Cherokee Bluff defeats Rebels at Flowery Branch

Fannin County High, Team FYN Sports

For their second region matchup of the season, the Fannin Rebels (5-16, 0-10 Region 7-AAA) traveled to Cherokee Bluff ( 13-8, 5-3 Region 7-AAA) last night to take on the Bears. Despite their hard work, Fannin ended up enduring a 73-43 region loss to Cherokee Bluff.

Cherokee Bluff came out ready to play as they were on fire above the key with their outside shots to get the early lead. Fannin followed the trend as they made their fair share of 3 point shots. Eli Brisbay-Cochran led the Rebels in scoring for the night with seven points overall, three of them being from a made shot above the key. Tucker Hanson followed right behind as he made two 3 point shots to contribute six points to Fannin’s score. Jerritt Holloway kept it going as he made a basket, followed by a 3 point shot to add five points on the board for the Rebels. Although the Rebels were making their way to the basket, Cherokee Bluff outscored them and ended the first quarter with a 21-12 lead. 

The Bears continued to extend their lead in the second quarter as Fannin looked inside to their posts. Jalen Ingram showed off his moves on the block as he added six points to Fannin’s score. Miles Johnson was right behind Ingram as he pushed back the defense and added four points to the Rebel’s score. Brady Martin followed the trend as he got rebounds and put a shot back up to earn a basket of his own. While Fannin’s posts were working hard, Cherokee Bluff extended their lead and went into halftime with a score of 44-23. 

The Rebels did not have much luck on offense to start off the second half. The Bears played a great defense where they only allowed Fannin to score two points the entire third quarter. Cohutta Hyde showed off his great ball handling skills as he was able to break through the heavy defense to score six points for Fannin. Kaeden Twiggs made an appearance in the game after being out due to an injury and made his mark on the board with a made basket. The Bears were able to out score the Rebels and end the third quarter with a 63-25 lead. 

Although Fannin was behind, they still fought until the end. Jordan Bennett was scrappy as he was able to draw fouls and add three points to Fannin’s score from free throws. Landon Norton followed the sophomores lead as he also drew a foul and made both of his free throws to put points on the board for the Rebel’s. As the buzzer sounded, Cherokee Bluff found themselves with a 73-43 victory against the Rebels. 

Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 5-16 and their region record at 0-10. Catch the Rebel’s next game on Friday as they travel to East Hall to take on the Vikings starting at 7:30pm!


Lumpkin Co. boys defeat Rebels in Dahlonega

Fannin Co. Basketball, Team FYN Sports

Miles Johnson going up for a shot on the block

For their second region matchup of the season, the Fannin Rebels (5-15, 0-9 region 7-AAA) traveled to Lumpkin Co. (8-12, 4-5 Region 7-AAA) last night, Jan. 17, to take on the Indians. The Rebels lost by just one point the first time they played and hoped to redeem themselves with a win. Unfortunately, Lumpkin Co. rose above and claimed a 53-44 victory.

Fannin Co. started off the game strong, lead by Jalen Ingram who used some quick moves to put up eight first-quarter points, including the opening made shot. Brady Martin followed the trend as he made his mark down low by earning five of his own points. While Fannin Co.’s posts were earning points, Lumpkin Co. was on fire above the key as they made 3-pointers to earn a 12-7 lead to end the first quarter. 

The Rebels earned their fair share of 3-point shots in response to Lumpkin Co. Jerritt Holloway was the one to lead Fannin Co. in scoring for the night with 11 points, nine of them coming beyond the arc. Landon Norton was also able to make one above the key to add to the Rebel’s score. Despite their great outside shooting game, the Rebels still found themselves trailing the Indians going into halftime with a score of 27-20.

Brady Martin catching a pass on offense

As Lumpkin Co. full-court pressed the Rebels, Fannin Co. began to turn up the heat on their defense. Jordan Bennett showed off his great ball handling skills as he added 10 points to Fannin Co.’s score for the night. Andre Bivens and Cohutta Hyde showed off their hustle as they both drove past the defense to make a layup, followed by Bivens’ 3-point shot to add to the board for the Rebels. Although they were close, the Rebels were still behind Lumpkin with a score of 40-35 to go into the final quarter.

Fannin Co. continued to fight as they put more points on the board in hopes of catching up to the Indians. Despite those efforts, Lumpkin Co. was able to turn up their defense as they made steal after steal to drive back to their basket to earn points. The Indians were able to draw a foul and make both of their free throws to close out the game on their 53-44 victory.

The Rebels’ loss puts their overall record at 5-15 and their region record at 0-9. Catch Fannin Co.’s next game Tuesday, Jan. 21, as they travel to Cherokee Bluff to take on the bears at 6:30 p.m.


Lady Rebels defeat Lady Tigers, 54-53, in Blue Ridge

Fannin Co. Basketball, Team FYN Sports

Fannin Rebels stand side by side to recognize those who are currently or have previously faced a battle with cancer

For their second region matchup of the season, the Dawson Lady Tigers (11-6, 5-1 Region 7-AAA) traveled to Fannin County High School to take on the Lady Rebels for their pink out game (12-5, 3-3 Region 7-AAA). Dawson previously beat Fannin and the Rebels hoped to redeem themselves this time around.

Fannin got the ball from tip-off and wasted no time putting it into action. Fannin had great passes up the court to make baskets to add to their score. Morgan Holt showed off her shooting game as she led Fannin in scoring for the night with 19 points overall. The Lady Rebels were playing a great defense as they kept Dawson from scoring until there was only 1:52 left in the first quarter. Right as the buzzer sounded, Holt banked a 3 point shot to put the score at 15-6 with Fannin in the lead. 

Reagan York started off the second quarter with a jump shot to extend the Rebels lead. The sophomore showed off her speed as she rushed past the defense and added six points to Fannin’s score. Becca Ledford followed York’s lead as she was able to contribute 10 points of her own. Despite Dawson’s full court press, the Rebel’s were able to break past it and earn more points. Abby Ledford was able to break past the heavy defense and add eight points to Fannin’s score to extend the Rebel’s lead 26-14 to go into halftime. 

Becca Ledford goes up for a layup to add to Fannin’s score

The Lady Tigers came alive to start off the second half. They started to drive to the basket and push back the defense to draw fouls and make free throws. The Rebel’s followed the trend as they added foul shots of their own to the score. Olivia Sisson showed off her moves on the block as she added five points to Fannin’s score, three of them being from made foul shots. Mackenzie Johnson had grit as she followed the trend and made three free throws to add to Fannin’s score. Dawson began to make a comeback as Natalie Thomas made an outside jump shot followed by a free throw, to put the score at 33-29 with Dawson trailing right behind.

Dawson County pulled ahead for the first time in the game as they hit a 3 point shot to put the score at 34-33 which was followed by another to extend the Tiger’s lead 37-33. Holt responded to this as she made a 3 point shot of her own to put the Rebels behind by just one point with a score of 37-36. Johnson was scrappy as she drew a foul and made both of her shots to put Fannin ahead once again. Becca Ledford extended Fannin’s lead as she made a layup to put the score at 40-37. Just as Fannin began to get their lead back, Dawson hit another 3 pointer to tie the game 40-40. The game kept going back and forth until it was tied up 53-53 when Olivia Sisson made a foul shot to put Fannin ahead 54-53. With seven seconds left, Fannin’s defense worked hard and kept the Tigers from scoring for the buzzer to sound on Fannin’s victory.

 The Rebel’s win puts their overall record at 13-5 while their region record stands at 4-3. Catch Fannin’s next game tonight at Union County starting at 6pm!


Fannin Baseball Celebrates Successful Season

FCHS Baseball, Team FYN Sports

This past Tuesday, the Fannin County baseball team concluded the season with a banquet, just before they start training for the next. The Rebels had a very successful season that all of the players friends and family came to celebrate at Willow Creek Falls.

After head coach Travis Stone said all of his thank yous to everyone who helped the season run smoothly, the awards were handed out.

The first award to be given were the letters that the players earned over the season. Junior, Matthew Shirah, received the academic award with a 102 grade average. The next award was the Family award where the team voted for the player that most exemplified family values in the team. Earning every single vote on the team except for his own, Chris Kimbro received the award.

The awards were then handed over to assistant coach, Cline Bowers, who gave out the Rookie of the Year award to Jerritt Holloway. For Defensive Player of the Year, Matthew Shirah earned the honor. When it came to Offensive Player of the Year, the award was given to two players. With almost identical stats to end the season, Gabe Buchanan and Hunter Gray earned the award.

It was turned back over to coach Stone as he presented the Pitcher of the Year Award. With one pitcher earning 109 strikeouts over the season and the other with 110, Carson Beavers and Chandler Kendall received the award. The AAIT award was handed out next. The award was created to show the goals of the team over the season and stands for Attitude, Approach, Intensity, and Toughness and Bryson Pack was awarded for having all of those qualities. The Diamond Rebel award was voted on by the team for the player who had one of the biggest impacts through their performance and attitude and it was given to Chandler Kendall.

The players who earned a spot on the All Region team were recognized next. The five gentleman were Chandler Kendall, Matthew Shirah, Gabe Buchanan, Carson Beavers, and Hunter Gray. Beavers and Gray were also selected by the 7AAA Region for other awards. Hunter Gray earned the honor of being Hitter of the Year for the 7AAA region while Carson Beavers earned Pitcher of the Year. Coach Stone also earned recognition from the region as he was awarded with being Coach of the Year. The seniors were then recognized for all of their hard work over the years they have played and were presented with a plaque. The five seniors were Tyler Norton, Chris Kimbro, Hunter Gray, Bryson Pack, and Chandler Kendall.

The Rebels had an amazing season where they had an overall record of 26-9, earned the title of Region Champions, made it into the Sweet Sixteen, went the Elite Eight for the first time in Fannin Baseball history, and finished fifth overall in the state. Congratulations to Fannin for such a successful season!

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