It was a very important day for Fannin County High School Senior Grant Baker and his family. With his mother Linda and his father Brandon at his side, Grant took his place at the table to sign his National Letter of Intent. His choice for furthering his education was Point University in West Point, GA. Known as the Skyhawks, Point University is a NAIA private Christian college in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with universities as Reinhardt in Waleska, GA. and Bryan College in Tennessee.
In Attendance for the ceremony were School Administrators, Coaches, teammates, and family all looking on in excitement and support for Baker as he continues his education and do one thing he loves, that is to play the game of baseball. Grant Baker has played this game most all his life starting in recreation ball through Fannin Co. Recreation Department to present where he is finishing his high school career with the Rebels. In the last three years as a Rebel, Baker has won 11 games and pitching 109 innings with 87 strikeouts and a earned run average right at 3.00. Baker helped lead the Rebels to their first playoff appearance in several years after the 2017 regular season and is competing hard to do the same in the 2018 season.
His High School Accolades include the 2015 JV Rebel Award and the 2017 Fannin Co. Pitcher of the Year. Baker also has played travel baseball for the East Cobb Black Knights out of Marietta, GA where he was named to the Perfect Game All-Tournament Team 9 consecutive times.
Congratulations to Grant Baker and his family on this great opportunity in continuing his education and growing in to the man he wants to become.
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This past Thursday, The Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for a double header. Fannin won the first game of the night 5-1 and they were looking to claim a victory once again.
Grant Baker started off pitching for the Rebels in the second game of the night where he walked four batters and struck out four. Garrett Rogers was the go to guy on defense for the Rebels with his perfect inning of three balls hit to him in left field and all three being caught. Chandler Kendall started the bottom of the first inning with a line drive to left field where he made it to first base. Gabe Buchanan stepped up to the plate and closed out the first inning after hitting Kendall home, putting the Rebels in the lead 1-0.
Fannin had a quick inning on defense in the top of the second where they allowed one runner to get on base, then got three outs in a row. The Rebels got their second wind on offense when they all started to put the ball into action and get an early lead over Lumpkin. The bases were loaded when Carson Beavers stepped up to bat. Beavers hit a ball deep center field, bringing in two runs, and advancing Drew Foresman to third base. Gabe Buchanan hit a fly ball to left field, sacrificing himself as an out so that Foresman could score. Miles Johnson also hit a bomb to left field where he advanced to first base and brought Beavers home. Jack Gobble followed the trend with his hit to left field as he advanced to second base and brought Johnson home. Matthew Shirah brought in the final run of the inning when he hit a ground ball to left field, allowing Gobble to reach home and put the score at 8-0.
In hopes of making a comeback, Lumpkin managed to load the bases in the third inning, but could only manage to score one run. Fannin stepped up to bat, looking to continue their hitting streak to find the Indians having a perfect inning of three outs in a row. Lumpkin put a run on the board and held the Rebels, making the score 8-1 at the end of the third inning.
The bases were loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning when Matthew Shirah went up to bat. Shirah got a double from hitting the ball deep center field, bringing Miles Johnson and Garrett Rogers home, and advancing Blake Rogers to third base. Drew Foresman stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive to right field, bringing Rogers home, and advancing Shrah to third base. Carson Beavers followed the trend by hitting a line drive to right field, bringing Shirah home, and advancing Foresman to second base. The Rebels runs put them with a 12-1 lead over the Indians at the end of the fourth inning.
Dylan Walton came in to relieve Baker from the mound in the fifth inning. Walton finished the top of the fifth by striking out two batters, and walking none. Fannin’s lead proved to be too great for the Indians to overcome, resulting in the game to come to an early end with the Rebels in the lead 12-2.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-1, Miles Johnson-2, Jack Gobble-1, Garrett Rogers-2, Blake Rogers-2, Matthew Shirah-2, Drew Foresman-1, Carson Beavers-1.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 13-10. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 10, as they take on Union County at home starting at 5:55!
This past Thursday, the Lumpkin County Indians traveled to Fannin to take on the Rebels in a double header. The Indians were looking to redeem themselves from the previous loss they endured from Fannin while the Rebels looked to continue their winning streak.
Matthew Shirah started off pitching on the mound for the Rebels. Over a total of 4.2 innings, Shirah struck out seven batters and walked one. Rebel, Carson Beavers, closed out the top half of the first inning with a great diving catch in center field. Jack Gobble started things off for the Rebels at the bottom of the first inning by hitting a ball to center field, making it to first base, and bringing a runner home. Gobble’s RBI put the Rebels ahead 1-0 over the Indians to close out the first inning.
The second inning had perfect three up and three down outs for both teams while the third inning was full of errors. The Rebels mistakes on defense led to Lumpkin putting a run on the board. Fannin fought back on defense in the fourth inning with a lot of diving catches, preventing Lumpkin from scoring. The Indians run tied the game 1-1 until the fifth inning.
Shirah started off the fifth inning strong with two strikeouts in a row before Tyler Norton was put in to relieve him. Norton closed out the top of the fifth by throwing the perfect pitch for Lumpkin to hit and for Fannin to catch, to once again get three outs in a row. The Rebels started to pick up their energy and swing their bats at the bottom of the fifth. With runners on second and third, Carson Beavers hit a fly ball to center field and brought the runners home as he advanced to second base. Gabe Buchanan followed the trend by hitting a single, bringing Beavers home. Miles Johnson then closed out the inning by hitting a ball to left field, allowing Buchanan to score. Johnson’s RBI gave the Rebels a 5-1 lead over the Indians to finish the fifth inning.
The Rebels had great defense in the sixth inning that kept the Indians from scoring. A ground ball was hit to second basemen, Drew Foresman, who then threw to second base where Chandler Kendall was covering to tag the bag and then throw to Cody Jacobs at first to get the second out. Kendall closed out the top of the sixth inning with a line drive catch to get the third out.
Rebel, Blake Rogers, came in to pitch at the start of the seventh and final inning. Rogers closed out the inning by walking one batter, and striking out three. The Rebels finished the game with a 5-1 victory over the Indians after they got their third out.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-1, Gabe Buchanan-1, Blake Rogers-1, Matthew Shirah-1, Carson Beavers-1
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 13-10. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 10, as they take on Union County at home starting at 5:55!
Last night, the East Hall Vikings traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels in a double header. The Vikings were looking to redeem themselves from their 7-3 loss in the first game while Fannin was hoping to continue their winning streak.
Senior, Grant Baker, started off the game on the mound. Baker pitched a total of six innings where he walked four batters and struck out three. Fannin had a perfect inning of three up and three down outs on defense. The Rebels attacked the plate and got their lead early in the game. Miles Johnson got things started for Fannin and hit a ground ball to left field, making it to first base and bringing in a run. Blake Rogers continued his great night of batting by hitting a bomb to center field, advancing to second base, and bringing in two more runs for Fannin. The Rebels wrapped up the first inning with a 3-0 lead over East Hall.
The Rebels were on top of their defense with another perfect inning of three up and three down outs. At the bottom of the second inning, East Hall started making mistakes on defense. Johnson stepped up to the plate and put the ball into action, ready to bring Chandler Kendall home. Johnson advanced to second after an overthrow to first base while Kendall went on an overthrow to home and was safe after very close call at the plate. Kendall’s run put the Rebels in the lead 4-0 over the Vikings at the end of the second inning.
In the third, fourth, and fifth innings, East Hall fought to get one point on the board while the Rebels did the same. Fannin started to make mistakes on the field in the third inning, resulting in East Hall to get a run on the board. However, Fannin came back and redeemed themselves by claiming one more run on offense. The score remained at 5-1 with Fannin in the lead until the top of the sixth inning.
Rebel sophomore, Gabe Buchanan, proved to be an asset on defense at third base with his diving catches and great outs. Miles Johnson had his best moment of the night in the bottom of the sixth inning. With Kendall on second base, Johnson hit a ball out of the park, putting two more runs on the board. Fannin finished the sixth inning with a score of 7-1 against East Hall.
At the top of the seventh inning, Chandler Kendall came to the mound as a relief for Grant Baker. Kendall closed out the game with one walk and two strikeouts. The Vikings put more runs on the board, putting the final score of the night at 7-4. East Hall’s efforts were not enough to catch up to Fannin before Kendall threw his third strike, finishing the game.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-3, Miles Johnson- 2, Gabe Buchanan-1, Bryson Pack-1.
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 10-10 while East Hall stand at 10-8. Catch the Rebels next game on Tuesday, April 3, as they travel to take on Lumpkin County at 5:55!
Last night, the Rebels started off spring break with some baseball. The East Hall Vikings traveled to Fannin County to take on the Rebels for a double header. Fannin had lost their previous game to East Hall and were looking to redeem themselves with a win.
Rebel, Matthew Shirah, started off pitching for the Rebels. Shirah walked two and struck out three batters over a total of six innings. The game was going quick, but the score was not progressing for either team. For the first two innings, the score stayed tied at 0-0 where the Rebels had perfect three up three down outs in each inning.
East Hall started to swing their bats and get on base in the top of the third inning. In response to the Vikings offense, the Rebels started to pick up their defense. Jack Gobble was behind the plate for the Rebels and brought in their third out of the inning by throwing a runner out on a steal at second base. Fannin’s hitting came alive at the bottom of the third inning. Blake Rogers stepped up to the plate for the Rebels with the bases loaded and hit a bomb to left field. Rogers got a double and brought all three runners home, closing out the third inning with a 4-1 lead over East Hall.
The action continued on through the end of the fourth inning. Each team kept adding onto their score and progressing their lead. Chandler Kendall continued the Rebels trend and hit the ball to left field, bringing in a run. Miles Johnson followed Kendall’s lead and hit one to center field, brining Kendall home. Fannin kept their lead over East Hall and finished the inning with a score of 6-3 where it remained the same until the top of the sixth.
Fannin held East Hall at the top of the sixth with another three up three down inning. Fannin however was not finishing the inning without another run on the board. Senior, Garrett Rogers, finished the inning by hitting Cody Jacobs home, putting the score at 7-3 with Fannin still in the lead.
The senior not only finished the sixth inning, but came in for Shirah on the mound to close out the seventh. Fannin had another perfect three up and three down inning, leaving Rogers striking out one batter, and walking none. The Fannin Rebels wrapped up their first game of the night with a 7-3 victory over the East Hall Vikings.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-2, Gabe Buchanan-1, Bryson Pack- 1, Garrett Rogers-1, Carson Beavers-1, Cody Jacobs- 1
Fannin’s win puts their overall record at 9-10 while East Hall stand at 10-7. Catch Fannin’s next game on Tuesday, April 3 as they travel to take on Lumpkin County at 5:55!
The Greater Atlanta Trojans traveled to Fannin County this past Thursday to take on the Rebels. Fannin was looking to get their eighth win of the season and redeem themselves from the tough loss they endured to North Hall the week prior.
The Trojans got their lead early in the game, forcing Fannin to try and catch up towards the end. The game started off slow. Both teams almost had a perfect inning on defense. GAC had a perfect three up and three down outs, while Fannin almost had the same with Garrett Rogers great pitching, allowing just one runner on base in the inning. Both teams were putting the ball into action, just not in the right places. Each team held the other, closing out the first inning with the score at 0-0.
GAC’s hitting game came alive at the beginning of the second inning. As the Trojans kept applying pressure to the Rebels, Fannin started to make mistakes on defense. The Trojans first point on the board was scored from an error in the infield, resulting in more points being added to their score. The Trojans closed the second inning with a 3-0 lead over the Rebels.
Although Fannin had their hiccups on defense, they were starting to make up for it. Rebels, Carson Beavers and Blake Rogers, got the most action in the outfield and stopped a few runners from scoring with great catches and throws. Catcher for the Rebels, Jack Gobble, was an asset behind the plate as he stopped runners from stealing bases with his quick throws.
Fannin finally started to put runs on the board in the fifth inning. They found what they were missing and started making things happen. Carson Beavers stepped up to the plate, sacrificing himself with a ground ball to the shortstop where he was thrown out at first base so that his teammate Cody Jacobs could score and Garrett Rogers could advance to third. Chandler Kendall followed the trend for the Rebels by hitting the ball to right field, advancing to second base. Gabe Buchanan brought Kendall home with his hard line drive to left field. The Rebels finished the inning strong, but were still behind GAC by one point with a score of 4-3.
With the lead being just within Fannin’s reach, GAC did whatever they could to prevent it from happening. Sophomore, Blake Rogers came in to pitch for Garrett Rogers for the rest of the game. Garrett Rogers pitched a great game where he allowed four hits, four runs over five innings,walked five, and struck out four. With Blake Rogers on the mound, he finally found his rhythm. Rogers threw the perfect pitch, resulting in GAC to hit a ball out of the park, brining in two runs. Despite Fannin’s efforts, they were unable to score at the end of the sixth, leaving GAC in the lead 6-3.
Although they struggled on defense, Fannin found their second wind at the plate. Chandler Kendall stepped up to the plate for the Rebels and was determined to make a comeback. Kendall hit a bomb out of the park, putting two more runs on the board, scoring his sixth homerun of the season. Blake Rogers finished the game strong for the Rebels allowing two hits, three runs over two innings, one walk, and three strikeouts. Despite Fannin’s effort to make a comeback, they were unable to catch up to GAC with a final score of 7-5.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night; Chandler Kendall-2, Cody Jacobs-1, Garrett Rogers-1, Carson Beavers-1.
The Rebels played a double header yesterday at GAC, winning one and losing one, putting their overall record at 8-9. Catch the Rebels next game Tuesday, March 27, as they travel to take on East Hall!
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The search and wait is now over. Fannin County High School has found its new head football coach.
After an announcement came earlier this year that the Rebels head football coach Jim Pavao would be leaving Fannin County to pursue an offer from Coffee County, the search for Fannin County’s next head coach was underway.
Pavao accepted a position with Coffee County as special teams coordinator and will also be focusing on coaching defensive linebackers.
Fannin County School Superintendent Dr. Michael Gwatney confirmed today that Fannin County had found its new head football coach, Chad Cheatham. Cheatham was officially announced as a school system teaching hire yesterday at a special called Board of Education meeting.
Fannin County High School Principal Erik Cioffi spoke with FetchYourNews about the hiring process. Out of 27 applicants, nine sat with Fannin County School System staff for a first-round interview.
Two of the nine first-round interviewees were called back for a final interview. Cioffi, along with current Athletic Director Dr. Scott Ramsey, David Henson, who will be taking Ramsey’s place as new athletic director for school year 2018-19, and Fannin County High School Assistant Principal Theresa Dillard conducted the final interviews and ultimately decided Cheatham would make a great fit.
“We really enjoyed his enthusiasm and his commitment,” Cioffi said, explaining the decision.
Cioffi added, “He has the energy level and excitement that we were looking to bring to the program.”
Cheatham is no stranger to Fannin County. Having strong ties to our area, Cheatham was a Fannin County High School graduate of 1991.
“Everything just worked out and the timing was right for him (Cheatham) to come back to this area,” Cioffi spoke of Cheatham’s connections with Fannin County.
Cheatham will be leaving Banks County after being named head coach of the Leopards late last year. Cheatham had worked with the Leopards as an assistant coach to the defensive backs prior to the off-season hire decision that made him head coach.
Some of Cheatham’s previous coaching experiences include serving as a head middle school football coach, head track coach, and several coordinator positions at the varsity level. Coaching the Rebels will be Cheatham’s first on-field experience as a varsity head football coach.
Cheatham is expected to be in Fannin County next week to meet with Fannin County High School players and staff.
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