UNG women spoil UNC Pembroke upset bid, 66-62

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Julianne Sutton

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Down 16 points with 7:33 to play, the No. 17 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team finished the game on a 28-8 run to defeat UNC Pembroke, 66-62, Saturday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

The Braves took advantage of a 25-10 second quarter where the Nighthawks went 1-for-9 from the floor and 0-for-4 from distance. UNCP was able to keep their lead in the third quarter and extended a 10-point lead after the third quarter to 16 with three straight buckets to start the final period.

The Nighthawks stormed back, using full court pressure to force multiple UNCP turnovers as UNG took its first lead of the second half with 59 seconds to play. North Georgia held on to the lead the rest of the way to clinch its 24th straight win inside the friendly confines of the Convocation Center.

NOTES

– Julianne Sutton notched a career-high 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor. She was the only Nighthawk to score in double figures.

– North Georgia had 21 offensive rebounds, turning them into 19 second chance points.

NEXT UP

The Nighthawks hit the road to Columbus State on Wednesday. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.

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No. 11 Nighthawks hold off No. 20 Carson-Newman 67-62

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. — After trailing by four at the break, the No. 11 University of North Georgia women’s basketball team went on a 12-4 run to start the third quarter and made the lead hold up as they took down No. 20 Carson-Newman, 67-62, Saturday in the North Georgia Classic.

The Nighthawks and Eagles traded baskets through much of the first half with C-N pulling out in front late in the half. Neither team shot the ball well in the first two stanzas, shooting a combined 17-of-62 from the floor in the first 20 minutes.

The offense heated up though for UNG in the third quarter, outscoring the Eagles by 11 in the frame and shooting 9-for-11 from the floor in the period. The lead was as many as 12 in the fourth quarter, but Carson-Newman did not go quietly, forcing North Georgia to make free throws late to clinch the win.

NOTES
– North Georgia was led by four players in double figures, including Abbie Franklin who finished with a team-high 19 points. Julianne Sutton added 17, Kara Groover contributed 12 and Kyra Davis had 10 in the win.

– C-N’s Kayla Marosites finished with a game-high 23 points after being held scoreless in the first half.

– The Nighthawks were outscored in every quarter but the third.

– In the other game of the classic Saturday, Life upset Clayton State, 61-60.

NEXT UP
North Georgia will have a week before taking the floor again when they travel to Belmont Abbey next Saturday.

Lumpkin County girls take down Chestatee, move to 3-0

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The first half was close, but the Lumpkin County girls outscored the Lady War Eagles 13-3 in the third quarter to pull away and win the game 48-27 Tuesday night in Dahlonega. Kate Jackson lead the way for the Lady Indians with 17 points in the game. Lexi Pierce also chipped in 12 points as the two girls outscored the entire Chestatee team.

Madisyn Echols sets up the offense.

The first quarter was a defensive battle, with Chestatee coming out with a 5-4 lead. Makenzie Caldwell and Madisyn Echols each scored to keep the Lady Indians in the game.

The offenses shook off the rust in the second quarter. Lumpkin took an 11-8 lead before the Lady War Eagles went on a quick 6-0 run to take a 14-11 lead. The Lumpkin County girls responded well with two buckets to take the lead into the half. Pierce stole the ball and got a layup to end the half, giving her team the 15-14 halftime lead.

The second half was all Indians, as they scored the first five and last eight points of the third quarter to take a 28-17 lead into the final quarter.

Kate Jackson shoots a free throw in the fourth quarter.

Chestatee tried throwing a press defense at the Lumpkin girls, but they broke it with ease. The Indians put up 20 points in the final quarter to extend their lead to a comfortable margin. They scored the last six points of the game and won their home-opener 48-27 over Chestatee.

The Indians’ next game is Friday as they play host to Banks County at 7:00 PM.

UNG women’s basketball athlete celebrates 1,000th career point

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Dahlonega, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG’s Tamera Thorpe scored her 1,000th career point during their game against Flagler; however, the No. 20 UNG women’s basketball team fell to their opponent in overtime, 74-70.

With a jumper at the 4:15 mark in the third quarter, the senior transfer notched point No. 1,001 with her 14th point of the game to put UNG up, 43-42, at that point. From there, the two teams went back and forth before Flagler took a four-point lead with 40 seconds to play in regulation.

Flagler controlled the overtime period, though, retaking the lead right away and never relinquishing it.

 

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

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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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UNG women’s cross-country team runners up at PCB Championship

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BEECH ISLAND, S.C.

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the UNG women’s cross-country team finished in second place on Saturday at the PCB Championship.

UNG junior, Aleah Johnson, led three All-Conference runners to second place behind Flagler Saturday morning at Redcliffe Plantation. Johnson finished in fourth place overall after running a 5K time of 18:40. UNG junior, Bree Hammond, finished in sixth place at 18:51, while sophomore, Kaylee Haake, finished in 15th at 19:09. All three earned All-Conference honors.

Flagler won the race, finishing with 46 points, followed by UNG at 60 points. Columbus State, Georgia College and Augusta rounded out the top five.

This is UNG’s fifth top-2 finish in a row after claiming runner-up honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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UNG sophomore named PBC pitcher of the week

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LUMPKIN, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, UNG sophomore, Nick Clarno, was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came after Clarno hit a homerun all three games against Palm Beach Atlantic. 

Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics


Clarno his .455 against Palm Beach Atlantic over the weekend, driving in six runs as the Nighthawks ran their record to 6-0. Clarno had a 1.364 batting percentage, and he opened with a solo shot in the first game before going for 2-for-4 in the second and third games. He also added a double during the finale, scoring a total of four runs and striking out only once in 11 at-bats. 

Clarno leads the PBC in slugging percentage, is tied for second in home runs and is seventh in total bases. This is his first weekly honor of his career.

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UNG will host 32-team high school basketball showcase

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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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Nine UNG cross-country runners chosen for All-Academic team by Peach Belt Conference

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AUGUSTA, GA

According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, the Peach Belt Conference named nine UNG cross-country runners to the All-Academic team on Friday, October 26. The nine Nighthawks are a part of the 36-runner team. UNG had the most runners honored, followed by Georgia College with eight.

The Nighthawk honorees are: Emma Brown, Sarah Buckler, Maria Coughlin, Makayla Ellis, Bree Hammond, Aleah Johnson, Jordan Mund, Kenedi Rodney and Olivia Terwilliger.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of his/her team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee the program.

 

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UNG cross country runner earns top six

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DAHLONEGA, GA

Nighthawk Cross-Country freshman, Kaylee Haake

According to a press release from the University of Georgia Athletic Department, Nighthawk Cross-Country freshman, Kaylee Haake, earned 20th place out of 292 runners at the Sand Shark Invitational on Saturday, October 20.

The UNG cross-country team finished in sixth place, beating out every southeast region team. They also finished in third place in the Division II category. Savannah College of Art and Design won overall, followed by Embry-Riddle and Florida Southern.

Haake is a Union Grove High School graduate, and she ran a 19:04, pacing the Nighthawks in the 5k race. UNG sophomore, Aleah Johnson, finished in 26th, with a 19:15. Sophomore Bree Hammond, was only three seconds behind Johnson, finishing in 29th. Nighthawks, Maria Coughlin and Makayla Ellis, also scored for UNG; Coughlin finished in 33rd, and Ellis finished in 45th, respectively.

UNG will travel to Redcliffe Plantation on Beech Island in South Carolina on November 3, to race in the PBC Championship.

 

 

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UNG softball opens with 7-1 win over Southern Wesleyan

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According to the University of North Georgia Athletics Department, junior, Marley Stowers, hit a grand slam over the left field wall, pushing No.3 UNG softball team to a 7-1 win over Southern Wesleyan Friday afternoon.

Marley Stowers (Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics)

Kaylyn Anthony scored the game’s first run on a SWU error in the first inning of the opening game of the Cottrell Foundation Loyal Blue Classic. After loading the bases, the Nighthawks got Stowers up to bat and, with a full count, she put the softball well out of the park to push the lead to 5-0.

Kaylyn Anthony (Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics)

Anthony struck an RBI single in the fourth inning before Katelyn Perry tacked on another run ins the sixth on an RBI single. The Warriors pushed a run across in the top of the seventh to bring the game to its final score.

 

 

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Smith named PBC pitcher of the week

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LUMPKIN, GA

University of North Georgia softball player, Kylee Smith, has been named the Peach Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week. The conference announced their consideration on Tuesday afternoon. 

Smith was 2-0 in three NFCA Leadoff Classic appearances, allowing just two hits in 13.2 innings, with a total of 24 strikeouts. She also picked up her first win against No. 19 Lenoir-Rhyne University, going all seven innings with two hits allowed and one walk while striking out 15.

The UNG sophomore pitched five, no-hit innings, landing a 6-3 win over Hillsdale. Overall, Smith struck out six, before pitching 1.2 innings of relief against California University of Pennsylvania, where she struck out three with no hits nor walks allowed. Smith is currently tied for the league lead in wins and is second in strikeouts. 

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UNG President visits LC Library to discuss her new children’s book

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DAHLONEGA, GA

University of North Georgia President, Dr. Bonita Jacobs, visited the Lumpkin County Library for a book reading/signing of her new book, “UNG The Gold I See!” on Thursday. The children’s book is one of five that will be released by Dr. Jacobs and the UNG Press.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Dr. Jacobs told FYN that she was inspired to write the children’s books after she was gifted a copy of Barbara Walsh’s “The Poppy Lady.” “I loved the idea of using a children’s book to tell the history of North Georgia.” She also explains that the “genesis” of the book was to raise money for scholarships, “I’m very passionate about scholarships.” Dr. Jacobs explained, “and all profits from my books go straight to scholarship funds.” Jillian Murphy, Assistant Managing Editor with UNG Press added the book has sold enough copies to fund a few scholarships already.

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

 

 

Dr. Jacobs also expressed gratitude for the book’s illustrator, J’anell Short, who is also Dr. Jacob’s sister, “We were able to save a lot on costs and also have a quick release date, thanks to her willingness to help.” She also added, “I’m very heartened by how well the book has been received.”

Dr. Bonita Jacobs visits Lumpkin County Library

Copies of “UNG The Gold I See!” are available at the UNG Bookstore.

UNG baseball schedule announced for 2019 season

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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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New children’s book celebrates UNG Dahlonega

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DAHLONEGA, GA

The University of North Georgia President, Bonita Jacobs, has written the first of five children’s book that will pay homage to each UNG campus. The book was published by UNG Press, and is titled, “UNG The Gold I See.”

According to a press release from UNG, the children’s book is designed to engage readers, “Of all ages through its multi-generational main characters. Benjamin Brown, daughter Jamie, and grandson Tommy each have a different goal during Visitors Day at the Dahlonega Campus. The grandfather wants to recall the memories of his years in the Corps of Cadets, while Tommy’s mother wants to remember her years in UNG’s nursing program. Tommy wants to find the legendary treasure: the gold hidden somewhere on campus. He has Nigel the Nighthawk, UNG’s mascot, and a treasure map to guide him; his grandfather and mother have their memories.”

“UNG The Gold I See” will be available November 2018, in hardback copies and will be priced at $29.99.

The next book of the series, featuring the Gainesville campus, is scheduled to be released in 2019.

 

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UNG junior in top ten for men’s golf after Matt Days Invitational

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Lumpkin Co., GA

According to a press release from the University of North Georgia Athletic Department, the men’s golf team holds ninth place in the Matt Days Invitational at Oak Mountain Gold Club after UNG junior, Tanner Merck, “carded a two-under 70 in the second round of the day.”

UNG junior Tanner Merck. Photo courtesy of UNG Athletics

Merck had six birdies in the two rounds Monday, including four in the second 18 of the day. His one-under 143 is good for a tie for ninth individually in the tournament.

As a team, UNG shot back-to-back scores of 292 and sits 10 shots out of a three-way tie for second place after the first day of competition. Young Harris leads the tournament with a 36-hole total of 563. The Mountain Lions are 11 strokes ahead of Clayton State, Montevallo and West Georgia, who are all tied for second. Lee rounds out the top five.

Individually, YHC’s John Bolger shot a second-round score of six-under 66 to take the lead by one stroke over his teammate Cameron Kellett and Lee’s Dylan Lillard.

The Nighthawks will wrap up the tournament tomorrow with tee time set for 9am.

 

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