Since taking the reigns of the wrestling program at Fannin County High School, head coach David Henson has been working to create a winning culture. Each year he begins the season with a team meeting, where he discusses team and individual goals and expectations. While he expects his athletes to have fun, he also pushes them to toe-the-line, hoping to see them standing on the podium at the end of the season.
This year, three of Fannin’s varsity boys have fought their way to the big finale – the GHSA Traditional State Championships. The tournament will be held in Macon later this week.
To get to the state event, wrestlers first had to place within the top four of their class at Area competition. In doing so, they then qualified to compete at the Sectional tournament this past weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian School. The Area 6-AAA meet was held last weekend (Jan 17) at Morgan County High School in Madison. 113 lbs sophomore Landon Galloway (2nd Place), 126 lbs freshman McCay Turner (4th Place) and heavyweight senior Bradley Flowers each qualified to advance to the Sectional meet. Flowers was the Area Champion, going undefeated in the event.
“It felt great to win,” Flowers told TeamFYNSports after winning the Area tournament. “Coach Henson and Coach Hutsell have been telling me to keep working hard in practice and this is something I’ve trained hard for.”
At the Sectional meet, the top eight finishers qualify to advance to the state tournament in Macon. Flowers finished 3rd, Turner finished 4th and Galloway once again came away with a 2nd place finish to advance all three teammates to state.
At the state tournament, Flowers (31-6) will face Dalton senior Walter Richards (54-5) in his first match to kick off the bracket. Turner (41-10) will face senior Blake Rice (3-0 in the 126-lb class) of Hall County; and Galloway (30-7) will lock horns with Calhoun freshman Blake Bailey (27-10). Weigh-ins are at 10am on Thursday morning and TeamFYNSports will be on location, posting updates on twitter and facebook throughout the tournament.
Word spread like wildfire Tuesday afternoon, with various sports media sources reporting that Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason has made a decision regarding his future; and all sources point to Seattle. Several sports reporters speculated on twitter last night, following the Alabama victory in the national championship game, with many mentioning the rumor mill had already begun and barring any last minute “change of heart” – Eason would be a Huskie next season. No official word has been given as of yet.
A native of Lake Stevens, Washington, it comes as no surprise that the talented quarterback would consider returning to his home state. Only 20 years old, he would be required by the NCAA to sit out the 2018 season before making an impact for the University of Washington. While at Georgia, Eason completed 55.1% of his throws for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions.
A knee sprain forced Eason to the sidelines for the Notre Dame game this season, where freshman Jake Fromm took the helm and never looked back. With Fromm’s success, Georgia will apparently lose arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC to the Pac-12.
SEX TRAFFICKERS WILL TARGET ATLANTA
DURING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WEEKEND
ATLANTA – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, along with our law enforcement partners, are encouraging both citizens and visitors to be aware of the possibility of sex trafficking during the festivities happening in and around Atlanta this weekend and into next week. In short, if you believe it might be, tell someone.
“Sex traffickers are despicable people, and they use events like the National Championship game to ply their trade,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “These types of events draw large crowds of revelers, and sex traffickers often seek to exploit these types of opportunities. We need everyone’s help in identifying those being trafficked for sex, and in bringing the traffickers to justice.”
Many times those who are being trafficked are homeless, runaway, or abandoned children, but it is not limited to these groups. Traffickers also seek out at-risk individuals, i.e. those individuals suffering from sexual/physical abuse, or dependency, while also exploiting women and children from other countries – typically from impoverished nations.
There are some signs that people should be aware of which may indicate someone is being held against their will and trafficked for sex:
- They do not hold their own identity or travel documents;
- They appear to suffer from verbal or psychological abuse designed to intimidate, degrade and frighten the individual;
- They have a trafficker or pimp who controls all their money – the victim will have very little or no pocket money;
- They are extremely nervous, especially if the victim’s “translator” is their trafficker; and
- They are not allowed to move about by themselves and have little understanding of where they are.
Victims may also lack personal items, possessions, or luggage. They may not have a cell phone or calling card. Most may also lack private space – a trafficker or an enforcer is always present. They most likely will not possess financial records or identification documents, or have any knowledge about how to get around in a community.
The penalties for sex-trafficking are substantial, but can only be enforced with the help of aware citizens. If you wish to report a potential sex-trafficking incident please contact the FBI at (770) 216-3000.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division ishttp://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.
This past Saturday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Pickens County Lady Dragons traveled to take on the Fannin County Lady Rebels for the third and final day of the tournament. Both teams were coming from wins the games prior to the matchup and ready to battle it out in the championship game.
The intensity came alive at the very start of the game. The Lady Rebels relied on plays to get open shots while the Lady Dragons did most of their damage driving the lane. Savada Collins led fannin in scoring with fifteen points due to her never ending hustle. Lady Dragon, Mykenzie Weaver, led Pickens in scoring with twenty-three points. At the end of the first quarter, Pickens had a one point lead over Fannin with the score at 9-8.
Fannin’s outside shooting came alive in the second quarter. Lady Rebels Maleah Stepp and Morgan Patton each scored three points to add onto Fannin’s score. The Lady Rebels had good looks inside which resulted in Hope Franklin’s twelve points. Makenzie McClure also had a good game on the block by putting five more points on the board for Fannin. Lady Rebel, Bailey Whitener, got after it and contributed four points for her team. The Lady Dragons kept their lead over the Lady Rebels at the end of the second quarter with a score of 23-19.
The Lady Rebels ran into foul trouble in the third quarter. The Lady Dragons fouled Rebel Mackenzie Johnson who scored an overall two points for Fannin. With the tension being high, Maddie Johnson stood up for sister and gave a foul right back to the Lady Dragon. Both players received a technical foul and were benched for the rest of the game. The Lady Rebels received a second technical foul on assistant coach, Joe Breeden. Even with all of the fouls in the quarter, the Lady Dragons had a 37-30 lead at the end of the third.
The fourth quarter was filled with even more fouls. With the Lady Rebels just seven points away from the Lady Dragons, they picked up their hustle. Even though the Lady Rebels left their all on the court, the Lady Dragons flew away with a 49-44 championship victory.
When asking Lady Rebel head coach Suzianne Pass her thoughts of her teams overall performance in the tournament she stated, “I am very proud of how hard all of the girls played. They played with a little bit of spunk. They didn’t quit, they didn’t give up, they did not shy away, and that is what I expect from them every single game. I am very proud of our performance tonight and how much we have improved from the first time we played Pickens when they beat us 53-29. Pickens is a very good team who I respect a lot and I don’t think they were expecting us to play as hard as we did.”
Coach Pass also shared which of her players stood out the most to her with the FYN sports team. “Every kid I put out on the floor stood out to me. I wish i could’ve given them all an All Tournament medal because they all deserved it. Maleah Stepp played amazing and Maddie Johnson played hard. Reagan Henderson and Bailey Whitener came off the bench and did exactly what they were supposed to do by giving us good minutes and saving us. Makenzie McClure played hard and is getting better and better each game. Savada Collins stepped up and played better than she has ever played. Mackenzie Johnson just being a freshman has not been playing like a freshman. She has just been getting better and better. It was Morgan Patton’s first game back tonight with her ankle still killing her but she stepped up and played hard. We have had several players coming back from sickness who have shaken it off and gotten after it.”
Before the Lady Dragons claimed their first place trophy, Fannin received their medals for All Tournament Players. The three Lady Rebels selected for this award were Maleah Stepp, Hope Franklin, and Maddie Johnson. Savada Collins was chosen for the MVP award.
The Lady Rebels loss puts their overall record at 7-7 while the Lady Dragons stand at 11-2. Catch Fannins next game on January 5 at 7:00 at home as they take on GAC!
This past Saturday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the Gilmer Bobcats and Christian Heritage traveled to Fannin County High School for the championship game. Both teams were ready to walk away with the first place trophy.
While Christian Heritage had the outside shots, Gilmer had the speed to drive the lane. Bobcat, Carter Hice, led Gilmer in scoring with seventeen points. Christian Koneman led Christian Heritage in scoring with twenty-two points overall. Bobcat, Tripp Pierce, had the hustle to drive through the defense and contribute four points for Gilmer. Christian Heritage had the lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 28-15 over the Bobcats.
Gilmer scored a lot of their points from down low thanks to their unstoppable post, Kell Weaver, who contributed fourteen points for the Bobcats. Tyler Sims scrappy playing added four points to Gilmer’s score. Braden Jenkins drew fouls and put three more points on the board for the Bobcats. Christian Heritage kept their lead at the end of the second quarter with a score of 55-24.
Christian Heritage started to look up the court for open teammates when Gilmer’s outside shooting came alive. Bobcat, Coady Cobb, scored all nine of his points from three pointers. Out of Bobcat David Smith’s eight points, six of them were from shots above the key. As the end of the third quarter neared, Christian Heritage had a 71-42 lead over the Bobcats.
As the Bobcat’s scored got farther and farther behind Christian Heritage, their intensity lessened. With no hope of catching up, many of the Bobcats gave up. Although the Bobcats were getting beat, Tyler Sims refused to give up. Sims gave every second of the game his all and tried his best to pick up his team. Despite the Bobcats hustle, Christian Heritage closed out the tournament with a 77-59 championship win.
Before Christian Heritage got to claim their first place trophy, All Tournament medals were to be given out. Bobcats Kell Weaver, Carter Hice, and Tyler Sims were selected as Gilmer’s All Tournament Players.
Gilmer’s loss puts their overall record at 5-9 while Christian Heritage stands undefeated at 12-0. Catch the Bobcats next game on January 5 at 8:30 as they travel to take on Northwest Whitfield!
Now that we’ve adjusted to the fact that NFL football is back, “like Jordan with the four five,” we can take part in the annual nerdgasm that is FANTASY FOOTBALL. Yes, we can commence the proverbial trash talk and hand wringing that comes with watching our players either bring us victory or leave us languishing in the jaws of defeat. Being the sports journalist I am, I feel that I have an obligation to provide accurate fantasy advice to my readers, despite the fact that many people in my own fantasy league, started immediately after the lockout was lifted, often read my column. Journalistic integrity wins out over personal gain. I’m just sayin… But hence I digress. (more…)