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Winn, Johnson lead YHC past Tennessee Temple

January 30, 2011 Comments off

With information from wire reports

Nikki Winn did most of her damage in the first half and LaDondra Johnson took over in the second half as the Young Harris College women’s basketball team held off Tennessee Temple, 56-48, Saturday at the YHC Basketball Arena.

“We scrambled and found a way to win that one,” YHC head coach Brenda Paul said. “We had no information on that team. We did a great job at changing up the defenses and getting turnovers in key times. We took control of the boards and out-rebounding them. If you look at the stats, that’s the difference in the game and how well we did on the boards.”

Winn, a former Towns County High School standout, scored 12 of her 18 points in the first half, including draining four 3-pointers. Johnson was equally impressive as she scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to pace YHC (7-10). Lauren Smith added eight points and recorded 12 rebounds, along with handing out five assists as the Mountain Lions shot 36 percent (18-of-50) from the field.

YHC opened the game on an 18-6 run, capped by a Winn 3-pointer with 8:27 remaining in the first half. The Crusaders rallied and cut the margin to 27-20 before halftime.

The Crusaders rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to tie the game at 41 on a pair of free throws by Shayla Wilson with 5:32 remaining. However, the Mountain Lions ended the game on a 15-7 run to get the victory.

Amber Charles led Tennessee Temple (6-11) with 10 points, while Cherelle James added nine points as the Crusaders were 15-of-43 shooting for 35 percent.

YHC takes to the road 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 31 against Tennessee Wesleyan.

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YHC participates in service day for MLK

January 28, 2011 Comments off

By Christelle Vereb, Staff Writer

Last Saturday Young Harris students and faculty gathered to give back to the community through Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

The event was planned by the campus S.E.R.V.E committee which stands for service, education, responsibility, voice and engagement. The S.E.R.V.E committee consists of the Office of Campus Activities, Religious Life and Bonner Leader programs.

“The purpose of Martin Luther King Day of Service is to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of community change within our community,” said Rouseline Emmanuel, director of Campus Activities.

The event was originally planned for the prior Saturday, but due to disagreeable weather conditions the event had to be pushed back.

Despite the change in date, students and faculty were in attendance to do their part to help the community.

“We worked with three local agencies. Members of the YHC community helped with finishing construction on affordable housing in the Wesley Meadows neighborhood. We worked to help complete an outdoor adventure based training course for Niyelo at Towns County High School. We helped with painting, mulching, repairing and organizing the course. Finally, we walked, played, bathed and fed animals at the Human Society Mountain Shelter,” said Emmanuel.

Despite 25 degree weather, people attended the day of service to honor King’s legacy and make a difference, the group consisted of eight faculty/staff members and 62 students.

Tara Shiver, a junior music major from Covington, said, “it was a really great day; my favorite part of the day was going to the animal shelter. There was a puppy there. She was black and white. Her name was Tara, and my name is Tara; so I thought she was so cute. We got to play with her and clean the cages. And, my favorite part we got to walk them. It was a great time. After the day ended, we got to go have a pizza party at Papa’s Pizza. It was the best day ever.”

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Young Harris rallies from 21 down to beat Truett McConnell

January 24, 2011 Comments off

Information from wire reports

Young Harris – The Young Harris College women’s basketball team took its first lead with two minutes remaining and didn’t look back as the Mountain Lions rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to beat Truett McConnell, 58-50, on Monday afternoon at the YHC Basketball Arena.

“They played with no quit and played with pride the whole time,” Young Harris head coach Brenda Paul said. “Everyone on the team played as hard as they could. That is definitely a side of Young Harris Mountain Lion pride.”

Breanna Gleeson scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half and was 6-for-15 from the floor, including knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to key a Young Harris run. LaDondra Johnson recorded a double-double, 14 points and 14 rebounds – nine coming on the offensive end and Lauren Smith added 12 points, eight rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists as the Mountain Lions (6-9) were 23-of-68 shooting for 34 percent.

Young Harris trailed, 34-13, at the break after struggling to find anything offensively as the Mountain Lions were 6-for-33 from the floor for 18 percent. The Mountain Lions turned that around in the second half by shooting 49 percent and limiting the Lady Bears (5-13) to just 15 percent.

The Mountain Lions used a 27-13 run to start the second half and cut the deficit to 47-40 after a Smith layup with 5:20 left. A 3-pointer by Willani Love extended the Truett McConnell lead to 50-40 with 4:57 remaining.

However, the final five minutes was dominated by Young Harris as the Mountain Lions closed out the game out with an 18-0 run to earn the come-from-behind victory.

Love paced the Lady Bears with 15 points, while Symone Hampton and Jasmine Butler recorded 12 and 10, respectively. Despite shooting 54 percent in the first half, Truett McConnell was 18-of-52 (35 percent) from the floor.

The Mountain Lions return to action 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Rome, Ga., against Berry College.

Mountain Lions can’t recover from big deficit in loss

January 23, 2011 Comments off

Information from wire reports

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Young Harris College men’s basketball team fell behind early and nearly rallied back from an 18-point first-half deficit, but fell Saturday afternoon to Truett McConnell, 94-74.

Frank Adams led the Mountain Lions with 21 points, including going 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Bryson Robertson had 19 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double and Steve Viterbo finished with 17 points and nine boards. Matt Preston dished out a team-high seven assists as Young Harris was 23-of-65 from the floor for 35 percent.

The Mountain Lions (3-12) trailed, 22-12, but cut the deficit to 24-19 with 7:43 remaining in the opening half as Young Harris sank five free throws during that span.

However, the Bears (8-9) used a 19-6 run during the next six minutes to grab a 43-25 advantage and Truett McConnell led, 45-27, at the half.

The Mountain Lions trimmed the double-digit deficit to 62-56 on a pair of free throws by Viterbo with 9:45 remaining, but Truett McConnell put the game away with a 28-12 run during the next seven minutes.

Roderick Bombard paced the Bears with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting and handed out a team-high six assists. Deric Ware and Tre Dudley each had 15 points, while Tulio Yamasita recorded 12 points. Tyron Louis finished with a team-high 11 rebounds as Truett McConnell shot 51 percent (35-of-69).

Young Harris concludes its four-game road trip 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 against Berry College.

Young Harris falls on the road to King College

January 23, 2011 Comments off

Information from wire reports

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Young Harris College women’s basketball team surrendered a big run to start the second half in falling to King College, 71-55, on Saturday.

LaDondra Johnson paced Young Harris (5-9) with 23 points by going 11-for-16 from the floor, and also finished with seven rebounds. Breanna Gleeson added eight points and Lauren Smith chipped in with seven. Young Harris shot 44 percent (23-for-52) from the field.

King (6-15) led, 28-24, at the half, and came out in the second half and built a 51-28 lead. The Mountain Lions, who saw their four-game winning streak snapped, trimmed the deficit to 15 twice, but couldn’t get any closer.

Derika Mooney had a team-best 16 points for King, while pulling down six rebounds, dished out three assists and recorded five steals. Jessica Tharpe finished with 13 points as the Lady Tornado were 27-for-60 for 45 percent.

Young Harris concludes its three-game road trip 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Rome, Ga., against Berry College.

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.