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									  Page 4B THE TOWNS COUNTY HERALD                             February 24, 2010

     Sports T
  February 24, 2010
  December 2, 2009
                                                         Towns County’s Leader In Sports
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hiawassee, Georgia

Seniors honored at final regular season finale Indians close out regular season
                                             with impressive win over Prince Avenue
                                                                                                           By Jerry Kendall
                                                                                                                  After getting themselves
                                                                                                           in position for a possible vic-
                                                                                                           tory in several recent games
                                                                                                           but not quite able to pull off a
                                                                                                           win, the Towns County Indians
                                                                                                           Varsity Basketball built a size-
                                                                                                           able early lead and withstood a
                                                                                                           last half Prince Avenue rally for
                                                                                                           a rewarding 63-50 victory last
                                                                                                           Tuesday in the Towns County
                                                                                                           Gym. The win completed reg-
                                                                                                           ular season play and clinched
                                                                                                           seventh place in Region 8A for
                                                                                                           the Indians, allowing them to
                                                                                                           avoid the dreaded play-in game
                                                                                                           required of the eighth and ninth
                                                                                                           place teams for just one of the
                                                                                                           two to qualify for the region        Ethan Burch spent time on the floor in his last regular season senior
                                                                                                           tournament.                          game.                                   Photo by Jim & Lisa Bryant.
                                                                                                                  The Indians finished with      at 5:38 and then
                                                                                                           a 4-12 record in regular sea-        scored eleven of
                                                                                                           son region play while Prince         the next twelve
Winter sports athletes, cheerleaders, managers and pep band members were honored at the annual Senior      dropped to 2-14 with the loss,       Indian points by
Night activities between basketball games. (Front L-R) Kaleb Garrett, Ethan Burch and John Bleckley.       leaving them to host last place      the 1:35 mark
(Back L-R) Stephanie Fagin, Chelsey Noblet, Ashley Chastain, Tiffany Garrett, Heather Hamilton, Kerri      Tallulah Falls with an 0-16 re-      for a suddenly
Abernathy, Sheena Kendall, Missy Conrad and Alex Bohannan.                  Photo By Jim/Lisa Bryant       cord in the play-in game on          prominent 60-
Jim Bryant                          flower bouquets.                     Mat Hogsed and Parker Brad-        Wednesday. The Indians, on           46 Towns ad-                         Receiving    recognition     shaw.                              the other hand, earned a day off     vantage which
       Thanks to the winter         at the activities were basket-             All the seniors were es-    on Wednesday as they prepared        became a 63-50            Girls Prep Basketball
weather, the TCHS Seniors of        ball players: Kerri Abernathy,      corted on to the floor by per-      to face second seeded Lakeview       Indian victory.
                                                                                                                                                                          Towns County 67                          Social Circle43
                                                                                                           Academy on Thursday at Ath-                                    Towns County 64                          Prince Avenue 58
the winter sports programs were     Missy Conrad, Heather Ham-          sons that are special in their                                                 Swanson            Union County 44                          Gilmer County 35
finally able to receive their due    ilton, Sheena Kendall, Kayla        lives. With the awarding of        ens Academy with the winner          and DJ Rogers             Union County 51                          Rabun County 73
accolades at the regular season     Anderson (mgr), Alex Bohanan        bouquets and basketballs, the      to advance to the Region Semi-       provided most
                                                                                                                                                                          Athens Academy 51                        Tallulah Falls 21
                                                                                                                                                                          Athens Academy 57                        Commerce 44
basketball finale. After a couple    (mgr); Amy Vardeman (mgr),          night was almost complete. The     Finals and Finals on Saturday        of the first half          Rabun County 79                          Dawson County 40
of weather related postpone-        Ethan Burch and John Bleck-         only thing lacking was a couple    and Monday at Towns County.          fire power for             Rabun County 69                          North Oconee 63
ments, the senior activities were   ley. Basketball cheerleaders:       of basketball wins. The boys              After falling behind 4-0,     the Indians with
                                                                                                                                                                          Prince Avenue 48                         Hebron Academy 39
                                                                                                                                                                          Pickens County 31                        Creekview 52
finally recognized. Despite the      Ashley Chastain, Tiffany Gar-       and girls basketball teams made    the Indians pretty much domi-        nine and five              Jefferson 30                             Norcross 58
chilly temperature outside, the     rett, Chelsey Noblet and Steph-     it complete Senior Night 2010      nated the first quarter, springing    points respec-            Chestatee 88                             North Hall 44
                                                                                                           out to a 20-7 lead at quarter’s                                Buford 38                                Lovett 46
crowd inside the gym gave the       anie Fagin. Pep band: Allison       with 64-58 (G) and 63-50 (B)                                            tively in the first        East Hall 50                             West Hall 36
seniors a warm reception as         Arnold, Kaleb Garrett and Jeff      wins. TCH Spts (Feb24,2)sc         end and maintaining the margin       quarter        with       West Forsyth 60                          Flowery Branch 58
coaches in the various sports       Stewart. Wrestlers recognized                                          for a 37-24 lead at intermission.    Rogers         add-       Jackson County 58                        Franklin County 59 (OT)
                                                                                                           The Indians fell on hard times                                 Oconee County 58                         Mountain View 46
gave out handshakes, hugs and       but away in competition were:                                                                               ing seven and             Murphy, NC 56                            Robbinsville, NC 67
                                                                                                           for awhile, however, after open-     Swanson five in            Murphy, NC 76                            Cherokee, NC 66
                                                                                                           ing the third quarter with the
Local baseball campers throw out first pitch                                                                first four points for their biggest
                                                                                                                                                the second and
                                                                                                                                                Swanson’s late
                                                                                                                                                                          Hiwassee Dam, NC 44
                                                                                                                                                                          Hiwassee, Dam, NC 70
                                                                                                                                                                          Robbinsville, NC 100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Highlands, NC 36
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Blue Ridge, NC 29
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Rosman, NC 36
                                                                                                           lead of 41-24. Prince rallied to     heroics       high-       Girls Regions Play-offs
                                                                                                           within 42-33 by the 1:36 mark        lighting the final
                                                                                                                                                                          Towns County 54            Commerce 26
                                                                                                                                                                          Towns County 46            Athens Academy 38
                                                                                                           of the third quarter before Se-      quarter.                  Prince Avenue 53                         Athens Christian 51
                                                                                                           nior Ethan Burch broke the In-              For the            Social Circle 45                         Lakeview academy 42
                                                                                                           dian scoring drought with two        game,       Swan-
                                                                                                                                                                          Social Circle 38           Prince Avenue 46
                                                                                                                                                                          Hart County 63             Oconee County 59
                                                                                                           free throws at the thirty seven      son,      Rogers,         Banks County 62            East Jackson 41
                                                                                                           second mark. When the Wol-           and     Bleckley          Banks county 55            Rabun County 82
                                                                                                           verines sank a trey to pull with-                              Apalachee 57                             Rockdale County 78
                                                                                                                                                each put points           Clarke Central 67                        Rockdale County 46
                                                                                                           in 44-36 just sixteen seconds        on the board in           Madison County 49                        Heritage 28
                                                                                                           into the fourth quarter, Burch       every quarter in
                                                                                                                                                                          Madison County 66                        Loganville 47
                                                                                                           responded with a jumper in the                                 Gilmer County 46                         Flowery Branch 63
                                                                                                                                                leading the way           White County 30                          Gainesville 53
                                                                                                           lane, again giving the Indians a     to victory with           Pickens County 47                        West Hall 28
                                                                                                           bit of breathing room with a 46-     27, 14, and 10
                                                                                                                                                                          Lumpkin County 28                        West Forsyth 41
                                                                                                                                                                          Dawson County 49                         Oglethorpe County 7
                                                                                                           36 score.                            points respec-            Dawson County 29                         North Oconee 55
                                                                                                                  The Wolverines still          tively       while        North Hall 57                            Lambert 36
                                                                                                           weren’t through, however, as         Bleckley          led
                                                                                                                                                                          North Hall 48                            East Hall 62
(L) Carter Wright, (C) Coach Robinson with Wright and Wilson and (R) Brady Wilson opened the               they reduced the lead to 46-                                   Buford 73                                Avondale 40
YHC Mountain Lion home stand.                                                                                                                   in assists with           Buford 45                                Lovett 35
                                                                                                           41 with 6:44 on the clock but        5 with Burch,             Forsyth central 31                       Southwest DeKalb 55
      As the YHC Mountain           pitch.                              to Cat catcher, Brett Armour.      Bradley Swanson pretty much                                    Flowery Branch 42                        Chestatee 40
Lions took the field for their              For the 2010 season two      Following the pitches they had                                          Devin Hender-             Boys Prep Basketball
                                                                                                           seized control of the game for       son, and Rogers           Towns County 34                          Social Circle 38
opening home game of the 2010       youngsters that almost never        their picture made with Coach      the Indians after that. The sharp                              Towns County 63                          Prince Avenue 50
season, two local boys got the      miss a Mountain Lion ball           Robinson and following the                                              contributing 2            Prince Avenue 51                         Hebron Academy 67
                                                                                                           shooting junior assisted Senior      each. TCH Spts(Feb24,4)   Athens Academy 62                        Tallulah Falls 27
dream of a lifetime. Each year      game got the chance to toss out     game, got the two balls auto-      John Bleckley on a field goal                                   Rabun County 49                          Dawson County 58
after summer baseball camp,         the first two pitches. Towns         graphed. Brady is the son of                                                                      Rabun County 74                          North Oconee 73
YHC Head Baseball Coach
Rick Robinson picks a couple
                                    County residents and YHC
                                    baseball fans, Brady Wilson
                                                                        Brad and Andrea Wilson while
                                                                        Carter is the son of Terry and
                                                                                                           YHC home opener 15,                                            Banks County 54
                                                                                                                                                                          Jefferson 65
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   East Jackson 65
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   North Oconee 36

of his “campers” to have the        and Carter Wright took to the       Beth Wright, all of Hiawassee.     Potomac State Catamounts 6                                     White County 47
                                                                                                                                                                          Johnson 73
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lumpkin County 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lambert 37
honor of throwing out the first      hill for the honors as they threw   TCH Spts (Feb24,3)ac                                                                              West Forsyth 50                          Flowery Branch 58 (OT)
                                                                                                                                                                          North Forsyth 54                         Chattahoochie 65
                                                                                                                                                                          South Forsyth 34                         Norcross 83
Phillies dominate Cats 9-0 in tennis outing                                                                                                                               East Hall 6o
                                                                                                                                                                          Chestatee 48
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   West Hall 50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   North Hall 80
                                                                                                                                                                          Apalachee 44                             Salem 62
by Mickey Seward, YHC SID                  Singles:                                                                                                                       Buford 51                                Lovett Academy 52
      Abraham Baldwin Agri-                1. Alejandra Gamboa def.                                                                                                       Walnut Grove 48                          Oglethorpe County 54
cultural College’s 14th ranked      Kinsley Black (YHC) 6-4, 6-0                                                                                                          Cedar Shoals 40                          Winder-Barrow 55
                                                                                                                                                                          Madison County 67                        Monroe Area 58
women’s tennis team defeated               2. Beatriz Miranda def.                                                                                                        Smoky, Mountain, NC 63                   Pisgah, NC 76
No. 21 Young Harris 9-0 in a        Brianna Brinkley (YHC) 6-0, 6-1                                                                                                       Hiwassee Dam, NC 50                      Nantahala, NC 61
                                           3. Keri Huett def. Sarah                                                                                                       Highwassee Dam, NC 61                    Highlands, NC 59
match played at Brasstown Val-                                                                                                                                            Murphy, NC 75                            Robbinsville, NC 62
ley Resort in Young Harris, Ga.,    Deese (YHC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2                                                                                                             Murphy, NC 75                            Swain, NC 60
Friday.                                    4. Jahyna Pope def. Holly                                       Greg Bowder dives for home in YHC 15-6 home                    Hayesville, NC 64                        Swain, NC 60
      Sarah Deese was the lone      Smith (YHC) 6-2, 6-2                                                   opener against Potomac Stat.                                   Boys Regions Play-offs
                                                                                                                                  Photo by Jim & Lisa Bryant              Towns County 50                          Lakeview Academy 72
Young Harris player to win a               5. Marley Myers def. Mi-                                                                                                       Lakeview Academy 60                      Athens Christian 66
set, defeating Keri Huett 6-3       chelle Allen (YHC) 7-6(4), 6-2                                         by Mickey Seward, YHC SID                                      Social Circle 65                         Athens Academy 50
                                                                                                                                                                          Union County 35                          Fannin County 38
in the second set of the No. 3             6. Lauran Smith def.                                                   Six different Young Harris College batters              Dawson County 35                          East Jackson 17
singles match.                      Mary Beth Maxwell (YHC)                                                collected at least two hits and five players drove in           Commerce 75                              Prince Avenue 48
      Doubles:                      6-2, 6-0                                                               at least two runs as the Mountain Lions defeated               Jefferson 78                             Fannin County 36
                                                                                                                                                                          Oconee County 31                         Franklin County 53
      1. Miranda/Huett def.                Abraham Baldwin Agri-                                           Potomac State College 15-6 in the first game of a               Morgan County 60                         Jackson County 43
Brinkley/Deese (YHC) 8-4            cultural College, ranked No. 6                                         three game non-conference series in Young Harris,              White County 47                          West Hall 64
      2. Gamboa/Smith def.          in the nation by the Intercolle- Sarah Deese was the only purple       Ga. on Friday. The victory was the ninth in a row              Chestatee 61                             Johnson 65
                                                                                                                                                                          Lumpkin County 54                        Flowery Branch 42
Black/Smith (YHC) 8-0               giate Tennis Association, nar- Cat to win a set against powerful       to start the 2010 season for the Mountain Lions.               Lumpkin County 40                        North Hall 57
      3. Myers/Pope def. Al-        rowly escaped an upset bid by ABAC.                                           Matt Lowery led Young Harris with three                 Gilmer County 38                         East Hall 86
                                                                                                           hits, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two             Pickens County 56                        Lambert 46
len/Maxwell (YHC) 8-2               No. 17 Young Harris Friday,            Photo by Jim & Lisa Bryant                                                                     Pickens County 53                        East Hall 75
                                    defeating the Mountain Lions                                           runs batted in. Will Callaway, Matt Lobacz, Mi-                Madison County 60                        Clarke County 57
                                    5-4 in Tifton, Ga. TCH Spts(Feb24,4)ac                                 chael Squires, Brett Armour and Greg Bowder all                Buford 52                                Westminister 57
                                                                                                           had two hits for Young Harris. Armour led the                  Johnson 51                               West Forsyth 41
                                                                                                                                                                          West Hall 66                             Gainesville 65
Young Harris Wins Twin                                                                                     team with three RBIs, while Lowery, Callaway,
                                                                                                           Daniel Marsh and Bowder drove in two runs.
                                                                                                                                                                          Riverside Academy 55
                                                                                                                                                                          Prep Tennis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Walnut Grove 47

at Ringor Fastpitch Invitational                                                                           Overall, the Mountain Lions pounded out 16 hits
                                                                                                           in the game.
                                                                                                                                                                          (B) Riverside Academy 5
                                                                                                                                                                          (B) Riverside Academy 3
                                                                                                                                                                          (B) Lakeview Academy 0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chestatee 0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Johnson 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Buford 5
       Kayla Jones scored           Jones      was                                                                Still, Young Harris was forced to come from             (B) Madison County 5                     Stephens County 0
what turned out to be the           2-for-4 with a                                                         behind for the win after the Catamounts (0-1) re-              (G) Lakeview Academy 0                   Buford 5
                                                                                                                                                                          (G) Madison County 5                     Stephens County 0
game-winning run on a field-         run and an RBI                                                         ceived a two-run home run from Tim Hayes in                    (B) West Forsyth 5                       Gainesville 0
er’s choice in the bottom of        in the game.                                                           the first inning. The Mountain Lions would an-                  (G) West Forsyth 3                       Flowery Branch 2
                                                                                                                                                                          East Hall 5                              West Hall 0
the sixth inning as Young Har-             Rikki                                                           swer with nine unanswered runs, including six in               State Prep Wrestling Championships
ris College’s softball team de-     Powers earned                                                          the second inning, two in the third and one in the             Class A
                                                                                                           fourth.                                                        Commerce First Place
feated Spartanburg Methodist        the victory in                                                                                                                        Class AA
4-3 in the Mountain Lions’          the nightcap,                                                                 A two-run single by Armour and RBI sin-                 Jefferson First; Henry County Second; Lovett Third;
second game of the day at the       allowing three                                                         gles by Callaway and Squires highlighted the                   Jackson County Sixth
                                                                                                           second. Lowery and Callaway accounted for the                  Class AAA
Ringor Fastpitch Invitational       runs on seven                                                                                                                         Flowery Branch First
in Aiken, S.C. Young Harris         hits and one                                                           third inning runs with back-to-back RBI doubles                Women’s Collegiate Tennis
won its first game 5-4 in nine       walk      while                                                        and Bowder delivered a run-scoring single in the               YHC 0                                    ABAC 9
                                                                                                                                                                          Brenau 1                                 Columbus State 8
                                                                                                           fourth. Potomac would pull to within 9-4 in the
innings over South Carolina-        striking out six                                                       fifth inning, when Kurtis Voytell picked up an RBI
                                                                                                                                                                          Men’s Collegiate Tennis
                                                                                                                                                                          YHC 4                                    ABAC 5
Salkehatchie.                       batters.                                                               double and Tim Hayes followed with a single that               Collegiate Softball
       In the decisive sixth               In    the                                                       scored Voytell. But another big inning loomed for              YHC 4                                    Spartanburg 3 (OT)
                                                                                                                                                                          YHC 5                                    SC-Salkehatchie 4
inning against Spartanburg          Mountain Li-                                                           the Mountain Lions, who plated six more runs in                YHC 2                                    Calhoun CC 1
Methodist, Jones led off the        ons first game                                                          the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 15-4               YHC 8                                    Alabama Southern 4
inning with a single, before        of the day,                                                                                                                           YHC 1                                    Wallace State 2
                                                                                                           lead. Potomac State would get two runs in the                  Cleveland State 6/6                      Lee University 2/2
going to second on a passed         Watford scored                                                         eighth inning, but they were too little, too late.             Coastal Georgia 0/6                      St. Johns River 2/0
ball. After the next batter in      the winning                                                                   Young Harris starter Mitchell Knox (3-0)                Collegiate Baseball
                                                                                                                                                                          YHC 8                                    JV GCSU 5
the order drew a walk, Jenni-       run in the ninth inning on a        Jennifer Watford hits for the      earned the victory. He allowed four runs (three                YHC 15                                   Potomac State 6
fer Watford swung at a third        play in which Allen reached         M’Lions and scored the winning     earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out            YHC 11                                   Potomac State 9 (10)
strike and bolted to first when      base safely on an error by the      4-3 run in extra innings.          three batters. He was the first of four Mountain                Middle Georgia 0                         USC-Sumter 6
                                                                                                                                                                          Middle Georgia 12/15                     USC-Salkehatchie 11/2
the ball got away from the                                                    Photo by Jim & Lisa Bryant   Lions pitchers used in the game.
                                    USCS first baseman.                                                            Josh Rudnik pitched one shutout inning,
                                                                                                                                                                          South Georgia 6/8
                                                                                                                                                                          Andrew 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   St. Johns River 7/9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Chattahoochie Valley
catcher. The catcher’s throw               Emily Wilson led
hit Watford in the back, and                                                                               walking two batters and striking out one; Lobacz               16
                                    Young Harris at the plate in        a complete game to earn the        allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while                Andrew 2                                 East central CC 18
she was called safe, loading                                                                                                                                              Darton 4                                 Tallahassee CC 3
                                    the opener, going 4-for-4 and       victory. Sink struck out three     striking out one batter; and Brice Baker pitched a             Georgia Perimeter 3/0                    Southern Union 2/1
the bases. Brittney Allen then      scoring a run. Jones had a          batters. The victories im-         pair of shutout innings, allowing two hits and two             Georgia Perimeter 7                      Chattahoochie Valley 2
grounded into the fielder’s          double and drove in a pair of       proved the Mountain Lions          walks with one strikeout. TCH Spts(Feb24,3)ac                  Louisburg 6/7                            Patrick Henry 5/4
                                                                                                                                                                          Louisburg 10                             Wake Tech 3
choice that drove in Jones.         runs. Victoria Sink pitched         record to 4-2 in 2010.                                                                            North Georgia 1/17/16                    Stillman 4/3/10

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