The Panthers fall to the visiting Indians 12-1


Wednesday, March 14, the Panther baseball team hosted the Lumpkin County Indians in their second region game of the season. The Panthers entered the game 5-3 and 0-1 in region 7-AAA.

Cole Davis took the mound for the Panthers in his 5th appearance on the season.

The Panthers jumped out to grab a quick lead as they led 1-0 after the first inning as Daniel collected an RBI driving in Baggett on a single.

The Panthers struggled defensively as the Indians scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning before Davis was relieved by J. Colwell. Davis pitched 3 innings, allowing 6 runs, 2 of which were earned, 5 walks, and striking out 5 batters.

J. Colwell stepped in pitching 2 innings, allowing 4 runs, 3 of which were earned. Colwell allowed 4 hits, 1 BB, and 1 K.

The Panthers struggled to find a groove offensively as they wouldn’t score again outside of the first inning. UC would only reach on a hit one time outside of the first inning.

Allison stepped in to relive Colwell, Allison pitched only 1 inning due to the stoppage of play because of the run rule, Allison allowed 2 runs off of 2 hits and walking 1 batter.

The Panthers fall to the visiting Indians 12-1. UC falls to 5-4 and 0-2 in region play. The Panthers next game will be Friday as they play against the Lumpkin County Indians.

First region game of the season Panthers took on Lumpkin County Indians


The Panthers faced off against the Lumpkin County Indians in the first region game of the season.

Ean Harkins took the mound for the Panthers in his 5th appearance of the season.

The Panthers offensively got off to a quick start scoring runs in each of the first 3 innings.

Banton was the first baserunner of the evening for the Panthers as he reached on a walk. Daniel followed with an RBI double.

The Indians got off to a quick start as well with a lead off triple but couldn’t capitalize as Harkins walked the following 2 batters.

Colwell led UC with a leadoff single to begin the second. Dyer followed with a HBP. Baggett would later drive both in with a 2 RBI single.

Despite 2 walks, 2 singles, and an Error the Panthers continued to hold onto the lead after the second 3-2.

The Panthers continued the quick offensive start led by Banton with a leadoff single to being the 3rd followed by Kelley with a single as Banton was picked off at first. Colwell would later drive in Kelley with a RBI double. 

Another rough defensively ming for be Panthers would tie the game at 4 as the Panthers allowed 4 hits and 2 walks in the 3rd.

Rich came in relief for Harkins after 3. Harkins would finish with 3 IP, 4 ER, 6 BB, 1 K.

A scoreless 4th inning for both teams would leave the game tied at 4 to begin the 5th.

Everett collected an RBI as he drove in Colwell on a double.

Rich struggled during his first 2 innings as he allowed 4 walks and 3 hits as he allowed 6 runs 5 of which were earned.

UC trailed 10-5 headed into the 7th inning.

The Panthers comeback was in full effect as Banton and Daniel started the inning off with singles. Colwell and Everett would follow up with RBI singles.

The Panthers fall to the Indians 10-7 as they fall to 5-3 on the season and 0-1 in region play. The Panthers next game will be Wednesday, March 14fh as they will host the Lumpkin County Indians.

West Hall Spartans take the win over the Panthers


The Panthers faced off against the West Hall Spartans in a non-region exhibition game at Coolray Field which is home to the Gwinnett Stripers.

Cole Davis took the mound for the Panthers. Prior to this game Davis had put up exceptional numbers.

The game got underway following the 3:56 PM first pitch. Davis got off to a rocky start as he gave up 5 ER, allowing 5 walks and 3 hits. Davis was off early but recouped after the first inning as he didn’t allow another hit. Davis pitched 3 innings allowing 5 ER, 7BB’s and struck out 3 batters.

Harkins relived Davis in the 4th inning.

The Panther got off to rough offensive start as well as a Panther didn’t reach base until Baggett got a single in the 4fh inning.

Banton came in relief for Harkins to start the 6th as Harkins pitched 2 innings allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and 0 runs.

The Panthers got it going in the 6th offensively led by Kelley with a lead off single. The Panthers would score 3 runs with RBI’s by Banton and Baggett.

UC fell to the Spartans 5-3. In the only matchup of the season. West Hall was led by Mercer University commit Jenkins who pitched 7 innings striking out 13 Panthers batters and only allowing 6 hits with 0 walks.

The Panthers were led by Banton who pitched 2 innings allowing 2 hits and 0 runs. Baggett led the Panthers offensively with a RBI single and a double. Baggett was the only Panther batter to reach base more then once.

The Panthers fall to 5-3. The Panthers next game will be Monday, March 12, at Lumpkin County High School in the first region game of the year.

Panthers fought hard but couldn’t hang with the Murphy Bulldogs


The Panthers faced off against the Murphy Bulldogs in an away non-region game Monday, March 5th. Del Ruff started the game for the Panthers.

Ruff got off to a rocky start as he allowed 2 ER in the first inning. Ruff allowed 2 walks and 3 hits in the first inning.

UC got off to a slow offensive start as 4 of the first 6 batters struck out.

Ruff allowed the first home run of the season as Peterson hit a 2 run shot to left field.

The Panthers trailed 5-0 after 2 innings of play. 

Bagget and Banton drive in runs for the Panthers as they trailed 5-2.

Allison replaced Ruff in the 3rd. Ruff pitched 2 innings; allowing 5 earned runs, 2 hits and 1 walk.

The Bulldogs extend their lead 6-2 scoring on a wild pitch in the 3rd.

The Panthers trailed 6-2 after 3 innings of play.

Allison pitched 1 innings allowing 1 rum and walking 2 batters.

Colwell came in relief for Allison in the 4th. Colwell pitched 2 innings allowing 1 ER before Daniel replaced him in the 7th. Daniel finished the game for the Panthers as UC goes on to lose 7-2. The Panthers fall to 5-2. The next game will be at Cool Ray Field against the West Hall Spartans.

Banton puts the game away with a strikeout


The Panthers hosted the White County Warriors, Friday, March 1st in a non-region matchup. The Panthers entered with a 4-1 record. The first pitch was at 6:32.

Ean Harkins took the mound for the Panthers for his first start of the season and his 3rd appearance of the season. Harkins pitched well early as he pitched 4 shutout innings.

The Panthers got off to a quick start as they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the second due to RBI singles by Schafer and Davis to grab an early lead.

A pair of RBI’s extended the Panther lead in the 3rd inning by Kelley and Davis gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead to end the 3rd.

Colwell took over in the 5th as Hakrins left 2 on base with no outs. A rocky start for Colwell tied the game at 4 due to a couple singles and an Error by UC.

Davis yet again added to his RBI total by grabbing a 2 run double extend the Panther lead. UC uses a solid inning to extend the lead 9-4 through 5.

Banton replaces Colwell after 1 2/3 innings as Colwell allows 2 hits and a walk. Colwell allowed 4 runs 3 of which were earned.

Banton puts the game away with a strikeout as runners threatened on 2nd and 3rd. As the Panthers go on to win 9-6.

Davis led the Panthers with a career high 4 RBI’S, Scott followed with a 2 RBI single in his only at bat.

Harkins led the defensive force with 4IP, 2 ER, and 4 K’s. Banton followed with 1 2/3 innings 2 BB’s and 2 K’s.

The Panthers improve to 5-1. The next matchup will by Monday, March 5th @ Murphy NC in a non region matchup. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00.

Panthers get the “W” over Wildcats with run rule


The Panthers hosted Rabun County Feb 26, in a non-region matchup. Jackson Colwell took the mound for the Panthers.

Colwell got off to a rocky start, Colwell 4 Batters and allowed 4 runs, 3 of which were earned in the first inning. The Panthers followed the rough first inning defensively with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the first.

The Panthers led 5-4 after the first inning. Colwell would return to pitch in the second striking one out and walking another. Colwell finished with 2 IP, 3ER, 5 BB’s, and 1 strikeout. Union County Panthers Baseball

The Panthers used a huge second inning by RJ Banton as he drove in 3 runs on a triple to extend the lead 12-4.

Junior Ean Harkins entered to pitch in relief for the Panthers in Inning 3. Harkin’s is one of the two left handed Panther pitchers.

Harkins Pitched exceptionally well in relief allowing 1 runs and pitching for 4 inning. Harkins struck out 2 batters and allowed only 1 hit, however Harkins did allow 5 BB’s 2 runs reached one due to an error by 3rd basemen Daniel.

The Panthers would go on to run rule the Wildcats 16-6. The Panthers were led by Banton who went 2-3 with a triple, a single, and a walk. Candler Collwell followed up a solid performance in the following game with going 0-1 but had 5 walks and 2 RBI’s.

The Panthers next game will be Tues. Feb 27th @ Gilmer County. The first pitch is expected to be at 4.

Rayfield presents school security and safety update


BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – During the Union County Board of Education (BOE) work session Tuesday, Feb. 20, Dr. Fred Rayfield, superintendent for Union County Schools, delivered an update on school security and safety procedures in the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida.

Rayfield stated there are three non-negotiable duties for which all employees of Union County Schools are responsible: teach students, protect students and act ethically and professionally.

The superintendent clarified that all security and safety plans and protocols for Union County Schools have been approved by the state and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), and Union County has been used as a model for other north Georgia school systems to follow.

Dr. Fred Rayfield, superintendent of Union County Schools, updates the Board of Education on school safety and security policies and measures Tuesday, Feb. 20.

“Every aspect is reviewed annually,” Rayfield said of the school system’s security and safety policies. “Safety enhancements and additions are an ongoing priority.”

Currently, according to Rayfield, Union County Schools employ three school resource officers (SROs) from the Union County Sheriff’s Office as well as two security officers and one security guard who mans the guard shack at Union County High School.

Additionally, other system-wide safety features include a required picture ID for all school system employees, security cameras inside and outside of facilities, security cameras on buses, thorough visitor sign-in processes, secure “buzz-through” main entry points at facilities, 24/7 monitoring of electronic threats and messages on social media and other online outlets, and on-site panic buttons.

Rayfield explained the school system has spent over $715,000 over the last five years on these and other safety enhancements for schools, which averages to $271 a student spent for safety and security measures.

“I can assure you,” Rayfield told the audience at the meeting, “that there are some things in place here that make me feel very good about where we’re at with security and that we’re making progress toward getting better … I believe that we do everything that we can to protect kids no matter what the situation, and I applaud the (BOE) for appropriating the resources over the last three to five years .”

Following Rayfield’s presentation, BOE member Janna Akins stated, “I think it’s hard to fathom that we’ve got kindergartners that we should be concerned about in these kind of situations, but that’s just the times that we live in now. This information was very helpful, and I appreciate the board and the school system’s approach of not just having a reactionary plan but an ongoing plan to make (safety) a priority.”

Also during the work session, Courtney Waller, school nutrition program director, presented a slight revision to the school system’s wellness policy. Waller explained the policy, according to federal mandates, must be reassessed every three years

According to Waller, the revision would change the wording from “all food and beverages made available on campus during the school day shall be consistent with the minimum requirements of federal law” to “all food and beverages available for purchase …”

Later, in the regular meeting, as the board was about to approve the revision, Rayfield explained this proposed revision must remain tabled for 30 days before final approval can be made to change the policy.

In the regular meeting, Superintendent Rayfield awarded two presentations with the first being an art student recognition awarded to second-grader Emma Taylor. Taylor’s design was selected for use on the Union County School System Christmas card in 2017. “Thank you for a beautiful piece of artwork,” Rayfield told Taylor.

Next, Rayfield presented representatives from Union General Hospital – Lewis Kelley, chief executive officer, Michael Gay, chief operating officer, and Leslie Daniel, administrative liason – with a Partner in Education award.

“They do a tremendous amount of work throughout the school system to provide lots of services for our students and employees,” Rayfield said of the hospital’s partnership with Union County Schools, “and we’re just absolutely excited to recognize Union General Hospital as our community partner for this month.”

In other business, the BOE unanimously approved, as submitted, all principals’ quarterly reports, the monthly financial reports, fiscal year 2018 budget amendments, and personnel recommendations.



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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Union County Schools, VSO’s Honor American Veterans


American Veterans

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Students from all of Union County’s Schools, parents, teachers, Union County residents and guests gathered at the UCHS Mike Colwell Memorial Football Stadium to honor American Military Veterans on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The program was hosted by UCS students and local Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s). (Featured picture: Missing Man Table)

Union County Schools Choir and Band

The UCHS Choir and Band came together for the National Anthem, America The Beautiful, Amazing Grace and many more patriotic and heartfelt renditions. The choir even featured Kelly Helton’s sign language class that signs for the deaf.

Civil Air Patrol Color Guard

Madelyn Hood, graduating UCHS senior, was MC for the event. John ‘Buddy’ Viera, Union County FFA Member, Panther football team member and graduating UCHS senior, was the guest speaker who delivered a most honorable message to the veterans, students and guests gathered on the field and in the bleachers.

Union County Schools Students, teachers, guests.

Three Union County veterans were given quilts handcrafted by Quilts of Valor in appreciation for their military service. Sgt. Adam Kish of the Georgia Army National Guard explained the meaning of the Missing Man Table. The Army National Guard Honors Platoon provided the nine-gun salute.

Union County is a very fortunate, very blessed community to be home to such gifted, upright and worthy young people who can show their respect for our American veterans without reservation and who realize, as Buddy Viera said in his address, “Freedom is not free”.

God bless all American veterans this day and every day. Thank you for your service.

Please see the video for the entire event.


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