Fannin Co. Special Olympics event cancelled

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Fannin. Co Special Olympics

The Fannin Co. Special Olympics event schedule for April 3 has been cancelled in response to the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, according to statements from Gini Bell, head of the county organization, and Georgia Milton-Sheats, Special Olympics Georgia CEO.

A letter sent from Milton-Sheats on Tuesday, March 10, states, “Special Olympics Georgia is taking steps to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are are requesting the suspension of all local and area competitions and practices through March 31, 2020.”

The letter goes on to say the organization plans to reevaluate the situation March 31.

In response to the letter, Bell and the Fannin Co. Special Olympics leadership committee have decided to cancel the April 3 track-and-field event.

“Our planned track and field event was schedule for April 3, 2020 only a few days after this time period and reevaluation. Thus, the Fannin County Special Olympics leadership committee has decided to cancel our local area games (track and field),” Bell stated.

She went on to say, “This decision was not made lightly and the health and safety of our athletes and volunteers is of utmost importance. We serve many athletes that are elderly and/or immunocompromised and we want to ensure the safety of each one.”

There are currently multiple confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in the state of Georgia, along with at least 36 other states, and more than 120,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

See the statements from Bell and Milton-Sheats below.Fannin Co. Special Olympics

 

Fannin Co. falls to Holy Innocents in doubleheader

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Gabe Buchannan on the mound for Fannin Co.

Last night, March 6, Holy Innocents Episcopal traveled from Atlanta to take on Fannin Co. (2-7, Region 7-AAA) for their first game at home in a doubleheader. The Rebels had just come from a tough loss to Calhoun in a doubleheader and looked to redeem themselves against the Golden Bears. Despite their efforts, the Rebels found themselves losing the first game 4-2 and the second 8-3.

Logan Hughes was the one to get things started at the bottom of the second inning as he hit a hard ball to left field that brought in two runs for Fannin to take a 2-0 lead. Jerritt Holloway showed off his good arm from behind the plate as he earned the first out of the third inning by throwing a runner out on first from a lead. The Golden Bears answered the Rebels call as they had runners on base and hit the ball in the gap between left and center field to bring in runs and tie the game 2-2. The game remained tied until the top of the fifth inning where Holy Innocents scored on a Fannin Co. error to take a 3-2 lead. The Rebels were unable to score anymore runs for the rest of the game while the Golden Bears earned one more to end the game with a 4-2 victory. Gabe Buchannan was the one to take the loss for Fannin Co. on the mound where he struck out nine batters over five innings. Hughes relieved Buchannan at the top of the sixth inning where he closed out the game and struck out five batters overall. 

Jerritt Holloway in as catcher

Hughes got things started for Fannin Co. once again to begin the second game as he earned a single and drove Carson Beavers home during the process to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead. Due to a Fannin Co. error in the second inning, Holy Innocents was able to score two runs and take a 2-1 lead. The Golden Bears continued the trend into the third inning where they were able to score another run and extend their lead 3-1. Fannin Co. answered the call as Tyler Fox stole home to earn a run for Fannin Co. and put the score at 3-2 to end the inning. Holy Innocents continued the trend in the fourth inning as they were able to earn another run to extend their lead 4-2. At the top of the fifth inning, the Golden Bears offense came to life. Holy Innocents was able to put the ball into action and put pressure on the Rebels which led to errors and resulted in the Golden Bears scoring four runs to extend their lead 8-3. The Rebels were unable to make a come back, but were able to keep Holy Innocents from scoring any more runs. Carson Beavers was the one to take the 8-3 loss for Fannin Co. on the mound where he struck out three batters overall. Fannin Co. kept putting in new pitchers throughout the game as Brady Martin struck out two batters over one inning, Chance Stacy struck out three over 2.2 innings, Jordan Bennett struck out one over one inning, and Wyatt Rogers struck out one over one inning.

Catch the Rebels next game Tuesday, March 10, as they take on the Lumpkin County Indians at home starting at 5:55 p.m.

Rebels drop both ends of a doubleheader at Calhoun

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Rebels

On Saturday, Feb. 29, the Fannin Co. Rebels baseball team (2-6) traveled to Calhoun to take on the Yellow Jackets (7-0) for a doubleheader. The Rebels had just come from an unsuccessful weekend in Brunswick and hoped to redeem themselves in Calhoun, but fell short in both games as they lost the first 2-1 and the second 4-3.

Both teams showed great effort in the game as they came out ready to play. Pitching on both ends was solid. Matthew Shirah was the one to take the mound for Fannin Co. as he struck out seven batters through five innings. The teams played solid defense as they allowed no scores to run until the seventh inning.

At the top of the seventh, Blake Rogers was the one to get things started on offense for Fannin Co. as he hit a fly ball home run to centerfield to put the score at 1-0. Rogers came in from the bullpen to relieve Shirah at the bottom of the seventh inning. After a Fannin Co. error, the Yellow Jackets had runners on second and third.

On a passed ball, Calhoun hustled to the plate to tie the game 1-1 to put the game into an extra inning. The Rebels went 1-2-3 in the inning. Fannin Co. was looking to return the favor and hold Calhoun in hopes of putting the game into another extra inning. The Yellow Jackets were determined as they put the ball into action and loaded the bases to hit a line drive and bring a runner home to end the game with a 2-1 victory. 

Fannin Co. hitting came alive in the second game of the day as they out-hit Calhoun six to four. Despite the Rebels performance on offense, the Yellow Jackets were able to pull off another victory with a score of 4-3. Carson Beavers was on the mound for Fannin Co. where he struckout 11 batters over six innings.

Blake Rogers was on fire for the day as he earned his second home run in the first inning to score two runs. Jerritt Holloway played a great game on offense as he earned two hits for Fannin Co. The game was back-and-forth as Calhoun answered the Rebels’ call and scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the first to tie up the game 2-2.

The Yellow Jackets were able to hold Fannin Co. as they went on to take the lead in the bottom of the third inning with a sacrifice fly. At the top of the sixth inning, Gabe Buchannan made it to first on a dropped third strike and advanced Jacob Priesing to home plate to tie the game 3-3. Calhoun was able to shut Fannin Co. offense down at the top of the seventh inning as they kept them from scoring any runs. Brady Martin relieved Beavers on the mound to close the game where he earned the first out with a strikeout.

After an error in the field, the Yellow Jackets were able to get on base. With a runner on, Calhoun was able to hit a single and bring a run in to close out the day with a 4-3 victory. 

Catch the Rebels next game Tuesday, March 3, as they take on Ringgold at home starting at 5:30 p.m.

 

Fannin Co 10U boys defeat Gilmer in district championship

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Championship

Last night, Feb. 24, the Gilmer Bobcats traveled to Fannin Co. to take on the Rebels for the 10U recreation basketball district championship. Although both teams fought hard until the end, the Rebels were the ones to walk away with a 44-31 championship victory to move on to the state tournament.

Gilmer got the ball from tip off and wasted no time putting the ball into action. Chas Curtis started things off for the Bobcats as he drove to the basket for a layup to give Gilmer the early lead. Curtis finished the night with 12 points. For the Rebels, Keaton Watkins responded by drawing a foul and adding a point from the free-throw line to put Fannin Co. on the board. Watkins led the Rebels in scoring for the night as he earned 16 points overall. Kole Foster was the one to get the lead for Fannin Co. as he made an outside shot to put the score at 3-2. The Bobcats were quick to take back the lead as Preston McVey made a shot on the block to put the score at 4-3. McVey was an unstoppable force on the block for the night as he led the Bobcats in scoring for the night with 14 points. Cannon Holloway returned the favor with a made layup to give Fannin Co. the lead back and put the score at 5-4. Holloway finished the night with eight points. Holloway continued putting the ball into action as he passed up the court to Rylin Davis who drove the ball in for a layup to extend the Rebels’ lead. Davis finished with 11 points. Gilmer’s McVey made a shot on the block to put the score at 7-6 with Fannin Co. in the lead to end the first quarter. 

The game continued to go back-and-forth to start the second quarter as McVey continued to show off his moves on the block to give Gilmer an 8-7 lead. Jayden Richerson for Fannin Co. quickly responded as he made an outside shot to put the score at 9-8 with Fannin Co. in the lead. Reid Holloway added onto the score as he drew a foul and contributed a point of his own from the free-throw line. McVey was the one to tie up the ball game 10-10 for Gilmer to take the lead on the very next play as Jase McCollum made a rebound shot and contributed five points overall to the Bobcats’ score. McVey for Gilmer contributed two points of his own from the free throw line and Curtis scored another layup to advance the Bobcats’ score. Rylin Davis for Fannin Co. made a free throw to put the score at 16-13 with the Rebels trying to catch up. Fannin Co.’s Holloway received an assist from Richerson to give Fannin Co. the lead with at 17-16. The Rebels’ lead did not last long as McVey put another shot up from the block to put the score at 18-17 with Gilmer back in the lead to go into halftime.

To start off the second half, Fannin Co. found their fire. Holloway was the one to take the lead back for the Rebels as he made an outside shot followed by a layup to put the score at 21-18. Richerson had grit on defense as he took a charge to keep the Bobcats from scoring a layup. The Rebels played a solid defense as they only allowed the Bobcats to score four points the entire quarter while Fannin Co. scored 18 to run away with their lead and never looked back. The Rebels were able to close out the third quarter with a 38-22 lead against the Bobcats. 

Although Gilmer was down, they refused to give up. They kept making steals to drive to their basket while Fannin Co. did the same. Casen Bailey made his presence known in the second half of the game as he got after it and added four points on the board for Fannin Co. overall. McCollum closed out the game as he made a 3-point shot to add to the Bobcats’ score, however it was not enough to catch up to the Rebels, who won the championship 44-31. 

Gilmer head coach Patrick McVey stated, “This Gilmer team worked hard all season long but just fell short tonight.”

Fannin Co. head coach Bryan Richerson stated, “The kids played well. It’s a sight to see these kids get some success as something for us to build on.” Championship

Fannin Co. will go on to play the winner of District 2 on Friday night, March 6, at 8:45 p.m. at Hendrix Park Gym located at 3960 Wilma Edwards Road in Ellavell, Georgia.

 

 

Four Rebels place at traditional state wrestling championships

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Fannin Third-Place

The Fannin Co. Rebels wrestling squad saw four members earn state placer honors at the Georgia High School Association’s Traditional State Wrestling Championships Feb. 13-15 at the Macon Centreplex in Macon.

Third

Grayson Patterson

Third

Landon Galloway

Three Rebels placed third and one placed fourth in a strong showing for coach Chuck Patterson and Fannin Co.

At 120 pounds, Grayson Patterson placed third. After a first-round bye, Patterson looked to not be on track for a state placer finish after falling in the second round by a 12-7 decision, but rattled off four straight wins in the consolation bracket to finish third. In his first match of the consolation round, Patterson win by pin at 4 minutes, 6 seconds, before winning the second match by a 5-0 decision, and the third match by a 19-5 decision. Patterson then won the third-place match with a 10-5 decision.

McCay Turner

Kainan Henson

At 126 pounds, Landon Galloway also placed third. Galloway also had a first-round bye before winning his quarterfinal match by pin at 5:17. Galloway lost a tough, 2-1 decision in the semifinals before going on to win his first consolation match by a 10-7 decision and bringing home third place with a 2-0 decision.

McCay Turner, at 152 pounds, earned third-place honors as well. After his first-round bye, Turner won his quarterfinal match by a 3-1 decision, before falling in the semifinals by an 8-4 decision. Turner won his first consolation match by a 5-1 decision, before winning the third-place bout by pin at 2:08.

Kainan Henson, at 106 pounds, rounded out the state placers for Fannin Co. Henson won his first-round match by pin at 1:16.

 

Lady Rebels advance to second round of state playoffs

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Fannin Co.

For the first round of state playoffs, the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels traveled to Atlanta to take on the Westminster Wildcats last night, Feb. 14. Both teams fought hard until the end, but Fannin Co. was the one to come out on top with a 54-45 victory to move on to the second round of the state playoffs. 

Fannin Co.Westminster got the ball from tipoff where they had trouble making their way to the basket. Fannin Co. had a solid defense where they earned rebounds and drove the ball to their basket for points. Saidee Collins was the first to put points on the board with a shot from the block to give Fannin Co. the early lead. Mackenzie Johnson continued the trend as she drove to the basket immediately after to put the score at 4-0. Johnson had a great night on defense as she got after the ball and was able to draw fouls and added a free throw to the Lady Rebels score. The Wildcats began to put the ball into action as they made 3-pointers to put points on the board. The Lady Rebels kept adding to their score and closed out the first quarter with a score of 13-8. 

As Westminster began to look inside to their posts for points, Fannin Co. did the same. The Lady Rebels passed around the key well as they had great looks inside to their posts. Olivia Sisson showed off her moves on the block as she added four points to Fannin Co.’s score. Becca Ledford was the one who led the Lady Rebels in scoring for the night with 19 points overall. Abby Ledford also showed off her hustle as she drove to the basket and added four points on the board for Fannin Co. to go into halftime with a 21-17 lead 

Fannin Co.To start off the second half, Fannin Co. began to make their 3-point shots. Natalie Thomas was on fire above the key as she added 12 points to Fannin Co.’s score from four made 3-pointers. Reagan York continued the trend as she added 10 points on the board for the Lady Rebels, six of them being from made 3-point shots. Westminster began to make a comeback as they were able to make a 3-point shot to tie the game 31-31. Abby Ledford was able to sneak in and and make a wide open shot down low to get Fannin Co.’s lead back with a score of 33-31. Becca Ledford followed right behind as she made a layup to advance Fannin Co.’s lead and closed out the third quarter with a score of 35-33.

The Wildcats quickly tied the game back up to start off the fourth quarter and were able to take a 37-35 lead with made free throws. They continued to advance their lead until Reagan York made back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game 43-43. Natalie Thomas answered the call as she was able to make a 3-point shot of her own to put Fannin Co. ahead 46-43 for the Lady Rebels to keep adding onto to their score and advancing their lead. As the buzzer sounded, Fannin Co. found themselves with a 54-45 victory to move on to play in the second round.

When asking Becca Ledford about the team’s efforts this season, she stated, “We have put our heart and soul into this team and we no longer do this for ourselves. We do this for each other, our coach, our fans, and everyone who supports the Rebel Nation.”

 

 

Fannin Co. Rebels put four players on all-region team

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Junior Kaeden Twiggs was named the All-Region First Team.

Four members of the Fannin Co. Rebels basketball team have been named to the Region 7-3A All-Region team as voted on by the region coaches.

One of the four, junior Kaeden Twiggs, was named to the All-Region First Team after a standout campaign this season for coach Bryan Richarson. Twiggs averaged 10 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.4 assists per game from both the guard and forward spots for the Rebels this season.

Three of the four were named All-Region Honorable Mention: junior Cohutta Hyde and sophomores Jordan Bennett and Landon Norton.

Hyde, a guard, averaged 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and 2 assists per game this season.

Bennett, a guard, averaged 5 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.3 assists per game this season.

Norton, also a guard, averaged 5 points. 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 assists per game this season.

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From left, junior Cohutta Hyde, sophomore Jordan Bennett, and sophomore Landon Norton were each named All-Region Honorable Mentions.

Fannin Co. Lady Rebels land five on all-region team

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Four

Five members of the Lady Rebels basketball team have been named to the Region 7-3A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.

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Senior Morgan Holt was named to the Region 7-3A All-Region First Team.

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Junior Abby Ledford was named to the Region 7-3A All-Region First Team.

Two of the five, senior Morgan Holt and junior Abby Ledford, were named to the all-region first team after standout season for coach Ryan Chastain.

Holt, a 5-foot-10 guard and forward, averaged 14 points, six rebounds, two steals, and a block per game this season.

Ledford, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 10 points, four rebounds, and two steals for the Lady Rebels.

Three of the five players were named Honorable Mentions for their performances this season: senior Saidee Collins, junior Mackenzie Johnson, and sophomore Becca Ledford.

Collins averaged five points, five rebounds, and a steal per game; Johnson averaged four points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals; and Becca Ledford averaged 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals for the Lady Rebels.

Fannin Co. (17-10) earned the No. 3 seed from Region 7-3A in the state playoffs. The Lady Rebels haven’t been past the region tournament since 2013.

The Lady Rebels will face Westminster (20-7), the No. 2 seed from Region 5, at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, in Atlanta in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

Rebels wrestling squad puts five in state tournament

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Rebels

The Fannin Co. High Rebels wrestling team is sending five wrestlers to the state tournament after a strong showing at the Class 3A B Sectional at South Forsyth High on Feb. 7 and 8 in Cumming.

Grayson Patterson

Grayson Patterson

Kainan Henson

Kainan Henson

Four Rebels placed second and one placed fifth at the sectional tournament.

At 106 pounds, Kainan Henson (72-16) placed second in the tournament. Henson had a first-round bye and in the quarterfinals, he advanced by pin in 41 seconds. Henson earned a spot in the finals by defeating his semifinal opponent by pin in 59 seconds for the Rebels.

Grayson Patterson, in the 120-pound bracket, also managed to earn a second-place finish.

After a first-round bye, Patterson earned a spot in the semifinals by defeated his quarterfinal

Rebels Landon Galloway

Landon Galloway

opponent by pin at the 3 minute, 35-second mark. Patterson then went on to wrestle in the

Rebels McCay Turner

McCay Turner

finals after pinning his semifinal opponent by pin at 1:58.

In the 126-pound bracket, Landon Galloway earned a second-place finish. Galloway started with a first-round bye, before defeating his quarterfinal opponent by decision, 10-2. Galloway emerged victorious in his semifinal match, also by decision at 9-6, before falling in the final.

At 152 pounds, McCay Turner earned a second-place finish. In the first round, Turner defeated his opponent by decision 8-0. In the quarterfinals, Turner won by pin in 29 seconds.

Corbin Davenport

Corbin Davenport

Turner then earned a spot in the finals by winning his semifinal match by pin in 54 seconds.

Rounding out the state placers for Fannin Co. was Corbin Davenport, who placed fifth at 145 pounds. Davenport had a first-round bye due to his seeding, before losing his quarterfinal match in overtime, 13-8. In the consolation bracket, Davenport won his first match by pin at 4:59, then won his second match by decision, 5-2, to earn a spot in the state tournament.

The Class 3A state tournament is slated for Feb. 13-15 at the Macon Centreplex in Macon.

Lady Rebels fall to GAC in Region Tournament

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Becca Ledford taking a shot for Fannin

Yesterday, Feb. 7, the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels (17-11) basketball team traveled to East Hall to take on Greater Atlanta Christian (14-11) for the second round of the region tournament. Both teams were fighting for a win to move on to the championship game that would be played the next day, but the Spartans were able to pull off a 55-43 victory to compete for first place the next day.

Both teams came out ready to play from tip off as Greater Atlanta Christian got the ball. It was a fast paced yet low scoring quarter as it took both teams a few minutes to put any points on the board. The Lady Spartans were the first to put points on the board and gain an early lead as they drove to the basket. Mackenzie Johnson was the first to score any points for Fannin as she drove to the basket to put Fannin on the board. Abby Ledford continued the trend as she earned points from a made layup and free throws to add five points to Fannin’s score to end the first quarter with GAC in the lead with a score of 10-6.

Becca Ledford was working hard as she was able to make a layup and put the Rebels behind by only two points with a score of 23-21. Ledford was the one to lead the Lady Rebels in scoring for the night with 18 points. The Spartans were able to keep making their way to the basket as they kept their lead and added onto their score. Reagan York also showed off her hustle as she made her way past the defense to score a layup and draw a foul where she made both of her free throws. Despite Fannin’s hard work attempting to catch up, GAC was able to keep their lead with a score of 22-17.

Abby Ledford driving to the basket for the Rebels

The crowd was on their feet to start the second half and you could feel the energy fill the gym. Both teams were so hopeful and fought until the end for a victory. The Rebels began to look inside to their posts to start the third quarter. Sadiee Collins and Olivia Sisson showed off their moves on the block as they each made a basket to add to Fannin’s score. Natalie Thomas was on fire with her outside shooting as she contributed 10 of her own points to the Rebels score. On one set of her foul shots, Thomas was able to make them both to tie the game 29-29. With Fannin just a shot away from taking the lead for the first time in the game, the Spartans made a last second basket on the block to put the score at 31-29 to go into the final quarter.

Tension was high as the fourth quarter began. The Spartans found their fire right as the eight minutes began as they made two layups back to back, followed by a 3 point shot to take back their lead. The Rebels were able to add more points on the board, but it was not enough to catch up to the Spartans as the buzzer sounded on their 55-43 victory.

The Rebel’s win put their overall record at 17-11 and their region record at 7-7. Catch Fannin’s next game today as they travel to East Hall to take on Dawson County at 3pm to see who will claim third place in the region.

Fannin Co. High senior Miles Johnson signs with UGA

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Fannin Co. High school senior Miles Johnson signed his National Letter of Intent on Thurdsay, Feb. 5, to declare his intention to play football at the University of Georgia as a preferred walk-on.

Miles Johnson

Fannin Co. High senior Miles Johnson is pictured with parents, Earl Johnson and Leslie Mann, on National Signing Day.

Johnson, a four-year varsity offensive lineman for the Rebels, had offers from nearly 10 schools, but chose Georgia because he wanted to play in the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

“This has been a wild ride, to be honest with y’all,” Johnson said during his signing. “I have to first thank god for everything. (I’ve) always had the dream (of) going somewhere (in) the SEC, and that’s to him it’s all possible now.”

Fannin Co. head football coach Chad Cheatham said, “A lot of hard work, many years of beign on the football field, baseball field, basketball (court) whatever it is, goes into to something like this. Long hours in the weight room. A lot of sweat, a lot of blood, a lot of tears.”

Cheatham addressed Johnson directly by saying, “Miles, we appreciate what you’ve done, son. You know we love you, this community loves you, and it’s just an honor to be able to share this with you.”

Johnson finished by thanking everyone in attendance, including his parents who were sitting with him for the signing.

Johnson said his parents, Earl Johnson and Leslie Jabaley-Mann, are “my biggest supporters. … I can’t thank them enough. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I’d be in the position I am today.”

He also thanked, “Coach Cheatham, all the coaches I’ve had throughout high school and all the way up to now. I gotta thank my teammates, their all here today. (They) have been my brothers all throughout high school and since we were little kids.”

Johnson finished by saying, “I appreciate all the support from this community.”

For more photos of the event, visit the TeamFYNSports Facebook page.

A video of Johnson’s signing can be found below.

Fannin Co. Rebels see season come to an end

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Jordan Bennett showing off his ball handling skills

Last night, Feb. 4, the Fannin Co. Rebels (7-19) traveled to Greater Atlanta Christian (19-7) to take on the Spartans for the first round of the region tournament. The teams were competing to see who would move on in the tournament or who would go home and be done for the season. Fannin Co. was the one to endure a tough 79-28 loss to end their season.

The Spartans got the ball from tipoff where they wasted no time putting the ball into action. They played a solid defense as they made the Rebels work hard to get to the basket. Senior, Jerritt Holloway, led Fannin in scoring for the night with five points as he showed off his moves to score layups. Eli Brisbay-Cochran continued the trend as he made his way to the basket to contribute four points to Fannin’s score. Greater Atlanta Christian was able to get the early lead as they closed out the first quarter with a score of 25-6.

GAC was able to extend their lead to start off the second quarter. The Spartans were on fire with their outside shots as they added onto their score. Andre Bivens continued the trend as he made a 3-pointer to add to Fannin’s score. Cohutta Hyde showed off his skills as he was able to pull up for shots and add four points to Fannin’s score. The Spartans were able to double their score as they went into halftime with a score of 51-10. 

Dylan Collins blocking out on the post for Fannin

To start the second half, the Rebels began to look inside to their posts to score points. Miles Johnson and Brady Martin showed off their moves on the block as they each earned a basket for Fannin to add onto the board. Dylan Collins and Jalen Ingram were aggressive down low as they drew fouls and each contributed two points from the foul line. Despite Fannin putting more points on the board, GAC ended the third quarter with a 64-19 lead.

With six minutes on the clock to start the fourth quarter, Fannin began to make and draw fouls. Landon Norton showed off his hustle as he drew a foul and added two points to the Rebels score from the free throw line. Jordan Bennett continued the trend as he scored two of his own foul shots. As the buzzer sounded, the Spartans found themselves with a 79-28 victory. 

Fannin’s loss puts their overall record at 7-19 and their region record at 0-13. After the game, Senior Miles Johnson shared with Team FYN Sports, “This season may not have ended the way we wanted it to, but we hope that the team will build from it for future seasons. We just need to learn from our mistakes so that Fannin Basketball will grow and be as strong as ever.”

Haley Parks signs letter of intent to Truett McConnell

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Today, Feb. 3, Haley Parks signed a letter of intent to further her volleyball career at Truett McConnell University. Not only was Haley committing to play volleyball at Truett, but so was one of her closest teammates, Cheyanne Tilson. All of Haley’s friends and family filled the cafeteria for this special day.

Haley is a senior at Fannin County High School who has played the sport for the school for the past four years. Parks is an outstanding athlete who has been awarded for her success on the court as she received the Defensive Player of the Year award her sophomore year. Not only does the senior have achievements on the court, but also in the classroom. The scholar is a dual enrollment student at the University of North Georgia who also takes AP courses at the high school. She has been awarded for her academic success by being inducted into not only the National Honors Society, but also the National Technical Honors Society. The athlete is also very involved in clubs at the school as she has the title of Community Service Coordinator in FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). When competing with the club, she won the FCCLA Star Event Competition on the national level. When asking the senior why she chose Truett McConell, she stated, “I chose Truett because it was a really good opportunity for me. I wanted the chance to play the sport I love beyond high school and the university gave me that opportunity.” 

“Cheyanne and Haley have set examples of what is possible for players in this sport which receives very little if any recognition from the community and the school. It was my honor and privilege to have been a part of their high school careers and I look forward to following their achievements at Truett McConnell,” head coach of the Lady Rebels volleyball team, Jason Stanley, stated about his players.

Cheyanne Tilson furthers volleyball career

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Fannin Co. Lady Rebels volleyball player, Cheyanne Tilson, committed to Truett McConnell University today to further her volleyball career. Not only was Cheyanne committing to play volleyball at Truett, but so was one of her closest teammates, Haley Parks. All of Cheyanne’s friends and family filled the cafeteria for this special day.

Tilson is a senior at Fannin County High School who has played volleyball for the school for four years. She is a dedicated player who has been awarded for her great performance on the court for the past three years where she has played on the varsity team, received the Offensive Player of the Year Award, and earned the award for Most Valuable Player. When asking the senior why she chose Truett McConell, she stated, “I chose Truett McConnell because I loved the campus and the team. I wanted a college that wasn’t too far away from home and Truett was a perfect fit.”

“Cheyanne and Haley have set examples of what is possible for players in this sport which receives very little if any recognition from the community and the school. It was my honor and privilege to have been a part of their high school careers and I look forward to following their achievements at Truett McConnell,”  head coach of the Lady Rebels volleyball team, Jason Stanley, stated about his players.

Landon Norton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!

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Landon Norton

Landon Norton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Rebels!

Norton, a sophomore guard, played well in two games last week for Fannin Co. (6-17, 0-12 Region 7-3A).

On Friday, Jan. 31, Norton scored just two points but made his presence felt on defense as the Rebels fell to Greater Atlanta Christian (18-7, 9-3) in Blue Ridge, 64-33.

Against non-conference opponent Murphy (8-10, 3-5 Big Smoky Mountain 1-A) on Saturday, Feb. 1, Norton scored a team-high 14 points, including hitting four shots from beyond the arc, as the Rebels earned the narrow, 48-46 win in North Carolina.

For his efforts, Norton is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Rebels!

Becca Ledford is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Rebels!

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Becca Ledford

Becca Ledford is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Fannin Co. Lady Rebels!

Ledford, a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, had two standout performances for Fannin Co. (16-9, 6-6 Region 7-3A) last week.

On Friday, Jan. 31, Ledford tied a team high with 12 points as the Lady Rebels fell to Greater Atlanta Christian (14-11, 10-2) in Blue Ridge by a score of 66-53.

Ledford followed that with nine points in a 63-44 non-conference loss to Murphy (18-0, 8-0 Big Smoky Mountain 1-A) on Saturday, Feb. 1, in North Carolina.

For her efforts, Ledford is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Lady Rebels!

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