YHC’s Brian Harper named all-conference second team

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Brian Harper

Young Harris College men’s basketball player Brian Harper was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference second team at the PBC Tournament banquet Friday evening, March 6.

This is the second-consecutive year the senior 5-foot-9 guard from Memphis, Tennessee, had been named to the all-conference team.

Harper led the Mountain Lions with 18.5 points per game, 231 assists and 67 steals, and was second with 4.3 rebounds per game. Harper also paced the Mountain Lions in free throw shooting (.804), field goal shooting (.494) and three-point field goal shooting (.453). Harper, who recorded the program’s second ever triple double – 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – in a win over Columbus State University, leads the Peach Belt in assists and is second in steals, third in three-point shooting, fifth in scoring, and seventh in free throw shooting.

Nationally, Harper led NCAA Division II in assists per game (8.5) for the second-consecutive year. Harper is also second in total assists, sixth in steals per game (2.39), and 10th in total steals.

YHC women’s basketball falls to Lander in PBC tourney quarters

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The Young Harris College women’s basketball team’s first appearance in the Peach Belt Conference tournament came to an end Wednesday, March 4, with a 66-50 loss to top-seeded Lander University in the quarterfinals at Finis Horne Arena in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Young Harris Carly Winters

Young Harris freshman Carly Winters led the team with 19 points Wednesday, March 4.

The eight-seeded Mountain Lions were led by freshman Carly Winters, who scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including hitting four from 3-point range.

Junior Niaya White scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Mountain Lions, who finished the season with a 15-14 record.

Young Harris stayed close with Lander (24-5) through the first quarter as the Bearcats, who are ranked No. 23 nationally, led 16-10 after the first 10 minutes of play.

A 15-4 Lander run in the opening moments of the second quarter allowed the Bearcats to open a 31-14 lead and the team led by as many as 28 points, 58-23, late in the third quarter.

The Mountain Lions refused to go quietly, outscored the Bearcats 21-10 in the fourth to close the gap.

The 15 wins were a nine-game improvement from last season and mark the third-most in the program’s history. The winning season is the first for the women’s basketball team in six years.

Freshman Kalen Surles added eight points, while freshman Mackenzie Johnson added a team-high six rebounds in the loss.

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Towns County Rec Director Youngblood talks decline in football interest

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Matt Youngblood

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Recreation Director Matt Youngblood attended July’s county commissioner’s meeting to inform the community about the county’s sports facility, including the reason he believes an interest in youth football has decreased.

“One thing that has been a concern for us at the rec department is the interest level in football. I know a lot of people are wanting to know what happened with football in our area,” Youngblood said, explaining that parents have raised concerns about head injuries – specifically concussions – that could result from tackles, and that only two children had enrolled to participate. The recreation director reported that the center began offering flag football as a milder alternative, although only five children signed up for the added sport.

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Towns County Recreation Center basketball courts

Enthusiasm for other physical activities is different story, however, with 67 athletes participating in the center’s basketball camp, Youngblood said. Towns County Recreation Center offers the annual basketball camp in association with Young Harris College Division II Basketball. The program began in 2017 with the help of YHC Assisant Men’s Basketball Coach and former player, Steve Viterbo. With the vision of giving youth an opportunity to learn fundamentals from Division II athletes while they impart knowledge, show offensive and defensive drills, and create an energetic atmosphere where youth can prosper.

The sport center offers two high school regualtion size basketball courts with a drop down divide to separate the dual courts, and multi-purpose flooring with a 2 millimeter cushion to help prevent injury. Soccer was added to the roster this past year, drawing approximately 90 players of both genders, Youngblood said.

Towns County Rec Center

Towns County Recreation Center fitness facility

Two ball fields were constructed at the Young Harris facility that can be used for both baseball and softball. Located separately, within the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, are three ball fields that will soon receive updated scoreboards. The area consists of one 14u baseball field, and two fields that serve as multi-purpose for 12u, 10u, coach pitch, and T-ball. An outdoor pickleball complex, located near the fairgrounds, boasts 14 courts, and an indoor pickleball court is available at the former recreation center, just west Hiawassee city limits on State Route 76.

Towns County Recreation Center features a one-tenth mile indoor walking track, along with a fitness center, provided free of charge for all Towns County residents. Fitness equipment ranges from treadmills, ellipticals, recumbant bikes, bench press, and a line-up of Cybex body equipment.

The state-of-the-art facility is located at 150 Foster Park in Young Harris. Additional information on Towns County Recreation Center is available by clicking this link.

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5 Star Basketball Camp at Towns County Recreation Department

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5 Star Basketball Camp with Director: Ray Porredon and Assistant Coach Lowell Hamilton.  July 22nd, 23rd, and 24th at Towns County Recreation Department!  $75 for the camp.   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Bring your own lunch and concessions will be sold at the recreation department.  Tentative, Tri-State All-Star Game July 24th 6 p.m.   Please contact Ray at 706-304-8402 to register and more information.

Union Girls top Darlington, Boys force ‘Mercy Rule’ against Peidmont

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By Isaiah Garrett, TeamFYNSports reporter

Wednesday Dec. 27, Union County played in the 24th annual Battle of the States tournament. The lady panthers tipped off at 4pm playing against Darlington School.

The lady panthers got off to a slow start falling behind 16-14  at the end of the first. However, Senior Bailey Daniel led a lady panther 3 point parade by shooting 3-4 from downtown in the 2nd quarter.

Union led 31-26 at the half. Both teams were plagued with turnovers in the 3rd quarter, a combined 14 turnovers led to a score of 38-33 at the end of the 3rd. However, Darlington battled back to tie the game at 52 with only 57 seconds left in regulation.

Junior forward Adeline Dockrey made an incredible fade-away hook shot with 17 seconds left to grab the lead, a shot so impressive you had to see it to believe it. A Darlington 3-pointer at the buzzer fell inches short as it bounced off the rim.  Union takes the win, 54-52.

Bailey Daniel led the panthers with 22. The lady panthers advanced to the semi-finals to play Murphy, NC at 4pm on Dec 28th. Full story to follow.

Panthers force ‘mercy rule’ in dominant 69-27 victory
The panthers tipped off at 5:30 against Piedmont AL. Piedmont was ranked the #2 team in class AAA in the preseason.
Union got off to a hot start leading 13-8 as Union had 4 steals in the first quarter. Union took a 18-5 run to extend the lead going into the half, leading 31-13.
Sophomore Pierson Allison led the panthers with 11 points in the first half. Union continued the hot start in the second half and at the end of Q3 led 54-24.
Due to the mercy rule, the 4th quarter was shortened from 8 to 6 minutes. Union finished the game with a score of 69-27. Sophomores Pierson allison (14) and Sawyer Drake (13) led a very balanced panther attack into the semi-finals. Union advanced to play Murphy at 5:30pm on Thursday.  Full story to follow.

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Battle of the States: 1st Round Recap

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The 24th Annual Battle of the States Christmas Tournament kicked off in Hiawassee, Georgia on Wednesday, Dec 27. The tournament consists of eight boys and eight girls teams, who represent GA, NC, TN, and AL.  There will be eight games a day for all three days of the tournament.

Here are the the first day results from the girls’ side of the bracket:

In the 10am game, Murphy NC beat Lumpkin County Girls by a score of 76-55. Post, Jessica Beckner led the Lady Bulldogs with 24 pts. Lumpkin was led in scoring by Makenzie Pulley, who had 19 pts.

In the 1pm game, Hokes Bluff, Alabama defeated Polk County, TN by a score of 32 – 23. Amanda Noah led Hokes Bluff with 21 pts. Nikki Ball led Polk County with 11 pts.

In the 4pm game, Union County defeated Darlington Academy in a close fought contest.  Union pulled out a 54-52 victory as Darlington missed a game-tying field goal as time expired. Adeline Mockery paced the Lady Panthers with 22 pts. Caroline Dingler led Darlington with 21 pts.

In the 7pm tilt, the Towns County Lady Indians defeated rival, Hayesville, NC by a score of 52-42. Towns County kept the lead the whole first half, taking a 22-19 lead into intermission. The two teams were tied at 26 before Towns County’s press stretched the lead to 43-30 at the end of the third. Towns closed the game with a 10pt victory. Freshman, Kennedi Henson led Towns with 16. Junior, Taylor Cornett gave 9 pts, with a trifecta of long distance shots. Senior Madison McClure had 8 pts, hitting four crucial free throws in the game’s final minutes. Hayesville was led in scoring by Junior, Savanna Annis with 18 pts. Hailea Rickett finished with 17 pts.

Day Two of the Battle of States tournament will feature 4 girls and 4 boys games through the whole day of Thursday, December 28th. The tournament will conclude on Friday, December 29th with 8 more games to determine Battle of the States’ Champions, as well as 2nd through 5th place for Boys and Girls.

Day 2 Schedule (Thursday, Dec. 28)

10 am – Lumpkin County vs Darlington Academy (Girls)

11:30- Piedmont, AL vs Lumpkin County (Boys)

1:00 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Girls)

2:30 – Polk County, TN vs Hayesville, NC (Boys)

4:00 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Girls)

5:30 – Union County vs Murphy, NC (Boys)

7:00 – Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Girls)

8:30 –  Towns County vs Hokes Bluff, AL (Boys)

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.

Panthers take down Rebels

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Friday Jan 12, the Lady Panthers faced off against the Fannin County Lady Rebels in a 7-AAA matchup. The Lady Panthers tipped off at 7pm.

The Lady Panthers got off to a hot start leading 11-7 at the end of Q1. The Lady Panthers were led by sophomore forward Andelin Hill who had 5 Other scorers were Kait Mccarter(4), Bailey Daniel(2).

The Lady Panthers wrapped up an intense 2nd quarter with a 26-19 lead over the Lady Rebels. Kait Mccarter had a huge quarter scoring 11. Sophomores Brooke Dockrey and Andelin Jill also had 2 points, respectively.

Going into the third quarter, the Lady Panthers got off to a hot start as they pulled an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 37-24. UC was led by Bailey Daniel(5), Kait Mccarter(4), Brook Dockrey(2). Kait Mccarter scored a career high 25 points in a Lady Panther domination of the Lady Rebels by a score of 45-29.

Bailey Daniel and Brooke Dockrey also scored (7) each. The Lady Panthers improve to 12-5 and 4-2 in Region 7-AAA. The Lady Panthers play GAC on Saturday, Jan 13th. The Lady Spartans are ranked #1 in the state in AAA.

The Panthers tipped off at 8:30pm, following the Lady Panthers. The Panthers trailed 10-9 at the end of Q1 led by RJ Banton (4), Pierson Allison (3), and Crawford Colwell (2).
UC trailed 20-17 as FC hits a 3 to put them on top going into the half. The Panthers were led by RJ Banton, Britt Waller, Patrick Baggett, Crawford Colwell all scored 2 points.
The Panthers got off to a slow start out of the half to trail 38-25 as FC went on a 18-5 run to end Q3. UC was led by Crawford Colwell (4), Candler Colwell, and RJ Banton both scored (2). Pierson Allison had (17) and Crawford Colwell (12), while accounting for every UC FG over the final 15 minutes.
Other UC scorers were RJ Banton (8), Britt Waller, and Patrick Bagget scored (4) and Candler Colwell (2). The Panthers fall to 13-4 and 3-3 in region play. The Panthers hosted the GAC Spartans on Saturday, Jan 13th. GAC Is ranked #5 in the state in AAA.  Follow us on facebook and twitter for up-t0-the-minute coverage and breaking sports news, as well as score updates throughout the games.  Full story on the GAC matchup to follow.

Short Takes – The Ugly Americans

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I could start out I suppose with some screed about the disappearing Al Franken(stein) but he’s done so much damage to himself and his party that little more need be said. Just keep it in mind that Al Franken is a really creepy fellow. My lasting image of him was his role in the movie Trading Places mocking a caged gorilla. I can’t get that image out of my mind and listening to big Al, now a humorless US Senator from Minnesota, interrogate Trump appointees as a member of the Senate Judiciary committee, I’m not convinced at all that the real gorilla truly didn’t get released back into the African wild. Enough on Al.

President Trump has just returned from his first presidential tour in the Far East. His reception by the Chinese was triumphal yet marred in the eyes of Trumps Chinese hosts by the ugly American incident that embarrassed President Trump, and should have embarrassed all American’s.

It seems that the UCLA Basketball team was on a tour playing against teams in the Chinese People’s Republic, when three of UCLA’s sterling members, Americans of African descent as it turns out, brought shame and embarrassment to President Trump and disgrace to themselves, and our nation, by assuming they were in their neighborhood corner convenience store where they could freely help themselves to pairs of sunglasses without paying for them. It’s called shoplifting or petty theft but, it’s still a crime. Could get you killed in Ferguson, Mo.

While the ‘brothers’ may look upon such actions here in America as their rightful due because their ancestors were once slaves, the Chinese look upon such social trivialities with different eyes. Ten years in a Chinese prison can be no picnic and, except for the incidental presence of an embarrassed President Trump, that’s exactly where they would have been, for a long, long time and nobody would be crying racism because nobody would care.

To their good fortune, President Trump sprung them from their worst possible nightmare of actually being enslaved as prisoners of the Chinese State. He got them home safe into the embrace of their communities where such behavior is apparently expected and alas, accepted. The three, their eyes cast down to the printed words provided to them mumbled, without contrition, their appreciation to President Trump for their salvation yet, not one word of apology was expressed to the American people for shaming our country by their feckless behavior.

People like these three are not really Americans because they have no pride and no shame. And, except for the fact they were born here, they are really just US citizens in name only, of no value to American prosperity or advancement and should be considered as such.

The three miscreants have passports and therefore, as individuals, should be allowed to come and go to foreign countries as they wish, but never, never, ever should they be allowed to go abroad again as members of any organized sports team, debate society, or anthropological research team, representing America. We have enough problems with our own government perverts stalking storm ravaged Caribbean Islands looking for poor children to molest and groping women in corporate work places to add these guys to our burden.

One big problem for America is that we have lost our morality on an individual basis. We truly believe that all (Americans) are equal yet we send forth goodwill ambassadors, passionate exponents for their sports, mostly, and they become the ugly Americans. What’s to be done?

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (18Nov17).

Towns varsity teams dominate tourney openers

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By Isaiah Garrett, FYN Sportswriter

Wednesday, Dec 27, Towns county hosted the 24th annual Battle of the States tournament. The Indians played rival Hayesville yellow jackets in both the girls and boys games.

The lady Indians led at the end of Q1 by a score of 12-6 led by junior guard #22 Kristen Byers who has 7 points. A game where bench players contributed to just as much playing time as the started due to fouls, there were a combined 21 fouls in the first half.

Hayesville kept battling as the score was 21-19 at the half. The lady Indians got off to a slow start coming out of hen half but finished Q3 on an 11-0  run to extend the lead 40-30 at the break. Towns held on to win the game by a final score of 52-42.

The Lady Indians hosted the 2X defending Battle of the States champion Hokes Bluff, AL at 7pm on Thursday, full story to follow.

Towns County 54, Hayesville NC 47
The boys tipped off at 8pm. A fast paced first quarter ended at a score of 16-11. Towns County’s lead grew larger over the course of the second quarter as the Indians led 28-17 at the half.
Towns was led by a balanced attack through the first three quarters as 4 players had 5-or-more points. Towns closed out the 3rd quarter with a a lead of 42-36.
Towns County finished the game with a final of 54-47. Towns was without star center senior Logan Cowart as he was inactive with a foot injury which occurred in the FCA Allstar Football game Saturday Dec. 16. His timetable of being out is still uncertain. The Indians moved on to host Murphy at 8:30pm on Thursday.  Full story to follow.

#NCAA #MarchMadness Time for the #Sweet16

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2017 #NCAA #MarchMadness How is your Bracket? Check out #BKP’s picks for the #Sweet16. Don’t miss my upset pick. Who will lose the next #1 spot?

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