As every high school does at the end of a sports season, Fannin County High School met in the cafeteria last Thursday to honor and recognize their basketball athletes.
With family and friends in attendance, the Athletic Department for the Fannin Rebels came together for fun, food, and of course awards. The coaching staff for both the Lady Rebels and Rebels stepped to the podium with excitement and sadness and spoke about their respective teams. The exciting part took place as the athletes were awarded their varsity letters, Player of the Week awards from Team FYN Sports, and the special awards in the form of plaques. The plaque awards were for Most Improved, Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player for both girls and boys teams.
The sadness on the night was that the seniors had played their last basketball game and were attending the final banquet of their high school life. Both players and coaches shared the same sentiment and heartfelt memories shared on and off the court. Congratulations to all the athletes that are graduating and to all who will start getting ready for next season very soon.
The Rebels of Fannin High School opened up a 3 game series with the Tigers of Dawson last Tuesday in Dawsonville.
Each team put up a run in the first inning to get the game started in game one. The home team Tigers added runs to the board in the second and sixth for three runs while Fannin added runs in the third and fifth to carry a tie into extra innings. The Rebels came alive in the top of the eighth with 3 walks and a single aided by a sacrifice fly and a Tiger error to put up 3 game winning runs. Fannin had five hits in the game by Beavers, Buchannan, Kendall, Gray, and Shirah each with one. Beavers, Buchannan, Shirah had an RBI a piece with Rogers knocking in 2 runs for the Rebels. The Dawson Tiger runs were put on the board by Sapp, Lewis, and Kelly on 3 hits in the game. The Tigers committed 3 errors and the Rebels had 4 errors on the night.
Both teams sent 2 pitchers to the hill in the extra inning game. For the Tigers, K. Kelly got the start and went 7 innings on 109 pitches allowing three runs(two earned) on four hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts. P. Goodwin came in as relief to throw 19 pitches in 1 inning. He gave up three runs(one earned) on 1 hit and 3 bases on balls, and no strikeouts. Goodwin was credited ith the loss. On the Fannin side, B. Rogers stepped to the mound as the starter. Rogers threw 113 pitches in his 5 and two-thirds innings with three runs on three hits five walks and ten strikeouts befor handing the baseball over to Hunter Gray. In two and one-third innings, Gray three strikeouts and three walks on 56 pitches for the win. These same two teams will meet up again on Friday in doubleheader action starting time set at 5:30.
Coming into the final game of the series with the Indians, Fannin was looking to stay hot and bring out the broom and sweep their region opponent on Friday night. With the 8-1 win in game one of the doubleheader, things seemed to be in the favor of the baseball higher powers for the Rebels.
The bats stayed hot for the Rebels as they put 8 more in the column and brought home the 10-4 win and the sweep. Taking a quick 1-0 lead over the Indians in the bottom half of the first inning didn’t last long as Lumpkin answered in their half of the second with 3 runs for their only lead of the night. A very big “No Way” could be seen on the faces of the Rebels players as the came to the plate in the home half of inning number 2 with a statement. The Rebels dropped an immediate 4 runs to regain the lead and let the Indians know that they were not losing this game. The Rebels added 5 total in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th for a 10-4 win over Lumpkin.
Seven of the nine Fannin batters collected hits with Hunter Gray leading the way. Gray was 2 for 3 in the game with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Beavers, Buchannan, Kendall, Shirah, Norton, and Holloway all had 1 hit in the game for the Rebels. Fannin sent three hurlers to the hill in Shirah with the start, Rogers and Norton came in as relief. Shirah threw 8 pitches over 6 innings allowing 4 hits and 4 runs with 8 strikeouts. Norton in two-thirds of an inning gave up 3 walks while Rogers retired the only Indian he faced in one-third of an inning. This win has Fannin keeping pace in region standings as they move on to a big region series with the Tigers of Dawson County.
In game 2 of 3 and the first of a doubleheader at Fannin on Friday, the Rebels banged out a 10 hit performance led by Chandler Kendall. With a win, the Rebels were guaranteed to win the series heading into game 3 for the sweep.
Coming in as the visiting team, the Indians of Lumpkin County stepped to the plate first pushed their only run of the game across the dish on a ground ball error by the Rebels. Taking the mound for Fannin, Beavers had seen enough and put his focus on shutting his opponent down almost single handily in putting the game on his back. Beavers threw 116 pitches(112 being GHSA rule with allowance for completing the at-bat) with 74 being in the strike zone. He allowed just the one unearned run on one hit, 5 walks and 12 big strikeouts in the 8-1 victory over the Indians.
Several Rebels had a very good game at the plate with 3 Fannin batters collecting 2 or more hits. Chandler Kendall led all players that stepped to the plate going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and a run scored. Following close behind was G. Buchannon who was 2 for 3, 1 RBI and 1 run scored., Roger was 2-5 with a run scored. Norton, Pack, and Holloway added singles for the Rebels. he 8 runs from Fannin came in the 1st, 2nd, and the 6th giving them the 2 games to none lead in the 3 game region series.
The Fannin Rebels traveled to Dahlonega last week for game one of a 3 game region series with the Indians of Lumpkin County. Fannin has continued with the great start and this game was no different.
The Indians took their first and only lead in the bottom half of the first as B. Chastain took off from third base and stole home. Over the next six innings of play, Lumpkin would add 5 hits to their side of the scoreboard managing to plate just one more run. On the mound for the Rebels, Kendall and Rogers combined to shut down the Indians’ batters. The pair threw 102 pitches(88 for Kendall and 14 for Rogers) and recorded 6 strikeouts. Rogers was perfect in his one and one-third of work with 3 K’s.
Fannin kept a zero on the board up until the third inning with 2 runs. Carrying a 1 run lead into the bottom half of the fourth, the Rebels added 5 more to seal the deal over the Indians by a score of 7-2. The Fannin bats produced the 5 runs on 8 hits led by G. Buchannon. The Rebel third baseman went 2 for 3 on the day with a run scored and 1 RBI. adding their names to the hit list in the game was Beavers, Kendall, Gray, Shirah, Norton, and Holloway. These two teams met at Fannin for a doubleheader on Friday night to finish the region series.
Coach Chad Cheatham stepped to the podium to thank the supporters of the Rebel Football program. From Small business, School staff, and the Fannin School Board to the most important supporters, the parents of the athletes. He continued to thank his wife and family for their believing in him and allowing him to spend all the long hours away from home. In an emotional statement, Coach Cheatham mentioned a few gentlemen that were instrumental in his life as a young man growing up in Fannin County. Falling just short of tears, you could see the heartfelt thank you given to the ones in attendance who coached him in recreation football. After announcing the player of the week recipients from Team FYN Sports and Kevin Panter Insurance, the program focused on the cheerleaders for the 2018 season. These ladies work year-round to be ready competitions and to the fans, football season. Standing on the sidelines through any weather that a Friday night brings, these ladies are there to cheer on their team.
Drawing near the end of the Rebel celebration, Cheatham returned to the podium for the main awards of the night. Approximately 40 players walked across the stage to receive the Varsity Letter for participation in the 2018 football season. Next up for the event was the announcement of the individual awards. (see list below) The final announcement of the evening was the voting for the 2019 Rebel Captains. The four leaders were chosen to wear the “C” next season was Luke Holloway, Miles Johnson, Will Moseley, and Jackson Weeks.
Mason Rhodes: Most Valuable Player, Sledge Hammer Award, Defensive Player of the Year, and 1st Team All-Region
Miles Johnson: Sledge Hammer Award, Linesman Award, and 1st Team All-Region
Will Moseley: Sledge Hammer Award, G.U.S. Award, 1st All-Region, and 2019 Team Captain
Michael Louis: Sledge Hammer Award
Mason Bundy: Sledge Hammer Award
Treylyn Owensby: Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-Region
Micah Oneal: Defensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team All-Region
Jackson Weeks: G.U.S. Award, 1st Team All-Region, 2019 Rebel Captain
7-AAA 2nd Team All-Region: Timothy Garland, Luke Holloway, Tate Heaton
7-AAA 1st Team All-Region: Will Moseley, Miles Johnson, Treylyn Owensby, Mason Rhodes, Jackson Weeks
The Fannin County High School FCCLA(Family Career and Community Leaders of America) held an event to spotlight the athletes of Special Olympics on Thursday evening at Blue Ridge Elementary. Family and friends gathered together to bring recognition to these boys and girls, men and women for their outstanding commitment to and their excellent performance in Special Olympics.
As the night started Ms. Lauren Owenby took the microphone in hand to announce the evening’s outline. The two young ladies that came to Ms. Owenby with the idea for the event were Larisa Hughes and Alexis Hill. Hughes and Hill brought their desire to do something specifically for the special education participants forward back in August and have spearheaded the plans that came to fruition on that night, Courtney Tamberino was the emcee for the festivities and announced each athlete. The names were called out individually as the stars of the night walked up the red carpet to the stage. The bios(see pics below) were read highlighting the accomplishments, hobbies, and favorite moment as they stood on stage and received applause. These athletes have the heart and dedication to compete in the Olympic events that we need in our everyday lives.
Next up on the evening was the introduction of the special guest for the event, Ms. Owenby led with the accomplishments and spoke on the love this young man has for special education, Luther Jones, an assistant coach and also a special education teacher for Union Co. High School in Blairsville, was very successful as a football player in high school and went on to excel at Kennesaw State. Jones received numerous full scholarship offers before accepting the State scholarship where he helped his team win the Big South Championship and compete in the Elite 8 of the FCS College Football tournament. The KSU run ended with a loss to Sam Houston State. Jones was nominated for the AFCA Good Works award for his actions on and off the field.
With Jones and all the FCHS athletes that were in attendance to show their support for this great group all the athletes were individually called back on the stage where they received a certificate, a t-shirt, and yet another medal to hang in the trophy case. High fives were exchanged with everyone on stage as the smiles and excitement covered the faces of the Olympic athletes one more time. The end of the recognition ceremony was celebrated with the serving of dinner. Fannin County Special Olympic Athletes….Great Job!!
Fannin High School Senior Hunter Gray has made a verbal commitment to further his education and continue his baseball career at Lipscomb University.
In speaking to this young man it is quickly revealed that he is genuine and humble. Gray knows that without the support of his parents David and Rachal but also his brothers Daniel and Cody, he would not have the opportunity that lies before him. Gray took the field for the first time at 3 years old and has never looked back. Playing in what the local recreation department labeled as the Diaper League, Hunter found his love for the game that he plays today and will continue to play in the future for Lipscomb University. Hunter Gray played several years of travel baseball as well as other sports into his freshman year at Fannin County High School. Gray was a part of the Rebels’ basketball program as a 9th grader before choosing to walk away giving him more time to both play football and baseball. Gray’s sophomore year could have detrimental to his future in the game he loves. In a pre-season football game, Gray suffered a tear of his ACL and Meniscus. The surgery to repair the tears doesn’t come with an easy rehabilitation. The average recovery time in getting back to full action is right at 9 months. Gray missed 2 years of high school football and a year of Rebel baseball as well as his travel ball schedule for the East Cobb Astros out of Marrietta, GA. Through hard work and dedication to getting his leg stronger, Gray is ready to take the field.
In Gray’s time on the diamond, he has played with several travel organizations as Gilmer Co., Cherokee Reds, Kennesaw, Team GA and is currently part of the East Cobb program. As a freshman for the Rebels, Gray led the team at the plate and was awarded the offensive player of the year and earned his varsity letter in 3 sports. Hunter’s mother(Rachal) said ” Hunter is a very humble young man. He is the same person whether he strikes out or hits a home run.” Hunter is very thankful and blessed that his parents and siblings are there for him and looks forward to having his support system with him as he heads to Lipscomb University after high school.
Congratulations to Hunter Gray on his verbal commitment to Lipscomb and as you prepare for the upcoming season for the Fannin Rebels.