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Burch in the paint, pt. 2

February 23, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

Enotah Echoes Sports Editor Ethan Burch joined the men's basketball team in early January. Burch was a four-year player at Towns County High School in Hiawassee. Photo by Ashton Jones

It was game one for me— a match-up with Berry College at home in Young Harris College’s Valley of Doom. On that Saturday I would get my first glimpse into what college basketball was all about.

The day started with a shoot around that morning, in which the team would get loose by doing some drills in preparation for the game they would play later that evening. I had participated in practices such as these in high school, so all of this felt fairly normal. It was interesting, though, to see how college teams prepared for a game that was set to be played a few hours later; but  it was the game that I was anticipating most.

In just a few hours, I found myself making my way back through the halls and into the locker room to get ready for our game. This was a part that was new. How do college teams prepare for a game? What goes on in the locker room? How does a coach explain the game plan? While some of those answers are kept strictly between college coaches and their players, I can tell you that it is all about focus.

Coach Pete Herrmann wants one thing from every player that steps on the floor for him and his team, and that is focus. It is for this reason that he and his coaching staff work to be sure that each player knows his responsibility prior to game time and throughout the contest.

After each of our roles were explained and the game plan had been administered, we made our way to the court for pre-game warm ups.

The team went through some shooting drills and stretches to prepare for the game. Then when the buzzer sounded it was time to play the national anthem, announce the starting line-ups and get the game underway.

That game was an experience that I will not forget. I was a part of college basketball for the first time, and I saw the work that was put in by the coaching staff and each of my teammates. The never-quit attitude that I saw from every player on that court let me know just how competitive the game is at the college level.

We lost the game against Berry by a score of 83-70, but Coach Herrmann never told us to carry ourselves like we had lost the game. He made it a point that we carry ourselves the same whether we win or lose and to always hold our heads up.

It was advice such as this that the team would take in as we went through a stretch of losses on the road until we returned home on Jan. 29 to face Tennessee Temple University.

We would win over Tennessee Temple thanks to five Mountain Lions scoring in the double digits. Steve Viterbo led the team in scoring with 22. It was the defense, though, that Coach Herrmann praised the team most for in this winning effort.

After the game, Coach Herrmann was pleased with our team defense, and he was excited about the win at home. The team, however, was almost too exhausted to celebrate the victory.

The team was working hard and had finally reached the victory that they had been fighting for late in the season. This was a time for a stopping point, though. The season was far from over, and there were still games for us to play.

How would the team take this momentum into the final games of the season? Keep reading to find out.

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Women’s basketball drops final home contest

February 13, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

The Young Harris College women’s basketball team was unable to stop King College in the second half as the Mountain Lions fell, 60-40, during Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena.

“That was an example of losing in a total effort,” said YHC women’s basketball head coach Brenda Paul.

LaDondra Johnson led YHC (8-13) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, which was her third double-double of the season. Nikki Winn and Lauren Smith chipped in with seven points each as the Mountain Lions finished at 32 percent from the field, hitting on 16 of their 49 attempts.

YHC raced out to a 20-9 lead with 4:42 remaining in the opening half and took a 29-21 advantage into the break.

King opened the second half with a 29-9 run to take a 50-36 lead with 4:54 remaining. Young Harris could not recover from the run made by King College in the final four minutes.

“They [King College’ stepped up in the second half, and we folded,” said Paul.

Ashley Deans led three Lady Tornado players in double figures with 14 points. Derika Mooney had 13 points and nine boards, while Brianna Kelley finished with 10 points as King (9-15) was 25-of-56 shooting for 45 percent.

The Mountain Lions take to the road in looks for the series sweep against Reinhardt University on Monday, February 14. Young Harris defeated the Lady Eagles, 77-55 in their previous match-up on January 17. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. in Waleksa.

Richt to speak at Blairsville Church

February 11, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

The Glenda Gooch House has announced that University of Georgia Head Football Coach Mark Richt will speak at the First Baptist Church of Blairsville on February 18.

The Glenda Gooch House is a fully accommodated home located on Wallings Road, across from Union General Hospital. The house is designed for those who are hospitalized and their families that prefer to be near them as well. According to the organization’s web page, the Glenda Gooch House had accommodated 124 families as of November 28.

Known for his inspirational speaking, Coach Richt is scheduled to begin speaking at First Baptist Church of Blairsville at 12:35 p.m.

Tickets to the event will be sold to adults for the price of $20. Students and youth who are the age of 6-17 will receive a discount putting the ticket cost at $10. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Glenda Gooch House

One requirement for persons under the age of 16 is that he or she must be accompanied by a parent or adult to and from the event. Event tickets can be purchased at United Community Bank locations in Blairsville and Hiawassee.

According to event staff, parking is limited. Because of this, it is encouraged that those who can carpool do so. The doors of the event will open at 11 a.m.

It is asked that those who attend do not cameras or cell phones into the event. Also, no photo or autograph sessions will be held following the event.

According to the Glenda Gooch committee, the maximum number of ticket purchases has been set at 10 per individual.

Those who purchase tickets to the event will also have the opportunity to receive discounts at participating local restaurants on the day of the event. If your ticket is on hand, check local restaurants for a 10 percent Bulldog discount in order to receive these benefits. Restaurants offering the 10 percent Bulldog discount will have a red or black balloon displayed outside of the establishment and an announcement posted at the entrance of the restaurant.

 

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YHC Women’s Soccer Team claims top GPA for Fall 2010 semester

January 25, 2011 Comments off

by Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

The Young Harris College women’s soccer team finished the fall semester with the highest overall team grade point average announced Monday by Director of Athletics, Randy Dunn.

The women’s soccer team earned a 3.37 team G.P.A. for the Fall 2010 semester.  In addition to their success in the classroom, the team completed its first season against four-year colleges with a winning record of 10 wins, 5 losses, and 2 ties.

“These young ladies inspire me every day!” head coach Kathy Brown said. “What more could a coach ask for?”

Members of the women’s team also displayed how much pride they each take in the student aspect of the term student/athlete.

“I feel like it is well deserved. We take our game and our school work very seriously,” said sophomore Linda Lehmann.

“I am honored to be a freshman and on such a well-rounded team,” said freshman Hayden Verner. “This shows me that school is just as important as soccer.”

The women’s soccer team was not the only team to achieve success in the classroom. Women’s cross country was a very close second with a 3.28 GPA., while men’s soccer was third with a 3.17. Following the Mountain Lion men’s soccer program was softball (3.1), men’s cross country (3.09) and women’s golf (3.08).

Texas Western v. Kentucky, a win for civil rights

January 17, 2011 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

Referred to my many as “the game,” this match-up was thought to have changed college basketball forever. What could be so special about one game that would set it above the rest in the minds of sports fans, though?

The game being referred to is the 1966 NCAA Championship game that took place in College Park, MD between Texas Western University and the University of Kentucky on March 19, 1966. However, the impact of this game goes beyond Texas Western’s National Championship win, though.

Texas Western entered the game with a starting line-up consisting of 5 black players, while the starting line-up of Kentucky featured 5 white players. Between this move, which many considered to be a bold one by Texas Western Men’s Basketball Head Coach Don Haskins, the small size of Texas Western in comparison to Kentucky and the powerhouse of a program that Kentucky had built with 4 NCAA titles by 1966, all odds were against Texas Western.

If you have seen the film Glory Road, which depicts the story of Coach Don Haskins on their journey to the championship game, then you know where this story is going and the implications that were faced by Texas Western for starting 5 black players.

Though this was not the first time that a black player had participated in an NCAA Championship, it was the first time that a squad had an all-black starting line-up.

Not only was this a factor that many held against Texas Western going into the game, but Kentucky was the front runner in all of college basketball with four at the time.

Kentucky was led by Head Coach Adolph Rupp and players such as Pat Riley and Louie Dampier. For those unfamiliar with those names, Adolph Rupp is the coach for which Kentucky’s basketball arena is now named, and Pat Riley would go on to coach in and win an NBA championship with the Miami Heat.

The squad of Texas Western, now known as Texas El-Paso, featured names such as Bobby Joe Hill, David “Big Daddy D” Lattin, Harry Flourney and Nevil Shed. Many stereotypes of black players led fans to believe that all black players were incapable of running an offense correctly; this would eventually lead to a Texas Western meltdown in the championship game. All signs pointed to Kentucky as the pre-game favorite heading into the championship game.

These predictions proved to be untrue, as Texas Western found ways to rotate the ball a number of times to find open looks on the offensive end.

The dramatic journey for the Texas Western squad would end in victorious fashion; and as 5’10 guard Bobby Joe Hill scored 20 points, this paced the Miners to a 72-65 championship victory over Rupp and Kentucky.

This game goes beyond the final score, though. Instead, it cleared a path for African-American players in all of basketball to make a name and find victory. It is a story such as this that can be looked back on as we honor the day of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

YHC women’s basketball falls to NGC

November 18, 2010 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

YHC women's basketball players look for an opening against NGC women's basketball team during Monday night's inaugural game against North Georgia. Photo by Kathleen Layton

On Monday, the Young Harris College women’s basketball team fell 64-39 to North Georgia College & State University in the program’s first game in over 40 years.

North Georgia (2-1) started their run early as they shot out to a 14-5 lead after a made free throw by Janyce Ealey with 12:10 remaining in the first half. Over the next seven minutes, North Georgia went on a 17-4 run to take a 31-9 lead.

Young Harris (0-1) made a rally capped off by a jumper by sophomore Nikki Winn in the final minutes of the first half to cut the Lady Saints’ lead to 31-16. In the last minute of the half, however, Lady Saints guard Meredith Montgomery knocked down a jump shot to give North Georgia a 33-16 lead at the half.

The Mountain Lions cut the North Georgia lead to 33-19 with 19:29 remaining after a made 3-pointer by freshman Breanna Gleeson, but the Lady Saints put the game away with a 21-8 run over the next 11 minutes to take a 54-27 lead.

Ealey was 7-of-9 from the floor and also finished with seven rebounds. Sarah Stinson and Tiffany Marlow each had eight points as North Georgia was 24-of-53 from the field for 45 percent.

Winn led Young Harris with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Freshman Miata Askew had 10 points as the Mountain Lions were 16-of-49 from the field for 33 percent.

YHC women’s basketball Head Coach Brenda Paul knew that her team was out-matched in their season opener, but was pleased with stints of the team’s offense and with the support of the fans.

For more coverage of the women’s game, check out the print edition of the Enotah Echoes on Mon., Nov. 22.

Men’s basketball wins inaugural game

November 17, 2010 1 comment

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor

The men's team triumphed over North Georgia this past Monday night. Photo by Kathleen Layton

On Monday, the Young Harris College men’s basketball team made history by winning their first game in over 40 years.

The Mountain Lions returned home to receive much support from a sold out YHC Recreation Center packed with screaming fans. YHC faced off against Peach Belt Conference member North Georgia College & State University in their home opener, and were able to shock the Saints with a 78-68 victory.

Young Harris (1-1) began the game with a 7-2 run that was capped off by a fast break lay-up by freshman Matt Preston with 16:52 remaining in the first half.

North Georgia (0-1) ; however, would rally back to regain an 8-7 lead off of a jump shot by George Jgerenaia with 14:13 remaining. After the jumper by Jgerenaia, YHC began their rally back to the lead by creating a 13-2 run over the next four minutes of the game to go ahead 20-10 thanks to a made basket by freshman Steven Viterbo with 9:59 remaining in the half.

With 6:35 remaining in the first half, freshman Luke Brackman entered the game for the Mountain Lions and was successful on his first three point attempt which extended the YHC lead to 25-13. Following the made basket, North Georgia made a run to cut the lead to 27-20 that was capped off by a tip-in from Keldrick Coleman with 2:44 left in the half.

The last two minutes of the first half would go in favor of the Mountain Lions as they made an 8-0 run to give them a 35-30 lead going into halftime.

To begin the second half, the Mountain Lions extended their lead to 41-25 thanks to a put-back by freshman Frank Adams with 17:28 left to play in the game. The Saints rallied back; however, by going on a 13-2 run that was capped off by Clarence Tillman to cut the Mountain Lions’ lead to 43-38.
Young Harris responded to with an 11-2 run that was capped off by a made 3-pointer by Viterbo. The Saints would cut the lead to 61-55 over the minutes that followed, but were not able to make the game any closer.

With 2:27 remaining in the game, the Mountain Lions held 69-59 lead and were able to put the game out of reach in the final minutes of the game thanks to a made free throw by Viterbo and a stolen inbounds pass by freshman O’Neil Lubin to give YHC a 72-59 lead with two minutes remaining.
Lubin led the Mountain Lions in scoring with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Viterbo had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Frank Adams recorded 13 points and eight boards. Bryson Robertson chipped in with 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds as the Mountain Lions were 28-of-54 shooting for 52 percent.

Jgerenaia and Carl Taylor led North Georgia with 15 points, while Elijah Smith recorded a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Saints were 27-of-65 from the field for 42 percent.

The coaching staff of YHC was pleased with the performance that the team delivered throughout the team’s home opener.

“The key things we’re going to do all season are defend and rebound,” said YHC Head Coach Pete Herrmann. “We held them to 26 percent shooting in the first half and out-rebounded them by five for the game. With our size, that’s a real plus. I thought it was a great team effort. It’s great for all the former players to come back and see. This is just a great win for Young Harris College.”

“It was the best experience I have ever been a part of playing or coaching,” said YHC Assistant Coach Heath Hooper. “I am truly proud to be a part of this program and Young Harris College.

“It was a great experience,” said YHC assistant coach Andre Morgan. “I am very happy for our guys, the community, the students and the administration here at YHC.”
YHC returns to action 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29 against Tennessee Wesleyan at the YHC Basketball Arena.

For more coverage of this game, check out the print edition of the Enotah Echoes on Mon., Nov. 22.

YHC falls in season opener

November 14, 2010 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—On Saturday, the Young Harris College men’s basketball team fell to Virginia Intermont College 73-71 in their first game of the season.

The season opener for YHC was held in the Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Bobcats.

At the half, the Mountain Lions (0-1) trailed 41-26 to the Cobras of Virginia Intermont (1-4). This lead would not last long; however, YHC was able to come out of the half with an 18-0 run in the first six minutes of the second half to gain a 44-41 lead.

With 9:34 remaining in the game, YHC extended their lead to 56-45 off of a lay-up by freshman Bryson Robertson, which would be the team’s largest of the game.

Virginia Intermont would later use a 14-5 run to cut the Mountain Lions’ lead to 61-59. The Cobras went on to get their second lead of the game off of a lay-up by Marquette Knight which resulted in 64-63 advantage.

With 2:09 left, Virginia Intermont extended their lead to 70-66 thanks to a bucket by Knight.

The Mountain Lions; however, would use a rally late in the game to tie the score at 71-71 with the help of a lay-up by freshman Matt Preston with 11 seconds remaining.

In the final seconds of the game, YHC freshman Phillip Uys blocked an attempt by Virginia Intermont out of bounds, which set up the following possession that would won the game for the Cobras.

With four-tenths of a second remaining in the game, Marquette Knight tipped in a missed shot to lift the Cobras over the Mountain Lions for a 73-71 Virginia Intermont victory. This was the first win of the season for Virginia Intermont College.

Freshman O’Neil Lubin led the Mountain Lions in scoring with 20 points. Robertson had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while freshman Steve Viterbo finished the game with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds. YHC shot 27-of-68 from the floor for a team shooting percentage of 40 percent.

Young Harris returns to action with its home opener 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15 at the YHC Basketball Arena against Peach Belt Conference member North Georgia College & State University.

 

YHC women’s soccer battles back for tie

November 3, 2010 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

YOUNG HARRIS– On Wed. Oct.3, it appeared that one goal, scored early in the contest, would hold the Young Harris College women’s soccer team from any chance at making the game even.

After 70 minutes of play, however, the Lady Mountain Lions would overcome that obstacle to finish the match-up with Shorter College in a 1-1 tie.

The game began with a goal scored in the first eight seconds by Shorter College’s Brandi Greenwald. The goal was scored off an assist by Rachel Wood to give Shorter (10-7-1) a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Hawks of Shorter held onto their lead all the way into the second half, but they faced a Young Harris squad that had every intention of tying the game.

In the 70th minute, YHC sophomore forward Mika Lopes started the rally by making a pass into the penalty area to sophomore Haley Holderfield. The first shot by Holderfield was stopped by Shorter goalkeeper Taylor Hays, but the ball would be returned to Holderfield off of the deflection. Her second shot found the back of the net to tie the game up at 1-1.

The score remained tied at 1 heading into overtime, and the Mountain Lions (9-5-2) nearly won the game five minutes into the extra frame as YHC junior Emily Villas missed a potential game-winning shot just left of the post, keeping the contest tied, 1-1.

Freshman goalkeeper Gabby Smith finished with five saves in goal for Young Harris, while Hays recorded eight for Shorter College.

The Lady Hawks out-shot the Mountain Lions, 18-16, but Young Harris had the overall advantage in corner kicks, 5-3.

YHC men’s soccer ends season with 4-0 loss

November 3, 2010 Comments off

By Ethan Burch, Sports Editor
with information from wire reports

YOUNG HARRIS– On Wed. Oct. 3, the Young Harris College men’s soccer team ended their season with a 4-0 loss at home to Berry College.

The Vikings (13-1-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute as Dino Ceric and Jorg Bermann assisted on a goal by Chris Capati to give Berry a 1-0 lead.

Berry extended their lead to 2-0 on a free kick in the 19th minute off of an own goal that bounced off of a Young Harris player.

Berry pushed the advantage to 3-0 as Daniel Wartner scored his first goal of the game off of an assist by Dino Ceric in the 25th minute.

The Vikings put the game out of reach in the 55th as Ceric assisted on a Bermann goal on a 2-on-1 breakaway to give Berry a 4-0 lead.

Sophomore goalkeeper Wezley Barnard finished with three saves for Young Harris (2-9-4), while Kevin Madigan had two saves in the first half for Berry College and was replaced by Sam Alexander in the second half, who recorded one save.

The Vikings out-shot the Mountain Lions 23-7 and had a 6-3 advantage on corner kicks.