removed there and their will be an elevated off ramp there,” he said. “There is also a continuous flow interchange being built at Ga. 400 and Dawsonville Hwy.”

Gooch spent much of the summer, traversing the state as co-chairman of a joint legislative broadband committee, studying how to bring internet access to rural parts of the state.

“Twenty years ago when a company came to our area to consider relocating, the things that were important to them was roads, water and sewer,” he said. “Today they have to have internet access.”

Gooch said more than a dozen committees had studied the problem this summer and had come up with a report that incorporates 26 recommendations. That report is ready and is now posted on the state’s website.

The problem, he said, is that companies will only invest hundreds of millions of dollars where they can expect a reasonable return on their investment and that is in the urban and suburban areas.

“In order for rural areas to continue to prosper, we’ve got to find ways to incentivize those investments whether it’s through tax credits, grants or federal programs. We’re going to take a strong look at those 26 recommendations and begin to draft legislation. We won’t be in a pass hurry to pass something in the first three weeks of the session. We’re going to take some time and be deliberative about it.”

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UNG will host NCAA Division II Showcase on ESPN3

Sports, University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, UNG will host the NCAA Division II Showcase in front of a national audience, as both Nighthawks basketball teams receive Columbus State on Wednesday, January 9, in the Peach Belt Conference. The games will broadcast on ESPN3 and are scheduled for 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

As established in the NCAA’s Showcase agreement, UNG will have five different sports broadcasting nationally from their home campus, which makes them the first school in Division II to accomplish this achievement.

The nationally televised doubleheader is part of the reward for winning the NCAA Award of Excellence for the Operation Nighthawks of Honor initiative back in 2017. As part of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the UNG athletic department will hold its annual ceremony at halftime of the women’s game honoring those who were killed during, or associated with, the Korean War. Each of the university’s teams was assigned a UNG graduate or former student that were killed in action while serving the country.

The game will serve as a “blue-out,” with games and contests throughout the night for fans to enjoy. The UNG Dahlonega Student Government Association will give out 1,000 free t-shirts, and there will also be a raffle throughout the night to benefit UNG’s Make-A-Wish initiative.

 

 

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UNG Athletics releases 2019 track and field schedule

Sports

DAHLONEGA, GA
Tom Williams, head coach of the University of North Georgia track and field team, has announced the 2019 Nighthawks schedule of events.

The Fifth Annual Cougar Invitational will kick off the season on February 23 and will be hosted by Columbus State. The Nighthawks will then travel to Berry College for the Victor Icebreaker Duals held on March 2.

UNG will then go to Columbus for the Adonica Ferguson Classic on March 9, before going to Emory the weekend of March 22-23 and also March 29-30. The final regular season meet will be in Jacksonville, Alabama, at the JSU Invitational on April 6.

The Nighthawks will then head down to Daytona Beach for the Peach Belt Conference Championships from April 17-19.

UNG women’s soccer seniors earn all-region honors

Sports, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic’s Department, UNG women’s soccer seniors, Renee VanHorn and Asa Thorsen, were announced as the newest members of the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region team. VanHorn earned second team honors, and Thorsen was named to the third team.

VanHorn finished in fourth place at the Peach Belt Conference, with 12 goals for the season. She also added three assists, bringing her collective total to 27 points and six game-winning goals.

Thorsen scored two goals, assisted on three other goals, and was a key player in the midfield for UNG.

 

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UNG will host 32-team high school basketball showcase

Sports, University of North Georgia

LUMPKIN, CO., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG and Adrian Penland Basketball are coming together to host the North Georgia High School Showcase that will be held on Saturday, December 1 in two facilities across campus.

North Georgia Medical Center’s Orthopedic Services is sponsoring the event, which will feature a face-off between 32 of the state’s highest ranking high school programs in the state. There will be 16 games, of which wight will be held in the new Convocation Center, and the additional eight will be held in UNG’s Memorial Hall.

Tickets are available for $10 for general admission, $5 for ages 6-17, and free to children five and under. One ticket is good for all 16 games, and it also includes admission into both facilities.

 

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UNG baseball schedule announced for 2019 season

Sports, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA,GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, head baseball coach, Tom Cantrell, has announced the 2019 schedule for the UNG baseball program. The 2019 schedule includes 29 home games, which will be held at Bob Stein Stadium.

Two of the eight teams that will be matching up in the 2019 season made it to the  NCAA Division II Baseball Championship in Southern Indiana and Columbus State and will go against the Nighthawks during the upcoming season.

UNG will face USI February 15-17, in Dahlonega, before a trip to Columbus May 3-5 to finish the regular season.

UNG’s opener will be against Florida Tech, before opening up at home against Palm Beach Atlantic February 8-10. After the series against Southern Indiana, the Nighthawks will also open in the home Peach Belt battle against Flagler, to end a nine game season.

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UNG women’s basketball team defeats Clark Atlanta 87-55

Sports, University of North Georgia

DAHLONEGA, GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, 10 members of the UNG women’s basketball team earned a spot in the scoring column as the No. 16 Nighthawks downed Clark Atlanta, 87-55, Wednesday night in the UNG Convocation Center.

The Nighthawks hd a strong 7-0 start before the Panthers, increasing that to a 12-0 run later in the first quarter, with the Panthers unable to outscore UNG.

 

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