Today, three Fannin County High School athletes signed a letter of intent to play golf at the same college. Seniors, Austin Panter, Bailey Whitener, and Peyton Holt, all committed to Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, Georgia.
“In all of the years I have been coaching, I have never had this happen. I have never signed three kids from the same high school. I am not signing them collectively, I am signing them each as an individual because each one of them has something to bring to the program. First and foremost, I look for someone with high character, and all three of these young people have it,” head Truett golf coach, Steve Patton shared.
Bailey Whitener has been a part of FCHS’ golfing program for all four years, as well as the Lady Rebels basketball team. Peyton Holt had the same interests by being part of the program for two years, and playing basketball for the high school for four. Austin Panter was the opposite from Holt where he was part of the basketball program for two years, and part of golf for all four. All three athletes prove to have academic excellence and the golfing skills to take them to the next level.
“It is exciting for us today to be able to recognize these three athletes and this achievement. We wish them well and we know all three of them will represent Fannin County High School well at Truett McConnell,” head Rebel golf coach, David Dyer stated about the athletes.
“I am very proud of all three of them. I have been around Bailey and Austin for four years. They were here as freshmen and they put a lot of time in. Peyton picked up the game a little late, but he has really picked it up and done a good job. In most sports I have coached, I have never seen athletes put as much time into a sport that these three did on the course. They are always out there hitting balls and working at their game. They have bright futures ahead of them and we are very proud of them,” assistant Rebel golf coach, Scott Eggleston shared at the signing.
“Last year our men’s team came within one stroke of going to the National Championship. My girls team last year finished fourth in the conference out of twelve teams. That is the highest finish we have ever had. We are building something very, very special over at Cleveland and to be able to add some quality people makes it even more special. We are a christian school and my goal is to disciple them and help them grow in their relationship with the lord, help them to be successful in the classroom, and serve others in the community. I can tell that all three of them have the desire to improve their golf game, so we are going to see and hear a lot of great things from Bailey, Peyton, and Austin. I am just very excited to be their coach,” coach Patton shared, closing out the evening.
Congratulations to all three of these athletes for this big achievement and we wish them the best of luck in this exciting chapter of their lives!
The Fannin County Rebel baseball team had a great season where they finished third in the region and barely missed a chance to advance in the state playoffs. Saturday, the Rebels were in Franklin County competing in the first round of the state playoffs to see which team would be advancing. The day before, Fannin had a doubleheader against Franklin where they won the first game 11-7, and lost the second 10-1. Saturday’s game was the last chance Fannin had in furthering their season but missed it by one pesky point.
All you saw on the field from both teams was hustle and heart. Garrett Rogers was on the hill for the majority of the game where he walked three batters and struck out one. The Rebels started to put runs on the board in the second inning when Carson Beavers stepped up to the plate. The bases were loaded when Beavers hit a pop fly to left field, sacrificing himself as an out so that his teammate on third, Blake Rogers, could score. The bases were loaded once again when Miles Johnson went up to bat and hit a bomb in deep center field, advancing to second base and bringing in three teammates. Franklin was determined to get their lead back and managed to get enough runs on the board to be one point behind Fannin at the end of the second inning with a score of 4-3.
Franklin was determined to catch back up to Fannin while the Rebels were just as determined to keep their lead. Franklin stole the lead in the bottom of the third inning just for Rebel, Miles Johnson, to hit a home run and tie the game 5-5.
Both teams were holding the other on defense until the bottom of the fifth inning when Franklin scored, putting them one point ahead of Fannin. Franklin continued to extend their lead over the Rebels until they finally came back in the top of the seventh. Chandler Kendall followed Johnson’s lead and hit a home run, bringing in two teammates and tying the game 8-8. Fannin had a perfect three up and three down outs on defense, advancing to the game into an extra inning.
Each team refused to let the other score, resulting in the game to have ten innings. The tension got higher and higher as the innings increased. Rebel, Bryson Pack, had a phenomenal throw from center field to throw a runner out at home plate. Everyone in the stands and on the field were going so crazy that law enforcement had to come and sit in both dugouts. Carson Beavers was the leadoff batter in the top of the tenth inning where he was walked and advanced to first base. With two outs, Miles Johnson hit a bomb to left field, advancing to second base and bringing Beavers home. Fannin closed out the top of the tenth inning with a 9-8 lead over Franklin. Carson Beavers started off pitching in the top of the tenth inning where he walked the first batter. Chandler Kendall came in to relieve Beavers on the mound. With a runner on first base, Kendall threw the perfect pitch for Franklin to hit a home run and close out the game with a 10-9 victory over Fannin.
The following players put the ball into action and added onto Fannin’s score for the night;
Chandler Kendall-2, Miles Johnson-1, Blake Rogers-1, Matthew Shirah-2, Drew Foresman-2, Carson Beavers-1.
Despite their heartbreaking loss, Fannin played a great game and had many accomplishments over their season. The Rebels overall record for the season was 18-13, they finished third in their region, and so far they have had two of their seniors commit to playing college baseball.
The Fannin Rebels had a great baseball season where they finished third in the 3A region 7. The Rebels were on a roll towards the end of their season, winning eight region games in a row. Fannin’s 7-11 region record advanced them into the first round of the state playoffs.
Fannin’s overall record for the season was 17-11. Over the whole season, the Rebels earned 183 runs while they had 138 scored on them. Friday, the Rebels traveled to Franklin County to play the first round of the state playoffs. It will be decided who will move on in the playoffs after the best two out of three games between the teams. Fannin walked away with a win for the first game of the night with an 11-7 victory while Franklin came back in the second game and claimed an 10-1 victory.
When asking head coach Jon Ayres his thoughts so far on the season, he stated,“The boys played well in the last half in our region schedule. We won eight games straight to end the region season and earned the number three seat. I feel like we have a good opportunity as we travel to Franklin County and play the best two out of three that will take place Friday and possibly Saturday. We are very excited for the opportunity and we’re looking forward to having a chance to move on in the state playoffs.” The whole team seemed to be excited about their accomplishment and eager to go compete. “I am very proud of our whole team this season. We have all worked very hard to get to where we are and hopefully we can continue to advance in the playoffs,” Rebel junior, Steven Stacey, shared with the FYN sports team.
The energy was high for Fannin in their first game of the night. The Rebels got their lead early in the second inning with a score of 6-1. It was a great night on offense for the Rebels, especially for Chandler Kendall and Jack Gobble who each scored a home run for the night. Kendall’s homer brought two of his teammates to home plate in the second inning while Gobble scored one run with his in the fifth. Not only were the Rebels on fire on offense, but also on defense. Rebel, Carson Beavers, had a great running catch in left field where he got the first out of the third inning. In the fourth inning, Chandler Kendall had a snatch at shortstop where he then threw to first basemen, Matthew Shirah, who had a stretching catch for the out. Matthew Shirah pitched the majority of the game where he walked five batters and struck out two. Rebels Tyler Norton, Garrett Rogers, Chandler Kendall, and Blake Rogers all came in the game to pitch and relieve one another. Fannin closed the first game with an 11-7 victory over Franklin County.
The second game was a different story for the Rebels. Fannin struggled to put the ball into action as well as contain Franklin on defense. Grant Baker pitched the majority of the game for Fannin where he walked three and struck out five. Rebels, Bryson Pack and Dylan Walton, came to the mound to relieve Baker after his four innings of pitching. Chandler Kendall continued his streak for the night and hit a home run, scoring Fannin’s only point. After seven innings of play, Franklin County defeated Fannin 10-1. With Fannin winning the first game and Franklin winning the second, the teams were matched up to play on Saturday to determine who would be advancing in the playoffs.
Saturday, the Fannin Rebels traveled to North Carolina to take on the Murphy Bulldogs. Fannin was looking for a win for their last game of the regular season while Murphy was looking to remain undefeated.
Murphy decided to get an early lead in the first inning of the game while Fannin struggled to compete against their offense. Carson Beavers started off pitching for the Rebels where he walked two batters and struck out one over a total of two innings. The Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead over the Rebels at the end of the first inning. The Bulldogs kept extending their lead while the Rebels didn’t manage to get a run on the board until the fourth inning.
Not only did Fannin struggle on defense, but also offense. Murphy’s pitcher, Caleb Irwin, threw a great game over three innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Bulldogs, Joey Curry and Nathan Barolet, made an appearance in the game to come in and pitch. The two pitchers added more strikeouts to the board, putting the total number of strikeouts for the day at 13.
Chandler Kendall came in to pitch for Beavers in the fourth inning. Kendall pitched a total of two innings where he struck out three batters and walked only one. The Rebels started to make things happen on offense when Garrett Rogers stepped up to the plate. Rogers hit a bomb to right field that advanced him to third base. Blake Rogers went to the plate with the same determination, hitting a pop-fly to center field, and sacrificing himself as an out so that his teammate could score. Rogers run put the score at 4-1 with Murphy still in the lead. Not only did Garrett start off the inning on offense, he also closed it on defense with a great throw from left field where he threw a runner out at third base.
Fannin lost their fire in the fifth inning where they had no luck hitting the ball. In the bottom of the fifth, Dylan Walton came in to pitch for the Rebels. Walton pitched a total of 0.2 innings where he walked four batters and allowed two hits.
Rebel, Tyler Norton, came in the game to pitch at the bottom of the sixth inning. Norton pitched a total of 0.1 innings where he walked one batter and allowed only one hit. Just a few pitches later, Fannin relieved Norton on the mound with Bryson Pack. Pack only had time to throw one pitch that was hit and brought Murphy’s last run in to get the ten point lead they needed to end the game. The Bulldogs closed out the game with an 11-1 victory over Fannin.
Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 17-11 while Murphy remains undefeated. Catch Fannin’s next game on Thursday, April 26, as they travel to Franklin County for the first round of the state playoffs!
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!