BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Middle School eighth grade teams have announced Students of the Month for January. Students are chosen by their academic teachers for this distinction. Qualifications for this honor include outstanding citizenship, good attendance, respectfulness toward faculty and peers, and a good academic standing.
The students chosen for January are: Aubree Beavers, daughter of Julie Stanley, of Blue Ridge; Corbin Head, son of Marcus and Ashley Head, of Blue Ridge; Carly Cox, daughter of Jamie and Mary Jane Cox, of Blue Ridge; and Giovanni Leal, son of Jose and Maria Leal, of McCaysville.
Pictured left to right:
Giovanni Leal, Aubree Beavers, Carly Cox, and Corbin Head
Fannin County Young Farmers members traveled to the State Capital in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 13 for the Georgia Young Farmers Legislative breakfast. While at the capital the group visited with Senator Steve Gooch and Speaker of the House David Ralston and thanked them for their support of Agriculture and the Georgia Young Farmers Program.
Featured picture: Kenny Queen, Teri Long, Tom Hamby, Speaker Ralston, Aaron Walden, Tayelor Long Rhonda Mathews
Picture below left to right: Kenny Queen, Tayelor Long, Senator Gooch, Teri Long, Aaron Walden, Tom Hamby
Last Wednesday, The Lady Rebels record led them to play in the first round of the region tournament. Fannin traveled to East Hall who was hosting the tournament, to take on North Hall. The Rebels played the Lady Trojans for their last home game, and ended up meeting again on Wednesday for Fannin’s last game of the season.
With the Lady Rebels scoring the majority of their points from downlow, the Trojans made theirs from outside shots. Lady Rebel, Hope Franklin, led her team in scoring with fourteen points due to her determination on the block. Lady Trojan, Maci Gillespie, also led her team in scoring with fourteen points. The first quarter ended with a tied score of 12-12.
You could tell by their performance on the court that both teams wanted to win and continue in the tournament. It was a back and forth game with the score being neck and neck for most of it. The Rebels started to make and take shots above the key to add onto their score. Lady Rebel, Maleah Stepp, added six points to Fannin’s score by making two three point shots. Morgan Holt followed the trend and added ten points to Fannin’s score, three of them being from a shot above the key. The Lady Rebels took the lead going into halftime with a score of 10-9.
The Lady Rebels had good looks up the court and found Maddie Johnson. Johnson contributed five points for the Lady Rebels with her speed. With the game being so close and each team trying to prevent the other from scoring, they both start to foul. Fannin had good looks inside to Makenzie McClure who contributed six points for her team, two being from foul shots. Another Rebel senior, Morgan Patton, added two points to Fannin’s score with foul shots. The game was neck and neck at the end of the third quarter with the Lady Rebels one point ahead of the Trojans 11-10.
The Lady Trojans found some extra spunk at the start of the fourth and final quarter. The Trojans started to draw fouls and add more points to their score. As the buzzer sounded to end the game, North Hall had a seven point lead over Fannin with a score of 50-43.
Fannin’s heartbreaking loss puts their overall record of the season at 9-16. The Lady Rebels had a great season full of heart. These girls always played with great intensity and determination which led them to their victories.
Last Tuesday, the Fannin Rebels traveled to East Hall to take on the Vikings for the first round of the region tournament. The Rebels had played the Vikings the game prior to the matchup and were ready to redeem themselves from the tough loss they endured.
Even though the Vikings beat the Rebels just a few days before, that did not stop them from trying again and giving the game all they had. Rebel, Payton Holt, led his team in scoring with sixteen points by driving the lane. Viking, Luke Cooper, led his team in scoring with twelve points. The Vikings had the lead at the end the end of the first quarter with a score of 30-16.
The Rebels found that East Hall’s heavy defense had not let up any since their previous game, and found ways to get past it. Fannin had good looks up to the court to Chandler Kendall who added seven points to the score with his scrappy playing. Joe Satchell got after loose balls and contributed three points for the Rebels. The Vikings had a 54-31 lead over the Rebels going into halftime.
With East Hall double teaming the Rebels on defense, Fannin started to pass the ball around to create open shots. Rebel, Jack Gobble, contributed nine points for his team with outside shots. Cohutta Hyde followed the trend and added four points to the Rebels score. Even with the Vikings unstoppable outside shots, the Rebels played with spunk. East Hall extended their lead over the Rebels at the end of the third quarter with a score of 66-39.
Even though the Vikings had steal after steal, the Rebels started to rebound which resulted in more points. Rebel post, Ryan Beavers, added five points to Fannin’s score with his aggression down low. Nathaniel Garrison and Joel Kinser both scored four points each for the Rebels from the block. East Hall finishes the night with a 78-52 victory over the Rebels, wrapping up Fannin’s season.
The Rebels loss puts their overall record of the season at 4-21. Fannin might not have have gotten all the wins they wanted to, but this is a team that has worked hard and improved so much since the start of the season. They have never given up and they put their all into every single game.
The Friday before last, The Rebels traveled to East Hall to take on their last regular season game. Even though it was the Vikings senior night, Fannin planned to show no mercy.
While East Hall made the majority of their points from outside shots, the Rebels made theirs form downlow. Viking, Luke Holtzclaw, led East Hall in scoring with seventeen points, fifteen of them being from three point shots. Rebel, Ryan Beavers, led his team in scoring with fifteen points. Beavers was not only on fire under the basket, but also with his outside shots. Chandler Kendall contributed five points for the Rebels, three of them being from a buzzer beater half court shot to end the first quarter with a score of 24-12 with East Hall in the lead.
The Vikings applied heavy defensive pressure throughout the whole game. They would full court press and double team the Rebels which would result in Fannin making turnovers and more points for East Hall. Even though the Rebels were having trouble breaking the Vikings defense, they never gave up. Rebel, Payton Holt, added eleven points to Fannin’s score with his endless hustle. Cohutta Hyde put two more points on the board for the Rebels with his speed. Another Rebel guard, Joe Satchell, contributed six points to his teams score with his ball handling skills. East Hall kept the lead at the end of the second quarter with a score of 42-31.
Fannin started to get the hang of taking and making three point shots in the second half of the game. Brady Martin came into the game with his determination and swooshed a three point shot. Gabe Buchanan for the Rebels did the same thing and added four point on the board with his scrappy playing. Rebel, Chase Culpepper, contributed five points to the rebels score with his willingness to shoot the ball. As the third quarter was coming to an end, something big happened for the Vikings. East Hall senior, Luke Cooper, scored the one-thousandth point of his high school basketball career. With the Vikings on a high from all the excitement, they ended the third quarter with a 72-45 lead over the Rebels.
With East Hall continuing to drive the lane and take outside shots, Fannin had to find a way to score more points. The Rebels started to look downlow to their posts for shots. Rebel, Joel Kinser, had grit on the block and added six points to his teams score. Nathaniel Garrison followed the trend and added four points onto Fannin’s score. Jalen Ingram got to come in for the Rebels and add four points to the score with his aggressive playing. Although the Rebel posts had a great game, unfortunately it was not enough to catch up to the Vikings. East Hall walked away with a 91-65 victory over the Fannin Rebels.
The Rebels loss put their record at 4-20, leaving them to return back to East Hall to play them once again in the first round of the region tournament.
The Friday before last, the Lady Rebels traveled to East Hall to play their last regular season game. The Rebels were hoping to defeat the Lady Vikings to end their season on a good note.
North Hall scored the majority of their points from three point shots while Fannin scored theirs from deep outside shots. Lady Viking, Carly Winters, led her team in scoring with thirty-five points, twenty-four of them being from three point shots. Maddie Johnson led the Lady Rebels in scoring with fourteen points, six of them being from deep shots inside the key. The Lady Rebels were not too far behind the Lady Vikings at the end of the first quarter with a score of 13-22.
The Lady Rebels started to play with some aggression at the start of the second quarter. Everyone on the court had hustle and got after loose balls. Lady Rebel, Morgan Holt, had a great game and contributed thirteen points for her team with her determination. Another guard for the Rebels, Maleah Stepp, added eight points to the score by driving the lane. As the buzzer sounded to end the first half of the game, East Hall had a 33-23 lead over Fannin.
With the Lady Vikings applying heavy defensive pressure by full court pressing and double teaming the Rebels, Fannin had to find a way to get past them. The Lady Rebels looked up the court and and found open teammates. Mackenzie Johnson put three more points on the board for the Lady Rebels with her lightning fast speed. East Hall extended their lead over the Rebels 46-35 at the end the third quarter.
The Rebels started to make a comeback in the fourth quarter. Fannin had good assists inside to the posts who added onto the Rebels score. Hope Franklin contributed eight points for the Rebels downlow while Makenzie McClure added four more from the block. While trying to keep East Hall from scoring, Lady Rebel Mackenzie Johnson received her fifth and final foul, forcing her to leave the game. Despite Fannin’s heart, the Lady Vikings walked away with a 60-50 victory.
Fannin’s loss put their overall record at 9-15, leaving them to play North Hall in the first round of the region tournament.
This past Wednesday, a Fannin County High School football player decided to take a step to further his future by signing a letter of intent to play college football. Rebel Senior, Cole Earls, signed to Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio to be their next tight end.
Wednesday was not only to congratulate Cole, but also Luke Cowart. Cowart had signed to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee a week prior to be their next wide receiver. All of Earl’s and Cowart’s friends and family came to support and congratulate them as they took this exciting step into their future.
“Cole played for us all four years and he was a big part of our team. Luke played with us for three years although I wish he would have played all four. I was excited when he came out to play sophomore year and he did a great job at receiver for us. I am excited for both of them to go on to college and to be able to play football. It is a great opportunity for them and one of the goals we have as a coaching staff is to expose them to opportunities like this. We didn’t have the record we wanted this year but we really saw the effort that these two put in for us. We tried to win all of the games we could and these guys put all the effort they could into these games but unfortunately we could not pull some of theses games off. The ultimate goal is to help them further their future. Football drew me to college and it forced me to do good and I know both of them would have probably gone to college without football, but the sport has opened doors to more colleges and opportunities like these and I know they will be successful. These are two very strong academic schools and they are going to get a great education. I am excited for them because I think this will really open up their future. There will be some hard days but they will battle through it, play all four years, and graduate from that school. They will have a wide open future and I’m really excited for them,” head football coach for the Rebels, James Pavao, shared about the two Rebels.
“We also have Keenan Putnam who signed with the military and we are excited to see what happens for him. I want to give him recognition because what he is doing is very important. He is putting God and our country above himself and that shows what great character he has and we couldn’t be more proud of him,” Pavao shared with the FYN sports team.
Congratulations to all three of these seniors and good luck in your future endeavors!